Codex Draconis: Blue Satraps of the Deserts (PFRPG) PDF

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Welcome to the second Codex Draconis, the line of products that gives you what you need to drop dragons into your games with a minimum of effort and a maximum of options. Here in the second volume of our line, we present options and alternatives for a dozen blue dragons, covering every age category of the azure lords of the steppes and deserts. Each age category also has three pregenerated treasure hoards, some alternative monster builds, and suggestions on how to build even deadlier dragon encounters.

Dragons are among the most iconic, and most popular, of all fantasy roleplaying game foes. Once the domain exclusively of higher-level adventures, dragons now have rules for every stage of life. This means that wet-behind-the-ears PCs can face dragons early in their careers (though likely they will be facing dragons the size of housecats). To ensure a dragon is always just the right threat for PCs of any level, dragons are given twelve stages of life that, when combined with the many different types of dragons, creates a range of CRs from 5 to 21. The problem with that, of course, is that it requires a lot of stat blocks, and those take up room. To save space, instead of presenting a full write-up of every dragon at every age category, the game’s creators present a set of rules outlining how to write up dragons, and then give a few examples of each type. As a result, although you can find a dragon of the right CR for an encounter, it takes a considerable amount of work to get that dragon ready for the game.

To help with that problem, the fine folks at d20pfsrd.com took on the job of creating full stat blocks for every true dragon of every type, and when we expressed an interest in using those as the starting point for our Codex Draconis line, they were kind enough to give us their blessing. In addition to their dragon write-ups, Codex Draconis: Blue Satraps of the Deserts presents additional material to expand the ways you can use these dragons and allows you to drop them into your campaign.

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A collection of stat blocks for dragons

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Blue Satraps of the Desert by Super Genius Games

This product is 26 pages long. It starts with a cover and intro. (2 pages)

The Dragons ( 23 pages)
There is full stat blocks for 12 dragons in this book at CR 5, 7, 9, 10, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21. The final CR 21 has a second stat block of a variant build as well. Each CR listing has 3 sample hoards for fast, medium and slow progression. A section on suggested tactics the dragon could use to make them more dangerous and final a section on alternative builds. Such as swapping out feats or what have you. These finally sections are very well done, with some good advice for the most part, with some interesting optional builds. The hoards where pretty simple but that’s understandable considering they are doing 3 for each dragon. There is also a intelligent magic axe of throwing in the book with a interesting history.

It ends with a OGL and credits. (1 pages)

Closing thoughts. I will be totally honest, this is mostly a book of stat blocks and I am not a huge number cruncher. I went over the stat blocks and nothing stood out to me as obviously wrong. I do fully admit I could have missed errors in the stat blocks, since I am not great at that. I am more of the type that if it looks right I just go with it type GM and don't worry if the stat blocks are perfect. The art is mostly color and ranges from meh to pretty good. The editing and layout was good. So whats my rating? Well if you are looking for complete stat blocks, advice, tactics for blue dragons look no further than here. If that appeals to you then I highly recommend this product. I am going to settle on a 4 star though. It gives exactly as promised and does it well, but I think it could have been better too. With some more advice and build idea's.

Trust me, I'm a Succubus.


Paizo Employee Starfinder Design Lead

The latest from SGG goes live today: Codex Draconis: Blue Satraps of the Deserts, presenting 26 pages of blue dragony goodness--or should that be vileness? It’s the second in our Codex Draconis series, each volume of which focuses on a single type of dragon and gives you stat blocks, options, alternatives, and extras such as pregenerated hoards for EVERY AGE CATEGORY of that dragon.

Produced in conjunction with d20pfsrd.com!

Available now!

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The dragon is blue? Does that mean he's sad?

Paizo Employee Starfinder Design Lead

Dark_Mistress wrote:
The dragon is blue? Does that mean he's sad?

Quick as lightning with that, weren't you. :)

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
The dragon is blue? Does that mean he's sad?
Quick as lightning with that, weren't you. :)

A ... pun... at least now I know why the dragon is blue. :)

Paizo Employee Starfinder Design Lead

Dark_Mistress wrote:
A ... pun... at least now I know why the dragon is blue. :)

Surely a succubus runs into the "lowest form" of humor enough to be able to appreciate it's value :)


Sweet!

Paizo Employee Starfinder Design Lead

Realmwalker wrote:
Sweet!

See, now DM and I have gone for so long I can't tell if you're excited by the PDF, or the pun...

:)

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Realmwalker wrote:
Sweet!

See, now DM and I have gone for so long I can't tell if you're excited by the PDF, or the pun...

:)

Who gets excited about a pun?

Grand Lodge

I have a question.

On the bottom right of page 2 there are two alternate builds listed with the stats. I think these are the missing alternate builds for the Wymling from the bottom of page 4.

You may want to put up an errata to tell people where to find those two alternate builds.

:)


Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Realmwalker wrote:
Sweet!

See, now DM and I have gone for so long I can't tell if you're excited by the PDF, or the pun...

:)

I was excited at being able to contribute at least one piece of art to this :)I've been a big fan of SGG since the Godling guide.

Seeing the baby dragon in PDF form made my day today :)

Paizo Employee Starfinder Design Lead

Krome wrote:

I have a question.

On the bottom right of page 2 there are two alternate builds listed with the stats. I think these are the missing alternate builds for the Wymling from the bottom of page 4.

D'oh!

We'll get that fixed, and do a revision. Thanks for the catch!


Dark_Mistress wrote:
Who gets excited about a pun?

*shyly raises hand*

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Reviewed and yes it is very similar the my last review of the black dragons and will be for the one for the greens as well since they are very similar products.


Nice review, D_M!

Paizo Employee Starfinder Design Lead

Dark_Mistress wrote:
Reviewed and yes it is very similar the my last review of the black dragons and will be for the one for the greens as well since they are very similar products.

Thanks for the (very similar) review! :)

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