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  • Sewer Bestiary This little bestiary clocks in at 16 pages, 3 of which are devoted to editorial, etc. – leaving us with 13 pages for the critters herein.   The review is based on the dead-tree version I received at Gencon in exchange for an unbiased, critical review. Due to me receiving a print copy, this was moved up in my review-queue.   All right, so we begin this bestiary with the CR 1 Chimerette, which is an AMAZING concept: Think of these guys as anti-familiars, instilled with an intense hatred for spellcasters and a will to free their enslaved brethren. And yes, non-spellcasters may gain these as companions with a new feat presented herein.   The CR 4 Cystling […]

    Sewer Bestiary

    Sewer Bestiary This little bestiary clocks in at 16 pages, 3 of which are devoted to editorial, etc. – leaving us with 13 pages for the critters herein.   The review is based on the dead-tree version I received at Gencon in exchange for an unbiased, critical review. Due to me receiving a print copy, this was moved up in my review-queue.   All right, so we begin this bestiary with the CR 1 Chimerette, which is an AMAZING concept: Think of these guys as anti-familiars, instilled with an intense hatred for spellcasters and a will to free their enslaved brethren. And yes, non-spellcasters may gain these as companions with a new feat presented herein.   The CR 4 Cystling […]

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  • Aventyr Bestiary This massive bestiary clocks in at 148 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 143 pages of content, one of which is devoted to the cover artist Raven Mimura’s biography as well as the story behind the cover.   This book, just so you know it, is dedicated to Joshua Gullion, KTFish7, fellow reviewer, colleague and friend – he always did champion a bestiary for AAW Games’ Aventyr setting and I does warm my heart to see this dream realized. In particularly since Aventyr’s critters, from humble A03 onwards, have been a defining staple of the setting. The crab-like Kra’tah that haunted the Vikmordere […]

    Aventyr Bestiary

    Aventyr Bestiary This massive bestiary clocks in at 148 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 143 pages of content, one of which is devoted to the cover artist Raven Mimura’s biography as well as the story behind the cover.   This book, just so you know it, is dedicated to Joshua Gullion, KTFish7, fellow reviewer, colleague and friend – he always did champion a bestiary for AAW Games’ Aventyr setting and I does warm my heart to see this dream realized. In particularly since Aventyr’s critters, from humble A03 onwards, have been a defining staple of the setting. The crab-like Kra’tah that haunted the Vikmordere […]

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  • Southlands Bestiary This massive bestiary for use with the Southlands campaign setting (but not limited to it) clocks in at 122 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of backer-lists, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 3/4 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 112 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I was a backer of the Southlands kickstarter, but am otherwise not involved with this book. My review is primarily based on the softcover print version of this book, though I consulted the electronic version to verify e.g. presence of bookmarks and similar components.   This book is pretty much a sans frills experience – the brief version […]

    Southlands Bestiary

    Southlands Bestiary This massive bestiary for use with the Southlands campaign setting (but not limited to it) clocks in at 122 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of backer-lists, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 3/4 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 112 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I was a backer of the Southlands kickstarter, but am otherwise not involved with this book. My review is primarily based on the softcover print version of this book, though I consulted the electronic version to verify e.g. presence of bookmarks and similar components.   This book is pretty much a sans frills experience – the brief version […]

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  • Midgard Bestiary (13th Age Compatible Version) The 13th Age version of the Midgard Bestiary clocks in at 110 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 104 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, we begin this book with a brief introduction on how it came to be and a handy ToC-style list of the creatures featured herein before we dive straight into a significant array of creatures that Midgard-aficionados will recognize quite a few of the adversaries featured within these pages – beyond a simple enumeration of creatures from the Midgard Bestiary, we actually receive more than a few […]

    Midgard Bestiary (13th Age Compatible Version)

    Midgard Bestiary (13th Age Compatible Version) The 13th Age version of the Midgard Bestiary clocks in at 110 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 104 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Well, we begin this book with a brief introduction on how it came to be and a handy ToC-style list of the creatures featured herein before we dive straight into a significant array of creatures that Midgard-aficionados will recognize quite a few of the adversaries featured within these pages – beyond a simple enumeration of creatures from the Midgard Bestiary, we actually receive more than a few […]

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  • 13th Age Bestiary (13th Age) This massive book clocks in at 240 pages. I have received the color hardcover version of this book for the purpose of providing an unbiased, critical review.   A task that has been harder than I thought at first. Why? Because it’s a “first bestiary/monster manual”-type of book. I mean, come on, how many ways can you say: “This book contains orcs, ogres, etc.” To me, as a reviewer, there is NOTHING more boring than the first bestiary, ESPECIALLY since the advent of 3.X.   Let me ramble for a second: When I began playing, bestiaries were actually that – they were fashioned after the medieval catalogues of fantastic creatures and thus provides stats, yes, […]

