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5e: Dire Owl

A classic of the Worlds Oldest Fantasy Roleplaying Game involves giant animals. The origin of these is quite simple, someone trying to convince someone else that their fight with some animal was far more valiant because it was far larger than most. In a fight when the adrenaline is pumping, a fierce creature can seem substantially larger than it actually is. In our roleplaying games, however, these perceived larger creatures are indeed larger. That makes the fight more dangerous and the night more creepy and makes giant-sized creatures perfect for a Halloween game.

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods (5e)The dire owl you see below originally appeared in the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods. Within you will find more giant animals like the bloodboar, the monstrous rat, and the dire lion—trust me, you really don’t want to face this guy. These monsters are perfect fodder for your fifth edition game, whether against the adventurers or for your group’s druid to summon with the conjure spells. Download this awesome book of monsters for your Fifth Edition game today from JonBrazer.com. You can also find this at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo and the OpenGamingStore.

Owl, Dire

Medium beast, unaligned
Armor Class 12
Hit Points 19 (3d8 + 6)
Speed 10 ft., fly 40 ft.


Str 11 (+0) Dex 15 (+2) Con 14 (+2)
Int 2 (–4) Wis 13 (+1) Cha 5 (–3)


Skills Survival +3
Senses passive Perception 11
Languages
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)

Actions


Multiattack. The dire owl makes two talon attacks when flying.
Pellet Vomit (1/Day). Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft.; one target. Hit: 2 (1d4) bludgeoning damage. If the target is a living creature, it must succeed on a DC 12 Constitution saving throw or become poisoned until the creature completes a long rest. While the creature is poisoned, all creatures (other than the dire owl) that are within 5 feet of the poisoned creature must succeed on the same saving throw or become poisoned as long as they stay so close to the creature. Creatures with the scent ability gain disadvantage on this saving throw.
Talon. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft.; one target. Hit: 5 (2d4) piercing damage.
Screech. An owl can let out a loud screech. All creatures within 10 feet that fail a DC 12 Con save are deafened until the end of the dire owl’s next turn.

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5e: Young Spiderbear

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods (5e)

With Halloween fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to share one of our favorite monsters, the spiderbear. It is our own take on classic D&D mashup monsters like the owlbear. It is creepy and dangerous, terrifying for being both a spider and a bear, and an all around evil creature. 

While this one is a challenge 1/2 monster, the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods has an adult spiderbear of challenge 3, and an elder spiderbear of challenge 7. Download this supplement today at the JBE Shop to get these and other awesome monsters for your game. You can also find it at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo and the OpenGamingStore and get these and many more awesome monsters now.

Young Spiderbear

Small monstrosity, neutral evil
Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 16 (3d6 + 6)
Speed 40 ft., climb 40 ft.


Str 15 (+2) Dex 16 (+3) Con 14 (+2)
Int 6 (–2) Wis 14 (+2) Cha 4 (–3)


Skills Stealth +5
Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 60 ft., passive Perception 12
Languages Common, Spiderbear
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)


Pack Tactics. The young spiderbear gains advantage on attack rolls against a creature if at least one of the spiderbear’s allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated. Spiders are always considered a spiderbear’s ally.
Spider Climb. The young spiderbear can climb difficult surfaces, including upside down on ceilings, without needing to make an ability check.
Web Sense. While in contact with a web, the young spiderbear knows the exact location of any other creature in contact with the same web.
Web Walker. The young spiderbear ignores movement restrictions caused by webbing.

Actions


Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft.; one creature. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) piercing damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 12 Constitution saving throw or take 3 (1d6) poison damage.

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5e: Bloodboar

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods (5e)

I consider myself primarily a monster maker. Some specialize in new class options, adventures, magic items, or whatever. Me, I can just take a look at some piece of artwork and can just see all the ways it can tear a human to shreds, eat it alive, take over its mind, or a number of other bizarre desires it may have. This is why I write monster: it just comes to me. This also is why I share monsters every Wednesday with you. Previous 5e monsters I shared on this website include the draugr and the snapping skulls trap.

Today, I bring you a bloodboar. This relation of a pig is as large as a hill giant and as deadly as an ogre. They have a deadly charge and are downright terrifying. This is a monster worthy for the players to fight against. Pit your players against this monster today.

Bloodboar

Large beast, unaligned
Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 37 (5d10 + 10)
Speed 50 ft.
Str 16 (+3) Dex 11 (+0) Con 14 (+2)
Int 2 (–4) Wis 9 (–1) Cha 5 (–3)


Senses passive Perception 9
Languages
Challenge 2 (450 XP)


Charge. If the bloodboar moves at least 20 feet straight toward a target and then hits it with a tusk attack on the same turn, the target takes an extra 3 (1d6) slashing damage. If the target is standing on the ground, it must succeed on a DC 13 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.
Relentless (Recharges after a Short or Long Rest). If the boar takes 7 damage or less that would reduce it to 0 hit points, it is reduced to 1 hit point instead.
Actions


Tusk. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft.; one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) slashing damage. If the target is a living creature, it must succeed on a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or have its speed reduced by half until the bloodboar’s next turn.
Battlesqueal (1/Day). A bloodboar can let out a loud squeal, calling all nearby boars to attack. All boars that can hear the bloodboar’s squeal gain advantage on their next attack.

