Monsters Archive

  • Four Horsemen Present: Minmaxed Monsters This installment of the Four Horsemen Present-series clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 1 page of stock color artwork (the cover of the Dracomancer-class) gobbling up a page sans necessity, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, most of us will have been there; I know that there’s a reason I need to redesign basically ALL monsters in my main campaign (the one non-playtest game) – some smart players excel in not only making insanely captivating characters…they also have the rules-savvy to back them up. This results in very powerful characters and when some folks complain about modules […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Minmaxed Monsters

    Four Horsemen Present: Minmaxed Monsters This installment of the Four Horsemen Present-series clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 1 page of stock color artwork (the cover of the Dracomancer-class) gobbling up a page sans necessity, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, most of us will have been there; I know that there’s a reason I need to redesign basically ALL monsters in my main campaign (the one non-playtest game) – some smart players excel in not only making insanely captivating characters…they also have the rules-savvy to back them up. This results in very powerful characters and when some folks complain about modules […]

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  • Monsters of Porphyra II The second of the massive bestiaries for the Porphyra campaign setting clocks in at a massive 226 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page introduction (containing thanks for the contributing authors and contact information for the artists involved – kudos for providing that at such a prominent spot!), 4.5 pages of SRD, 1 page blank/back cover, leaving us with 215.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I have received this bestiary as an early access file and have been working on this review ever since; beyond that, this is a prioritized review and was moved up in my review-queue at the request of my patreons.   […]

    Monsters of Porphyra II

    Monsters of Porphyra II The second of the massive bestiaries for the Porphyra campaign setting clocks in at a massive 226 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page introduction (containing thanks for the contributing authors and contact information for the artists involved – kudos for providing that at such a prominent spot!), 4.5 pages of SRD, 1 page blank/back cover, leaving us with 215.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I have received this bestiary as an early access file and have been working on this review ever since; beyond that, this is a prioritized review and was moved up in my review-queue at the request of my patreons.   […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Monsters Under the Bed The pdf clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is the intent of this book? Well, first of all, PFRPG assumes that most creatures are defeated by combat, right? Well, if you’ve been following my reviews, you will note a certain belief of mine pertaining moral values that can be conveyed via roleplaying games. This pdf’s first goal, then, would be to provide options to make monsters more suitable for children of ages 8 and below. The first creature in this pdf would be actually a template with a sample […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Monsters Under the Bed

    Four Horsemen Present: Monsters Under the Bed The pdf clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is the intent of this book? Well, first of all, PFRPG assumes that most creatures are defeated by combat, right? Well, if you’ve been following my reviews, you will note a certain belief of mine pertaining moral values that can be conveyed via roleplaying games. This pdf’s first goal, then, would be to provide options to make monsters more suitable for children of ages 8 and below. The first creature in this pdf would be actually a template with a sample […]

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  • Playable Monsters for 5th Edition (5e) The 5e-version of Quasar Knight Enterprises’ take on playable monsters clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page of artist contacts, 1 page of writer info, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, after some general discussions on how to handle monstrous PCs and parties, we dive pretty much straight into the respective races, which cover a brief physical description, some minor information on society, relations with other races and alignment/religion preferences as well as how the race interacts with adventurers before diving into the respective racial traits – on a nitpicky formatting side, […]

    Playable Monsters for 5th Edition (5e)

    Playable Monsters for 5th Edition (5e) The 5e-version of Quasar Knight Enterprises’ take on playable monsters clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page of artist contacts, 1 page of writer info, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, after some general discussions on how to handle monstrous PCs and parties, we dive pretty much straight into the respective races, which cover a brief physical description, some minor information on society, relations with other races and alignment/religion preferences as well as how the race interacts with adventurers before diving into the respective racial traits – on a nitpicky formatting side, […]

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  • Playable Monsters Vol. I – Fantasy Iconics & Mythology This pdf clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of artist/writer-contact-info and 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, after some general discussions on how to handle monstrous PCs and parties, we dive pretty much straight into the respective races, which cover a brief physical description, some minor information on society, relations with other races and alignment/religion preferences as well as how the race interacts with adventurers. After that, we get the racial traits…and that’s pretty much it. If you were looking for traits or alternate racial traits to customize […]

