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Monster Stand-Ins (Paper Minis)
Publisher: Inkwell Ideas
by Daniel H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/30/2012 22:35:48
It took me a while to remember to do this, but I wanted to come back and update my review since the publisher has updated the product.

My original review was 3/5 stars. You can find my original review as well as the publisher's response below this updated review.

New review:

Wow, Inkwell really stepped up to the plate in updating this product! Not only are the spacing issues completely fixed (it's chocked full o' monsters, now), but several monster sizing issues were corrected as well.

The addition of many more creatures than the set originally contained, combined with the reflowing and corrections is enough to make me glad I bought this, and happy to have been a part of the Kickstarter campaign.

Many, many kudos for listening to your backers/customers, Inkwell Ideas! I know some of these little guys will see my table.

My original review:

My thoughts on this set echo Bruce's review for the most part. In short:

- Far too few different creatures for the price.
- Dragons are way too small to be printed and used as-is.
- I personal feel that a lot of important classic monsters were left out. Kobolds aren't there? Really?
- The set is basically repeated: once with the monster name at the bottom of the image, and once without. While a nice touch to have them without (so players may not know what it is at first), we didn't need full on duplicates.
- Some of the layout choices are a bit odd, but I'm sure everyone has a different idea of what monsters should go together on a page.
- Tons of wasted space on a lot of the pages. White space doesn't make for a very compelling monster to fight.

The art is nice, for the most part. I'll probably use some of these minis at some point in my games. But to be blunt, my personal method of grabbing an image off the 'net and pasting it into Word is a lot cheaper.

If you were a creator looking to get the "stock art" version of the project, you might have fared better. As a gamer just wanting some more fantasy paper minis, though, I'm a touch disappointed.


The Publisher's response to my original review:

Thanks for the feedback. Really, I mean it. I want to make this a great set. Expect an updated file with several of your changes in the next few days. In short: -We'll add some larger versions of the dragons, and likely a few others. I re-examined the dragons and know we goofed! -More creatures on most pages. We were overly cautious on printer margins and set them to 1". Which leaves a 6.5" horizontal area. In many cases because of the sizes of the minis, we only were able to use 6" across. We'll try for 7" and leave a .75" margin on the sides. -More creatures. At this point I can't put more custom art in the set, but I've already found about 15 more animals. I do have some other monster stock art that should allow me to add at least 5 more, and I'm sure I can recolor the dragons to add metallic dragons. In addition, I can (and have already in some cases) modified some of the stock art to create new creatures that are similar. For example I've made a phase spider based on the drider. I'm sure we'll add 25 creatures, but I'm hoping it will be closer to 50. -Those extras should push us from about 150 different creatures to hopefully close to 200. The product listing notes the current version has 250 different images because some creatures have mulitiple versions: the kobold archer, kobold leader, kobold w/sword and kobold shaman are 4 different images. I'll see if I can do even more. -As you say, everyone will have different layout choices and how to combine things. I felt it was best to make many pages more specialized because I feel you're more likely to want 8-9 goblins and 10-12 hobgoblins than a mix of 4 goblins, 4 hobgoblins, 2 gnolls, 2 troglodytes, 2 vegepygmies, 4 kobolds, and 2 bugbears. That's the reason for the duplication. -Oh but kobolds were in the set. I was particularly proud of doing both modern ones (right side of page 12 and 38, depending on if you want labels or not) and classic, dog-like kobolds (bottom right side of page 17 and 43). Please double check your copy. -I believe the system will notify you when there is a new version posted and let you get the update.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Monster Stand-Ins (Paper Minis)
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Necessary Evil Figure Flats
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
by Daniel H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/26/2009 16:52:25
Overall, I'm very pleased with these figure flats.

All of the main baddies you encounter are represented, and in good numbers that keep you from having to print too many of something that you don't need.

I will agree with other reviewers in saying that I wish that rather than trying to cover potential player characters with a few pages of villains, I think they should have put in the various named NPCs that you encounter in the campaign. There's just no way that you could possible cover the player characters by throwing random pictures in, and it's a bit disappointing that I have all of these great looking bad guys but no NPCs. I mean, Champion, Dr. Destruction? That takes a star off of my review. It's one thing to proxy in a penny or some random fig from your collection when it's just a goon, but putting a penny on the table and saying "that guy's really important" just doesn't have the right effect.

The ships are an okay touch, but I'm not sure how much I'll end up using them. I suppose having them and not needing them is less of a problem than needing them and not having them. No points off for that, but it wasn't a reason to give an extra one, either.

I recommend this set of figure flats if you want to have a good set of drones, V'sori, K'tharen, Quislings, and their cohorts for the table. Just know that you aren't getting any major named NPCs.

To the publisher:
I would gladly spend another few bucks to get a set of named NPCs from the campaign. (I still think replacing the random supers from this set with them would be the best route, thought.)

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Necessary Evil Figure Flats
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12TM: Fear Effects: Savaged edition
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
by Daniel H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/24/2009 16:54:18
A decent little addition to a Savage Worlds toolbox, considering the price.

The 13 pages are reduced by the cover, credits page, intro page, and product placement page to 9 pages of content. Of these 9 pages, 6 pages are tables upon which you can roll random fear effects.

Frights are divided up into levels, and the effect failure has on your character seems to step up nicely. That said, however, you're only going to get much use out of these tables if you are the type to use random selection of effects rather than assigning a condition or reaction freeform. Much of this product's usefulness depends heavily on your GMing/playing style. That's not a bad thing, necessarily, but it is a consideration.

Overall, the supplement achieves what it sets out to accomplish, which is add to the fear mechanics already present in Savage Worlds. Whether it does so in a way that you will enjoy or not is pretty much that one issue: do you like rolling randomly on big tables of stuff?

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Necessary Evil Explorer's Edition
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
by Daniel H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/24/2009 16:24:22
Excellent! I bought a print copy at a small convention, but I decided it would be awesome to be able to search it on my laptop as well.

I wasn't disappointed at all!

The PDF is done in layers, letting you turn stuff like the page background on and off (I prefer off, makes it easier to read to me). This is awesome.

The bookmarks are well placed, and there are plenty of them. Navigating the book is a breeze. I have other PDFs that fall down on this point, which is sad seeing as how that's one of the primary things PDFs have going for them.

Overall very satisfied with this PDF.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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