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    Tribes Most Foul: Goblins $1.99
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    Tribes Most Foul: Goblins
    Publisher: Raging Swan Press
    by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 07/08/2013 05:32:32

    An Endzeitgeist.com review

    This pdf is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice on reading statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page black cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let's take a look!

    We kick off the reboot of the TRIBES-series with an interesting observation - the pdf is shorter and the tribe featured less specific in its niche than before: We are introduced to the Goblins of Black Fur tribe in one fluffy page, including a summary of the tribe's demographics before we get fluffy descriptions of the tribe's notable personalities as well as full stats for a barghest rogue (thug)/fighter and a fighter (mobile fighter) 5 among them and a short lore-section.

    After that, we are introduced to the Cloven Skull-tribe, again with a fluffy introduction that sets the tribe distinctly apart from the Black Furs - the Cloven Skulls remove part of the brains of their victims, making them a macabre and truly creepy form of livestock. Of course, target-demographics are also contained herein and, once again, we get fluffy descriptions of the notable personalities of the tribe and two stats - this time a goblin (weapon master) fighter 5 and a rogue (poisoner) 3/ fighter (archer) 1 - pity we don't get the menhir savant/wild stalker as well, though - from the fluff, the character seems to be very interesting.

    The Goblins of the gouged Eyes would then be the final tribe featured in this pdf - these goblins are slightly tainted by the abyss and while they are fecund, they have a high infant mortality rate due to the unstable powers of the abyss, thus making them value infant life very much. Once again, we get tribal demographics, notable persona and two statblocks of goblin heroes - this time a fiendish druid (cave druid) 7 as well as a fiendish goblin ranger (skirmisher) 5 - once again, including tribal lore..


    Editing and formatting are top-notch, as I've come to expect from Raging Swan Press. Layout adheres to RSP's two-column b/w-standard and the pdf comes fully bookmarked in two versions, one intended for screen-use and one intended to be printed out.

    I really like the reboot of the TRIBES-line - while I do miss the individual tactics and level of detail of the old pdfs, these now come with 3 tribes, which should be much easier to integrate into a campaign. And after reading it, I would have settled for a solid 4-star-rating - but the Cloven Skulls are just...well. Unique. Disturbing. Cool. The other two tribes, at least to me, somewhat pale before them and I hope to see more unique cultural practices included in future installments - it is such tidbits that elevate stats from being numbers to having a proper identity. Now don't get me wrong the others are neat as well, the copious use of archetypes making the goblins versatile and with 100% Crunch: Goblins, you can get enough statblocks to supplement the rank and file soldiers of the tribes. This pdf definitely is worth the low asking price and makes for a well-conceived reboot of a series that will hopefully see a lot of future installments. Still, I feel that one not too weird tribe would have sufficed - a third tribe with some peculiarity beyond a slight fiendish taint (especially culturally - come on, eye-gouging must have some cool tradition attached!) Hence, my final verdict will clock in at 4.5 stars, rounded down to 4 for the purpose of this platform.

    Endzeitgeist out.

    [4 of 5 Stars!]
    Tribes Most Foul: Goblins
    Publisher: Raging Swan Press
    by Ted F. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 06/06/2013 10:26:24

    I like this module. For the price it is very well done. The goblins are very nasty customers, and I mean that in terms of personality, not combat power (which is appropriate). This author has a very scary imagination. This module is perfect for my campaign.

    [5 of 5 Stars!]
    Tribes Most Foul: Goblins
    Publisher: Raging Swan Press
    by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 06/05/2013 03:40:44

    Earlier entries in Raging Swan's "Tribes" line concentrated on but a single tribe: now in an attempt to make them of more general use you get THREE tribes in plenty of detail to make each one distinctive opponents or indeed known residents in the vicinity. It's all about making them an integral part of your alternate reality rather than just throwing a few monsters in when you want a combat scene!

    This product presents three goblin bands. First is the Goblins of the Black Fur, a nasty lot who should be near the top of anyone's extermination list. They are made distinctive by the wolf-fur cloaks worn by their elite warriors and number around 300 in total. A vicious bunch, they terrorise their woodland domain and mount regular forays to attack nearby settlements - human, gnome, they don't really care. There's plenty of detail to enable you to paint a vivid picture of hordes of body-painted green warriors swooping down on their prey. There are suggestions for how to involve them in your campaign, notes on their leaders and tribal lore (for those who'd investigate before charging in to wipe them off the face of the campaign world).

    Next up, the Goblins of the Cloven Skull, another savage crew noted for eating their enemies' brains! From all accounts, those captives who are merely killed and eaten are the lucky ones. This smaller tribe is again detailed in full with leading individuals, lore and ideas for bringing them into your adventures.

    Finally we meet the Goblins of the Gouged Eyes (is it me, or are they getting ickier by the moment?) These goblins are so vile that tales of them are used to terrify unruly children! Tainted by demonic bloodlines, they blind and hunt anyone unlucky enough to get captured by them, and are barely nicer to each other, being noted for vicious quarrels and brawls. Their leader is a druid and brings his powers to bear in dominating his followers never mind dealing with pesky adventurers.

    So, next time you want a goblin tribe, why not add a little character to your monsters by picking one of these tribes rather than a generic bunch of greenies?

    [5 of 5 Stars!]
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