    13th Age Bestiary (13th Age)

    13th Age Bestiary (13th Age) This massive book clocks in at 240 pages. I have received the color hardcover version of this book for the purpose of providing an unbiased, critical review.   A task that has been harder than I thought at first. Why? Because it’s a “first bestiary/monster manual”-type of book. I mean, come on, how many ways can you say: “This book contains orcs, ogres, etc.” To me, as a reviewer, there is NOTHING more boring than the first bestiary, ESPECIALLY since the advent of 3.X.   Let me ramble for a second: When I began playing, bestiaries were actually that – they were fashioned after the medieval catalogues of fantastic creatures and thus provides stats, yes, […]

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  • Necropunk Bestiary This bestiary for Little Red Goblin Games’ SUPERB, intelligent dark-scifi-setting necropunk clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1.5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 40.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This pdf kicks off with the new alien type and all required information to create more aliens – and these creatures are more colorful than you’d imagine – weird, yes, but also pretty organic. Resonating the themes of Necropunk, the aliens provided herein often hearken back towards strange insectoid beings or creatures that look like they may have spawned in an alternate evolution, so kudos. Attack Bug Swarms, gigantic clusters of nanomachines that can scourge and […]

    Necropunk Bestiary

    Necropunk Bestiary This bestiary for Little Red Goblin Games’ SUPERB, intelligent dark-scifi-setting necropunk clocks in at 44 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1.5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 40.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This pdf kicks off with the new alien type and all required information to create more aliens – and these creatures are more colorful than you’d imagine – weird, yes, but also pretty organic. Resonating the themes of Necropunk, the aliens provided herein often hearken back towards strange insectoid beings or creatures that look like they may have spawned in an alternate evolution, so kudos. Attack Bug Swarms, gigantic clusters of nanomachines that can scourge and […]

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  • Psionic Bestiary This massive bestiary clocks in at 105 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with a massive 100 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First of all – this is a massive bestiary and as such, I can’t go into the details of every creature herein without bloating it beyond belief. Additionally, I have reviewed the ongoing subscription (with the exception of ~2-3 installments, I think), so if in doubt, there are some reviews in the ether that are more detailed regarding the respective creatures. Finally, if you’re like me and have accompanied the evolution of PFRPG’s psionics, then you’ll notice that Ultimate […]

    Psionic Bestiary

    Psionic Bestiary This massive bestiary clocks in at 105 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with a massive 100 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First of all – this is a massive bestiary and as such, I can’t go into the details of every creature herein without bloating it beyond belief. Additionally, I have reviewed the ongoing subscription (with the exception of ~2-3 installments, I think), so if in doubt, there are some reviews in the ether that are more detailed regarding the respective creatures. Finally, if you’re like me and have accompanied the evolution of PFRPG’s psionics, then you’ll notice that Ultimate […]

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  • Monsters of Porphyra This massive bestiary clocks in at 199 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages ToC, 6 pages of SRD, 2 pages blank, 1 page back cover, leaving us with an impressive 186 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this bestiary with an interesting introduction, one, in fact I feel the need to mention: The genesis of this book is uncommon. Once upon a time, Purple Duck Games released small monster pdfs, where patrons could choose old-school monsters to be updated to PFRPG – alas, the small pdfs didn’t catch and so, instead, this massive book became a flicker in the eyes of the creators. As you probably can […]

    Monsters of Porphyra

    Monsters of Porphyra This massive bestiary clocks in at 199 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages ToC, 6 pages of SRD, 2 pages blank, 1 page back cover, leaving us with an impressive 186 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this bestiary with an interesting introduction, one, in fact I feel the need to mention: The genesis of this book is uncommon. Once upon a time, Purple Duck Games released small monster pdfs, where patrons could choose old-school monsters to be updated to PFRPG – alas, the small pdfs didn’t catch and so, instead, this massive book became a flicker in the eyes of the creators. As you probably can […]

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  • Cerulean Seas: Beasts of the Boundless Blue This bestiary of aquatic (and water/swamp etc.)-themed creatures is 294 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial/KS-thanks, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank inside of th4 back cover and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 286 pages of content, so let’s take a…   …what? 286 pages?? O_O Oh boy, that’s a lot ground to cover, so let’s get started! Emily E. Kusbisz’s introduction explains what to expect from this book: First of all, all races introduced by Cerulean Seas-books get their own entries and the book also contains ALL Cerulean Seas-creatures contained in the various bestiary-chapters of the respective books released so far – several […]

