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Advanced Bestiary
Publisher: Green Ronin
by SM F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/08/2009 12:19:55
Everything you need to make that special villain with just the right touch to scare the crap out of your players :) Excellent book!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Advanced Bestiary
Publisher: Green Ronin
by Mark G. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/31/2007 00:00:00
<Advanced Beastiary> by Green Ronin is a 256 page monster template supplement that retails for $18.00. This massive tome provides the harried gamesmaster with over 100 templates that can decrease a targets CR by up to ?4 or increase it up to +6.

There are two chapters in this product. The first chapter is entitled <A Monstrous Toolkit> and it discusses how templates can be used, how to apply them, how to create your own templates, altering templates and guidelines for adding multiple templates. There is also a rating system for the difficultly of the templates in this book; they are defined as easy (a minute or two), moderate (up to fifteen minutes to apply) or difficult (takes quite a while).

The second chapter is roughly 230 pages in length and is filled with templates. Each template has a description, the template, a using the XXX or variant rule and a sample templated creature.

My top five favourites of each category are as follows:

Easy (1):
Cave Creature ? Adapts creatures to survive in the darkness of the Underdark.
Flesh Plant ? Makes blood spilling creatures with a plant-like shape but with soft fleshy parts.
Fortune Blessed Creature ? Makes a creature lucky, as if blessed by the gods of fate.
Metal Clad Creature ? a quick way to add armour and resistance to a creature, like an iron roper or a platinum fire beetle or a silver naga.
Ravenous ? make a cannibal creature.

Moderate (2):
Clockwork Creature ? convert any creature into a mechanical one.
Dread Vampire ? essentially builds a Vampire lord that can boss around other vampires.
Dread Zombie ? essentially makes a Zombie lord that can boss around other zombies.
ID Ooze ? Makes oozes intelligent.
Ooze Creature ? Makes creatures into oozes. With the previous you could make an intelligent cryohydra that was composed of ooze.

Difficult (3):
Creature Swarm ? Converts large creatures into a swarm of little creatures.
Gigantean Creature ? used for making ridiculously large monsters
Jotunblood Giant ? An upgrade to the traditional giant types.
Miniature ? for making miniature creatures like the minimals in the Monster Manual 2 (1st edition)
Monstrous Lycanthrope ? who doesn?t want to make a Tarrasque that is an Ancient Red Weredragon?

I?ve used almost all of the level 1 templates in my campaign now, most of the level 2s and a good mix of level 3s. This is the first template book I open when I set about to write an adventure or plan my campaign. This product is essentially all OGC and hopefully it means that you will see these templates appearing in an adventure near you.
The layout and editing are superb.



LIKED: A huge range of options for adjusting your monsters.
The layout and organization makes the product easy to use.


QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Advanced Bestiary
Publisher: Green Ronin
by lior s. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/10/2005 00:00:00
Excellent templates, excellent book. The whole line of Advanced xxx from Green Ronin is good. But this book especially I think has the best utility for me as a DM. No need to integrate optional rules, just plain old monster goodness


LIKED: Very imaginative, allows me to spice up my encounters. Maybe finally I'll be able to create my Undead Mechanical Were-Wolves

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Advanced Bestiary
Publisher: Green Ronin
by Chris G. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 10/04/2005 00:00:00
The best part of the book is at the beginning. It is a basic walk through of using templates. This type of information is usually left out of books. It is of course more using for inexperienced DMs but the advice and insight here should offer something new to even the best of them. The section also has information on creating ones own template. This section again is great for everyone. It also covers altering existing templates. This section alone makes this book well worth it to get. Nothing really like this has been but in print for the d20 system so it is nice to see new areas still being covered and covered well.

Templates though take up the bulk of the book. Each template ha sa sample creature for it all stated up and ready to go. Many also have some good art to go along with them. There are over a hundred new templates in the book so they cover a lot of different areas and should offer many new and interesting version of the already y familiar monsters of the Monster Manual and other monster books.

Some of the templates are similar to other ones we have seen in them like the celestial blessed and the Elementally fused creatures. Others though are very different like using templates for the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Some of the templates actually weaken creatures like the Feral Dragon template. There are a number of undead oriented ones like the Dread Ghost, the Dread Skeleton, the Dread Lich, and the Dread Ghast. There is a large variety of templates and it would be hard to mention them all.

Most of the templates only alter the challenge rating by a few points. Only four of them in here change it by more then three though there are a half dozen that vary the modification. There is a nice chart that relies the CR adjustment of each template making it easy to find one of the right power level needed. There is also a list of all the challenge ratings of the monsters presented. Most are ten or under but the Dread Lich Titan does top it with a challenge rating of twenty four.



