Misfit Studios Archive

  • Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Storm Serpent This installment of the Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures series clocks in at 5 pages – the front cover containing the header, creature artwork and the social media icons/homepage of misfit studios. The SRD takes up 1 1/3 pages and the editorial is in a sidebar – to get all the material you thus have to print out the cover with the icons as well.   So, what is the storm serpent? Well, in short, it is a CR 10 magical beast that has an interesting assortment of abilities: They can basically cause their bite attack at range via concussive bolts (failing to specify the damage type, alas) and, as a standard action, they may […]

    Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Storm Serpent

    Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Storm Serpent This installment of the Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures series clocks in at 5 pages – the front cover containing the header, creature artwork and the social media icons/homepage of misfit studios. The SRD takes up 1 1/3 pages and the editorial is in a sidebar – to get all the material you thus have to print out the cover with the icons as well.   So, what is the storm serpent? Well, in short, it is a CR 10 magical beast that has an interesting assortment of abilities: They can basically cause their bite attack at range via concussive bolts (failing to specify the damage type, alas) and, as a standard action, they may […]

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  • Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Infected Zombie This installment of the Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures series clocks in at 6 pages – the front cover containing the header, creature artwork and the social media icons/homepage of misfit studios. The SRD takes up 1 page and the editorial is in a sidebar – to get all the material you thus have to print out the cover with the icons as well.   The infectious zombie is a pretty popular trope and this pdf reimagines them as a template – as presented, the template renders a creature that has acquired it a neutral undead (interesting choice!) – HD gained from class levels or racial HD are dropped and replaced with d8s, with sizes […]

    Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Infected Zombie

    Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Infected Zombie This installment of the Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures series clocks in at 6 pages – the front cover containing the header, creature artwork and the social media icons/homepage of misfit studios. The SRD takes up 1 page and the editorial is in a sidebar – to get all the material you thus have to print out the cover with the icons as well.   The infectious zombie is a pretty popular trope and this pdf reimagines them as a template – as presented, the template renders a creature that has acquired it a neutral undead (interesting choice!) – HD gained from class levels or racial HD are dropped and replaced with d8s, with sizes […]

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  • Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Imperial Land Griffon This installment of the Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures series clocks in at 5 pages – the front cover containing the header, creature artwork and the social media icons/homepage of misfit studios. The SRD takes up about 1.5 pages and the editorial is in a sidebar – to get all the material you thus have to print out the cover with the icons as well.   So, what is the land griffon? Well, according to the nice cover artwork they are basically non-airborne griffon with bird-like forelegs – as such, their carrying capacity is reduced – which is something I like. However, containing attribute modifications via class features, it would have been nice to […]

    Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Imperial Land Griffon

    Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Imperial Land Griffon This installment of the Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures series clocks in at 5 pages – the front cover containing the header, creature artwork and the social media icons/homepage of misfit studios. The SRD takes up about 1.5 pages and the editorial is in a sidebar – to get all the material you thus have to print out the cover with the icons as well.   So, what is the land griffon? Well, according to the nice cover artwork they are basically non-airborne griffon with bird-like forelegs – as such, their carrying capacity is reduced – which is something I like. However, containing attribute modifications via class features, it would have been nice to […]

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  • Bite Me! Weretigers This installment of the Bite Me!-series clocks in at 33 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC,4 1/5th pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisements, leaving us with ~23 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This time around, we take a look at weretigers, now reimagined as part of the Bite Me!-series. They get +2 Dex and Str, -2 Int, the two bloods racial feature (making you count as a parent race as well as a shapeshifter for purposes of being affected by effects), low-light vision, +2 to Perception and Survival. Beast Form works is presented in a rather precise wording construct that takes temporary hit points, equipment and the […]

    Bite Me! Weretigers

    Bite Me! Weretigers This installment of the Bite Me!-series clocks in at 33 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC,4 1/5th pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisements, leaving us with ~23 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This time around, we take a look at weretigers, now reimagined as part of the Bite Me!-series. They get +2 Dex and Str, -2 Int, the two bloods racial feature (making you count as a parent race as well as a shapeshifter for purposes of being affected by effects), low-light vision, +2 to Perception and Survival. Beast Form works is presented in a rather precise wording construct that takes temporary hit points, equipment and the […]

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  • Bite Me! Wererats This installment of the Bite Me!-series clocks in at 27 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This time around, we take a look at wererats, now reimagined as part of the Bite Me!-series. They get +2 Dex and Con, -2 Wis, the two bloods racial feature (making you count as a parent race as well as a shapeshifter for purposes of being affected by effects), low-light vision, +2 to Perception and Survival. Beast Form works is presented in a rather precise wording construct that takes temporary hit points, equipment and the […]