    Playable Monsters Vol. I – Fantasy Iconics & Mythology

    Playable Monsters Vol. I – Fantasy Iconics & Mythology This pdf clocks in at 58 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of artist/writer-contact-info and 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, after some general discussions on how to handle monstrous PCs and parties, we dive pretty much straight into the respective races, which cover a brief physical description, some minor information on society, relations with other races and alignment/religion preferences as well as how the race interacts with adventurers. After that, we get the racial traits…and that’s pretty much it. If you were looking for traits or alternate racial traits to customize […]

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  • Mystical: Kingdom of Monsters This massive freshman offering of Northwinter Press clocks in at 194 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial 3 pages of ToC, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of credits/KS-thanks, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 185 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what is this book? In one sentence: Pokémon for Pathfinder. As such, the book begins with a pretty concise introduction to be then supplemented by easy to grasp fast-play rules – but the main meat, the nexus of this book if you will, would be the new Monster Trainer base class. These guys can see the aura of a monster, which allows them to determine whether […]

    Mystical: Kingdom of Monsters

    Mystical: Kingdom of Monsters This massive freshman offering of Northwinter Press clocks in at 194 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial 3 pages of ToC, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of credits/KS-thanks, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 185 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what is this book? In one sentence: Pokémon for Pathfinder. As such, the book begins with a pretty concise introduction to be then supplemented by easy to grasp fast-play rules – but the main meat, the nexus of this book if you will, would be the new Monster Trainer base class. These guys can see the aura of a monster, which allows them to determine whether […]

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  • The Genius Guide to Simple Class Templates for Monsters This massive pdf clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page blank back cover, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review will deviate a bit from my usual style, namely because me tackling this book in it would just end up be extremely redundant and extremely boring – basically, what this pdf does is spare the GM a literal crap-ton of work. If your PCs and players are like mine, vanilla monsters will get curb-stomped left and right…and become boring pretty fast. The most obvious choice one has, beyond templates, would obviously be the […]

    The Genius Guide to Simple Class Templates for Monsters

    The Genius Guide to Simple Class Templates for Monsters This massive pdf clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page blank back cover, leaving us with 50 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review will deviate a bit from my usual style, namely because me tackling this book in it would just end up be extremely redundant and extremely boring – basically, what this pdf does is spare the GM a literal crap-ton of work. If your PCs and players are like mine, vanilla monsters will get curb-stomped left and right…and become boring pretty fast. The most obvious choice one has, beyond templates, would obviously be the […]

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  • Mythic Monsters: Sea Monsters   This installment of the Mythic Monsters-series clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 3 pages of how-to-use/introduction, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As has become the tradition with this series, we kick off with a kind of supplemental content appropriate for the theme of the issue, this time in the guise of 8 feats to expand your aquatic combat options for mythic creatures (and if you need further oomph for non-mythic aquatic foes, check Alluria Publishing’s Cerulean Seas-books – they’re awesome!) -sporting the very much required swim-by-attack (both […]

    Mythic Monsters: Sea Monsters

    Mythic Monsters: Sea Monsters   This installment of the Mythic Monsters-series clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 3 pages of how-to-use/introduction, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As has become the tradition with this series, we kick off with a kind of supplemental content appropriate for the theme of the issue, this time in the guise of 8 feats to expand your aquatic combat options for mythic creatures (and if you need further oomph for non-mythic aquatic foes, check Alluria Publishing’s Cerulean Seas-books – they’re awesome!) -sporting the very much required swim-by-attack (both […]

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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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  • Mythic Monsters: Oozes Too This installment of Legendary Games’ Mythic Monsters-series is 32 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 3 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of raw content, so what do we exactly get here?   We’re back with more mythic slimes – and a new array of beginning material, this time the 3rd-tier archmage ability oozechemist that nets you the bottled ooze discovery (not only when you’re an alchemist) and power these oozes, turning them mythic. Nice one. We also get 6 variants of summon slime spells for level 1-6, which per se are cool…though the list at […]