    Cerulean Seas: Beasts of the Boundless Blue

    Cerulean Seas: Beasts of the Boundless Blue This bestiary of aquatic (and water/swamp etc.)-themed creatures is 294 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial/KS-thanks, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank inside of th4 back cover and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 286 pages of content, so let’s take a…   …what? 286 pages?? O_O Oh boy, that’s a lot ground to cover, so let’s get started! Emily E. Kusbisz’s introduction explains what to expect from this book: First of all, all races introduced by Cerulean Seas-books get their own entries and the book also contains ALL Cerulean Seas-creatures contained in the various bestiary-chapters of the respective books released so far – several […]

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  • Beasts of Legend: Boreal Bestiary This collections of monsters is 40 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page ToC, 1 page how-to-use, 2 pages back cover variants, leaving us with 34 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a short introduction of the monsters herein, we dive head-first into the new beasts herein, first of which would be the CR 4 Arctic Harpspider, a spider that plays a hypnotic, haunting tune via its crystalline web – cool! At CR 5, Green Children are small undead spawned from the soured mires of the colder climates and they are GLORIOUS: They can phase around, use deadly pack tactics versus their adversaries and get three (!!!) […]

    Beasts of Legend: Boreal Bestiary

    Beasts of Legend: Boreal Bestiary This collections of monsters is 40 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page ToC, 1 page how-to-use, 2 pages back cover variants, leaving us with 34 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a short introduction of the monsters herein, we dive head-first into the new beasts herein, first of which would be the CR 4 Arctic Harpspider, a spider that plays a hypnotic, haunting tune via its crystalline web – cool! At CR 5, Green Children are small undead spawned from the soured mires of the colder climates and they are GLORIOUS: They can phase around, use deadly pack tactics versus their adversaries and get three (!!!) […]

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  • Ever had a purchase vanish in the depths of your book-piles and HD, only to re-emerge one day? And then, when you read it, you start thinking: “Why didn’t I read this earlier?” Yeah. I’m cleaning up my HD and will deliver some reviews that have been long in the making to make a countdown to my 1000th review.   Without further ado, here is the   Oathbound Bestiary   This massive bestiary is 256 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages introduction/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a whopping  251 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   So. Oathbound has made the jump to Pathfinder some time ago and I FINALLY got […]

    Oathbound Bestiary

    Ever had a purchase vanish in the depths of your book-piles and HD, only to re-emerge one day? And then, when you read it, you start thinking: “Why didn’t I read this earlier?” Yeah. I’m cleaning up my HD and will deliver some reviews that have been long in the making to make a countdown to my 1000th review.   Without further ado, here is the   Oathbound Bestiary   This massive bestiary is 256 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages introduction/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a whopping  251 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   So. Oathbound has made the jump to Pathfinder some time ago and I FINALLY got […]

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  • Hej everybody, today I’ll take a look at Kobold Press’ series of mini-bestiaries of sin-themed critters!     Monsters of Sin I – Avarice This mini-bestiary is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving a total of 6 pages content, so let’s take a look what Ryan A. Costello has created here! After a short discussion on the nature of 7 deadly sins, we delve right into a CR+0 simple template to create avaricious creature that can once per day heal themselves via the consumption of valuables. The first creature, at CR 12, is the hoard golem – born from the greed of dragons, this massive construct can […]

    EZG reviews the Monsters of Sin-series

    Hej everybody, today I’ll take a look at Kobold Press’ series of mini-bestiaries of sin-themed critters!     Monsters of Sin I – Avarice This mini-bestiary is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving a total of 6 pages content, so let’s take a look what Ryan A. Costello has created here! After a short discussion on the nature of 7 deadly sins, we delve right into a CR+0 simple template to create avaricious creature that can once per day heal themselves via the consumption of valuables. The first creature, at CR 12, is the hoard golem – born from the greed of dragons, this massive construct can […]

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  • Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nation This pdf is 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 blank page inside of the front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/Monsters by CR, 1 page back cover, 1 blank page inside the back cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisements. That leaves 28 pages of monsters. -Addanc (CR7): A cross between a crocodile and a beaver, this could be goofy, but actually works. Death Roll (Ex) is a cool ability. -Autumn Death (CR 8): A deadly undead creature with autumnal abilities. Has two cool signature abilities. -Avowed Reaver (CR 5):Touched by elemental powers, this is a set of 4 CR+2 templates in one. -Bog Scum (CR13): Aquatic, climbing deadly ooze. […]

    Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations & Monsters of the Shadow Plane

    Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nation This pdf is 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 blank page inside of the front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC/Monsters by CR, 1 page back cover, 1 blank page inside the back cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisements. That leaves 28 pages of monsters. -Addanc (CR7): A cross between a crocodile and a beaver, this could be goofy, but actually works. Death Roll (Ex) is a cool ability. -Autumn Death (CR 8): A deadly undead creature with autumnal abilities. Has two cool signature abilities. -Avowed Reaver (CR 5):Touched by elemental powers, this is a set of 4 CR+2 templates in one. -Bog Scum (CR13): Aquatic, climbing deadly ooze. […]

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