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    100% Crunch: Orcs $3.99
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    100% Crunch: Orcs
    Publisher: Raging Swan Press
    by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 05/02/2013 09:13:30

    An Endzeitgeist.com review

    This installment of the 100%-Crunch-line is 23 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice for reading statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let's take a look!

    The pdf kicks off with a nice table that allows you to get an impression of the statblcoks at one glance before we get a short run-down of the orc race (and the racial modifiers) before we get into the statblocks, kicking off with non-combatants like orc young, females etc., starting at CR 1/4 before providing basic combatants. Archers, berserkers (superstitious barbarians), blood priests, warriors, hurler barbarians etc.

    Following RSP's tradition, we also get adepts and experts (torture-specialists) as well as progressions of the hurlers as well as polearm specialists, battle oracles and thankfully, also statblocks that utilize multiclassing: At CR 2, we for example get the barbarian (breaker)/ fighter (two-handed fighter) or thug rogue-builds. We even get a fighter (tactician) and battle scout/snipers as well as an orc wizard with the advanced template focused on blowing the opposition to smithereens.

    At the highest CR in this book, we get 2 CR 7 orcs, one being a rogue (thug)/fighter/assassin and the other being the polearm master/thug.

    Conclusion: Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP's 2-column b/w-standard and the pdf provides two versions - one optimized for screen-use and one optimized to be printed out. The pdfs come fully bookmarked for your convenience.

    This installment of the 100%-Crunch-line is a solid, very "orcish" installment of the series, with many barbarian-builds (including rage-stats) and multiple archetypes that make for cool builds as well as an antipaladin. However, I consider some of the builds to be slightly less interesting than they could have been - the absence of a witch and sorceror are slightly baffling to me, when a wizard is included. Honestly, I would have expected one of them, as they feel more in line with what is "orcish" than the bookish wizard-class, but perhaps that's me. I should probably also mention that there's no druid-build in these pages, but due to the presence of the battle-oracle and the adept, I'm willing to let that one slip.

    So is this worth the low asking price? Yes, ultimately it is - it is not a perfect collection of statblocks, missing imho two classes that would make for a very orcish feel, but the builds per se are interesting. While I would have enjoyed slightly less direct progressions, at this fair price point, I can still recommend this pdf - especially if you combine it with the stellar "Orcs of the Eternal Zenith"-TRIBES-supplement. My final verdict will hence be 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 for the purpose of this platform.

    Endzeitgeist out.

    [5 of 5 Stars!]
    Creator Reply:
    Thanks very much, Thilo. I enjoyed this review very much ;-)
    100% Crunch: Orcs
    Publisher: Raging Swan Press
    by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 04/11/2013 06:32:46

    An orc is an orc is an orc, surely, and good for nothing more than target practice, right?

    Well, even if your only use for an orc is as a sparring partner, here are a full 34 orc personalities to make that brawl a little more interesting... and if you put that sword away and maybe try having a chat over an ale or three, you might discover that orcs are people too. However if you hold - as do many adventurers - that the only good orc is a dead one, these 34 are all combat-ready and come in a range of CRs from orc young at one-quarter of a CR to an assassin or spear master who both weigh in at CR 7.

    Starting with a page on how to read stat blocks (most of us have grasped this by now but handy if you are starting out in the game) next there is a page about orcs in general. Apparently an adult male orc is roughly 6 feet tall and 210 pounds, and quick to anger (sounds remarkably like my husband, but I don't think orcs cook as well as he does!), and should you wish to play one there are some notes on orc characters.

    Then, on with the stat blocks. Each comes with a brief description as well as all the stats you need to use that orc (in combat or otherwise) along with the weapons, armour and other notable possessions he might have with him. As you might suspect, many are barbarians and so have the altered stats for raging included as well as their regular ones. Most are fairly scruffy and unpleasant-looking, and if you do fancy getting to know them over some ales you may have difficulty finding a tavern which will let you in!

    Still, if you want some variety rather than wave upon wave of indentikit orcs to fight, this is an easy way to have some distinctive combat-ready orcs at your fingertips.

    [5 of 5 Stars!]
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