Dungeon Dressing: Statues
By Thilo Graf
This pdf from Raging Swan Press is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving a total of 6 pages of content, so let’s check this out!
We all know the deal – sometimes you just don’t have the time to furnish your dungeons or locales, either due to space reasons (when using commercial modules) or time reasons (when crafting your own. Raging Swan’s new series seeks to remedy that situation and provide beleaguered DMs with a variety of sample furnishings and dressings to add flavor to their carefully crafted locations.
The pdf kicks off by providing hardness and hp for bone, glass, iron, wood and hewn stone statues as well as a table to topple statues via strength check and the damage they do when falling on foes. A comprehensive list of statue-foes from the 3 core bestiaries is also included here with respective CRs for your convenience.
After that, we get a page of statues depicting personalities, one page depicting beasts and monsters and one with dressings to further flesh out your statues. The descriptions are nice, serve their purpose and can generally be considered well-made.
After that, we also get a selection of 5 traps, ranging from CR 2 to 9, ranging from the basic and rather bland fusillade of darts to the release f poisonous yellow spores.
As I’ve come to expect from RSP-releases, editing as well as formatting is top-notch – I didn’t notice any glitches. The pdf comes fully bookmarked and with a printer-friendly version and the b/w-artworks are neat. This is once again one of the little, extremely useful files just about any Dm will be happy to have – details and fluff, dressings and minor objects do a LOT to make individual locales more memorable and if you’ve read “Shadowed Keep of the Borderlands”, you know that the folk from RSP knows their craft. Much like Spes Magna Games’ excellent “Dodeca Weather”, this pdf provides a nice array of cool fluffy bits that will serve to enhance your campaign – useful, affordable and nice, I wholeheartedly welcome this new line of RSP-products and look forward to future installments – with one caveat: The traps are boring. I would have much preferred to get additional statues, perhaps even abstract ones of strange shapes or magical effects tied to them. Thus, I’ll “only” settle for a final verdict of 4 stars.
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