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Blackdyrge's Templates: Abominable

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Blackdyrge's Templates: Abominable
Publisher: Blackdirge Publishing
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/14/2007 15:45:13
Blackdyrge’s Templates: Abominable is a short d20 monster supplement from Blackdirge Publishing. The zipped file is just over five megabytes in size, and contains a single PDF file. The book itself is nine pages long, including a page each for the cover, credits and legal, and the OGL. Full bookmarks are given.

There’s not too much art to be found in this book. The full color cover notwithstanding, the only illustrations here other than the company logo are two black and white pictures of each of the sample monsters (though these are quite nicely drawn). Beyond that, there are page borders with the product’s information along the top and bottom of every page. While not truly printer-friendly, this product shouldn’t be too hard for anyone to print out.

The Abominable template is given as a reference to the snowman of the same name. In other words, this template turns whatever creature it’s laid on into an arctic version thereof. This basically grants it the Cold subtype and a few powers besides, though it also usually adds the cosmetic change of giving the creature shaggy white fur as well. Two creatures, a minotaur (representative of a sub-species that have this template) and an annis hag are showcased.

While perhaps not as sexy as some other templates in the series, the Abominable template does an excellent job at filling in a niche among monsters. Arctic versions of existing creatures have been fairly slim picking up until now, but this opens up great possibilities for what winter monstrosities you can create. While not much use outside of arctic-based adventures, any GM that wants to spend some time adventuring in such an environment should get this to broaden their choices of foes for their PCs.

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