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Monstrous Races [PFRPG]
Publisher: Purple Duck Games
by Dark M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/17/2011 13:37:01
Monstrous Races by Purple Duck Publishing
This product is 25 pages long. It starts with a cover, credits, toc, and forward. (2 pages)
Monstrous Races (20 pages)
Each race has a full race write up. It talks about class roles for the race. Gives new favored class options and racial traits.
Aasimar – There is 8 new alternate race feature options and 8 favor class options.
Drow – There is 11 new alternate race options and 11 favored class options.
Duergar - There is 8 new alternate race options and 9 favored class options.
Goblin - There is 11 new alternate race options and 10 favored class options.
Hobgoblin - There is 8 new alternate race options and 10 favored class options.
Kobold - There is 8 new alternate race options and 12 favored class options.
Tengu - There is 8 new alternate race options and 11 favored class options.
Tiefling - There is 10 new alternate race options and 9 favored class options.

Additional Material (1 page)
It has a new spell, Instant Armor. It can create armor on you and replaces what ever you was wearing. At 5th level it starts as chain mail, then banded, half-plate, full plate. You can choose to create a enhanced version of a lower armor if high enough level. For example if you could make full plate, you could make that or +1 half-plate, +2 banded or +3 chain. The other thing is this section is a new dark elf god to replace Lolth with. Very similar to that iconic god.

It ends with a OGL. (2 pages)
Closing thoughts. The art work is black and white quarter sized images for each race. They ranged from ok to pretty good. Editing and layout was ok, I noticed a few minor errors. Things like the first letter bolded in a word that follows a bolded word or things like that. Nothing to hurt understanding the product. I was disappointed that the stat blocks where not included, I know they are in the bestiary but I still felt they should have been included. Most of the racial traits where pretty cool, a few was meh and some was just ok. Same for the class options.

With that said I did like the book, so if you are looking for new PC races this is worth picking up. I do home they do more and possible create some. Maybe a half-nymph or half-dryad etc. I wouldn't even mind seeing for some of the stronger races, them to have base stats and then some racial levels for those that want to play such races in the future. So what's my rating? I am going to give it a 3.5 star, I think it is a solid book for those wanting more race options.

Trust me, I'm a Succubus.

[4 of 5 Stars!]
Monstrous Races [PFRPG]
Publisher: Purple Duck Games
by Dave S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/15/2011 14:53:08
I am going to keep this short. This book is plain and simple "awesome". It has many new traits for the playable monster races in the Bestiary. I hope that there is another Monstrous Races book for the Bestiary 2 playable monstrous races as well. Keep up the good work and thanks for the Monstrous Races book.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Monstrous Races [PFRPG]
Publisher: Purple Duck Games
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 10/09/2010 14:12:27
Paizo’s Advanced Player’s Guide put a lot of new options on the table for Pathfinder players. Among these were the new racial traits that the core races could select in lieu of their default traits, as well as new favored class options for certain race/class combinations. It was a nice new set of choices for the basic races, but it almost felt as though something were overlooked in all the fuss…

…oh that’s right; all of the non-standard PC races – they got ignored utterly.

You might remember them from the Bestiary; races like the tiefling, the kobold, or the drow. These are the races that, for the most part, don’t work quite as well as the standard races, but can still be made to fit the mold. These races didn’t get any of the cool new racial options that the core races did. Luckily, Purple Duck Games is here to correct that oversight with their book, Monstrous Races.

Twenty-five pages long, the book covers eight races in total: the aasimar, drow, duergar, goblin, hobgoblin, kobold, tengu, and tiefling. A table of contents lists what’s found where, but I was slightly surprised that there were no bookmarks also included for ease of navigation. There are several pieces of art sparsely scattered throughout the book, though only the cover has color.

I was pleasantly surprised with how forthcoming the book was regarding flavor text with class information for each race. That is, each section gives us a sentence of two of what each race is like as a member of each class (both core and APG). While these paint in broad strokes, it was almost amusing to see some class concepts rules right out (“Drow do not become paladins.”) which is sure to ruffle the feathers of the lone person out there who is undoubtedly playing such a character. It’s only then that it talks about alternate racial traits, and subsequently alternate favored class options.

The book closes out with a page of additional information of a few items referenced among the racial traits and favored class options. Specifically, a new spell (instant armor) is given, along with a new (and delightfully Open Content) drow goddess; she even has subdomains!

Overall, Monstrous Races is one of those products that occupies such a niche that you’ll likely either fall upon it gratefully, or have no use for it whatsoever. While you could conceivably use it for some NPC members of one of these races, the benefits will likely be too small to make any measurable impact. No, this book is targeted towards players who are running one of the aforementioned races and wish they had the same Advanced options that the core races did. If you play such a character, this book has what you need to stand on equal footing with the humans and demi-humans in your game; you won’t be disappointed with the options you’re given here.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Monstrous Races [PFRPG]
Publisher: Purple Duck Games
by Tom B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/01/2010 15:04:33
This product might not be Pathfinder™ Pretty, but it’s well-presented and easy to print. But how it looks isn’t the point. Content is King in this age of instant publishing, and Purple Duck Games doesn’t disappoint.

Monstrous Races is a race supplement to Paizo’s Advanced Player’s Guide. “Monstrous” is misleading, since the races covered are staple fantasy races in the post-3rd edition world. The descriptions and options presented expand each race in the same way the core races were expanded by the APG, and admirably so considering the brevity of information given for these races in the Bestiary. The write-ups are kept strictly setting non-specific without contradicting Golarion’s canon. There's even a bonus section with two new race-inspired spells.

Usability: 5 stars - plug & play, it doesn't get any easier
Mechanics: 5 stars - directly in line with the options presented in the APG
Presentation: 4 stars - easy to read & print; a smattering of distracting grammatical errors.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
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