Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Misfit Monsters Redeemed (PFRPG)

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Everyone Deserves a Second Chance

Over the course of its decades-long history, fantasy gaming has produced countless monsters both terrifying and alien, some pulled from mythology and others sprung full-formed from the twisted imaginations of their creators. Yet as with any idea, not every monster can be a winner. Or can it?

With Misfit Monsters Redeemed, Paizo Publishing has taken 10 of the most notoriously bad monsters in RPG history—the lamest, most hated, and flat-out silliest creatures in the genre—and attempted to make them fun allies and adversaries for players and Game Masters alike. Each monster comes complete with updated statistics for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, lengthy ecologies explaining how the monsters behave and why they are the way they are, tips on how Game Masters can use them in a campaign, notes on how to fit the monsters into the world of the Pathfinder campaign setting or your own home game, and more.

    Inside this 64-page book, you'll find monsters such as:
  • Flumphs, everyone's favorite flying jellyfish monster, come from the stars to warn innocent civilizations of the cosmic horrors lurking in the darkness.
  • Disenchanters, the blue-furred camels who live to prey on adventurers' magical gear.
  • Flail snails, the magic-warping gastropods who weave slowly through the subterranean Darklands, writing epic poetry with their slime trails.
  • Doom-screeching dire corbies, the bird-headed terrors of the darkest caverns.
  • Lurking rays, the stealthy ambush predators that are really three manta-like monsters in one: the executioner's hood, the trapper, and the lurker above.
  • Adherers, those sticky, mummy-like monstrosities whose wrappings of flayed skin are the scarred relics of a horrible experiment by phase spiders from the Ethereal Plane.
  • Other loveable losers like the delver, the lava child, the tojanida, and of course, the infamous wolf-in-sheep's-clothing!

Misfit Monsters Redeemed is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be used in any fantasy game setting.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-270-8

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Warning: Terrifying!

5/5

I bought this book because it featured an old relic: Wolfs in Sheep's clothing. While the original concept of them was just a living log with a bunny, Paizo has managed to give me NIGHT TERRORS about these things. They now insert their vines into corpses, and animate them like puppets. Sure, this sounds like something not TOO bad, but that's just the beginning. I flipped through the pages, and noticed an image of the Druid Iconic, 'Lini', sitting on the WOSC. This was slightly scary, but there was something different about her. I couldn't figure out what it was. So I kept looking through the book, until I came to the last chapter, talking about these monsters. But what was truly terrifying was the image of the beast, dragging the Druid towards it, preparing to kill her. I flipped back to the first picture, and figured out what is was. Her skin was cracked and decayed, and a root attached to her back...


5/5

I've reviewed this book over on RPGGeek.com.


Great choices

5/5

This book re-presents some of the weirdest monsters to come out of dnd over the years. I eagerly read this book and wanted to use everything inside. In the Sargava game I’ve been running prior to all the new material to aid games set there, I wanted to populate the southern continent with new and unusual monsters. I trawled through manuals grabbing monsters from other systems, other d20 products and fringe material. I actually added in a region well-populated by the flail snails, which the party travelled to, so it is amusing to see them added to golarion. What made me chuckle was the point that they can be found on all levels of the darklands (more encounters ahead delvers) and that they are actually intelligent and Zen Buddhist like in their philosophy. When the party of my game ran into them, spells re-bounded, hit allies, someone got set on fire, causing quite the fuss. It was really very funny. They are a counter to warlocks or invokers. Note: do not use the base reflection rules, use the d100 table provided, it adds a lot more possibilities. Moar flail snails!

The other monsters can be quite the added treat. I’ll throw in the adherer although I already did something similar by taking your average Osirion mummy, give him some fighter levels and the weapon locking feat. The various lurking rays are perfect to turn a bit of spelunking into a horror game, cornbys could be added as fringe tribes in unexplored regions, disenchanters could follow wizards around who have all their body slots filled (although I prefer nishruus), and the wolf-in-sheep’s clothing could get quite a chuckle, but a savvy adventurer will know to stay back from what is cute and fuzzy in nature.

Enjoyed it too much not to give it five stars.


Misfits no more

5/5

Okay heres the deal I've played this game for more years than i care to think about and yeah there are some real stinkers out there. I was initially unsure about this title until I read that the wolf in sheeps clothing was getting reworked. A fan of the old expedition to the barrier peaks I had to see if the rework would make an old favorite of mine usable again. Much to my surprise it is as are most of the others in this book. There are a couple that although strictly speaking more playable than they used to be are still just a bit too odd to see much long term use. Everything in misfits could be used once or twice with ease and some of the creatures many times. Kudos to Paizo for bringing out the weird and making if fun. I personally would like to see a book 2 of fan voted stinkers reworked. How about it Paizo 10 more ?


Gives you ideas you never thought you wanted....

5/5

Because of this book, flumphs have just become a critical part of one of my campaigns. That's how seriously it turns the critters around, people.

