Gruesome Archive

  • Four Horsemen Present: Gruesome Constructs The fourth Gruesome monsters-supplement (for a handy list, use the Gruesome-tag on my homepage) clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what are gruesome monsters? The simple explanation is that they’re monsters that had a template added, which represents a type of design I personally absolutely adore: Basically, the templates have a goal and that is to reward smart players. Taking a cue from the best of dark fantasy and horror gaming, the templates provided here make the creatures not only more lethal, they also add a psychological component via the Shock Value to them, representing […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Gruesome Constructs

    Four Horsemen Present: Gruesome Constructs The fourth Gruesome monsters-supplement (for a handy list, use the Gruesome-tag on my homepage) clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what are gruesome monsters? The simple explanation is that they’re monsters that had a template added, which represents a type of design I personally absolutely adore: Basically, the templates have a goal and that is to reward smart players. Taking a cue from the best of dark fantasy and horror gaming, the templates provided here make the creatures not only more lethal, they also add a psychological component via the Shock Value to them, representing […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Gruesome Fey The second Gruesome monsters-supplement (for a handy list, use the Gruesome-tag on my homepage) clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what are gruesome monsters? The simple explanation is: They’re monsters that had a template added that represent a type of design I personally absolutely adore: Basically, the templates have a goal and that is to reward smart players. Taking a cue from the best of dark fantasy and horror gaming, the templates provided here make the creatures not only more lethal, they also add a psychological component via the Shock Value to them, representing the […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Gruesome Fey

    Four Horsemen Present: Gruesome Fey The second Gruesome monsters-supplement (for a handy list, use the Gruesome-tag on my homepage) clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what are gruesome monsters? The simple explanation is: They’re monsters that had a template added that represent a type of design I personally absolutely adore: Basically, the templates have a goal and that is to reward smart players. Taking a cue from the best of dark fantasy and horror gaming, the templates provided here make the creatures not only more lethal, they also add a psychological component via the Shock Value to them, representing the […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Gruesome Aberrations The first on the new Four Horsemen Present-pdfs clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   In case you’ve new to the concept of “gruesome” templates -in case you’ve missed the previous installments that featured the concept (for handy links to reviews and products, click on the “Gruesome-series” tab in this review on my homepage): Basically, we get a template as well as a sample creature, both of which deviate from what you usually get to see. First of all, the respective monsters do feature a shock value – particularly suitable for horror/dark fantasy scenarios, these values allow […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Gruesome Aberrations

    Four Horsemen Present: Gruesome Aberrations The first on the new Four Horsemen Present-pdfs clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   In case you’ve new to the concept of “gruesome” templates -in case you’ve missed the previous installments that featured the concept (for handy links to reviews and products, click on the “Gruesome-series” tab in this review on my homepage): Basically, we get a template as well as a sample creature, both of which deviate from what you usually get to see. First of all, the respective monsters do feature a shock value – particularly suitable for horror/dark fantasy scenarios, these values allow […]

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  • The Genius Guide to Gruesome Dragons This massive supplement clocks in at 53 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, leaving us with a more than solid 49 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, in case you’re not are – gruesome monsters in Rogue Genius Games’ terminology point towards templates that can be applied to creatures, usually of a certain type – here, dragons. (D’unh!) These templates sport a fear-rating mechanic called shock value, which, while optional, make them especially useful for gritty/horror games. Better yet (and even more crucial) – the gruesome creatures sport knowledge check-modifications to glean information on the creatures AND reward players that fight smart/do […]

    The Genius Guide to Gruesome Dragons

    The Genius Guide to Gruesome Dragons This massive supplement clocks in at 53 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, leaving us with a more than solid 49 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, in case you’re not are – gruesome monsters in Rogue Genius Games’ terminology point towards templates that can be applied to creatures, usually of a certain type – here, dragons. (D’unh!) These templates sport a fear-rating mechanic called shock value, which, while optional, make them especially useful for gritty/horror games. Better yet (and even more crucial) – the gruesome creatures sport knowledge check-modifications to glean information on the creatures AND reward players that fight smart/do […]

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  • The Genius Guide to Gruesome Giants This mini bestiary clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Giants aren’t subtle. They don’t lend themselves well to horror and so far, the undead templates released as “Gruesome” hit exactly that spot – so what is this about? Well essentially, it’s a book to spice up giants and make them as “OMG -GIANTS!!! RUN!!!!” as possible. This is achieved via templates, though we also receive sample statblocks for giants to drop in as written into a given campaign, so let’s go down through it, shall we? First of all: Shock […]

    The Genius Guide to Gruesome Giants

    The Genius Guide to Gruesome Giants This mini bestiary clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Giants aren’t subtle. They don’t lend themselves well to horror and so far, the undead templates released as “Gruesome” hit exactly that spot – so what is this about? Well essentially, it’s a book to spice up giants and make them as “OMG -GIANTS!!! RUN!!!!” as possible. This is achieved via templates, though we also receive sample statblocks for giants to drop in as written into a given campaign, so let’s go down through it, shall we? First of all: Shock […]

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  • The Genius Guide to Gruesome Undead Templates This pdf is 11 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page SRD/editorial, leaving su with 9 1/3 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   Undead are some of my favorite creatures – but let’s face it – even mhorgs become laughingstock after having their behinds handed to them by the players a couple of times – enter this pdf. And we actually don’t get basic templates just slapped on – instead we kick this pdf off with some interesting notes on templates and CR-assigning (an art rather than a craft) – furthermore, templates presented herein actually increase AC, HP and saves as well and they also come with […]

    The Genius Guide to Gruesome Undead Templates

    The Genius Guide to Gruesome Undead Templates This pdf is 11 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page SRD/editorial, leaving su with 9 1/3 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   Undead are some of my favorite creatures – but let’s face it – even mhorgs become laughingstock after having their behinds handed to them by the players a couple of times – enter this pdf. And we actually don’t get basic templates just slapped on – instead we kick this pdf off with some interesting notes on templates and CR-assigning (an art rather than a craft) – furthermore, templates presented herein actually increase AC, HP and saves as well and they also come with […]

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