LIKED: Great creativity and brillaint ideas

DISLIKED: nothing

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Advanced Bestiary
Publisher: Green Ronin
by Eric A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/14/2005 00:00:00
A great book. Lots of information and creatures. This information could be easily used in any game.

LIKED: Great graphics, lots of information.

DISLIKED: Thick black borders on left and right side of pages can drain a printer rather quickly.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Advanced Bestiary
Publisher: Green Ronin
by Alan K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/25/2005 00:00:00
If you like templates, this is one of the two books you should have in your collection. As Book of Templates has yet to be updated to 3.5, you might bookmark that one and get this one first.

The book has an interesting and inspired selection of templates. Some are more complicated to apply than others, but the book has a system fore-warning you. One template allows you to mix and match creature. The selection of "dread" undead templates provides you with template versions of non-templated creatures, and surprise versions of templates the players have learned to underestimate. Then the book has some great takes on a variety of concepts -- dream creatures, making a creature into a swarm of smaller creatures, the four horsemen of the apocolypse.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Advanced Bestiary
Publisher: Green Ronin
by Anthony L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/08/2005 00:00:00
This product is just plain good. On par with everything else we've come to expect from Green Ronin's stellar team.

LIKED: Everything. I certainly don't plan to use every single template offered in this book, but every one of them was well-designed and adds great flavour to any game. This is a book no DM should be without.

DISLIKED: I can think of nothing, off-hand, that I didn't like.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Advanced Bestiary
Publisher: Green Ronin
by Robert C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/21/2005 00:00:00
Finally, a set of templates that is actually useful! Most books of templates contain templates that require you to create a campaign or adventure to support the new creature. The templates in the Advanced Bestiary are templates that can be added to any creature and not require a special adventure to support it. The templates are grouped into 1 of 3 levels indicating how much work they will take to add the template to create; 1 being the easiest to 3 requiring a bit of work to add it. There is also a section explaining the process for making templates. It gives clear guidelines for creating templates. Following the instructions will make the chances of you having to re-write a template a lot less. This book is a must for every GM. This is one of Green Ronin?s best books to date.

LIKED: Almost all of the templates could be added to a creature and not have to be the big baddie. Templates are very useful.

DISLIKED: The heavy black border make printing out a couple of pages hard on the ink levels.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Advanced Bestiary
Publisher: Green Ronin
by Ken W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/12/2005 00:00:00
PC will hate you for getting this it will make play diffcult for them.

LIKED: It's Greeronin and they think parell to my own thoughts. It's templates that you can throw at pc's and there not nice but if you want nice play something else. You can take the old plain goblin and do things to it that make not an easy kill for just higher levels.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Advanced Bestiary
Publisher: Green Ronin
by Chris H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/14/2005 00:00:00
If you like template creatures, this book is definitely for you. Not only does the Advanced Bestiary provide you with almost a hundred templates, it also includes a very helpful step-by-step guide to applying templates to base creatures and a detailed guide to creating new templates and altering existing ones. There are a few templates that I didn't find all that interesting, but most were quite intriguing in one way or another. Almost 1/3 of the templates are given over to a new "dread" class of undead; thus, pp. 62-106 present dread allips, dread bodaks, dread devourers, dread ghats, etc. down to dread vampires, dread wraiths, and dread zombies.

LIKED: How-to guides. My favorite templates were the amalgam, cave creature, celestial-blessed creature, clockwork creature, creature swarm, demon-possessed creature, feral dragon, gigantean creature, half-drow, half-giant, holy creature, manimal, savant.

DISLIKED: The amount of space given to undead. My least favorite templates were the dread undead, four horsemen, and all the muck/ooze/slime templates. Also, the white-text-on-black-field sidebars is really hard on the eyes.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Advanced Bestiary
Publisher: Green Ronin
by Geoff K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/19/2005 00:00:00
Wow!

I bought this book without doing any pre-purchase research because I trust Green Ronin's quality, and will buy just about anything they publish. But, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was not a single new monster in the book.

Not one!

The entire book is filled with creature templates. So, what Advanced Bestiary provides are possibilities -- ways of making existing monsters more powerful in many cases and less powerful in others. But, in all cases, chances are your run-of-the-dungeon monsters will become more interesting.

Thanks for such a great adventure-writing resource.

Geoff Kushnick
Director of Game Design
Eldersygn Press
www.eldersygn.com


QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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