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    Wilderness Dressing: Bandits $2.45
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    Wilderness Dressing: Bandits
    Publisher: Raging Swan Press
    by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 08/27/2013 03:32:19

    An Endzeitgeist.com review

    This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page stock art, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let's take a look!

    Unlike most dressing-pdfs, this one is rather statblock heavy, offering us 8 statblocks ranging from CR 1/2 to CR 4 and kicks off with a page of rank and file bandits, including a d10-table of names and short backgrounds for the bandits. Beyond that, we also get d4 half-elf backgrounds for the CR 1 statblock provided for them, while Half-orc bandits get 5 backgrounds.

    We also get 4 sample statblocks for bandit leaders ranging from CR 4 to CR 1, featuring rangers, fighter/rogues, cleric/fighters and a rogue/enchanter as well as 8 sample backgrounds as well as 6 sample bandit groups from EL 3 to 6 and d12 hooks and complications that include having the bandits starving, having bandits having been ambushed themselves etc. - all well-written, as we've come to expect from RSP's mastermind Creighton Broadhurst.

    Conclusion:

    Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adhere to RSP's elegant 2-column b/w-standard and the pdf comes fully bookmarked and in two versions, one optimized for screen-use and one for the printer. Both come fully bookmarked for your convenience.

    Creighton Broadhurst knows how to create neat backgrounds and the statblocks are nice as well - low level and not a challenge for experienced players or particularly interesting builds, but ones that fit well within the context of the role of bandit lords and easily integrated into a given setting. And yet, the pdf, while useful, feels like it could have used another format - one pdf stats and one fluff or a bigger book - like one that actually also features ambush tactics, traps, concealment etc.

    There is nothing wrong with this pdf, but it's a) short and useful, but not as useful as a collection of encounters (spanning more levels) supplied with fluff tables would have been. Thus, I'll remain with a final verdict of 3.5 stars, rounded down for the purpose of this platform - unless you need bandits for the lowest levels. As written, this pdf offers nice content, but perhaps could have used another format to truly shine.

    Endzeitgeist out.



    Rating:
    [3 of 5 Stars!]
    Wilderness Dressing: Bandits
    Publisher: Raging Swan Press
    by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 07/04/2013 09:35:39

    The one wilderness encounter you really don't want to have: Bandits! Smart (or at least cunning), nothing to lose, ruthless... give me wildlife any time. At least I can cook wildlife over the campfire after defeating them!

    The idea of this supplement is to make your bandit encounters a bit more than mere combat. Using the tables and suggestions herein, you can turn generic 'bandits' into a believable group of people just like your own party of adventurers complete with personalities, reasons for being there and all those little details that bring life to the alternate reality that you are creating on your tabletop.

    The first section deals with 'rank and file' bandits, providing a selection of individuals as well as generic stat blocks to use when a few game mechanics are required. It's quite neatly done with a couple of sentences painting a 'pen picture' of each individual bandit, then you can apply one of several stat blocks as needed. The same approach is then taken with a selection of bandit leaders who are, as you might imagine, a cut above the rest.

    The final section is headed Hooks, Complications and Opportunities. This presents a range of ways to customise a bandit encounter - anything from starving bandits who beg food rather than rob gold to extensive ambush preparations or a group which demands money with menaces but turns tail and flees if their victims don't pay up immediately!

    Bandit encounters will never be quite the same!



    Rating:
    [4 of 5 Stars!]
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