Hey, gamers! It’s me with a review of a new gaming product! The product today is the new Pathfinder Bestiary 4 from Paizo. I don’t know how many of you are aware of this gaming system but this game is what Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition should have been and, considering the number of book supplements published over the last 4 years, many gamers agree. Anyways, ON TO THE REVIEW!
Pathfinder Bestiary 4
Just a quick glance through the book reveals a lot of creatures that scream “Use me in a horror base campaign!!!”
The Bestiary books are full of monsters, NPC’s, and alternate playable character options depending on your Game Master, a.k.a. the GM. And as in the previous three Bestiaries, Paizo has delivered another outstanding book full of nasties to add havoc for your players. Just a quick glance through the book reveals a lot of creatures that scream “Use me in a horror base campaign!!!” And do I want to do just that. The book contains many creatures that can be used in low level games. One such creature, and the name excapes me at the moment, dwells in the parallel dimesion in mirrors. It clones whomever glances in a specific mirror, copies them, then exits the mirror to kill them to take their place. Sounds uber nasty but it is actually just a CR 2 creature, CR means Challenge Rating as an FYI.
Another creature that has returned from 3.5 D&D is the Juggernauts. These are constructs that generally were used as guardians of some extreme well sought after treasure or to protect forbidden tombs of kings, warriors, or mages. They came from 2nd edition AD&D and were re-released in Monster Manual II for 3.0 to 3.5 D&D and still pack a major punch. I believe their CR is in the teens somewhere as standard in this Bestiary. In Monster Manual II they were a CR 18! But, like all monsters, creatures, and NPC’s you can tweak them for your games.
“THEY HAVE THE STATS FOR CTHULHU!!!”
But the biggest and greatest thing about this book… THEY HAVE THE STATS FOR CTHULHU!!! That is right kiddies, they have daddy Cthulhu and his buddy the King in Yellow, Hastur, in this book and their CR’s are up there, CR 30 for Cthulhu ALONE! Included within the pages of this beautiful tome you also get stats for the Colour Outerspace and Elder Things. Anyone who is a Lovecraft fan will love to use this book for his or her games… myself included… beware my players, your doom approaches!
Also included in this book are the clockwork creatures, including dragons. Not quite sure how I like that since I’m not really a fan of the clockwork creatures. It seems too much like Steam Punk trying to enter into my idea of fantasy, which is one of the reasons I didn’t get into Eberron for D&D. Also, the nasty Tooth Fairies (think Hellboy 2) and, another favorite of mine, the Nosferatu Vampires!
All in all, it is definitely a book I want in my collection even if I never get a chance to use any of the creatures within its tempting pages and I am sure many of you would feel the same. And if you have not had a chance to play Pathfinder, then I highly implore you to convince your GM to give it a try. Stay tuned for more product reviews from me!