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In the Company of Minotaurs (PFRPG) PDF

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Emerge from the Lightless Labyrinth and play the sons of Heaven's Bull!

Born from a king's hubris and the forbidden love of a god and a queen, the Taurian race is both proud and tragic, mighty in battle and quick to anger. They value strength and scorn weakness—both in others, and most especially in themselves.

Create Taurian or Meretaurian characters for any of the core or extended Pathfinder Roleplaying Game classes with racial traits, feats, favored class options and archetypes. Aspire to take levels in the Taurian Racial Paragon class, or wield the weapons of their culture and utilize their equipment. In the Company of Minotaurs gives you everything you need to fully integrate this new racial culture into established campaigns and bring their society to life.

Don't wait! Bring this mythic race into your game and show the world what the glorious Minotaurs can do!

Author: Jonathan McAnulty and Steven D. Russell
Cover Artist: Frank Hall
Pages: 17 (22)

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Thanks to the Paizoians for getting this up!

The tragic taurians!

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Another monster race/class book. Well if it is even close to as good as the first two then it should be very good.


Well, mugtuggle . . . I just picked up a bunch of PDFs yesterday that I've been eying for a while. I really like minotaurs, and I enjoyed In the Company of Giants. Might have to break down and make another PDF purchase.


As the giants were about norse mythology this, and the gargoyles were more the disney tv show and Nightmares in the Sky, this one is about getitng back to the roots of greek tragedy and while PCs can be any alignment the Taurian race is usually Lawful Evil, they have a very evil cultural tradition in kidnapping, slavery, and misogyny.


Oh I am so looking forward to this purchase....


Glad to hear it.


I enjoyed this book..the fact that they justify the fact that the outside world views them as "evil", and do it while sounding perfectly reasonable and sane one of the best parts of the book. Its rare to see a book about an evil race that is so well thought out


Black Rose

I am glad you enjoyed that it was a hard fight on my part to keep them lawful evil, and really show how evil their culture really is yet, retain the tragic nobility.

Could I convince you to post a review?

Steve

Cheliax

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Reviewed.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Thank you for your review D.M. :)

Any thoughts on how to tone down race to make it seem less strong? Is it the dual bonus to strength and constitution that makes it feel just a hair overpowered?

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Yeah add in the bonus to wis as well. yes they take a hit to dex and chr. But over all I think they would make a very effective heavy armor fighter type. Like it said I felt they wasn't enough for a EL, just on the high end for starter races.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

The ability modifiers were actually the main thing I agonized over in trying to balance the base race.

One solution for those worried its too effective is just to make it: +2 strength, +2 Wisdom, -2 charisma; leaving the constitution bonus for the Mereitaur.

Qadira RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8

Dark_Mistress wrote:
But over all I think they would make a very effective heavy armor fighter type.

As well we should.


Just picked this up. You hyped me quite a bit there, D_M. This will be interesting...

Cheliax

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
Just picked this up. You hyped me quite a bit there, D_M. This will be interesting...

You don't have it reviewed yet? What you waiting on? :)


And..reviewed.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Short but sweet. Thank you Blackerose. :D


Wicht wrote:
Short but sweet. Thank you Blackerose. :D

Short but sweet..Dark Mistress WAS my inspiration

Cheliax

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Blackerose wrote:
Wicht wrote:
Short but sweet. Thank you Blackerose. :D
Short but sweet..Dark Mistress WAS my inspiration

As I should be. Now worship me! :)

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Thanks for the review End. :)

I'm glad you liked it and rest assured that any race/class books I continue to do (such as the kappa book coming out next week) will also include the APG material.


Now that's excellent news indeed! Looking forward to the Kappa-book!

Cheliax

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Nice review End, not get to cranking out more of them. :)


The Kappa book was delayed do to a correction that needed to be made.

I am very happy with what Jonathan did here on this design. As crazy and as hard as this was to get out, fate seems to have ultimatlly been on our side.

Thanks for the review End.


I just read this book/PDF, and I want to say that I find this to be one of the very best 3rd party books for PFRPG. I really enjoy how the racial background and history of the Taurians were portrayed, and I think that the way it was done (as though being told to the reader by a Taurian) was handled very well.

The APG-style character class options were also well done and a joy to read. And I enjoy the Feats and the crunch for the Rog-Kalem class. My sole problem would be finding a place to set these bully boys and their kingdom in Golarion.