    Mythic Monsters: Oozes Too

    Mythic Monsters: Oozes Too This installment of Legendary Games’ Mythic Monsters-series is 32 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 3 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of raw content, so what do we exactly get here?   We’re back with more mythic slimes – and a new array of beginning material, this time the 3rd-tier archmage ability oozechemist that nets you the bottled ooze discovery (not only when you’re an alchemist) and power these oozes, turning them mythic. Nice one. We also get 6 variants of summon slime spells for level 1-6, which per se are cool…though the list at […]

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  • Mythic Monsters: Oozes This installment of Legendary Games’ Mythic Monsters-series is 28 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement and 1 page inside back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of raw content, so what do we exactly get here?   Well, let’s take a look at the oozes – which present a unique challenge at mythic levels: Being mindless for one, an optional rule to retain the usefulness/threat of grab (ex) and mythic splitting are covered before we dive into the statblocks – all of these initial options are more than viable and fit the theme.   At CR […]

    Mythic Monsters: Oozes

    Mythic Monsters: Oozes This installment of Legendary Games’ Mythic Monsters-series is 28 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement and 1 page inside back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of raw content, so what do we exactly get here?   Well, let’s take a look at the oozes – which present a unique challenge at mythic levels: Being mindless for one, an optional rule to retain the usefulness/threat of grab (ex) and mythic splitting are covered before we dive into the statblocks – all of these initial options are more than viable and fit the theme.   At CR […]

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  • Mythic Monsters: Molds, Slimes and Fungi This installment of Legendary Games’ Mythic Monsters-series is 32 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement and 1 page inside back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages of raw content, so what do we exactly get here?   I like the gritty and dark. My campaigns tend to feature a lot of diseases, poisons and the like. Add to that the fact that I have some serious health issues with regards to fungus spores and a traumatic horror story I read as a child and I’ll come right out and say it: Demons? Lovecraftiana? […]

    Mythic Monsters: Molds, Slimes and Fungi

    Mythic Monsters: Molds, Slimes and Fungi This installment of Legendary Games’ Mythic Monsters-series is 32 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement and 1 page inside back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages of raw content, so what do we exactly get here?   I like the gritty and dark. My campaigns tend to feature a lot of diseases, poisons and the like. Add to that the fact that I have some serious health issues with regards to fungus spores and a traumatic horror story I read as a child and I’ll come right out and say it: Demons? Lovecraftiana? […]

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  • 101 Variant Monsters This installment of Rite Publishing’s 101-series clocks in at a massive 47 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with a massive 42 pages of content – a great bang for buck ratio, but can the quality stand up to the quantity?   Organization-wise, these variant monsters  are grouped together by CR, spanning the gamut from CR 1 –CR 25 – personally, I consider this organization great, since you’ll probably not be searching for variant monsters by their name. The respective entries all feature the name of the base-creature to be modified in brackets and the entries themselves can be considered creature-archetypes or templates created for one […]

    101 Variant Monsters

    101 Variant Monsters This installment of Rite Publishing’s 101-series clocks in at a massive 47 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with a massive 42 pages of content – a great bang for buck ratio, but can the quality stand up to the quantity?   Organization-wise, these variant monsters  are grouped together by CR, spanning the gamut from CR 1 –CR 25 – personally, I consider this organization great, since you’ll probably not be searching for variant monsters by their name. The respective entries all feature the name of the base-creature to be modified in brackets and the entries themselves can be considered creature-archetypes or templates created for one […]

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  • In the Company of Monsters     This compilation of Rite Publishing’s playable monster races is 94 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of  87 pages of content, so what exactly do we get?   Well, first of all, I have reviewed ALL of the component pdfs of this compilation and thus won’t go into each and every detail of the respective races and instead focus on providing you a good overview of the respective entries.   The first race of the pdf would then be T. H. Gulliver’s Gargoyles or rather stonewardens. As they call themselves – […]

