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That's a Goblin!?
Publisher: Spes Magna Games
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/19/2013 07:12:38

An Endzeitgeist.com review

This supplement/module for the OSR-ruleset of old-school gaming is 21 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let's take a look, shall we?

On the crunchy side, we kick this pdf off with a d24-list of random goblin traits - and damn are they fun: Stinking belches, muscled goblins, blood-draining goblins, eyes that stick out like those of a chameleon - you name it and get some truly weird mutations with neat rules-representations. Advice is also given on adding the CL of some of the modifications. From Sewer Creepers to Leaf Lurkers, we also get 3 different types of goblins and 6 tactics can be assigned to goblins to net them bonuses when trying to kill animals of putting things to the torch.

Beyond these, we get 3 new weapons - from child catchers to a thurible filled with noxious fluids, we get a neat little arsenal. There is also a d16-table of goblin traits to make them not your average humanoids, but rather dwellers of the realms of fey - with druidic powers, dimension doors, fey dances and water-breathing goblins, size-changing and other options.

After all these options, we get a total of 6 statblocks of goblins - from a burn squad to obese drinkers and goblins with magical prowess.

The second half of her product is the Tributary of Terror, a mini-adventure for levels 2 to 4. Hence, the following part will contain SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion.

All right, still here? The (mapped) village of Reyr's Well is fully detailed in a concise, gazetteer-like write-u that even provides us with a menu for the tavern -a nice level of detail supplemented further by local rumors. And of course, the village has troubles - a fey greentooth goblin has infiltrated the well and needs to be taken out. Straight-forward nice little sidetrek - but also one that ultimately is utterly and completely generic apart from its adversary: The sidetrek here feels a bit forced - as if a gazetteer wasn't enough. There is no reason why the foe should be a goblin and honestly, more options for the green menaces or a more expanded sandboxy base with some hooks would have been more prudent.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to a printer-friendly 2-column standard and the pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience. The pdf also comes with ok hand-drawn artworks - nothing special, but ok at this price-point.

Spes Magna Games' mastermind Mark L. Chance has created a nice toolkit to get goblins some additional oomph that is not only relevant for S&W-DMs, but which should also be rather interesting for DMs of other rulesets - the ideas are suffused with a subtle humor that manages to evoke danger as well as keeping the goofy component associated with the little menaces.

And as much as I love the level of detail, the goofy abilities - the sidetrek in here is simply LAME with a capital "l" - it's the equivalent of Lassie barking that Timmy fell down the well when the town's set-up hints that so much more would have been possible. This is what drags the offering down from straight 5 stars to my final verdict - 4 stars and a recommendation to check it out for friends of goblins.

Endzeitgeist out.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
That's a Goblin!?
Publisher: Spes Magna Games
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 07/08/2013 10:15:33

Are your players bored with goblins?

Spice up your opposition from mere cannon fodder with such delights as a table of random goblin traits (maybe the next one they face has a beer gut or remarkably huge ears... maybe there's a battle singer in that horde, singing off-key and quite ribald songs...

Maybe you want to sling in a specialist unit, a burn squad perhaps - arson specialists - or the (thankfully unique) Gurk Wound-Licker: a goblin renowned for beating a bugbear almost to death, dragging him back to the campsite and then entertaining everyone by proceeding to lick the poor creature until it expired!

These and more can be used to spice up any goblin encounter, but if you are in need of a ready-made one, then there's Tributary of Terror, a mini-adventure for characters of 1st-2nd level. It involves a small but prosperous hamlet, but there's more to it than meets the eye. This isn't just a goblin-bashing festival either, it's a fine living community with plenty going on that has the potential to spawn further adventures as well as the one presented here.

Well worth a look!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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