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Villains III
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Dark M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/18/2012 13:44:44

Villains 3 by Raging Swan Publishing

This product is 23 pages long. It starts with a cover, ToC, and credits. (5 pages)

Villains (7 pages)
It starts off talking about how to read the stat blocks, then it jumps into each of the villains listed below. In addition to a full stat block each one also has a history, mannerism, RPing tips personality and plot hooks to get them involved more easily in a game. Each one has a piece of art with it, mostly head shots accept Aragan who gets a full page art. There is also a evil part list at the end. Listing them but groups with a CR for the group.
Darick Boden male human rogue 2/sorcerer(destined) 1 – CR 2
Aragan Doldal male dwarf fighter 2/barbarian 3 - CR4
Ebrel Vosper female human cleric 5 - CR4
Raine Karonen male human barbarian 5 - CR4
Sitae Amaithar female half‐elf cleric 3/fighter 2 - CR4
Thadrim Nytriluath male half‐elf wizard(illusionist) 5 - CR4
Valto Uronen male half‐orc monk 2/fighter(brawler) 3 - CR4
Voniat Iasan male half‐elf fighter 3/rogue 2 - CR4
Lungen Rasur male halfling ranger 3/rogue(poisoner) 4 - CR6
Rumaira Sheraee female elf druid 3/sorcerer(empyreal celestial) 4 - CR6

It ends with a OGL and contact info. (4 page)

Closing thoughts. The art work is black and white and pretty good. Editing and layout was very good, I didn't notice any errors. The villains where well written and interesting with neat histories to them. Any of them could easily be used alone or as leaders of lesser NPC's or in small adventuring groups of their own to be rivals. I do have one minor critic, that is of the three female NPC's all of them are casters classes, with one partially split class. Would have just liked to seen some non casters as well. Still it is a well done book and worth the money. So what's my rating? I am going to give it a 4 star review. The NPC's are interesting and well done, but I wasn't blown away either.

Trust me, I'm a Succubus.

[4 of 5 Stars!]
Villains III
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by thomas c. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/23/2011 14:49:24

Raging Swan is hands down the best producer of PDF's out there right now. They continue to have hit after hit.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Villains III
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/06/2011 08:54:08

This pdf is 23 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank inside front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC (including a neat little rhyme), 1 page information on reading stat-blocks for novice DMs, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving 14 pages of content for your perusal, so let's take a look at RSP's third collection of villains for PFRPG!

Villains III presents you with 10 new ready-to-drop sample villains to introduce to your campaign. The foes presented herein range in the low-to mid-level section and all come with detailed information on their respective backgrounds, b/w-artworks, mannerisms, distinguishing features and personal quirks, making them feel like more than just a set of stats.
Who are we introduced to, you ask?

We get a half-elven con-artist is a neat femme fatale, a dashing thief, a bodybuilder straight-edge mercenary dwarf, a brigand that never knew love, a barbaric, drunken bully, a tricky illusionist born to a mother who never wanted him, a poisoner who works for the local army...and kills everyone else. There is also a sociopathic elven beauty. There is also a half-orc bereft of guidance and a beauty who has been tarnished by the abyss. While I tried to give you short impressions, the characters herein are interesting in the way that they are not evil because the stat-block says so, but rather because they had to endure terrible upbringings, traumas, etc. There is no NPC herein that has not at least some kind of saving grace and essentially, all of them could potentially be saved by the PCs and made into cohorts -they are smart characters that go beyond card-box cut-out motives.

It should also be noted that the final page of the pdf features 5 different sample encounters consisting of the characters herein. They could potentially be combined into rival adventuring parties etc.

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. The b/w-layout adheres to a 2-column standard and the pdf comes with extensive bookmarks. In tradition with RSP's excellent service, we get a separate version of the pdf optimized for e-readers as well as a separate 10-page file that contains all the statblocks from this pdf to help you create your very own, ready-to-use statblock library. That being said, a pdf like this stands and falls with the quality of its statblocks and writing and I'm a bit torn on this installment of Villains. On the one hand, the characters at least are mostly multiclass, thus making the low-level statblocks not as simple as I've feared. On the other hand, though, unique abilities and features like in Villains II are largely absent from this pdf, although they might have lent more unique touches to the foes. That being said, character-wise this is my favorite of the villain-installments in the way that all of the characters are somewhat relatable and might even be redeemed with the right tools and methods. Smart PCs might thus be rewarded beyond conquering foes with new henchmen and allies. While I do like this approach and statblock-wise there's not much to complain about, some of the villains mention henchfolk without providing statblocks for them and that, combined with the lack of more unique abilities remain the only, minor tarnish of this pdf. My final verdict will thus be 4.5 stars, a slightly miss of a new benchmark for the line that could with some minor improvements have been 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
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