Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Misfit Monsters Redeemed (PFRPG)

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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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I'm sure he was referring to me specifically as there was a problem processing my order.

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jreyst wrote:
I'm sure he was referring to me specifically as there was a problem processing my order.

OH... ok I thought there was a email about a book getting held up or something. I think this is the longest I have had to wait from the first email to the second so far.

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Dark_Mistress wrote:
jreyst wrote:
I'm sure he was referring to me specifically as there was a problem processing my order.
OH... ok I thought there was a email about a book getting held up or something. I think this is the longest I have had to wait from the first email to the second so far.

Hmm. Yours looks odd to me. I'll let Customer Service know to look into it.

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Vic Wertz wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
jreyst wrote:
I'm sure he was referring to me specifically as there was a problem processing my order.
OH... ok I thought there was a email about a book getting held up or something. I think this is the longest I have had to wait from the first email to the second so far.
Hmm. Yours looks odd to me. I'll let Customer Service know to look into it.

Odd? well that doesn't sound good and ok thanks for letting them know.


How much is the PDF going to be?


FenrysStar wrote:
My apologies for not getting back to you this in time, but the convention was Fur Fright (I beg the board's indulgence for this) www.furfight.org it is a Halloween themed furry con I am now committed to attending every year if I can help it. And if I know I will get players for it, I will run a Pathfinder adventure there.

If you made it to FurFright, then how did the adventure go?


Vic Wertz wrote:
FenrysStar wrote:
Ah well, I am tempted to switch subscriptions from the player's companion to these GM books as the Player companions are too Golarion specific.
The Campaign Setting line has a Golarion focus as well... though the "Monsters Revisited" series (of which this book is a part) are more Golarion-light than most of the others.

Which is why I am thinking of making the switch. The GM books are more useful to me building a world where anthropomorphic animals replace the "standard" races. But the primer to the Inner Sea is worth getting for me as a model of something I might want to build.


Eric Hinkle wrote:
FenrysStar wrote:
My apologies for not getting back to you this in time, but the convention was Fur Fright (I beg the board's indulgence for this) www.furfight.org it is a Halloween themed furry con I am now committed to attending every year if I can help it. And if I know I will get players for it, I will run a Pathfinder adventure there.
If you made it to FurFright, then how did the adventure go?

The game went nowhere. The only game I ended up running was a version of DC Adventures where a bear Green Lantern and a Wolf mystic took on Solomon Grundy, Owlman and the Witch with Owlman and the Witch being the evil versions of Batman and Zatanna from that alternate Earth so I used the stats of Batman and Zatanna to run them.


Sorry to hear it, FenrysStar. Better luck next time.


Yup, I may do some retooling eventually but there is always next year to be true. Although by next year's Fur Fright, Carrion Crown will have run its course and I may just bring those books and adapt that adventure path.

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Berselius wrote:
How much is the PDF going to be?

$13.99


Here are some other monsters that I think would make good additions to a Misfit Monsters Redeemed: Part II:

Al-mir'aj (Fiend Folio)
Carbuncle (Fiend Folio)
Cifal (Fiend Folio) -- or is that CIFAL?? ;-)
Millikan (Dragon #89)
Protein Polymorph (Fiend Folio)
Pseudo-Undead (Monster Manual II)
Stench Kow (Monster Manual II)
Thought Eater (Monster Manual)
Umpleby (Fiend Folio)
Zorbo (Monster Manual II)

Anyone else got some thoughts?

Cheers, JohnH / Wanda

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Wanda V'orcus wrote:

Here are some other monsters that I think would make good additions to a Misfit Monsters Redeemed: Part II:

Al-mir'aj (Fiend Folio)
Carbuncle (Fiend Folio)
Cifal (Fiend Folio) -- or is that CIFAL?? ;-)
Millikan (Dragon #89)
Protein Polymorph (Fiend Folio)
Pseudo-Undead (Monster Manual II)
Stench Kow (Monster Manual II)
Thought Eater (Monster Manual)
Umpleby (Fiend Folio)
Zorbo (Monster Manual II)

Anyone else got some thoughts?