    Bite Me! Wererats

    Bite Me! Wererats This installment of the Bite Me!-series clocks in at 27 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This time around, we take a look at wererats, now reimagined as part of the Bite Me!-series. They get +2 Dex and Con, -2 Wis, the two bloods racial feature (making you count as a parent race as well as a shapeshifter for purposes of being affected by effects), low-light vision, +2 to Perception and Survival. Beast Form works is presented in a rather precise wording construct that takes temporary hit points, equipment and the […]

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  • Bite Me! Werebats This installment of the Bite Me-series clocks in at 27 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of advertisement, 2 pages of SRD (with one page sporting one paragraph of text pertaining char-hooks), leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This time around, we take a look at werebats, now reimagined as part of the Bite Me!-series. They get +2 Dex and Con, -2 Int, the two bloods racial feature (making you count as a parent race as well as a shapeshifter for purposes of being affected by effects), low-light vision, +2 to Perception and Fly. Beast Form works is presented in a rather precise wording construct that […]

    Bite Me! Werebats

    Bite Me! Werebats This installment of the Bite Me-series clocks in at 27 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of advertisement, 2 pages of SRD (with one page sporting one paragraph of text pertaining char-hooks), leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This time around, we take a look at werebats, now reimagined as part of the Bite Me!-series. They get +2 Dex and Con, -2 Int, the two bloods racial feature (making you count as a parent race as well as a shapeshifter for purposes of being affected by effects), low-light vision, +2 to Perception and Fly. Beast Form works is presented in a rather precise wording construct that […]

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  • Bite Me! Werewolves This Bite Me!-installment clocks in at a 30 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 4 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ah, the most classic, most iconic of lycanthropes known – the good ole’ werewolf, now reimagined as part of the Bite Me!-series gets +2 Dex and Con, -2 Int, the two bloods racial feature (making you count as a parent race as well as a shapeshifter for purposes of being affected by effects), low-light vision, +2 to Perception and Survival. Beast Form works is presented in a rather precise wording construct that takes temporary hit points, equipment and the like […]

    Bite Me! Werewolves

    Bite Me! Werewolves This Bite Me!-installment clocks in at a 30 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 4 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ah, the most classic, most iconic of lycanthropes known – the good ole’ werewolf, now reimagined as part of the Bite Me!-series gets +2 Dex and Con, -2 Int, the two bloods racial feature (making you count as a parent race as well as a shapeshifter for purposes of being affected by effects), low-light vision, +2 to Perception and Survival. Beast Form works is presented in a rather precise wording construct that takes temporary hit points, equipment and the like […]

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  • Bite Me! Weremantises This installment of the Bite Me!-series clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I won’t lie, I really am excited about weremantises – there is something utterly cool and alien-esque inherent in the concept…so what is the mechanical frame-work like?  Racial-stat-wise, weremantises receive +2 Dex and Con, -2 Int, making them lopsided and geared towards the more physical pursuits. They are treated as both shapechanger and a chosen humanoid race for all effects and purposes of vulnerabilities to type-specific effects. They are medium and gain lycanthropic empathy when interacting with mantis-like beings, […]

    Bite Me! Weremantises

    Bite Me! Weremantises This installment of the Bite Me!-series clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I won’t lie, I really am excited about weremantises – there is something utterly cool and alien-esque inherent in the concept…so what is the mechanical frame-work like?  Racial-stat-wise, weremantises receive +2 Dex and Con, -2 Int, making them lopsided and geared towards the more physical pursuits. They are treated as both shapechanger and a chosen humanoid race for all effects and purposes of vulnerabilities to type-specific effects. They are medium and gain lycanthropic empathy when interacting with mantis-like beings, […]

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  • Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Werespider This pdf clocks in at 5 pages, with the front cover sporting the beautiful full-color artwork of the werespider as well as the social media icons and misfit studios-logo and the editorial on the second page; the SRD covers almost 2 pages, with the second page offering about 1/5 of rules-texts from the builds – overall, I am not a big fan of this presentation, since printing out the pdf does mean you have to waste ink on the SRD-page and the front cover material. On the plus-side, there is actually some flavor text on the first page.   The eponymous monster hunter Crawthorne does get to have a say on werespiders as presented here. […]

    Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Werespider

    Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Werespider This pdf clocks in at 5 pages, with the front cover sporting the beautiful full-color artwork of the werespider as well as the social media icons and misfit studios-logo and the editorial on the second page; the SRD covers almost 2 pages, with the second page offering about 1/5 of rules-texts from the builds – overall, I am not a big fan of this presentation, since printing out the pdf does mean you have to waste ink on the SRD-page and the front cover material. On the plus-side, there is actually some flavor text on the first page.   The eponymous monster hunter Crawthorne does get to have a say on werespiders as presented here. […]

