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    Dungeon Dressing: Goblin's Pockets $2.45
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    Dungeon Dressing: Goblin's Pockets
    Publisher: Raging Swan Press
    by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 07/25/2014 07:28:27

    An Endzeitgeist.com review

    This Dungeon Dressing-installment clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 5 pages of content, so let's take a look!

    The first page is taken up by a short explanation of how to use this pdf and a d0-table that helps you determine on which table to roll and how often. And oh boy, do these table's names already spell out the respective themes of the tables:

    No.1 would "Utterly Worthless", 50-entry strong (like all tables herein), features delightful things for adventurers to grab - a tangled ball of multicolored thread, a dried up snake. The left arm and head of a doll. A half-eaten shoe soaked in brine. A mouse stuffed with strange herbs. While this one (and the other tables) have entries for roll twice/thrice, in a cool twist, the resulted items are nailed together, glued together, dirty etc., adding more variety than a simple reroll otherwise would. Awesome.

    "Broken and Battered" is probably better suited for clues, though the anarchic goblins have spared these in any way - lockets defaced with mustachios, sling stones with traces of gnawing, angel-shaped-pendants that have been bereft of their wings - disturbing and still funny and once again full of narrative potential.

    Table number 3 is all about "Yummy tidbits" - with the roll thrice-entry commenting they've been made into a stew. Stew in pockets makes no sense? Pshaw, these are goblins we're talking about! Meat with canine fur, honeycombs with bee-bodies, bird heads, cheese so covered in green fuzz it might run off at any moment... delightful, disgusting, fun.

    Finally, table number 4 provides shiny treasures - like whetstones with holes drilled through the center. Small pairs of scissors to run around with. Collections of buttons, preserved eyes, ancient turnips, dented coins from obsolete kingdoms...once again, rather interesting entries. (Though gold, or rather, silver/copper values for some of them would have been appreciated...)

    Conclusion:

    Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP's superb, streamlined and printer-friendly 2-column b/w-standard with thematically-fitting, neat b/w-stock art. The pdf comes fully bookmarked and in two versions, one optimized for screen-use and one to be printed out.

    I do not begrudge author Eric Hindley this task - goblins are hard to depict properly - on the one hand, they ought to be somewhat comedic, on the other hand utterly psychotic - plus, they are since Burnt Offerings the iconic humanoid antagonists that set the tone for Pathfinder (and made me, back in the day, start getting the books...) - what I'd like to say is: This assignment was probably hard...and fun. And the fun translates. I'm writing this review after a bunch of underwhelming, crunch-intense books that dragged down my mood considerably. (Contrary to what some of you might think - reviewing bad books is a ton of work and no fun at all...) After reading this one for the first time, my mood was back to excellent - you might not exactly need this book, but it enriches your arsenal when depicting goblins. And some entries are plain funny and made me smile. And there aren't that many lighthearted supplements out there. Add to that the top-notch production values and this bland of the hilarious and horrific that so well reflects the goblin mindset gets 5 stars + seal of approval.

    Endzeitgeist out.



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    Dungeon Dressing: Goblin's Pockets
    Publisher: Raging Swan Press
    by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 04/13/2014 10:17:25

    OK, how many times have your players, once the party has defeated the opposition, stated that they want to search the bodies and steal their stuff? Probably more times than you've had hot dinners. Now, cash is always useful, and so are items that will further the plot - a map, perhaps, or the key to a chamber or a chest that they want to get into... but think about your own pockets for a moment. What's in there? (All that's in mine is a set of Greek worry beads, as it happens...)

    This product is designed to get around the insatiable desire of the average player-character for pilfering from the dead, by giving you a ready selection of pocket contents for them to sift through. The first table invites you to roll a d10 to find out what sort of thing is in those pockets, then on to more extensive tables that give loads of examples of each category. Naturally, it doesn't just have to be goblins, nor does it have to be pockets - belt pouches and backpacks and whatever portable container the recently deceased was using are also fair game.

    The first main table (roll a percentage) is full of 'utterly worthless' items. Real junk. Much of it is the sort of things small kids collect and treasure - or did when I was one - things that no adult can comprehend the importance of, but which are absolutely vital to the kid.

    Next up is a table of the 'broken and battered' which are, of course, almost as worthless as their predecessors. This is followed by a selection of 'yummy nibbles' - at least, they are yummy if you are a goblin! After all, some members of the party might object to "A small jar of pickled elf ears, plus a toe from some enormous humanoid."

    Then of course, finally we have a table of 'shiny treasures' - mostly still of little value, but some may be of mild interest as curiousities. Perhaps someone might be interested in "A pewter medal awarded to veteran soldiers of a neighbouring kingdom"...

    All these bits and bobs make plundering the dead a little more interesting than just counting the cash, without giving away items of great value.



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