A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game GM’S RESOURCE supplement by Creighton Broadhurst and Julian Neale
Got barely enough time to prepare the module? Want to include cool, evocative random encounters in your games, but just don’t have the time to prepare them? Bored of pointless random encounters comprising bands of generic monsters that only seem to exist to attack wandering PCs? Then Random Woodland Encounters is for you! Presenting eight ready-to-use random encounters ranging in EL from 1—9 (and 19 stat blocks ranging from CR 1/4—6) all suitable for use in any woodland or forest,
Random Woodland Encounters takes the pressure off the time-crunched GM, enabling him to concentrate on crafting cool, evocative adventures!
Featured encounters include:
Bandits (EL 7): Led by a deserter and a self-centred archer of some skill, a lurking band of brigands have set two falling tree traps to catch the unwary.
Aftermath (EL 2): The PCs discover the site of an ambush. Lying among the dead, a few badly wounded survivors are in desperate need of help.
Gnolls? How Unlucky! (EL 5): A band of gnolls and their pugwampi minion fall upon the PCs' camp during the night.
Goblins of the Blood Moon (EL var.): Vicious raiders, the Goblins of the Blood Moon attack all who enter their realm. This encounter presents stats for five different types of goblins and 18 different encounter groups.
Isolated Hovel (EL 4): A dilapidated hovel surrounded by thick stands of nettles and brambles hides a terrible, lurking secret in a hidden cellar.
Lurking Trolls (EL 9): A troll is teaching its four young to hunt. Unfortunately, for the PCs they are the prey!
Ogre Huntress (EL 6): An ogre huntress is exercising her three pet wolves when she crosses paths with the PCs.
Shattered Bridge (EL 6): The remains of a gaunt stone bridge cross a yet raging river. The ghost of a wizard killed when the bridge collapsed haunts the area.
Random Woodland Encounters is a Dual Format PDF. The product's ZIP file contains two versions, one optimised for printing and use on a normal computer and one optimised for use on a mobile device such as an iPad.
Is now available at Paizo! You can check out the contents, list of encounters and stat blocks and download a sample encounter at the product's webpage. As always, I hope you find this Raging Swan product useful!
And another neat review, Gozuja! I'm looking forward to reading more!
Nice review Goz.
Aww, thanks! I've got a lot of catching up to do, but I hope to be able to cover everything I've picked up--there's been a ton of really excellent stuff put out by developers like Raging Swan and the two of you inspired me (not to mention inspired many of said purchases; my players will be hitting the Slumbering Tsar Saga thanks to those reviews!)
I'll hopefully be able to offer a vantage on Kai's Scoundrels and the Fellowship of the Blackened Oak once I've had more of a run with them; I plan to check out the TRIBES products soon, the writing sounds quite good and I loved what I've read so far about the Eternal Zenith and Frozen Tears in particular (now to lure the party into frozen environs...!)
At any rate, I'm flattered--and it bears repeating that Creighton and Raging Swan Press do fantastic work, I've enjoyed what I've had a chance to work with so far and I hope that the material having inspired review at depth is testament to that as well.
I'm probably a bit biased about the Bugbear supplement, but I was a big fan of the Tribes line before I even wrote my supplement. I've always hated throwing wave after wave of standard monsters at my PC but didn't like the time it took to stat up a lot of different types of orcs, hobgoblins, etc. That's where the Tribes line comes in. Even without the fluff parts, you end up with a nice, wide variety of a particular monster.