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OGL Monster Compendium: Egyptian
by Chris F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/29/2012 15:48:39
I bought the OGL Monster Compendium: Egyptian because I'm a huge fan of Egyptian mythology. Unfortunately, this PDF is too lazy of a product to hold my interest, though it does EXACTLY what it says on the tin.

OGL MC: Egyptian is a compilation of various monsters from assorted OGL sources, including Testament and Hamanaptura (from Green Ronin), Bastion Press' deities books, and the D20 Fantasy SRD, among others. While having all these monsters in one place is convenient, no additional work or effort has been put into this PDF other than copy and pasting over stat blocks.

These various monster statblocks were all released at various points long the 3.5 OGL life cycle, and several were from products released before the 3.5 revision, and are designed for 3rd edition D&D. This means power levels and mechanics are wonky at best. No effort was made to clean up the stat blocks or convert the creatures over to Pathfinder- had the publisher put forth that much effort I would have been satisfied. Had the publisher included a few short (50 word or less) adventure hooks at the end of each monster stat block I would have been satisfied. had the publisher purchased cool new art or used appropriate stock art, to give me a well illustrated book, I would have enjoyed this PDF.

Xandegar's Adventure Realm did NONE of these things. So instead of being satisfied with this PDF, I feel like my pocket just got picked to the tune of $10.37. Avoid this book.

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Thanks for the feedback Chris, we enjoy the honesty. All of the 3E monsters were updated/converted to 3.5 unless their respective licensing statements prevented it, which is a shame, since we specifically sent emails to Necromancer Games asking to change/update some of their products, but never received a reply so had to be re-published as is. Quite correct that I did not convert to Pathfinder, as we feel that there is sufficient content for that version of the game already and we wanted to focus on 3.5E. We will take the criticism of adventure hooks and ideas into our future releases and updates, as this is an excellent one and we should have thought of that ourselves! Thanks for that. As to the art work we don't have a staff artist/illustrator and it is something we are looking at getting sooner rather than later, but time and cost restraints are a factor here as well. Again thanks for the review.
OGL Monster Compendium: Grecian
by Paul M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/24/2012 04:33:16
It is nice to have a product that has the Greek monsters in one place. I quite often run a campaign or two set on Earth during various historical periods, especially Ancient and Middle Ages, so it was nice to see a product that has the monsters from the Grecian era in one 'tome'. I would have liked to have seen a little bit more of the historical background for the various monsters but this is just a personal bias due my own love of history. The format follows the standard pattern of 3.5/3.0/Pathfinder and is easily adopted for these or any OGL system. So if your going to run a Greek style campaign this is a great supplement as it has the monsters from this era. Big thumbs up to Xandegar for pulling these monsters into one volume. Looking forward to other products similar to this.

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Thanks Paul. I have taken your comments into consideration for my next MC product.
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