Cheers, JohnH / Wanda

Alas, not many of those are in the OGL, due to not being reprinted in the Tome of Horrors. The Al-mir'aj, carbuncle, stench kow and thought eater are all fair game. And what is a protein polymorph but a phasm with a worse name? I did post a conversion/reimagining of the CIFAL a while ago on ENWorld--it's 3.5, of course, but conversion should be easy.

the C.I.F.A.L.


Well the Carbuncle has already been done in AP number 37

What about the Gambado..the Springing Skulls of Doom...


DM Wellard wrote:

Well the Carbuncle has already been done in AP number 37

What about the Gambado..the Springing Skulls of Doom...

I was not aware that the Carbuncle had made it to Golarion! :-D

And yes, after I posted this list, I thought of the Gambado! That, as well as the Gorbel...

Cheers, JohnH / Wanda


I'm checking every day to see when the PDF is going to be available. I acknowledge that it makes good business sense to let the subscribers get the PDF immediately, but could I find out when it one can buy it?

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Henry Leckenby wrote:
I'm checking every day to see when the PDF is going to be available. I acknowledge that it makes good business sense to let the subscribers get the PDF immediately, but could I find out when it one can buy it?

Unless something has changed, the PDF should be available on November 10th.


I guess this isn't part of the PFRPG subscription. Will I still be able to get a print/pdf package or will I have to purchase them separately?


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You can still get the print/PDF package by subscribing to the Campaign Setting line before the next book comes out and selecting this as the product to start with.


If Paizo and Necromancer Games can work out some kind of deal where monsters from the Tome of Horrors series makes it into Pathfinder, even if in dribs and drabs I will support the efforts.

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FenrysStar wrote:
If Paizo and Necromancer Games can work out some kind of deal where monsters from the Tome of Horrors series makes it into Pathfinder, even if in dribs and drabs I will support the efforts.

A few points:

1. Monsters from the Tome of Horrors volumes already have been working their way into Pathfinder RPG.
2. There wouldn't really need to be an agreement, since the monsters contained in the three Tome of Horrors volumes are OGC.
3. I'm afraid that Necromancer is pretty much dead. But take heart, for Frog God Games is their successor. Tsathoggua is the new Orcus.


R.I.P. Necromancer Games. I'll have to look at this Frog God Games of which you speak. If they make any Pathfinder books I'll give them a look over. And yes, slowly but surely material from the Tomes of Horror have been filtering into Paizo's products and for that I am thankful.

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FenrysStar wrote:
R.I.P. Necromancer Games. I'll have to look at this Frog God Games of which you speak. If they make any Pathfinder books I'll give them a look over. And yes, slowly but surely material from the Tomes of Horror have been filtering into Paizo's products and for that I am thankful.

Really FGG is the same company as Necro, the only real change is Clark is not involved with FGG. Other than that it is pretty much all the same people and same style adventures etc. I would say if you liked necro stuff you will like FGG just as much.

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FenrysStar wrote:
R.I.P. Necromancer Games. I'll have to look at this Frog God Games of which you speak. If they make any Pathfinder books I'll give them a look over. And yes, slowly but surely material from the Tomes of Horror have been filtering into Paizo's products and for that I am thankful.

They have already come out with quite a few modules for pathfinder and they continue to pump out more.Frog Gog Games

Silver Crusade

I just got my copy.

Just flipped through, starting to read.

Those pics of Lini at both ends of the book are fairly upsetting.

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Mikaze wrote:

I just got my copy.

Just flipped through, starting to read.

Those pics of Lini at both ends of the book are fairly upsetting.

To be fair looking at them it seems she kicked the things butt


Well, I have to say that I have new-found respect for the wolf-in-sheep's-clothing, after reading its entry in Misfit Monsters Redeemed . . . =:-o

Cheers, JohnH / Wanda


I have gotten my copy of this and unlike City of Spears, I read through it in a single day. I love what has been done so far. Mister Daigle, you did the best job of anyone as I liked the flumph article the best. I am still unconvinced about the Dire Corby but everyone else got a really good face lift.

