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    The Genius Guide to Gruesome Undead Templates $3.95
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    The Genius Guide to Gruesome Undead Templates
    Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
    by Steven H. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 08/27/2013 11:46:41

    Unlike the other two reviewers, I am not overly fond of this supplement. It only has a few templates in it: the Carrier, the Flayed, the Fungal, the Gaping, the Racked and the Whispering.

    The overall concept behind this pamphlet is to bring a new Shock value to the undead, which seem to have lost their "horrorness" in regular campaigns.

    It currently is a $1 off, being $3 instead of $4. I find it just barely being worthy of being purchased at this price. A large amount of work went into creating these templates to give Gamemasters a new choice in startling their players. Several pieces of the art work are outstanding, as is the cover of the item, these alone gave me several ideas for occurrences in my adventures.

    Each undead template starts with a section of descriptive text, offering the Gamemaster an idea how to convey the sights, sounds, and smells of undead with the template to players. I found this part to be worthy of the price point.

    If you need to add new "layer" to your undead, this supplement is for you, otherwise you might find your money better spent elsewhere.

    [3 of 5 Stars!]
    The Genius Guide to Gruesome Undead Templates
    Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
    by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 08/07/2013 03:12:12

    An Endzeitgeist.com review

    This pdf is 11 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page SRD/editorial, leaving su with 9 1/3 pages of content, so let's check this out!

    Undead are some of my favorite creatures - but let's face it - even mhorgs become laughingstock after having their behinds handed to them by the players a couple of times - enter this pdf. And we actually don't get basic templates just slapped on - instead we kick this pdf off with some interesting notes on templates and CR-assigning (an art rather than a craft) - furthermore, templates presented herein actually increase AC, HP and saves as well and they also come with a set shock value - that increases their fear-based abilities (if applicable) or may result in foes being shaken: Essentially a take on Fear ratings and similar horror-themed rules subsystems. And then, there are DCs to modify base-creature lore to find out about the respective templates - as well as weaknesses. Yes, weaknesses.

    Take for example the Carrier creature: After an expertly-written fluffy intro-text (if only all templates had there), we get the modifications - Shock Value 1, +2 CR. +30 Hp, +3 to saves, cold resistance and the carrier may spread disease (depending on undead CR) and spray infectious pus from its lesions. As a weakness, it can be severely damaged by remove disease-spells. If by now you haven't figured it out - these templates BREATHE horror and Ravenloft-style gaming - and thus pull at my heart-strings.

    Beyond the Carriers, we also get a template for flayed creatures, fungal undead, living dead with gaping mouths (sharp teeth and deafening screams...), the broken-boned Racked and the sinister Whispering undead- the silent hunters that can say your name to hold sway over you - chilling, cool and high in concept indeed - and no, I'm not going to spoil their abilities - you'll have to buy this to find out!


    Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to SGG's 3-column full color standard and the artworks are full color/b/w from different artists and adhere universally to a high quality, but not a uniform style. The pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience.

    Owen K.C. Stephens is mostly known for his mastery of crunch - and it shows in these awesome templates (of which we should get a ~200-page length book imho). But: What this pdf also displays is that he is a master of concise, evocative prose as well! Awesome ideas, cool templates, vivid prose - nothing to complain apart from that I immediately want so much more of these templates! Final verdict? 5 stars + seal of approval!

    Endzeitgeist out.

    [5 of 5 Stars!]
    The Genius Guide to Gruesome Undead Templates
    Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
    by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 06/12/2013 05:03:27

    Since when were the undead anything other than gruesome?

    That's as maybe, but when it comes to fantasy role-playing, they are pretty standard fare... so here's a handy little resource to spice up those undead, provide extra horrific twists and generally catch out those characters who think they've seen it all before - never mind their players!

    The introduction contains a wealth of advice on how to utilise these templates to best effect, both in terms of plot and through game mechanics. The concept of 'shock value' is introduced, a mechanic to model the fact that undead so treated are going to be far more disturbing on a first encounter than run-of-the-mill undead, characters who fail a save are shaken by what they have just seen. The templates are designed to confer both extra abilities and weaknesses on the undead, with an aim to making them more memorable, and knowledge checks can be made to attempt to find out more about them.

    The templates themselves are indeed suitably gruesome - such as the carrier (who still carries traces of the disease that carried them off, or who may even have a disease that actually affect undead) or the flayed (who have no skin - it doesn't bear contemplating how they ended up in that condition)... and there are others too, equally unpleasant to meet.

    This is a resource that should provide hours of entertainment, for GMs at least, and is well worth adding to your collection.

    [5 of 5 Stars!]
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