Blackdyrge’s Templates: Roguish is the next in the line of “synergy” templates, as explored by the undead beastographer, Blackdyrge. Much like its previous version, this template adds inherent rogue-like abilities to a creature, which then become more powerful if it also has rogue levels.
The zipped file is just over four-and-a-half megabytes in size, containing just the single PDF of the product, which is seven pages long. Full bookmarks are also present. The only full color art is on the cover, with the interior illustrations (of the example monsters) being black and white.
After Blackdyrge’s rather amusing introduction, we get right to the meat of the template itself. Though rogues aren’t known for being combat powerhouses, the Roguish template seems to add a surprising amount of benefits, making the base creature gain not-inconsiderable power. Further, if it has five or more levels in the rogue class, all of these powers receive a boost, further raising the base creature’s CR. The two base creatures are a bugbear with this template and only two class levels, and a derro with this template and a dozen class levels, allowing him to access the template’s greater powers.
As with the previous template in this series (and likely the future ones as well) the major strength of this template is how it functions as an “and” as well as “or” template. That is, you can use this template if you want to just give a monster rogue-like powers without going through the process of having to add class levels (and their attendant baggage) to it. Alternately, if you want to enhance a monster that already has rogue levels, this template will do that as well, adding powers no normal rogue has. The best of both worlds are present here, making this template, like its predecessor, very useful.