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Exotic Encounters: Compendium
por William W. [Comprador verificado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 08/02/15 11:02:33
I was looking to liven up some traditional monster encounters in my campaign. I wanted to come up with some interesting encounters to catch my players off guard, sure I could always pull in a brand new monsters, but I thought it would be more fun to go with some more traditional monsters and give them a twist just to keep the players on their toes. This book fits the bill perfectly. A nice variety of known "regular" monsters but with some interesting twists and variations to them. Highly recommended

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Exotic Encounters: Compendium
por Stipe K. [Comprador verificado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 05/22/15 06:30:43
This is a compilation of variant monsters with base creatures chosen from the first bestiary. Each creature has three variants, usually one weaker and two stronger versions. Beasts are well made, nothing too spectacular, but also nothing bad that stands out. There are no pictures, but since these are variants of existing monsters they are not that necessary. I really like this book since I became too busy to apply templates to tweak monsters, and these offer variety if you need it when using monsters.
I wish I had this book, Monster Codex and Raging Swan's Tribes Most Foul when I ran my orc campaign, it would make my job so much easier.

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The Blackshire Mercenary Company
por Thilo G. [Cr�tico destacado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 11/05/14 06:56:55
An Endzeitgeist.com review



This pdf is 32 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 28 pages of content, so let's check these mercenaries out!

After an introduction to the mercenary company and some adventure outlines/plot hooks, we get information on hiring the mercenaries for" active" or "passive" duties (i.e. guard duty vs. adventuring/preventing assassinations) as well as information to joining the Blackshire Mercenaries, improving one's standing in the guild as well as how jobs are granted to soldiers and spending influence in the guild. I.e. we actually get tables and information on how to both gain influence and on how to spend it/what benefits you can get in the guild.

So what is the guild and how does it work? In a work of dire rat infestations, marauding wyvern and vicious orc press gangs, adventurers always can find work. What, however, if none of these specialists are available? What if one has already been betrayed by powerful adventurers and thus rather want specialists who may ask for a steep price, but adhere to professional work ethics? That's what the Blackshire Company is for. Driven by pragmatism and a desire to earn money and get the job done rather than adhere to chivalrous codes of honor and conduct, they are hardened, grizzled and yet uncompromising problem-solvers. Depending on the level of the member and the amount of influence one has, specific benefits are available, lending using the guild towards e.g. prolonged campaigns with PCs getting ranks in the guild.

The guild also gets its own Prestige Class (to join, you of course have to have sufficient influence with the guild), the Blackshire Exemplar.
The 10-level-PrC gets d10, 2+Int skills per levels, a good BAB-progression, a medium fort-save and centers around professionalism-abilities like immunity to fear and can learn from a list of 13 special guild maneuvers. The guild maneuvers are powerful, but adequately represent the fighting style of the guild. Their capstone-ability lets them make a full attack as a standard action, though. OUCH. This ability, even for a capstone-ability feels rather powerful and lends itself to potential abuse. They also come with a lore-section.

Next up in the book are the sample NPCs:
The section contains three dwarven brothers that learned to expertly coordinate their effort, an example of an evil as well as an example of a good chapter-head, a duelist-style fighter, a low-level thug and a legend among the companies.

-Dennai Battleshield (Dwarf Fighter 7/ Stalwart Defender 2)
-Dorbin Battleshield (Dwarf Fighter 7)
-Dragor Battleshield (Dwarf Fighter 7)
-Helgar "the Butcher" Bailey (Human Fighter 10)
-Percival Callahan (Human Paladin 10)
-Rolando (Human fighter 7/ranger 6/blackshire exemplar 4)
-Sophia Ironblade (Fighter 10)
-Tolbin Denny (Rogue 4)

Conclusion:
The organization per se is very well presented - you can easily imagine this very capitalistic and professional approach to being mercenaries. The company can serve as anything you'd like - as foils for the PCs, as allies, as a home away from home or as all of the above. Presentation of the benefits and tracking rank in the guild rock and are detailed enough to be of use even to the most novice of DMs. The company can easily be dropped in into just about ANY campaign and is sufficiently modular. I'll go even so far as to propose that they make a nice elite-order in rather low-magic settings. However, there are also some downsides to this file: While I like the Blackshire Exemplar class, I think that the capstone ability is too strong and I would have loved to see more guild techniques. The NPCs, while well-designed and with some APG-support, did not necessarily impress me that much - on the one side, they may be well-crafted, but somehow they felt a bit unspecific and don't come with their rank specified in the guild. I also would have loved to see stats for the 3 leaders of the guild. Another problem is, that while the company is easy to implement and is well and extensively detailed, but it somehow lacks iconic powers and also feels generic in the negative sense. The short write-up of the Blackblade mercenary organization from RiP' s "Elspeth Blackblade" somehow felt more compelling to me.
Editing is top-notch, I didn't notice any mistakes. Layout is fine, too, although it adheres to the used-parchment-look of NWN, thus being not too printer-friendly. The mostly public domain art fits the topic. Formatting is nice, there is only one glitch of a line in the last stat-block - half of one line is hidden beneath another line. The pdf is extensively bookmarked.