The bloodboar is one of the many monsters in the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods. Download this book today at JonBrazer.com. You can also find it at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Lots of 4- and 5-STAR Reviews

It was the end of last summer when I did the most recent review roundup. We have much to share since then so let’s jump right to it. Lets start with the 5-STAR review by Rick H. we got last night for our newest adventure Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet.

There are, however, many out-of-the-box problems that need to be carefully considered. I really liked this approach- the information the characters require is readily available, but making sense of it is key. Further, the encounters mix monsters with hazards in interesting environments. There’s a lot of content for the price, and I look forward to using it.

Read the full review at DriveThruRPG

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Skinwalkers (PFRPG)I would also like to give a special shout out to John McCoy (no relation) for his first review ever. It was a 5-STAR review for Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Skinwalkers, and his review is short and sweet.

Love Skinwalkers, and this pdf is a great addition to them.

Thank you, John. We hope you write more reviews in the future!

D66 Compendium 2Let’s skip over to Traveller and take a look at the reviews here. The d66 Compendium and D66 Compendium 2 are two of the most useful books in all of Traveller and people continue to recognize that. One person, James J, left very similar 5-STAR reviews for the both review for both, saying

Solid product. I bundled this and Compendium into a binder to take with me to Traveller sessions as Referee. Great stuff for ideas. This also works as a brainstroming setup for writing.

Another reviewer gave the D66 Compendium 2 a 5-STAR reviews, describing it thus:

Very useful, … I find it useful for both RPGs and Sci-fi wargames.

d66 Compendium (Traveller)The d66 Compendium received another new 5-STAR review as well, saying:

It too is filled with lots of great d66 charts. But to be honest it also is a gold mine of great ideas. Just looking over some of the lists causes ideas to spring up in my mind. Not just a great place to randomly select a name, but to look at a name and begin to build out who or what it is. I have had fun just reading various entries and charts. I strongly encourage any GM to pick both this compendium and the 2nd one as well. They are both great additions to my collection and will be very helpful resources in my creative efforts.

The very same James J. gave Scenes of Space Hex Battle Maps a 5-STAR review, saying

I liked this a lot. I used the asteroid map in a recent Traveler Session. nice big hexes on four sheets. I like that there are different sizes. No problems printing and cutting these pieces to fit together with some tape. … I would buy more if there were more in the series.

Thank you very much, good sir.

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods (5e)Switching over to Fifth Edition, we are rather proud of Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods getting Ismael A’s rating of “5 out of 5 stars, and my royal seal.” Let me reprint the whole review.

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.

Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1 (5e)Gaeton V reviewed Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1, giving it 4-stars, describing it thus:

Overall though, I’m impressed. There are lots of “freebie” races out in the wilds of the internet, but very few of them have as much detail as these ones.

Deadly Delves: Along Came A Spider (PFRPG)Martin S give a spoiler heavy 4-Star review of Pathfinder’s Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider so I will only share his conclusions:

I think this is a good module and one that not only reaches its goal, but that offers many possibilities to expand on the material presented here.

That is a total Eight 5-STAR Reviews and only a pair of 4-Star reviews and nothing else in that time frame. Jon Brazer Enterprises has a reputation for exceptionally high quality work that does not disappoint. We do not release very fast because we take the time to do it right. Tell you friends about Jon Brazer Enterprises books for their games today.

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5e: Unleash the Forbidden Monsters Upon Your Game

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods (5e)

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.

Download Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods for your Fifth Edition game today from JonBrazer.com. You can also find this at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo and the OpenGamingStore.

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5e: Forbidden Monsters Coming Your Way

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods (5e)

BoB Monsters of the Forbidden WoodsI consider myself a monster designer more than anything else. I mean, if you look over everything I created for Pathfinder, my monster books is where I throw of passion into creating. So when I started working on Fifth Edition material, this is where I started.

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods is our first pure monster book. Sure we always feature a new monster or two in our adventures, like the draugr in Rescue from Tyrkaven or the huldra in Doom of the Sky Sword. But we enjoy making monsters to inspire you to make your own adventures. And that is what these monsters are for: to inspire you game masters at home that like to create your own adventures.

Inside Monsters of the Forbidden Woods, you get 18 monsters for your games. These monsters focus on lower level games, starting off at Challenge 1/4 and topping out at 7. This is perfect for GMs that like to throw mass numbers of goblins and add in a cave troll, just to shake things up. Only now, instead of a goblins and a cave troll, you can use spiders and a spiderbear, or kobolds that keep a dangerous bloodboar to gore their enemies with its tusks.

Download Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods for your Fifth Edition game today from JonBrazer.com. You can also find this at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo and the OpenGamingStore.