|Dale McCoy Jr President, Jon Brazer Enterprises
Danger and Death Await in the Forbidden Woods
Deep in the heart of the Forbidden Woods lies a group of monsters that is too terrifying for most adventurers to face. Animals of enormous size, creatures part spider and bear, terrifying crocodile beavers—and things much, much worse. Only the bravest heroes dare to stand up to these foul abominations of murderous intent and save the people from a fate far worse than death.
Monsters of the Forbidden Woods is an exciting new supplement of monsters in Jon Brazer Enterprises’ best-selling Book of Beasts series, and is for use with the World’s Oldest Fantasy Roleplaying Game. These monsters are designed to frighten characters and leave your players recounting their tales of heroism time and again. Inside this volume, you’ll find:
- 18 new monsters, ranging from challenge 1/4 to 7
- Items found in the monsters’ lairs, giving you ready ideas for a treasure hoard
- In-game descriptions of each monster, ranging from random NPC quotes to other names given to the monster
- Adventure hooks for using these monsters in unique and exciting ways
- Battle suggestions, with advice on how to build an encounter using each monster
Face What Goes Bump in the Night.
|Dale McCoy Jr Jon Brazer Enterprises
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Disclaimer: I received a review copy.
Now, I have to say that I am massively impressed with this product. It is not a bestiary so much as it is an ecology primer on a bunch of new creatures that are original, inspiring, and effective. Ranging from animal to elemental to monstrocity, there are plenty of interesting and original creatures to use in your campaigns. For each creature or type we are given a wide number of alternative builds, whether they be stronger versions of the base creature, or full distinct variations on a similar theme. For instance, we get young, adult, and elder spider bears, while the druidic guardians are varied by elemental type.
Each cluster of creatures comes with plot hooks, potential treasure (when it makes sense), and pointers for how a creature might behave in battle. This, coupled with the brief but comprehensive descriptions give creatures a depth that is not conveyed in a 1 page stat block. And although the hit point values are a bit low for a given CR, the creatures themselves are excellently represented for 5th edition statistics.
I very much look forward to seeing more books like this, and it has even changed my view on what shorter bestiaties should be. Without the history of older and established monsters, every new beast needs to be as fleshed out as the ones in this book.
5 out of 5 stars, and my royal seal.
Thank you Loranthorn. I really appreciate it.