My final verdict for this pdf will take the low price and the amount of content into account. Due to the formatting glitch and the minor problems I encountered, I'd usually settle for 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3. However, I couldn't name a single "Guild"-book apart from this one and it is well-crafted for a VERY low price. Thus, I'll round my final verdict up to 4 - it's good to see a fully-detailed and professionally presented guild out there, even if it is a rather generic one. I hope to see more.

Endzeitgeist out.

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Mythic Mastery - Mythic Mummies
por Megan R. [Cr�tico destacado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 06/28/14 12:22:05
Diving straight in, we first meet the Dry Mummy. This is a mummified - or desiccated - animated corpse, rather than the bandage-trailing one familiar from countless movies, but they're no less friendly. For a start, they can desiccate YOU if they get too close! Apparently most are created by accident rather than by intent, from someone who has died in the right conditions to dry out their mortal remains in this manner. Interestingly, it is said that most arise from people who die of thirst in deserts rather than those killed by violence... and one really doesn't want to speculate what a necromancer might do if he wants to make one!

Next up is his mythic cousin, the Mythic Dry Mummy. Needless to say, they are even nastier than the regular sort, with the particularly nasty ability of being able to turn anyone they kill into a Dry Mummy.

Then there comes the Pitch Mummy and a Mythic Pitch Mummy. These ones do come in bandages, but dripping and oozing a foul black substance, thought to be a by-product of the mummification process as practiced by certain cults who use a special magical black tar rather than ordinary pitch as a preservative. The Mythic ones again have the ability to create Pitch Mummies, but this time by touch alone, they don't have to kill their victim.

Four really scary mummy variants to locate in desert tombs and other suitable places.

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A Necromancer's Grimoire: The Art of Traps
por Micah B. [Comprador verificado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 05/18/14 09:13:56
Uncreative, offers nothing you could not find online. The traps are your typical ones I didn't find a single one which intrigued me. Not worth the cost.

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Mythic Mastery - Mythic Efreeti
por Megan R. [Cr�tico destacado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 05/17/14 09:56:38
You might think that a regular efreeti is a pretty mythic fellow, but once you read through these notes it becomes clear that a true mythic efreeti is even more potent.

Sharing common characteristics with their regular brethren, mythic efreet have additional powers most notable of which is the ability to magically shackle a humanoid creature, enslaving them. A full stat block and notes on their special abilities are provided along with comprehensive notes about how mythic efreet fit into the hierarchy on the Plane of Fire.

This explains how mythic efreet gain 'mythic' status... by interacting with us 'lesser' creatures on the Material Plane! An efreeti who grants too many wishes and warps the fabric of the multiverse enough begins to gain mythic powers.

The rest of the work contains several rituals for summoning mythic efreet. The usual planar binding spells don't work on mythic genies, so other means must be employed. In some ways these rituals are easier than regular summonings, but they are also more risky and the unwary may find themselves unprotected when the summoned efreeti - likely to be in a bad mood - pops out in front of them!

Some interesting twists to throw into run-of-the-mill genie interactions here.

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Mythic Mastery - Missing Mythic Magic Volume V
por Megan R. [Cr�tico destacado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 04/26/14 10:22:14
This latest installment in the series of Missing Mythic Magic covers spells from Continual Flame to Cure Light Wounds. Each is given detailed notes in which the mythic version is explained, often with additional augmentations that you can add by expending mythic power (and occasionally adding extra material components as well).

What is nice about these is that it's not just a case of bigger and does more (although that is the case for most of them) - you get additional features and options to make casting that spell a truly mythic experience.

Take for example Control Winds. It's bigger, because you add your mythic tier as well as your caster level to decide how much of a change to the existing wind strength you can make, and the winds move with you rather than staying put. However you can also use the wind to fly through the area of effect - that's new. If you want to expend extra power and augment it, you can even cause a tornado to occur within the area under your control, spend more power and you can generate a massive windstorm affecting some ten square miles!

This is a series any serious mythic spellcaster ought to be collecting and poring over in his tower!

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Mythic Mastery: Mythic Curses
por Megan R. [Cr�tico destacado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 03/21/14 12:40:09
Curses can be rather fun... well, not if you are on the receiving end. But in terms of interesting events, a curse can be a powerful plot driver, although hitherto, game mechanics have not supported curses well despite their role-playing potential.

