||Caves and Caverns by Raging Swan Press
This product is 88 pages long. It starts with a cover, credits, ToC, and Intro. (5 pages)
Forward (3 pages)
This talks about the design idea, what's in the chapters and the authors thoughts. It also has tables listing that list CR's in order and page number, by creature type and random monsters by EL.
Chapter 1 (16 pages)
This chapter talks about adventuring in the underdark or in this book they call it the Ebon Realm. It talks about travel times, tunnel sizes, skill checks and how they help, languages of the realm, air and bad air with how to notice and over come it, cave-ins, darkness and light sources, spells with dark and light descriptors, the varies types of floors one is likely to encounter and the problems they can present, different types of obstructions one can encounter, types of walls and climbing checks etc, water and what it can cause, floods and underground rivers, a sample cavern with full page map, it ends with a glossary of terms.
Chapter 2 (61 pages)
It starts but listing all the common creatures in the underdark by CR and listing which book they come from. Next it lists all the creatures by creature type, followed by 4 monster random encounter tables by tunnel type and 3 feature/hazard encounter tables by tunnel type. Next we get nearly 100 cave and cavern dressing to help make things look better in a random table.
After that we get to the encounters in the book. There is 25 primary encounters in this section that range from CR 6-13 with most falling in the 9-12 range. Each of these encounters have a bit of information about the encounter, full stat blocks, tactics of the creatures and advice on how to scale the encounter. In addition to those there is also a section on Drow (8 stat blocks and 4 brief encounters), Duergar (4 stat blocks and 1 brief encounter), Svirfneblin(4 stat blocks, 1 encounter and a little on a settlement), and Troglodytes (4 stat blocks and 2 brief encounters)
It ends with a OGL, about the authors, ads, and back cover. (4 pages)
Closing thoughts. The art work is black and white and ranges from pretty good to very good. Editing and layout was very good I didn't notice any errors. The encounters ranged from solid to in a few cases outstanding. Most of them was good or very good in design. The first chapter and random tables of the second chapter is reason enough to pick this up for anyone planning to run any games in the underdark. The encounters are just a bonus and a good bonus at that. The only negative thing I can say and this is more of a nit pick than a real problem is, the encounters tend to be more mundane and by that I mean creatures you would obviously expect to find and/or are common. I would have liked to have seen a few not a lot but a few more uncommon type encounters. Otherwise I really have nothing negative to say and that is a nitpick. So what's my rating? Well what choice do I really have? I am giving it a 5 star review.
Trust me, I'm a Succubus.
[5 of 5 Stars!]