It takes some of the most loathed monsters in the history of the game, and it makes them into creatures that are awesome, if not necessarily 100% serious (flail snails remain a little on the silly side - that said, they're intelligently on the silly side.) And Dire Corbies have become downright scary, in a Descent kinda way.


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Mikaze wrote:

Oh wow.

Please let the lava children still look like Alfred E Neuman.

Seriously though, if you can make me take flail snails seriously, that'll be one hell of a feat.

Part of the redemption process will be getting these monsters good art. AKA: The lava children are VERY unlikely to look like Alfred E. Neuman.

Silver Crusade

James Jacobs wrote:


Part of the redemption process will be getting these monsters good art. AKA: The lava children are VERY unlikely to look like Alfred E. Neuman.

:O

LOVE IS OVER

Although this has me extremely curious about how some of these guys are going to look now. Particularly the flumph. :)


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Thank you!

Silently wipes away a little tear ... now wait, this is oil ...

And when will we see the killer pillow ...?

Liberty's Edge

Horrifically, isn't the gambado actually based on a monster from folklore of the American West?

Shadow Lodge

Jesus, I overslept like crazy! It's April 1st already, apparently.

No, wait....this is an actual book? Really?

[spends next 12 minutes laughing hysterically]


O_o

Now this is going to be interesting.

I'm not familiar with all of the critters. Is there a gallery somewhere?

Dark Archive

Wow... adhherer? Disenchanter? This brings back a lot of embarassing DMing memories! :)


dire corby?

You know, in the tradition of the old Dragon magazine this really should have been released in April

Contributor

Ok this is awesome. I totally dig this book idea. :D

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:


1) Norkers are HARDLY misfits. They're bad-ass.

Agreed. My first RPGA adventure, our party almost got wiped out by Norkers.

James Jacobs wrote:

2) Norkers are also not open content.

That's too bad. I would love to see a Pathfinderized version of the Norker.


Interesting. I'm definitely curious to see this but until I do I can't say whether or not I think it's a good thing or not.


THE FLUMPH HAS HAD HIS REDEMPTION!

HUZZAH!!!

The Exchange

Wow. This ought to be interesting.

Scarab Sages

I just fangasmed!! Paizo owes me a new chair!

Silver Crusade

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

This book is missing one important monster: the Gazebo.

Apart from that slight nicpick, this is gonna be PURE GOLD.

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

David Fryer wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:


1) Norkers are HARDLY misfits. They're bad-ass.
Agreed. My first RPGA adventure, our party almost got wiped out by Norkers.

I loved em in Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun.

Spoiler:
Norknork!

James Jacobs wrote:

2) Norkers are also not open content.

That's too bad. I would love to see a Pathfinderized version of the Norker.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

i look forward to this more than any other book in this round - seriously!

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

This book reminded me of this website .

Please tell me you haven't reimagined the Shocker. Any creature called "The Shocker" is just asking for trouble, especially at our game table.


Tom Qadim wrote:

This book reminded me of this website .

Please tell me you haven't reimagined the Shocker. Any creature called "The Shocker" is just asking for trouble, especially at our game table.

It all depends on how he's spreading his fingers. ;)


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Tom Qadim wrote:

This book reminded me of this website .

Please tell me you haven't reimagined the Shocker. Any creature called "The Shocker" is just asking for trouble, especially at our game table.

That's a pretty good website, but far more (in)famous is this particular article:

Dungeons & Dragons: Celebrating 30 years of Very Stupid Monsters.

Now with sequel! Dungeons & Dragons: Celebrating 30 years of Very Stupid Monsters Part Two.


Some of those monsters are seriously asking for an overhaul. And with the right illo & statblock, some of these misfits can be redeemed (like what SKR did for the mimic not too long ago).

Liberty's Edge

Wow.

Just, wow.

I love Paizo.

Sovereign Court

OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD

FLAIL SNAIL! WOLF-IN-SHEEP'S-CLOTHING!

Clearly, you're saving the Carbuncle and Umpleby for Misfit Monsters Redeemed 2!

FLAIL SNAIL! WOLF-IN-SHEEP'S-CLOTHING

Sweet monkey Jesus, James, I don't know if I'm more excited about this book or Gnomes of Golarion.

EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!


cappadocius wrote:

OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD

FLAIL SNAIL! WOLF-IN-SHEEP'S-CLOTHING!

Clearly, you're saving the Carbuncle and Umpleby for Misfit Monsters Redeemed 2!
!

Carbuncle's actually going to be in Kingmaker issue, it seems. Check out the blog.

Sovereign Court

Evil Lincoln wrote:


Carbuncle's actually going to be in Kingmaker issue, it seems. Check out the blog.

Oh my God, I think I just gamergasmed.


<breaks out the kleenex and hands it to the poster above>


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One serious problem the flumph has is 'why on Golarion (or any other world) is it called a flumph'?
I can currently think of two possible explanations for this:
1) It's based on some comic misinterpretation or other misunderstanding by other races of their own name for themselves.
2) (Going Lovecraftian) It's the sinister wet flopping noises made by their victims as they collapse to the floor, their insides sucked out with just a pile of bones in a loose bag of skin left behind.