Here is an attempt to redress this, by making curses more interesting mechanically. Basically, curses are treated as intelligent entities capable of employing various powers each day against the luckless soul who is cursed. Each curse has a set of 'moral axioms', a code of behaviour which it wishes to impose on the victim and it uses its powers to modify the victim's behaviour by a mechanism whereby it is granted extra ones if the victim does not conform! The fun bit is that the character afflicted may have no idea, at least at first, what moral axioms the curse has.

To throw off a curse, the victim may seek magical help or attempt more exotic methods such as following the curse's moral axioms to such an extent that it no longer has effect. Also, each curse designed using this system will have a method for removal included - again, not something the victim will be privy to.

Five mythic curses are provided as examples, which may be used as presented or as a basis for your own designs. These curses - Ageing, Babble, Gender Reversal, Ill Fortune and Petrification - do not come with their own moral axioms, however a list of suitable ones is provided so you may add whichever you feel are appropriate. These can involve things like controlling fear or your temper, displaying generousity or even avoiding drunkenness. Interestingly, the moral axioms presented are all good things. It's entirely likely that a curse bestowed by an evil creature may have a more malign influence!

Finally, if you decide to let characters bestow curses as well as suffer them, there is a Mythic Curse feat that the would-be curser can take.

Altogether interesting, and certainly making curses more exciting.

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Mythic Mastery - Missing Mythic Magic Volume I
por Jeff A. [Comprador verificado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 02/22/14 19:02:45
The Good stuff...
Solid layout, haven't noticed any major typographical flaws.
Fairly unique viewpoint on spells, with some real thought behind them.

The Other stuff...
~I bought, and am using "Mythic Magic: Core Spells" in tandem... it has a variant viewpoint that I find useful, also in my game, I allow a fair measure of variance since I don't believe all Mythic characters are the same "kind" of mythic... thus they might develop divergent enhancements to various spells.

The Bad stuff...
OMG!!! these guys want $60 - $70 dollars (1.49 x400+spells / 10 spells per PDF) for just the core spells!!! Holy Crap!!!
Not all spells are "unique" or really even all that "mythic" (to be fair I couldn't do any better on some of them so... [but then again, I'm not charging such exorbitant fees for my "work" either....]


The "Big Picture"...
Would I buy it again? Yes
Would I recommend it? Only one volume (pick the one with your favorite spell(s) and buy only that one, the price point is insane.)

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Mythic Mastery - The Mythic Balor
por Megan R. [Cr�tico destacado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 02/14/14 11:01:16
Some people may think balors are small fry compared to other demons, some may have been raised on tales of Gandalf facing off against one on a bridge in Moria... and this work recreates THAT sort of balor, the one that scares you rigid just when you really, really want to run out of range of its whip!

We start with a full, detailed stat block for the Mythic Balor in all its terror including a range of special abilities that recreate the sort of balor Gandalf fought in vivid detail. The Ecology section reinforces this, painting a dire picture indeed and ending by advising the inquisitive demonologist to refrain from attempting to summon one!

Three new spells - Fiery Conclusion, Summon Balor Whip and Form of the Balor - are presented, along with the mythic modifications applicable to them; then there is - should that inquisitive demonologist decided to ignore the warning - the ritual for summoning one. Don't try this at home, as they say.

Keep this to hand for when you really want to pull the stops out. An impressive and really scary demon that I, for one, do not wish to encounter - ever!

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Liber Vampyr
por Thomas C. [Comprador verificado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 02/09/14 21:06:08
Man, I wish these guys had written the vampire section in the D&D core rulebook.

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Mythic Mastery - Mythic Heritage: Demonic Heritage
por Megan R. [Cr�tico destacado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 01/18/14 11:48:45
OK, so you're a Mythic figure. How did you come to be so? Your Path represents your destiny, but your Heritage speaks of your origins. Interestingly, this may not be something that you are aware of even once you've realised that you are Mythic...

This work explores one route to becoming Mythic, that you might have some demonic heritage. It may come in one of a range of ways, not just having a demon somewhere in your family tree. It might be the result of a ritual, or perhaps a cursed item imbued with the taint of the Abyss is affecting you. Whatever, any character whose alignment is neither Good nor Lawful could have a demonic heritage.

Having a demonic heritage opens up a range of new Mythic Abilities that are available to the character any time he becomes eligible to gain an ability from his Mythic Path. The character may choose to take a Path or a Heritage Ability, picking from the appropriate tier.

All that explained, the rest of the work lists the Abilities available. Many are pretty nasty as you might imagine, but at the 6th Tier you can even put temptation in someone's way with a Wicked Wish... all devilishly good fun, what?

Now, you might have eyes on telling rather more noble Mythic tales, but for darker stories - and of course for antagonists in a Mythic game - these could prove quite interesting.