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Kevin Mack wrote:
Mikaze wrote:

I just got my copy.

Just flipped through, starting to read.

Those pics of Lini at both ends of the book are fairly upsetting.

To be fair looking at them it seems she kicked the things butt

Yeah, had to check again. With her scratched up and sitting on top of it with the squirrel I thought for sure she done been et, but it wasn't looking too pretty either.

Props to the writers. I never seriously thought the wolf-in-sheep's-clothing could be potentially horrifying, but there ya go. Still digesting the rest of the book.

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FenrysStar wrote:
I have gotten my copy of this and unlike City of Spears, I read through it in a single day. I love what has been done so far. Mister Daigle, you did the best job of anyone as I liked the flumph article the best. I am still unconvinced about the Dire Corby but everyone else got a really good face lift.

Thanks, man. You made my day. :)

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Well, I see Adam has saved me the trouble of speaking for him, and I will say that I am delighted that WiSC is properly entertaining people now.

Also, "slurry". Mmmmm.

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This has become my favorite new monster book, and this in a season of good new monster books. I just HATED all those creatures in their original forms, and you made them universally cool.

Nice work, ladies and gentlemen of the Paizo-verse!


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I'm still digesting, but so far this is top notch stuff. Great job!


Elorebaen wrote:
I'm still digesting...

So is the wolf-in-sheep's-clothing...

=:-o

Cheers, JohnH / Wanda

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Wolfgang Baur wrote:

This has become my favorite new monster book, and this in a season of good new monster books. I just HATED all those creatures in their original forms, and you made them universally cool.

Nice work, ladies and gentlemen of the Paizo-verse!

Thanks, Wolf! This became one of my top favorites to write, and reading through the other contributions made me very happy about being in the book.

And thanks, Elorebaen and JohnH. I hope it lives up to your standards!

Scarab Sages

Love this book.

Fav monster is the wolf in sheeps clothing. I am going to place 2 different encounters with one in my Kingmaker campaign.


Adam Daigle wrote:
FenrysStar wrote:
I have gotten my copy of this and unlike City of Spears, I read through it in a single day. I love what has been done so far. Mister Daigle, you did the best job of anyone as I liked the flumph article the best. I am still unconvinced about the Dire Corby but everyone else got a really good face lift.
Thanks, man. You made my day. :)

I love how you tied them in with the vibe of something from Lovecraft's polluted mind (not that I'm complaining mind you) that is here not to help bring about the end of a given world but help to save it from the horrors that await. The connection to Desna I found odd being that she is CG and most flumphs are LG but their interest in dreams makes a good connection. The runner up for next favorite is the Wolf in Sheep's clothing. Seriously how this was done really surprised me and the way it's presented makes me want to use it in a lot more places. Even in a pine forest. The puppetry of the dead and the piece of fiction that preceded the article gave me the creeps. The flumphs I was already well disposed to, so Mr. Daigle just gave me new ways to use it and make a lovable loser into a viable aid and possible alien sage for players to interact with. But this is the book that impressed me the most this year.

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Just a heads up, I spoke with James Sutter about Misfit Monsters Redeemed for episode 17 of the Know Direction podcast out this Friday. He escalated my excitement for MMR, and I was already very excited.


Ryan. Costello wrote:
Just a heads up, I spoke with James Sutter about Misfit Monsters Redeemed for episode 17 of the Know Direction podcast out this Friday. He escalated my excitement for MMR, and I was already very excited.

Oh, Goody! I really look forward to Know Direction when it comes out.


Picked this up this weekend and I love it! Everything is so evocative and the "face-lift" everyone got was fantastic! Never thought I'd see someone make the Lava Children viable, but man, those guys are creepy as hell now!

