Star Log.EM-017: Gnolls (SFRPG) PDF

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By Alexander Augunas

Take your Starfinder campaign to new heights with Everyman Gaming’s Star Log.EM series! This high-crunch series specializes in everything from fantastic new aliens from recently discovered biomes to exciting new archetypes, feats, and class options based on futuristic ideology and traditional fantasy alike. Each week, a different Star Log.EM tackles a new, exciting topic.

This installment of Star Log.EM includes: 1,000 words updating the fan-favorite legacy monster, the gnoll, to the Starfinder Roleplaying Game! Included are racial traits for gnoll characters, several new gnoll feats, and plenty of flavor to help you play the gnollest gnoll you can be in Rogue Genius Games’ Blood Space campaign setting!

The Star Log.EM series—Starfinder for tomorrow!

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

4/5

This installment of the Star Log.EM-series clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!

After a brief introduction to the subject matter, we begin with a flavorful series of fluffy bits that serve to contextualize the gnoll race thematically within Starfinder as a rules system, as well as within the implied Xa-Osoro setting shared by Everyman Gaming and Rogue Genius Games. As before in the Star Log.EM-series, the “Playing a XX”-section that notes how you likely behave and how other races view you, is missing here.

Mechanically, gnolls get +2 Str and Con, -2 Cha, 6 hit points, and they are Medium with a 30 ft. speed. They get low-light vision, as well as a +2 bonus to saves versus disease, fear and poison. The bonus type here is not properly codified – it should be a racial bonus. They get unarmed natural weapon, analogue to that of the vesk race. As a unique ability, gnolls can heckle targets. They get Intimidate as a class skill and gain +1 to Intimidate instead f they already have the skill. Gnolls may attempt to demoralize all foes within 30 ft. as a full action.

The pdf also contains 5 feats: Canine Gait allows you to adopt or stand from a 4-limbed movement rate as a move action, for quicker movement. Charging allows for the standing up as a swift action…or would, if it worked properly. A full action in SFRPG prevents the use of a swift action, and charging is a full action. Clamouring Heckle and Goading Heckle build on the AoE-demoralize, with the first allowing for quicker regular and AoE-demoralize, the latter allowing for the addition of the off-target condition, or the extension of such an effect created by an ally. Finally, Hyena Shape is cool, allowing you to assume hyena shape and potentially knock targets you hit that form prone. Like it!

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting, for the most part, are very good on a formal and rules-language level. The glitch in the perhaps coolest feat does hurt the pdf somewhat, though. Layout adheres to the full-color two-column standard of the series, and the pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.

Alexander Augunas’ take on gnolls in SFRPG is per se solid; I like the Intimidate-focus via heckling – it makes sense to me and adds some unique identity to the gnolls. That being said, I would have loved to see the race have an additional trick. The minor snafus decrease the final verdict this receives from being considered to be a good offering. My final verdict will clock in at 3.5 stars, rounded down for the purpose of this platform.

Endzeitgeist out.


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Thanks, Rick!

Nothing screams, "Adventure in Space" like your favorite, fuzzy, and oh-so cruel critters, gnolls! That's why Everyman Gaming is proud to provide you, the Starfinder consumer, with Star Log.EM-017: Gnolls!

But no, this isn't a monster stat block! Within, you'll be treated to a full Everyman Gaming-style write-up for this legacy fantasy race for Rogue Genius Games's Blood Space campaign setting, including racial traits for gnoll characters! That's right, player character gnolls! You can heckle your GM all night with this race. (Literally!) Also included are an assortment of feats for gnoll characters to ensure that you're the gnolliest gnoll who's ever gnolled the Xa-Osoro system and beyond!

Everyman Gaming LLC — We gnoll what you want!


Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS, etc.


Updated my review to reflect the improvements made.

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