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  • Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Carnivorous Coin (aka Abroa) The first installment of the inexpensive creature-supplement-series by Misfit Studios clocks in at 5 pages, with 1 3/4 pages of SRD and the creature’s artwork alongside the header and contact/social site info on the first page, taking up about 1/3 of the space, while editorial information is on page 2 alongside product identity and the declaration of open game content – I’m not a big fan of this layout decision since I tend to print out books and thus, the cover features quite a bit unnecessary ink/toner used in vain…but what about the creature?   The carnivorous coin, or abroa on its own is a CR 1/2 aberration that is fine and […]

    Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Carnivorous Coin (aka Abroa)

    Crawthorne’s Catalog of Creatures: Carnivorous Coin (aka Abroa) The first installment of the inexpensive creature-supplement-series by Misfit Studios clocks in at 5 pages, with 1 3/4 pages of SRD and the creature’s artwork alongside the header and contact/social site info on the first page, taking up about 1/3 of the space, while editorial information is on page 2 alongside product identity and the declaration of open game content – I’m not a big fan of this layout decision since I tend to print out books and thus, the cover features quite a bit unnecessary ink/toner used in vain…but what about the creature?   The carnivorous coin, or abroa on its own is a CR 1/2 aberration that is fine and […]

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  • Prestigious Paths: Horse Lord This pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1/2 page front cover, 1.5 pages of SRD, leaving us with ~4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with 4 new feats:   -Disciple of Cavalry: Use your or your mount’s Str-mod for atk and damage; change as a free action. OUCH. This can be pretty powerful.   -Improved Trick Riding: Unless otherwise desired, treat all Guide with knees, Stay in Saddle, Cover, Fast Mount/Dismount-checks as taking 10. Damn cool since it eliminates unpleasant failures.   -Live in the Saddle: Substitute Ride skill modifiers for Wis, Int or Cha modifier for concentration checks in the saddle; sleep in the saddle for DC […]

    Prestigious Paths: Horse Lord

    Prestigious Paths: Horse Lord This pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1/2 page front cover, 1.5 pages of SRD, leaving us with ~4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with 4 new feats:   -Disciple of Cavalry: Use your or your mount’s Str-mod for atk and damage; change as a free action. OUCH. This can be pretty powerful.   -Improved Trick Riding: Unless otherwise desired, treat all Guide with knees, Stay in Saddle, Cover, Fast Mount/Dismount-checks as taking 10. Damn cool since it eliminates unpleasant failures.   -Live in the Saddle: Substitute Ride skill modifiers for Wis, Int or Cha modifier for concentration checks in the saddle; sleep in the saddle for DC […]

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  • Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Playing Lycanthropes This massive book clocks in at 126 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page backer-thanks, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 113 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   But first, before we do, let me mention something: This massive book is basically a compilation of material I have already reviewed…at least, for the most part: We have the lycanthrope-archetypes, the wereblooded races, the skindancers and the excellent advice/rules-book on actually playing lycanthropes and how to handle them in your campaign – I have already covered, in extensive detail, mind you, all of […]

    Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Playing Lycanthropes

    Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Playing Lycanthropes This massive book clocks in at 126 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page backer-thanks, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 113 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   But first, before we do, let me mention something: This massive book is basically a compilation of material I have already reviewed…at least, for the most part: We have the lycanthrope-archetypes, the wereblooded races, the skindancers and the excellent advice/rules-book on actually playing lycanthropes and how to handle them in your campaign – I have already covered, in extensive detail, mind you, all of […]

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  • The Adequate Commoner This massive book clock in at 133 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page Kickstarter-backer-list, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, leaving us with 125 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Playing a commoner – as you can imagine, this book is not about a gameplay that is a cakewalk. Indeed, one may call it “insane” at first, as the in-character commentary spread throughout the book, from the mouth of the commoner-adventurer extraordinaire Felix Feckle, calls it. Well, turns out, and I can say that from my […]

    The Adequate Commoner

    The Adequate Commoner This massive book clock in at 133 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page Kickstarter-backer-list, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, leaving us with 125 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Playing a commoner – as you can imagine, this book is not about a gameplay that is a cakewalk. Indeed, one may call it “insane” at first, as the in-character commentary spread throughout the book, from the mouth of the commoner-adventurer extraordinaire Felix Feckle, calls it. Well, turns out, and I can say that from my […]

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  • Bite Me! Archetypes This installment of the Bite Me-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The first archetype herein would be the Lycanthologist alchemist, who chooses one type of animal – said type becomes available for a kind of empathy that allows for better handling (i.e. “raptors”) and at 3rd level, the mutagen of this archetype allows for kind-of-lycanthropic shapes and some minor alter self-bonus scavenging instead of swift alchemy, with subsequent levels allowing for mutagens that also allow for beast shape-like benefits alongside some minor lycanthrope-themed benefits.   Feral Ragers […]

