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Otyughnomicon: Flensing Otyugh $1.87
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Otyughnomicon: Flensing Otyugh
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Otyughnomicon: Flensing Otyugh
Publisher: Purple Duck Games
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/15/2012 06:20:06
This pdf 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 spillt 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!

Conclusion:
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 color, 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.

Endzeitgeist out.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Otyughnomicon: Flensing Otyugh
Publisher: Purple Duck Games
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/08/2012 09:45:41
Despite having been role-playing for over 30 years, it's only recently I really got to grips with the otyugh, when the authors of a module that I was running chose to put one in... and I had great fun with it! This otyugh, and it was just the regular run-of-the-mill standard one, turned out to be very polite provided that the characters talked to it (and fed it) rather than waded in with sword and spell. Ended up with a memorable, enjoyable and quite unexpected moment of role-playing from this side of the GM screen...

So, to the latest instalment in this series exploring the full potential of the otyugh. The 'flensing' template presented here comes, we are told, from generations of transmuters experimenting to create the perfect beast of war and seeking ever more horrifying ways of dealing damage to the enemy, but preferably in a controlled manner. The limited but real intelligence of the otyugh coupled with its outlandish and quite terrifying appearance fits the bill quite well, especially with a bit of tampering. So, the flensing otyugh is equipped with nasty barbs all over its tentacles and the predisposition to relish the spilling of blood.

Here we have the flensing template itself, two examples of it applied to an otyugh (standard System Reference Document version where the otyugh is an aberration and the Grand OGL Wiki one with the otyugh starting as a magical beast)... and if you might be wondering what to do with a one of them, there's an encounter with several of them in a wizard's tower - the fellow had been messing around, transmuting away, you see... only his containment spells suffered a cascade failure and, well, someone's got to clean up the mess. Never quite as simple as it seems, there are a few little twists to keep the characters on their toes, and it should prove an entertaining interlude.

As if that were not enough there are a couple of new spells for your spellbook - Buttress of Skulls and Strangling Web - both quite handy for defending your lair, and a variant air elemental that has a distressing habit of flinging blood around! To round things off, there's a devious young lady spellcaster, the daughter of the owner of the tower and an interesting NPC in her own right.

A nice little addition to your bookshelf, it's always fun to put a twist on things that your players think that they know about!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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