101 Not So Simple Monster Templates (PFRPG) PDF (based on
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It's a big, scary world out there, and for your players, it's gotten nastier. 101 Not So Simple Monster Templates gives you more options, more creative flexibility and more ways to just freak out your players with new templates—itching to be added to any Pathfinder Roleplaying Game monster.
Enjoy simple templates like cowardly creature who just wants to run away (even if he is a tarrasque). The Walking Fortress which makes the monster really big and puts a citadel on its back, and the Riven Magic Creature, who just wants to drain you of your spells and break your magic items.
Brought you by the same designer that brought you the best selling and critically acclaimed Book of Monster Templates this collection brings you an even more vast array of new options to suprise even the most jaded of players with strange and exciting encounters. 101 Not So Simple Monster Templates gives you the creative oomph you've come to expect from Rite Publishing, and it'll give your party something to remember for a long time—if they survive!
Author: Steve Russell Cover Artist: Joe Calkins Pages 32
Just noticed, three of my suggested monster templates made the cut, and I got credit on the title page for them! I almost forgot what my suggestions were until I did a look see - one of them is the faceless creature, based on a Japanese cursed being called the Noppero Bo. At least that's what it would be called in Kaidan.
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I picked this pdf up over the weekend and I have to say, I am quite pleased. I've bought quite a few of RiP's products in the last couple weeks and their material is high quality and it sure makes the DM's work easier. The 101 Not So Simple Monster Templates is a nice jewel to spice up the ho-hum monster. Most are quick and easy to apply. A few of my favorites, in no particular order:
~Apex Predator Creature
~Combat Clairvoyant Creature
~Crypt Thing Creature (this one is particularly nasty)
~Disorienting Creature (a fighter's nightmare)
~Frozen Corpse Creature (Great for hard winter campaigns)
~Missing-Arm Creature (not everyone can pay for regeneration)
~Preternatural Creature (this is my favorite one, absorbs magic)
~Riven Magic Creature (spell caster's nightmare)
I had chance to actually implement the Crypt Thing Creature Template from this pdf, along with the Envious Armor Haunt from #30 Haunts for Houses last night in my KM campaign. The party of 6 adventurers , 7 counting the Summoner's Eidoln, made their way into the lonely burial cairn in the second KM book. Since this is a large party, I had advanced the baddie in the Cairn (I won't spoil by disclosing the creature type). In additon to an advanced baddie, I put the Crypt Thing Creature Template on him and it was an absolute blast of time. The teleport burst was an outstanding feature, and when the creature needed a some healing the dimension door came in handy. To add a little spice to the room I place the Envious Armor Haunt in the entry way to the crypt and that neutralized the party's cavalier who ended up being armorless. One of the better adventures in a long time. The group really liked the challenge and strategy that was required to overcome this encounter. Excellent Template and Outstanding Haunt put to use.
Long overdue, but got a review up. This is one of my most used 3rd party products. I pulled out the War Creature template earlier in the year to beef up a couple of elite trolls for my Kingmaker game, and I'm looking forward to the time my PCs discover the Pyrrhic creations left behind by a slightly mad mage, or when the Riven Magic creature I've made sees the light of day. Thanks for publishing this book and all the other excellent products you've released!
Thanks for the glowing review idilippy, I hope you get a chance to review our Book of Monster Templates, and enjoy the templates we put out each month for free in Pathways, I keep meaning to spend some time doing a compilation of those but I keep getting busy.
What are the chances you guys will do another book, but have variants of the Cunning Creature template, for Wisdom and Charisma-based creatures. So far the only way to get Charisma-based stuff is if you're undead. That's a bit unfair.
I've owned this book for nearly a year now and it is truly a gaming staple for me. This supplement sits right on my gaming table. That is a testament to its quality. It's chalk full of awesome ideas which are extremely easy to implement. I recently used the torturer creature template to make a cool variation to a vampire - I swapped out energy drain (Su) for the Chastise (Su). My players have come to appreciate the unexpected delights that are harvested from the 101 Not So Simple Monster Templates.
Any chance that these templates will be released for Hero Lab? That would be wicked fun.
For the Divine Creature template, is it the same as the standard cleric? If you're alignment is good, you have to channel positive. If you're evil, you have to channel negative, and neutral gets to choose.