    In the Company of Monsters

    In the Company of Monsters     This compilation of Rite Publishing’s playable monster races is 94 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of  87 pages of content, so what exactly do we get?   Well, first of all, I have reviewed ALL of the component pdfs of this compilation and thus won’t go into each and every detail of the respective races and instead focus on providing you a good overview of the respective entries.   The first race of the pdf would then be T. H. Gulliver’s Gargoyles or rather stonewardens. As they call themselves – […]

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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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  • Hello all, and welcome back to War Duke’s table-top miniatures review. I know this was supposed to have been a monthly article, but in between having to move recently, worrying with my dad’s surgery, dealing with an impacted wisdom tooth *and* the holiday rat-race, I haven’t had much time to get this thing done. So without further adieu, let’s get this show back on the road and in proper form. WD: I’d like to start by welcoming our guest Matthew Solarz, whom I recently reviewed in part one of this discussion; covering his CenterStage Miniatures product line. Thank you Matt for taking the time out to speak with us here at Nerd-Trek. MS: Thanks for your interest in CSM! WD: […]

    Warduke’s Table-Top Miniatures Review – Center Stage pt.2

    Hello all, and welcome back to War Duke’s table-top miniatures review. I know this was supposed to have been a monthly article, but in between having to move recently, worrying with my dad’s surgery, dealing with an impacted wisdom tooth *and* the holiday rat-race, I haven’t had much time to get this thing done. So without further adieu, let’s get this show back on the road and in proper form. WD: I’d like to start by welcoming our guest Matthew Solarz, whom I recently reviewed in part one of this discussion; covering his CenterStage Miniatures product line. Thank you Matt for taking the time out to speak with us here at Nerd-Trek. MS: Thanks for your interest in CSM! WD: […]

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  • Northlands This pdf is 114 pages long, 1 page front cover,  1 page editorial/ToC , 1 page patron list, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving a whopping 109 pages for the Northlands, so let’s check it out!   Disclaimer: I was a patron for this project and contributed my fair share of material to the book. Additionally, I’m working with Scandinavian literature and culture as one of my day-jobs, probably not making me the most unbiased of potential reviewers in this instance, but I’ll try to remain as critical, nitpicky and obnoxious as in my other reviews.   Now that that’s out of the way, let’s check it out! Northlands is a sourcebook for the North, to […]

    Northlands + web-enhancement

    Northlands This pdf is 114 pages long, 1 page front cover,  1 page editorial/ToC , 1 page patron list, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving a whopping 109 pages for the Northlands, so let’s check it out!   Disclaimer: I was a patron for this project and contributed my fair share of material to the book. Additionally, I’m working with Scandinavian literature and culture as one of my day-jobs, probably not making me the most unbiased of potential reviewers in this instance, but I’ll try to remain as critical, nitpicky and obnoxious as in my other reviews.   Now that that’s out of the way, let’s check it out! Northlands is a sourcebook for the North, to […]

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  • Well here is another article about, you guessed it, The Elder Scrolls IV- Oblivion. This time ‘tis about my 5 Fiercest Creatures in the Game of OBLIVION!!! 1.      Will’ o’ wisp Well, this creature isn’t much to look at. It is a floating cloud of Yellow dust. Don’t be fooled by its appearance because this thing has killed me many times before. This creature cast many differ net spells on you, E.G – Destruction Spells such as Flare and Frost, and Illusion spells that drain Magika and cause fatigue. Yields: Unknown 2.      Troll Ah the Humble Troll, in this game they are not to humble. They dwell in and outside of caves. They are big, strong and hard […]

    Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion’s Fiercest Creatures

    Well here is another article about, you guessed it, The Elder Scrolls IV- Oblivion. This time ‘tis about my 5 Fiercest Creatures in the Game of OBLIVION!!! 1.      Will’ o’ wisp Well, this creature isn’t much to look at. It is a floating cloud of Yellow dust. Don’t be fooled by its appearance because this thing has killed me many times before. This creature cast many differ net spells on you, E.G – Destruction Spells such as Flare and Frost, and Illusion spells that drain Magika and cause fatigue. Yields: Unknown 2.      Troll Ah the Humble Troll, in this game they are not to humble. They dwell in and outside of caves. They are big, strong and hard […]

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