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Villains III (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game GM’s Resource supplement by Julian Neale and Martin Tideswell

Every hero needs an antihero, every defender of the light must have darkness to keep at bay and every pure-hearted paladin needs a vile, shadow-cloaked assassin to cut down. Villains III presents ten low-level malign foes to challenge and bedevil your PCs.

Each villain benefits from an extensive write-up including notes on their background, personality, mannerisms and distinguishing marks as well as a fully-detailed stat block.

Villains III presents ten low-level malign foes:

  • Sitae Amaithar: LE female half-elf cleric 3/fighter 2
  • Darick Boden: NE male human rogue 2/sorcerer (destined) 1
  • Aragan Doldal: CE male dwarf fighter 2/barbarian 3
  • Voniat Iasan: NE male half-elf fighter 3/rogue 2
  • Raine Karonen: CE male human barbarian 5
  • Thadrim Nytriluath: NE male half-elf wizard (illusionist) 5
  • Lungen Rasur: NE male halfling ranger 3/rogue poisoner) 4
  • Rumaira Sheraee: NE female druid 3/sorcerer (empyreal celestial) 4
  • Valto Uronen: LE male half-orc monk 2/fighter (brawler) 3
  • Ebrel Vosper: CE female human cleric 5

This product is a Dual Format PDF. The downloadable 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.

This ZIP file also contains a separate PDF containing the product’s compiled stat blocks enabling the busy GM to build up a handy library of ready-to-go stat blocks.

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Nice collection of well done villains

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Villains 3 by Raging Swan Publishing

This product is 23 pages long. It starts with a cover, ToC, and credits. (5 pages)

Villains (7 pages)
It starts off talking about how to read the stat blocks, then it jumps into each of the villains listed below. In addition to a full stat block each one also has a history, mannerism, RPing tips personality and plot hooks to get them involved more easily in a game. Each one has a piece of art with it, mostly head shots accept Aragan who gets a full page art. There is also a evil part list at the end. Listing them but groups with a CR for the group.
Darick Boden male human rogue 2/sorcerer(destined) 1 – CR 2
Aragan Doldal male dwarf fighter 2/barbarian 3 - CR4
Ebrel Vosper female human cleric 5 - CR4
Raine Karonen male human barbarian 5 - CR4
Sitae Amaithar female half‐elf cleric 3/fighter 2 - CR4
Thadrim Nytriluath male half‐elf wizard(illusionist) 5 - CR4
Valto Uronen male half‐orc monk 2/fighter(brawler) 3 - CR4
Voniat Iasan male half‐elf fighter 3/rogue 2 - CR4
Lungen Rasur male halfling ranger 3/rogue(poisoner) 4 - CR6
Rumaira Sheraee female elf druid 3/sorcerer(empyreal celestial) 4 - CR6

It ends with a OGL and contact info. (4 page)

Closing thoughts. The art work is black and white and pretty good. Editing and layout was very good, I didn't notice any errors. The villains where well written and interesting with neat histories to them. Any of them could easily be used alone or as leaders of lesser NPC's or in small adventuring groups of their own to be rivals. I do have one minor critic, that is of the three female NPC's all of them are casters classes, with one partially split class. Would have just liked to seen some non casters as well. Still it is a well done book and worth the money. So what's my rating? I am going to give it a 4 star review. The NPC's are interesting and well done, but I wasn't blown away either.

Trust me, I'm a Succubus.


Excellent selection of believable, redeemable low-level foes

*****

This pdf is 23 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank inside front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC (including a neat little rhyme), 1 page information on reading stat-blocks for novice DMs, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving 14 pages of content for your perusal, so let's take a look at RSP's third collection of villains for PFRPG!

Villains III presents you with 10 new ready-to-drop sample villains to introduce to your campaign. The foes presented herein range in the low-to mid-level section and all come with detailed information on their respective backgrounds, b/w-artworks, mannerisms, distinguishing features and personal quirks, making them feel like more than just a set of stats.
Who are we introduced to, you ask?

We get a half-elven con-artist is a neat femme fatale, a dashing thief, a bodybuilder straight-edge mercenary dwarf, a brigand that never knew love, a barbaric, drunken bully, a tricky illusionist born to a mother who never wanted him, a poisoner who works for the local army...and kills everyone else. There is also a sociopathic elven beauty. There is also a half-orc bereft of guidance and a beauty who has been tarnished by the abyss. While I tried to give you short impressions, the characters herein are interesting in the way that they are not evil because the stat-block says so, but rather because they had to endure terrible upbringings, traumas, etc. There is no NPC herein that has not at least some kind of saving grace and essentially, all of them could potentially be saved by the PCs and made into cohorts -they are smart characters that go beyond card-box cut-out motives.

It should also be noted that the final page of the pdf features 5 different sample encounters consisting of the characters herein. They could potentially be combined into rival adventuring parties etc.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. The b/w-layout adheres to a 2-column standard and the pdf comes with extensive bookmarks. In tradition with RSP's excellent service, we get a separate version of the pdf optimized for e-readers as well as a separate 10-page file that contains all the statblocks from this pdf to help you create your very own, ready-to-use statblock library. That being said, a pdf like this stands and falls with the quality of its statblocks and writing and I'm a bit torn on this installment of Villains. On the one hand, the characters at least are mostly multiclass, thus making the low-level statblocks not as simple as I've feared. On the other hand, though, unique abilities and features like in Villains II are largely absent from this pdf, although they might have lent more unique touches to the foes.

That being said, character-wise this is my favorite of the villain-installments in the way that all of the characters are somewhat relatable and might even be redeemed with the right tools and methods. Smart PCs might thus be rewarded beyond conquering foes with new henchmen and allies. While I do like this approach and statblock-wise there's not much to complain about, some of the villains mention henchfolk without providing statblocks for them and that, combined with the lack of more unique abilities remain the only, minor tarnish of this pdf. My final verdict will thus be 4.5 stars, a slightly miss of a new benchmark for the line that could with some minor improvements have been 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.





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