Edit:
Oh, and on the flail snail front, given their magical resistances (at least in 2nd edition AD&D) I envisioned very large ones being used on battlefields as mobile platforms with howdahs or small iron fortress mounted on the shell.

The Exchange

I always thought it was onomotopoeia; the "flumph" is the noise they make whilst they keep themselves aloft - sort of like the sound jellyfish would make if they made sounds.


Zeugma wrote:
I always thought it was onomotopoeia; the "flumph" is the noise they make whilst they keep themselves aloft - sort of like the sound jellyfish would make if they made sounds.

Hmm. That could be viable too.

I wonder if Tim Hitchcock will get the flumph article?

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

Charles Evans 25 wrote:
I wonder if Tim Hitchcock will get the flumph article?

I believe it's Adam Daigle who got that one.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Awww... from the title I first thought was, "Wow, Paizo sure fast-tracked that Monster PCs book."

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

yoda8myhead wrote:
Charles Evans 25 wrote:
I wonder if Tim Hitchcock will get the flumph article?
I believe it's Adam Daigle who got that one.

I believe you are correct. :)


Adam Daigle wrote:
yoda8myhead wrote:
Charles Evans 25 wrote:
I wonder if Tim Hitchcock will get the flumph article?
I believe it's Adam Daigle who got that one.
I believe you are correct. :)

Give it the justice it deserves! :)


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens Subscriber
spamhammer wrote:
Awww... from the title I first thought was, "Wow, Paizo sure fast-tracked that Monster PCs book."

There had better be rules for playing a Flumph Paladin!

Liberty's Edge

So if a monster shows up in this book, it will officially be part of the Pathfinder rules, and also officially part of Golarion. That right?

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

Mothman wrote:
So if a monster shows up in this book, it will officially be part of the Pathfinder rules, and also officially part of Golarion. That right?

Not necessarily Golarion, but certainly part of the Campaign Setting. They all probably live on one of the other planets or planes, since they're rare and pointless, for the most part.

Liberty's Edge

yoda8myhead wrote:
Mothman wrote:
So if a monster shows up in this book, it will officially be part of the Pathfinder rules, and also officially part of Golarion. That right?
Not necessarily Golarion, but certainly part of the Campaign Setting. They all probably live on one of the other planets or planes, since they're rare and pointless, for the most part.

Right. Campaign Setting is what I meant, but that's an important distinction you make.

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

yoda8myhead wrote:
...since they're rare and pointless, for the most part.

Like cat people. ;)

Sovereign Court

yoda8myhead wrote:
since they're rare and pointless, for the most part.

Wolf-in-Sheep's-Clothing. Flail Snail.

NOT POINTLESS

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32

cappadocius wrote:

Wolf-in-Sheep's-Clothing. Flail Snail.

NOT POINTLESS

Exactly. Flail snails are wonderful with a little garlic butter sauce and pair nicely with sautéed flumph eyestalks. Not pointless at all.

Frog God Games

Dire Corbies are not pointless misfits; they are cool and already ARE in Golarion, specifically in the Endless Gulf in the Darklands. That having been said, I look forward to seeing what further coolness oozes out of them in this book.


I think I'm gonna go as a Flumph for halloween this year, in celebration of this book.


I hope dire corbies eat flumphs for breakfast.

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

DOOM! DOOM! DOOM!

DOOM!


OMG. I can't believe it's not April.

Or maybe it turns out that all that flumph-hating was just the greatest marketing ploy ever.

Coz this book is gonne get itself sold, yo.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Well if anything should be from another world, it's the wolf-in-sheeps-clothing.

D20 modern wisc, would have a 12 pack of beer on a stump and eat stupid hunters.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

ChrisRevocateur wrote:
I think I'm gonna go as a Flumph for halloween this year, in celebration of this book.

You're thinking too small here. Clearly, someone needs to dress up as a flumph for Paizo's costume contest at GenCon this year. They'd win hands-down. :-)

And, no...that can't be me. I won't be making the pilgrimmage to GenCon 2010.

RPG Superstar 2012

NSpicer wrote:
ChrisRevocateur wrote:
I think I'm gonna go as a Flumph for halloween this year, in celebration of this book.

You're thinking too small here. Clearly, someone needs to dress up as a flumph for Paizo's costume contest at GenCon this year. They'd win hands-down. :-)

And, no...that can't be me. I won't be making the pilgrimmage to GenCon 2010.

But you could dress up as a flumph for PaizoCon 2010! :)


NSpicer wrote:
ChrisRevocateur wrote:
I think I'm gonna go as a Flumph for halloween this year, in celebration of this book.

You're thinking too small here. Clearly, someone needs to dress up as a flumph for Paizo's costume contest at GenCon this year. They'd win hands-down. :-)

And, no...that can't be me. I won't be making the pilgrimmage to GenCon 2010.

1) I'm not going to GenCon (nor am I going to PaizoCon).

2) The book gets released in October, so Halloween is perfect.

Scarab Sages

This looks really awesome. Glad to see Paizo showing a little love to the misfits.

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