    Bite Me! Archetypes

    Bite Me! Archetypes This installment of the Bite Me-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The first archetype herein would be the Lycanthologist alchemist, who chooses one type of animal – said type becomes available for a kind of empathy that allows for better handling (i.e. “raptors”) and at 3rd level, the mutagen of this archetype allows for kind-of-lycanthropic shapes and some minor alter self-bonus scavenging instead of swift alchemy, with subsequent levels allowing for mutagens that also allow for beast shape-like benefits alongside some minor lycanthrope-themed benefits.   Feral Ragers […]

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  • Bite Me! Skindancers This installment of the Bite Me-series clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so what exactly do we get here?   Well, on the basic level, the reply would be that we receive a race – which gets +2 Dex and Con, -2 Wis, gearing it towards the physical pursuits. Not a fan of that, as I prefer races to be balanced between mental and physical attributes. Skindancers are humanoids with the shapechanger subtype and one subtype of the player’s choice and count as both for purposes of vulnerabilities to targeted effects. Skindancers are medium, have […]

    Bite Me! Skindancers

    Bite Me! Skindancers This installment of the Bite Me-series clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so what exactly do we get here?   Well, on the basic level, the reply would be that we receive a race – which gets +2 Dex and Con, -2 Wis, gearing it towards the physical pursuits. Not a fan of that, as I prefer races to be balanced between mental and physical attributes. Skindancers are humanoids with the shapechanger subtype and one subtype of the player’s choice and count as both for purposes of vulnerabilities to targeted effects. Skindancers are medium, have […]

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  • Bite Me! Playing Lycanthropes This supplement clocks in at 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 41 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   FULL DISCLOSURE: I was a stretchgoal for the Bite Me! kickstarter and was compensated for what I wrote for it. I was in no way involved in the production of this book or its contents and thus do not consider my verdict compromised in any way.   So we kick off this book with a massive rumination on the fascination of what contitutes a lycanthrope as well as on the terminology itself – namely the opposition […]

    Bite Me! Playing Lycanthropes

    Bite Me! Playing Lycanthropes This supplement clocks in at 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 41 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   FULL DISCLOSURE: I was a stretchgoal for the Bite Me! kickstarter and was compensated for what I wrote for it. I was in no way involved in the production of this book or its contents and thus do not consider my verdict compromised in any way.   So we kick off this book with a massive rumination on the fascination of what contitutes a lycanthrope as well as on the terminology itself – namely the opposition […]

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  • You’re Gonna Die Screaming – Optimization Guide for Commoners This Pay-what-you-want-optimization guide clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so what exactly do we get here?   Firts of all – this is exactly what it says on the tin – an optimization guide. In case you’re not familiar with these, usually, a color code of Red, Green, Blue and Purple is applied to skills, feats, spells etc.pp. to denote at a glance the feasibility of options available.   That being said, personally, I’m not too big a fan of optimization to the oomphteenth degree, mainly because some of […]

    You’re Gonna Die Screaming – Optimization Guide for Commoners

    You’re Gonna Die Screaming – Optimization Guide for Commoners This Pay-what-you-want-optimization guide clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so what exactly do we get here?   Firts of all – this is exactly what it says on the tin – an optimization guide. In case you’re not familiar with these, usually, a color code of Red, Green, Blue and Purple is applied to skills, feats, spells etc.pp. to denote at a glance the feasibility of options available.   That being said, personally, I’m not too big a fan of optimization to the oomphteenth degree, mainly because some of […]

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  • Forces of Darkness: Zunirei of the Thousand Eyes   This supplement is 18 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/author bio, 1 page ToC/short intro of the concept behind Zunirei,1 page SRD and 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, who is Zunirei? Born in the Eastern lands of a now forgotten prime material plane, she was born from the lowest of stock, sold into prostitution and climbed the ranks of her homeland by guile and deviousness, making good use of the skill-set of a courtesan. On her way to the top, she started working as a double-agent, following her one true […]

    Forces of Darkness: Zunirei of the Thousand Eyes

    Forces of Darkness: Zunirei of the Thousand Eyes   This supplement is 18 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/author bio, 1 page ToC/short intro of the concept behind Zunirei,1 page SRD and 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, who is Zunirei? Born in the Eastern lands of a now forgotten prime material plane, she was born from the lowest of stock, sold into prostitution and climbed the ranks of her homeland by guile and deviousness, making good use of the skill-set of a courtesan. On her way to the top, she started working as a double-agent, following her one true […]

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