I hope you make offer more PDFs like this for the PFRPG monsters in the future, Rite Publishing.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Thank you very much Eric. :)

I posted in the Gargoyle thread regarding other upcoming racial books and I won't repost it all here, but in short, we have three upcoming racial books (well, one was released already) all with a japanese/oriental flavor.


We also have done, 5 other races prior to this.


Ok, just finished this book, and posted a review here and at RGPNow...I have a feeling I'm about to not be so popular, lol. I love the manner in which the material is presented, the concept of the tale being told to us, that's pretty cool. And the material that is there is all pretty solid, but it was what wasn't there that let me down. I wanted to see more support for the cleric and druid. We are told within the tale that both classes are treated with great respect and honor, and yet neither of them even has a custom spell between them, and the cleric didn't even get any favorite class options.

For me the minotaur hold a special place, and there were things that I felt were missing when it came to a racial guide. What is there is good, heck, it's really good, but there was room for more.

Oh, and the one grammatical error in the entire thing? The name of our story teller. Page one his name is Lord Commander Merotes Halfhorn, page 8 his name is Mertos Astgraum Halfhorn....pretty good when you think of it, to go through 22 pages with only an error that the spell checker wouldn't catch anyway.

Osirion

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Thanks for the review KTFish7. Its very much appreciated.

This was the first racial book I worked on, converting it from a previous version, so if I was doing it again, I would like to think there were some things I would do different, or things I would add. Still, for a reviewer to like what was presented but be left wanting more is not, from my perspective, always a bad thing. :)


I love this book. I would love to see it in a data set for Hero Lab! Please Rite Publishing, I beg you to make a data set for this book for Hero Lab!!


I will pass it along to the volunteer Riters who work on the hero lab datasets.


Thank you so much! I have tried my darnedest to create the Rok-Kalem class in Hero Lab, but the scripting is way over my head. I'd love to have this material so that all the flavors of Taurians are available to create, especially the Paragon class. I have wondered why Paizo chose not to do anything with Minotaurs.


Pauper Princess wrote:
Thank you so much! I have tried my darnedest to create the Rok-Kalem class in Hero Lab, but the scripting is way over my head. I'd love to have this material so that all the flavors of Taurians are available to create, especially the Paragon class. I have wondered why Paizo chose not to do anything with Minotaurs.

You do know the whole bit is in print as In The Company of Monsters


Yes, I don't have that book, I've only seen In The Company of Minotaurs first person. Our group is completely digital and the DM refuses to do pen and paper characters because of the mistakes that can be made, and I supsect he is afraid of some of his players trying to cheat and fudge a score here or there. He will only do character generation through Hero Lab. This is why I'm so desperate to have the Taurian data set from your book/books. I can't play my Rog-Kalem unless Hero Lab is generating it :(

Thank you for your consideration and quick responses RP!


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You could program it yourself :) Races ... may be easy!


That's a great suggestion Cheapy, but if you read up-thread, I've already tried to make the Paragon Class Rog-Kalem in Hero Lab and the scripting eludes me. I have somewhat successfully made the Taurian race, but I've made several attemps at making the Rog-Kalem class and this girl just isn't adept at coding, scripting, etc. I would pay for the data set for In The Company of Minotaurs. I just can't seem to get it right when it comes to creating things this complex in the editor.


Yeah I know the problem, its had on Hero Lab coders when we do something innovative. I am looking into the idea of someone doing In The Company of Monsters (and hence this product).


It's not that this product, as well as your other products, can't be implemented into Hero Lab. I've been told what to look for and how to do things, but I just can't grasp it. So I know it can be done easily, but by people who are proficient with this code, i.e. not me lol.


Anxious to hear when the project starts RP!


Anything new with the possibility of ITCOM going HeroLab?


Hey guys, any update? Still want this for Hero Lab!!


Right now we are still trying to finalize Heroes of the Jade Oath for Hero Labs, then we are on to The Secerts of Adventuring, and then we will be looking at In the company of monsters (assuming the intern who is working on this does not stab me in the eye).


Yay! You have no idea how much this made my day(s)!


How goes the progress?


Well our intern became a paid employeed, We finished and released The secrets of advneturing right now he is working on all our monster books (templates, feats, and variants), and at the same time he is working on In the Company of Monsters (which includes minotaurs).

We are also looking at hiring a second coder or another intern.

Cheliax

I just want to remind people. You can find a hell of a lot of minotaur artwork on Magic: the Gathering cards. Many commons worth no value, money or deck usage wise. You can cut out the art work and have a near perfect size large creature for PF/D&D.

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