Love all of them, but I really liked the Adherer, the Lava Children, and the wolf-in-sheep's clothing.

Excellent work.

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drkfathr1 wrote:

Picked this up this weekend and I love it! Everything is so evocative and the "face-lift" everyone got was fantastic! Never thought I'd see someone make the Lava Children viable, but man, those guys are creepy as hell now!

Love all of them, but I really liked the Adherer, the Lava Children, and the wolf-in-sheep's clothing.

Excellent work.

Yay, glad you enjoyed!


Colin McComb wrote:

Thanks, Wolf! This became one of my top favorites to write, and reading through the other contributions made me very happy about being in the book.

And thanks, Elorebaen and JohnH. I hope it lives up to your standards!

Oh? You're implying that I *have* standards?? ;-D

Now I'm wondering if it'll ever be revealed that the w-i-s-c was a survivor of that spaceship that crashed into Numeria, much like the froghemoth and aurumvorax and vegepygmies and the original w-i-s-c were in S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks?? :rolleyes:

Cheers, JohnH / Wanda

P.S.: This board needs emoticons!

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Wanda V'orcus wrote:

Here are some other monsters that I think would make good additions to a Misfit Monsters Redeemed: Part II:

Al-mir'aj (Fiend Folio)
Carbuncle (Fiend Folio)
Cifal (Fiend Folio) -- or is that CIFAL?? ;-)
Millikan (Dragon #89)
Protein Polymorph (Fiend Folio)
Pseudo-Undead (Monster Manual II)
Stench Kow (Monster Manual II)
Thought Eater (Monster Manual)
Umpleby (Fiend Folio)
Zorbo (Monster Manual II)

Anyone else got some thoughts?

Cheers, JohnH / Wanda

Al-mir'aj? There's just no way you can give a facelift to a *rabbit* with a carrot-shaped *horn* stuck on its head!

(And I'm shamed to admit that in my younger days I wrote an adventure which focused on these unfortunate creatures. Urgh. Never again!)


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Tojanida pictures.


Kajehase wrote:
Tojanida pictures.

When I saw the link was to deviantart, my mind immediately got mental images of nasty activities involving said critter . . . =:-o

Cheers, JohnH / Wanda

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I just got this today and I love it. The lava child is just creepy looking. The only thing that I have read so far is the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, one of my all time favorite monsters, and I love what you have done with it. Am I wrong to wanting to have a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing necromancer or a variant that actually animates it's victims, similar to the yellow musk creeper?


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Wanda V'orcus wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Tojanida pictures.

When I saw the link was to deviantart, my mind immediately got mental images of nasty activities involving said critter . . . =:-o

Cheers, JohnH / Wanda

I think it took a year before I realised deviantart links were safe to click. Well, most of them at least.

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David Fryer wrote:
I just got this today and I love it. The lava child is just creepy looking. The only thing that I have read so far is the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, one of my all time favorite monsters, and I love what you have done with it. Am I wrong to wanting to have a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing necromancer or a variant that actually animates it's victims, similar to the yellow musk creeper?

Yes, it's wrong; you're a filthy pervert, but we already knew that! ;)

What about Dire Corby? Is it well-designed? What sort of abilities does it have? Any links to Pazuzu?

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Asgetrion wrote:


What about Dire Corby? Is it well-designed? What sort of abilities does it have? Any links to Pazuzu?

Yep, it is very well designed. As far as abilities go, it is pretty much a straight forward melee fighter with an ability to "Leap" into combat. Basically that lets them make a charge and an Athletics check. If they make the check they get to make a full attack and use rend. And yes, they are rumored to be the cursed spawn of Pazuzu who turned their back on him and were cursed for it.


Ryan. Costello wrote:
Just a heads up, I spoke with James Sutter about Misfit Monsters Redeemed for episode 17 of the Know Direction podcast out this Friday. He escalated my excitement for MMR, and I was already very excited.

Ryan, is there some reason I'm not seeing this episode show up in iTunes?

Thanks,
M.

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