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Monstrous Races: Second Horde (PFRPG) PDF

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Monstrous Races: Second Horde by Thomas Baumbach, contains our series dedicated to giving players more options when it comes to their fantasy races. Within its pages you will find alternate racial features, favored class options and roleplaying advice for eight additional races.

With new information to make all the races playable at first level, Monstrous Races: Second Horde gives you access to several races previously restricted to as monster use.

Included in this release are: Dark Folk, Dhampir, Forlarren, Living Ghoul, Lizardfolk, Sahuagin, Skulk and Slyph.

If you are looking for more traditional options check out the first Monstrous Races for the Aasimar, Drow, Duergar, Goblin, Hobgoblin, Kobold, Tengu, and Tiefling.

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A lot of cool races... ready for play!


Before reading my review, you should probably know that I've been collaborating with the great guys at Purple Duck Games on several projects and that I received a free copy of this product. However, I have nothing invested in this product and feel that I can speak freely.

Monstrous Races: Second Horde is a collection of races from Bestiary 2 of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, races that can be used as playable races. Each of these races contain the following: a walkthrough of what type of adventurers they would make according to the base classes (from the core rulebook and the advanced player's guide), favored class options and alternate racial traits (most have four, but a few have five, I especially liked those of the lizardfolk, as it added more than just a new trait, it added flavor and story). Some of the races even get a sidebar on racial traits, so that players can actually play them (like the dark folk, forlarren, living ghoul, lizardfolk and sahuagin). There is also a new disease, the dreaded ghoul pox which is part of the racial traits of the living ghoul.

These are nice options for players who want to play something a little different. I like my humans, half-elves and halflings, but some of these races actually intrigued me, especially the living ghouls. I could easily see the living ghouls add a whole new dimension to a game. All the new playable races actually felt balanced and I would have no problem introducing them into one of my games. There were a couple of minor mistakes, like an alternate racial trait that needed a trait to replace (ghoul form from the living ghoul) and a couple of favored class options that left me wondering exactly what was meant (sylph ranger and rogue).

Overall, this is a very useful product that makes it worthwhile to play one of those less known races. I also really liked the layout of this product, simple, yet elegant. Well-done!

New races to play

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Monstrous Races 2 by Purple Duck Publishing

This product is 19 pages long. It starts with a cover, credits, toc, and forward. (2 pages)

Monstrous Races (14 pages)
Each race has a full race write up, with all the stats needed to play one as a PC race. It talks about class roles for the race. Gives new favored class options and racial traits.
Dark Folk – aka dark creepers, race seems a bit strong. Not to strong to use just strong.
Dhampir – Has no PC stat block listed, I assume since it is in the beastiary 2 that they felt no need to reprint it. I was disappointed by this, it should included everything you need.
Forlarren – offspring of devils and nymphs.
Living Ghoul – another one that felt it might have been a little strong.
Lizardfolk – This one was very well done.
Sahuagin – In a undersea campaign they might be a bit strong, but in a land campaign they might be a little weak.
Skulk – a very focused race able to hide or disguise it's self well.
Slyph – Like the Dhampir there is no stats given in the book, just the new racial and favored class abilities.

It ends with a OGL. (3 pages)

Closing thoughts. The art work is black and white and ranges from fair to pretty good. Editing and layout are pretty good. I liked the book as it adds more race options for PC's for those that want them. Most of the races only get 4-5 favored classes and about the same number of racial traits. I liked the majority of them for all the races. I did comment on who I thought two of the races where strong. When I say strong I mean I feel they are above the core races but not by much. Not enough to be unbalanced, only that they felt strong. Of course after playing with them they might not be as bad as they seem at first read as well.

I was disappointed that the stat blocks where not included for the Dhampir and Slyph, I know they are in the beastiary 2 but I still felt they should have been included. With that said I did like the book, so if you are looking for new PC races this is worth picking up. I do hope they do more books like this and possible create some races like maybe a half-nymph or half-dryad etc. I wouldn't even mind seeing for some of the stronger races, them to have base stats and then some racial levels for those that want to play such races in the future. So what's my rating? I am going to give it a 4 star, I think it is a solid book for those wanting more race options.

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