Fight the Dark Side
The Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane details the deadly and frightning monsters that go bump in the night. More than 50 brand new monsters for your Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, these monsters will frighten players and challenge their characters in new and exciting ways. This monster book is the latest in the award-winning Book of Beasts series and is the bestiary to the Shadowfall series, premiering in 2012.
The PDF is now available to DriveThruRPG/RPGNow as well as Paizo.com. The print book can be ordered at your local game store or your favorite gaming web retailer. Order the print book today and get the PDF for free.
With the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane PDF going on sale next week, we’re spending this week showcasing the monsters in the book. First up is the Unquiet Giant. We’re starting with this one because it is one of our favorites. Click on the image to the left to see the full preview page. First thing you should notice is that this is a CR 13 monster. That’s big because 22 of the over 50 monsters in this book are CR 10 or higher, with the top being 21.
The next thing we want to draw your attention to is the Feats section of the stat block. We placed the relevant penalty/modifier next to Power Attack. I know when I am GMing a game, I have enough numbers flying around in my head that I don’t need to figure out what the appropriate penalty/modifier for the Power Attack is. Hero Lab is our inspiration for that addition. So I’d like to say a “Thanks guys,” to the crew at Lone Wolf Development for that. We did the same for Combat Expertise as well.
Lastly, I want to call your attention to the quote between the stat block and its descriptive text. As we mentioned in our last preview, the quote gives a bit of inworld perspective of the monster either from the monster itself or from others. The unquiet giant’s text in particular is a reference to Andre the Giant’s character in the Princess Bride. When I decided to put in game quotes into the monster book, that movie was one of the first references I thought of and wanted to make sure it went in there. I am glad it is a reference to one of my favorite scenes.
Follow along all week to get more insights and spoilers from new Book of Beasts. Pre-order this book today at your local game store or at your favorite gaming website and get the PDF for free when you do.
As you may know we’ve been releasing variant monsters to Twitter. You can follow them with the tag #MonsterTweet. Every so often we’ll be posting a template that you can add to monsters and showing you how easy it is with twitter. So follow us on Twitter to make sure to catch all of our MonsterTweets.
Today we’re posting the Negative Energy Charged Template.
Negative Energy Charged Creature, CR +2
“Negative energy charged creature” is an acquired template that can be added to any undead creature (referred to hereafter as the base creature). A negative-energy-charged creature uses all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.
Senses: Gains blindsight 60 ft.
Aura: Gains an evil aura.
Armor Class: Gains a +2 dodge bonus to Armor Class.
Defensive Abilities: Gains Channel Resistance +4 and Obscuring Energy
Obscuring Energy (Su) A cloud of energy surrounds the negative energy charged creature granting a 20% miss change against attacks made against it.
Damage Reductions: Gains DR 5/good
Speed: Double the base speed.
Special Attacks: Charged Attack (Su) Each of a negative energy charged creature’s natural attacks, touch attacks, incorporeal touch attacks, and weapon attacks deals +1d6 points of negative energy damage in addition to normal damage. An undead creature can heal itself or other undead for 1d6 points of damage with a touch attack as an attack action. Damage dealt with a charged attack is treated as evil for the purposes of overcoming damage reduction.
Spell-Like Abilities: A negative energy charged creature with a Charisma of 11 or higher gains searing darkness as a spell like ability. The caster level equal the negative energy charged creature’s HD. This spell-like ability can be used 1/day if the negative energy charged creature’s HD is 10 or less and is 3/day if the negative energy charged creature’s HD is 11 or higher.
Searing darkness: This ray of negative energy works like searing light except that it deals 1d6 points of damage (maximum of 10d6) to living creatures.
Abilities: Gains the following bonuses: Str +4, Dex +4, and Cha +4.
Feats: Gains Improved Initiative as a bonus feat if it does not already possess it.
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Its official as of earlier this afternoon! Jon Brazer Enterprises is going to PaizoCon! We are so excited. Our current plan is for me to run some games/seminars while the worlds greatest girlfriend works the vendor’s table.
So we’d like your input as to what we should do. Here are a few ideas we have:
- Seminar – Designing your own Conquest Campaign: This seminar helps GMs to set up their own sandbox-style campaign,
- Seminar – Monster Designer: Never designed a monster before? Join us as we design a monster together.
- Game – River Kingdoms Diplomacy: Diplomatic actions can be tricky, but in the River Kingdoms they can be deadly. Your kingdom is frequently raided by thieves from across your border, in your neighboring country. How will you stop these invaders?
- Game – Surviving the Worldwound: You join a regiment in the 5th crusade. Now you are the last survivors of that regiment. Will you make it home with so many miles of corrupted land and viscous forces standing in your way.
Please share your thoughts.
Book of Beasts: Wandering Monsters 1 from Jon Brazer Enterprises describes new fierce and fantastic denizens for many campaigns. This fully bookmarked PDF includes 5 new monsters that provide players with new challenges and new difficulties to face. These monster include:
- Blightdaemon (CR 4): daemon of disease that leaves a trail of death in its path,
- Death Adept (CR 8): an undead priest and commander of the undead forces,
- Mantian (CR 5): a mantis-looking magical creature with deadly poison stingers,
- Remembrant (CR 3): a flying undead that remembers those that wronged it in life, and
- Rock Ophidian (CR 3): a salamander-looking dragon that spits balls of acid at its dinner.
Enhance your world and your game with these monsters.
Book of Beasts: Wandering Monsters 1 is available at Paizo and RPGNow.com.
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Over the weekend, we finalized the changes to the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations. With all errata incorporated, we believe that this book is the best we have done to date. The PDF has been uploaded to DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo and Bits and Mortar. Just remember, if you bought a printed copy of the Book of Beasts, you get the PDF for free. So you can have all the updates that have been made to the book. If you bought a printed copy of the Book of Beasts and have not yet gotten a copy of the PDF, goto our PDF Guarantee page and see how you can get a free copy today.
We would also like to take a moment and thank the crew at d20PFSRD.com since it was them that helped make this book the best it can be. Thank you gang.