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Mythic Mastery - Missing Mythic Magic Volume I
por Megan R. [Cr�tico destacado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 01/10/14 12:15:30
Did your favourite spell get left out of the list in the Mythic Adventures book?

If you are seeking to amp up a spell not on that list, fret not, for this collection of 'Missing Mythic Magic' provides many an idea for ways in which a mythic spellcaster can enhance even more spells.

The spells presented are based on ones in the core Pathfinder RPG rulebook. You will need to refer to this, as often the descriptions deal with amendments where it will be necessary to know what the original spell's effects are like to apply them. Many also have potential augumentations, which can kick in at higher levels if you are prepared to spend extra mythic energy on your casting.

Most of the effects are of the 'bigger' or 'more damage' variety, but some provide additional effects. For example, when using Alter Self, you can actually take on specfic abilities of the race you choose to appear as, along with the physical features. So if you want to look like an elf, you can acquire the elven immunities and keen senses racial features that elves have, and so on.

The spells covered are acid arrow, acid fog, acid flash, aid, air walk, alarm, align weapon, alter self, analyse dweomer, animal growth, animal messenger, animal shapes, animal trance, animate rope, and anti-life shell. So if one of these is a spell you like to enhance mythically, this is for you. Hopefully, there's more to come...

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Mythic Mastery - The Mythic Glabrezu
por Megan R. [Cr�tico destacado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 01/03/14 08:27:30
Making good use of concepts and information presented in the Paizo book Mythic Adventures, this brief work crams a lot in - not just the titular Mythic Glabrezu (a thoroughly nasty character), but a collection of mythic abilities suitable for a range of evil and demonic creatures and even a discussion of summoning rituals including two worked out in full.

Whilst the glabrezu is an unpleasant creature to have around, evilly-disposed individuals are tempted to summon them because they can grant virtually any desire the summoner might have. Being evil, however, the glabrezu does its utmost to maximise the damage it does in the process. They are nasty enough in their normal form, but mythic ones are worse... the regular sort delight in turning the summoner's desires back on himself, whilst a mythic glabrezu prefers to spread its malice far and wide, causing suffering to as many people as possible. They are sneaky as well, once loosed on the world, they slink around in disguise seeking to sucker the unwary to make use of their wish-fulfilling services... and only later allowing them to discover the cost.

A selection of mythic abilities follow, which you may apply to any suitable creature. The one I like (if that's the word...) is Demonic Possession, which gives the creature the ability to take over, possess, another living being in a manner akin to a magic jar spell, only the living being serves as the 'jar' - and, horrifically, remains fully awake of what the demon gets up to when in control of his body! Ugh, but great potential for plot development.

The final part deals with summoning rituals. Mythic demons require specialised spellcasting and ritual to make them appear and (more importantly, at least from the summoner's standpoint) to bind them. Both researching and then performing the ritual involves time, expense and several skill checks... get just one thing wrong and potentially you have a demon on the loose! The material here gives an indication of how to devise such a ritual - both in terms of flavour and game mechanics - and two sample rituals (including one to summon a mythic glabrezu) are given.

It's amazing just how much has been crammed into a few pages, and it's all good stuff. Just the thing for those budding demonology hackers in your campaign world!

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Exotic Encounters: Froghemoths
por Megan R. [Cr�tico destacado] Fecha en que fue añadido: 11/16/13 11:37:23
Herein are presented three variant froghemoths. Now, you may find the original Pathfinder Bestiary froghemoth a bit bizarre, both in appearance and behaviour, but if you find them of interest these variations fit in rather nicely, being just as weird in their own ways.

First up is the arctic froghemoth, with chilly breath and barbed harpoons on the end of its tentacles. They are ambush predators and although they seem well-adapted to their frozen environment still never seem completely at ease there.

Then we have the volcanic froghemoth, which makes its home anyplace warm: its name stems from its high body heat and ability to spit flame - although from the sound of it they would probably enjoy an active volcano. As most adventurers steer clear of such places, you may choose to put them elsewhere. This is facilitated by the fact that they are not ambush predators but much more active in search of their prey.

Finally comes the deep froghemoth. This gargantuan creature dwells underground and is covered in a thick acidic slime. It also has a symbiotic relationship with a rather nasty fungus (which apparently does not mind acidic slime!), and spreads its unpleasant spores around with gay abandon.

Ever since froghemoths were first recorded, there has been speculation about their origins. These variations suggest that an extra-planetary or extra-planar origin may indeed be likely, and that their grumpy nature stems from being trapped somewhere, to them, unpleasantly alien! Whether they have descended and diversified from a single group transported to your campaign world, or are unlucky enough to pop through from someplace else on a regular basis is up to you, as is their point of origin and any possibility for adventurers to make the reverse trip!

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