By Thilo Graf
This pdf from Purple Duck Games is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, ~1.5 pages SRD and 1 page of advertisement, leaving approximately 7.5 pages of content for the latest special Otyugh, so let’s take a look!
As with all installments of the Otyughnomicon, we get two different stats for the otyugh in question – one for the Core-version of the Otyugh as an aberration, the second for the GOW-version as a magical beast. This installment adds the flensing template (CR +2) to the creature, which provides a solid addition of damage to the creature’s attacks, the ability to rage and to inflict bleeding weapons and track spilt blood. Both creatures clock in at CR 6.
The sample encounter of this Otyughnomicon presents us with the tower of a now perished wizard, whose creations include said new otyughs as well as a troll and a variant air elemental. The person who hired the Pcs to claim the tower, Linsa Fayblood, is also fully detailed and two new spells, the ominous „Buttress of Skulls“ and the „Strangling Web“ are as much a part of the deal as a new cape and 4 simple floor traps, which makes the overall encounter(s) a neat little blue-print for a short side-trek. And one with a twist, to boot!
Editing and formatting are very good – while I noticed a few minor glitches, nothing truly impeded my ability to enjoy the pdf. The pdf adheres to PDG’s two-column standard and comes with artworks for all creatures – apart from the Otyugh, the artworks are full colour, though nothing too special. The pdf features full bookmarks. For the low price, we get a new template, a nice adventure outline and solid stats – nothing much to complain about apart from the fact that the pdf provides nothing that truly made me yell „Eureka“. As such, I think I can settle for a solid 4 stars and a recommendation if you’re even remotely intrigued by the template.
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