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“The village of Olsha is in need. And we’re the only ones that can do something about it. Apparently, the entire village is being kept awake by the noises coming from inside these halls. Are you all ready? Let’s get this—”
“Dear gods, what is that smell…!”
Just released - this is gross whimsy at its absolute finest :)
Marc Radle wrote:
8 reviews over at EnWorld so far - I *think* we only need 2 more before the Tome of Beasts gets an official ranking!
Kobold Playtest: Macabre Substitutions in Barovia
Very cool article!
"This summer, I decided to run The Curse of Strahd for my three players. The party consists of a fighter and a pair of rangers. Aside from low-level ranger spellcasting, the party has almost no access to magic. The intent of this campaign is to set a tone of truly Gothic horror from the first encounter on. As this is a sunless, colorless, and soulless land, I needed monsters that created paranoia, fear—and, ultimately, horror. Part of this lies in the deadliness of encounters when there is no healing magic; the other part lies in using effective monsters.
At the same time as we initiated play, my Tome of Beasts arrived! Upon reading the stories of several monsters, it struck me that I could piece them together in my own version of Barovia as they are perfect for creating Gothic horror. The monsters are: the mylings, the beggar ghouls, and the drowned maiden…"
Love to see a couple reviews for this bad boy!
The nice thing about The Book of Lairs is that there are no stat blocks within - the various encounters only indicate the name and quantity of a given monster.
So, even folks that only play Pathfinder could still use this book - simply use the Pathfinder stats for any monster listed that has Pathfinder stats, and then either wing it (if you also have the Tome of Beasts book) or replace that monster with something similar.
Bottom line - there are a lots of very cool encounters/lairs (each with awesome map of said lair!) in this book and Pathfinder fans can still get almost as much fun from this book as 5E fans! :)
It'd be great to see a couple more reviews up in the main product thread - guess it takes folks a while to fully digest 400 or so monsters :)
Speaking of reviews, please also consider posting a review over on EnWorld - we only need a few more reviews for the Tome of Beasts to be officially ranked.
I know you said that all the monsters in the book are from the various midgar setting books and adventures that are already released for pathfinder, but if there is the slightest chance you consider compiling all those monsters in a single book aimed at pathfinder GM's, i will let you know that i would gladly buy that book.
Actually, not ALL of the 400+ monsters - many are completely brand new!
There's always a chance that Kobold Press will put out a Pathfinder version of this book, but I don't know of any immediate plans to do so ...
Having said that, have you checked out the Southlands Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG? Many of these creatures are also featured in the Tome of Beasts.
And, best of all .... if you pick up the awesome Tome of Beasts Pawns you'll get most of those Southlands creatures in the set!
Mark Carlson 255 wrote:
Like I said, those are called signatures. They do indeed get folded down, bound, and then trimmed into the final book. The actual size of the signature depends on things like press size, print run, etc. 8-page signatues are pretty typical for a standard offset print run. Larger sigs are also common in larger print runs and huge presses. 4-page sigs (i.e) 2 printer-spread pages on an 11x17 or 12x18 sheet, front and back) is more common with smaller print runs - often on digital presses such as are used for print on demend services.
In printing, those are call 'signatures'. Typically books are printed in 4-page, 8-page, or 32-page signatures.
Hey there - dropping a grenade, live or otherwise, was definitely not my intention!I LOVE Paizo and Pathfinder, believe me. I also feel there are some pretty positive things in 5E, and intend on getting into a 5E game at some point soon, but I think my heart will always belong to Pathfinder :)
I posted those articles solely because I found them to be interesting - some very insightful things, as well as some things I felt were pretty biased. But regardless, they seemed like they might be worthwhile reading. Nothing more or less than that, honest !
Tome of Beasts is out in the Wild now! :)
SO much work, energy, blood, and sweat went into these products, it's awesome to see them featured here on Paizo.com!!!!
Speaking of the Tome of Beasts Pawn Collection ... even if you only play Pathfinder, this collection of 300 pawns is still perfect for you. There are many creatures from the Southlands Bestiary, Midgard Bestiary, various Kobold Press adventures etc. Plus, they can always double for other creatures - who doesn't need 300 new pawns? :)