Fearsome Foes: The Ravenous (PFRPG) PDF

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Fearsome Foes is a series of short PDFs that each feature a single villain or villainous group to challenge the player characters in your Pathfinder Roleplaying Game or OGL campaigns. The villains presented are suitable to be used as either one-shot or recurring foes. In addition to the main villains each volume will contain enough supporting material that they should be ready to include in your game will little or no extra preparation.

In this volume:

  • Background on The Ravenous, a clan of man eating ogres
  • Adventure Hooks
  • 2 Magic Items: Merciless Maiden, Skull Rattle
  • Irusk, the Iron Turtle CR 8
  • Kurhn Bonecrusher CR13
  • Ravenous Encounters

Author: Russ Brown
Artist: Graeme Cunningham
Pages: 5

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An Endzeitgeist.com review of the revised edition

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The first installment of Rusted Iron Games' fearsome foes-series clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1/2 page SRD, leaving us with .5 pages of content, so let's take a look!

This pdf's premise is pretty straight-forward - to deliver monster codex-style statblocks of creatures - this time featuring two ogres from the eponymous, roving horde of straightforward ogre-marauders. The first of these creatures would be the ogre depicted on the cover, one Kurhn Bonecrusher - a CR 13 brute that has, built-wise, had his HD increased and the barbarian creature template applied.

The second ogre would be Urusk the Iron turtle, named thus for the preference of heavy armor - and his discipline, for the ogre has 5 fighter levels.

Supplementing these two characters would be two magic items, the first being the merciless maiden, a magical greatclub made from a marble statue of a woman (COOL!) that allows for a 90°-variant of whirlwind attack by foregoing all attacks. (If one were to nitpick this, one could state that foregoing all attacks could use further clarification, but the intent is clear and so this gets a pass.) The other item is a truly nasty rattle - this one can change cure spells in the proximity into inflict spells 3/day. I really love this concept, but in practice, this is kind of problematic - while powered as an immediate action and action-wise, the item is pretty solid. EDIT: The item has been cleaned up and now works well.

The unfortunate layout-choice in the previous version has been taken care of. On the plus-side, beyond these solid hooks, the pdf also sports 5 different sample encounters that utilize creatures from the Monster Codex alongside statblocks provided herein.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are pretty good, I noticed no relevant glitches. Layout adheres to a pretty printer-friendly two-column full-color standard and the pdf sports a cool, original b/w-artwork of Kurhn -especially nice in such an inexpensive pdf. The pdf comes fully bookmarked.

Russ Brown's first fearsome foes provide decent builds - personally, I think class-levels would have suited Kurhn a tad bit better, but that may just be me. It should be noted that the statblock does contain the base stats, assuming raging as default. Personally, I would have preferred a slightly higher degree of optimization, but that's just me being a prick. I do like the supplemental items, though the wording, while not bad in any way, is still not as precise as I'd like it to be. The insertion of the statblocks, which cuts the adventure hook-section in two, also felt jarring to me.

All in all, this is a good pdf for the low asking price - the fixing of the skull rattle nets this +0.5 stars, for a final verdict of full 4 stars.

Endzeitgeist out.


A Fun, Nasty Encounter Scenario

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I am glad to have received a copy of this item for review.

The first thing that struck me about this supplement is that it was very upfront with its intention. Almost as if an extension of the Monster Codex, it presents a contextualized serious of encounter that could just as easily be inserted into an linear campaign as it could in a sandbox campaign.

Everything is presented well, and I like the big baddie ogre, but I wish that he was just slightly more dynamic. He started out interesting, but I feel like with a little more work he could be more memorable.

That having been said, I enjoy the magic items included, especially as they are implemented. It's all very straight forward, but I think that is what I like about the presentation. The plot hooks are good, but could use a bit of polishing perhaps.

That having been said, this is a solid 4 star product, well worth the $1


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Now available—and welcome Rusted Iron Games!

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16

Thanks Liz!

If anyone has questions let me know.


How many pages is the content?

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16

The PDF is 4 pages, so allowing for OGL stuff the content is about 3 to 3 1/2 pages.

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16

@Lantis: Thanks for the review of The Ravenous as well. I appreciate you taking the time to give feedback on both of the Rusted Iron Games Products.


I have added a new cover page to the product.

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What CR range does it cover?

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16

There are encounters from CR 8 to CR 15.

Individually Kurhn is CR 13 and Urusk is CR 8.


Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS and d20pfsrd.com's shop.

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Thanks for the review End!

You are not the first to point out that the Skull Rattle needs some clarification. After I finish the two products I am currently working on, I think I will go back and fix that and also try to clean up the layout a bit.

I should be able to have an updated version around the end of October.


I will update my review then - apart from that minor hiccup - nice work! Deadly Gardens II should hit site next week. Cheers!


The PDF has been updated to fix the issue of text jumping pages and to fix some typos. The Skull Rattle magic item has been re-written to clarify how it should work. Also bookmarks have been added.


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Revised my review in all the usual places.

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