After playing the Pathfinder game for several months I’ve noticed that the game “suffers” from a lack of modularity that 3.x offered in the way of templates. To my surprise the Book of Monster Templates (Free Preview edition) whets my appetite for what is to come. I’ll forgo my normal layout and get down to the nitty gritty.
Contained in these simple yet elegant eight black and white pages embossed with a lovely colored front (I can’t wait for the real one so I can rip out that FREE logo) is something I’ve been waiting for to come around ever since the Deluxe Book of Templates from Silverthorne games came out.
One Template: Bloody Maw; think of making a feral creature that much bigger, stronger, and more prone to tear you to pieces. Damage Reduction, Jaws that can sever limbs, and will even haunt you in your dreams. Ok I made up that last one, but the rest is still enough to keep me giggling like a schoolgirl at the implications of this guy.
One Sample Templated Creature: Jaws of Winter. Remember that “wolf” in Brotherhood of the Wolves? Yup, this is just like that sans the spikes but all of the feel. Complete description, wonderful picture, and a scaling D20 lore section so when your PCs come stumbling across them you can feed them a bit of information about what is going to eat them for dinner pending on how good that bard really is.
Two new feats: Greater Belly of the beast allows you to control items that you eat or swallow and Vorpal Bite which does exactly what it sounds like it does. Simple, easy, not too overpowered and perfect for those critters you want to kick up the lethality notch some.
Sample Encounter: Where you would find such a creature and how best to use it to kill your PCs. Plug and Play encounter predone for you.
I’ve been looking for a book like this for some time and I can see that the quality, layout, and graphics are top notch. I am very much looking forward to this book and once that paycheck clears the bank account I’m putting some money down to make sure that this comes into my evil dm’n clutches.
[5 of 5 Stars!]