Phantasia Zoological Vol 1: Cats, Dogs, and Horses by 4 Wind Fantasy Gaming
This product is 72 pages long. It starts with a cover, credits, and ToC. (4 pages)
Introduction (1 page)
It talks about why you might want a variety of cats, dogs and horses for your game. How to make more yourself or at least a bit of a tip. Also that if you buy 4 Wind Fantasy Gaming Tome of Monsters they have a few more varieties of each three in that book as well. All of the animals have different feats, skills, as well as stats and in some cases special abilities or even in a few cases super natural abilities.
Chapter 1 – Cats (16 pages)
There is 27 breeds of cats in the book. Most or mundane types know in our real world. 3 are undead types and a few are magical ones. Such as the Black Cat which can jinx people, or the Winged Cat, or even Puss-n-Boots, yes based on that Puss-n-Boots. I would have liked a little more on him as he is unique, I think he needed a full page instead of half a page like some of the cats got. They range from CR 1/8 to 7 with most of them being CR ¼ to ½.
Longhair Near-Eastern Cat
Northern Forest Cat
Tailless Cat (Manx)
Chapter 2 – Dogs (20 pages)
There is 40 breeds of dogs in this section. Most of them are mundane dogs but there is a few undead and magical dog breeds as well in there. They range from CR ¼ to 1 with most being a CR ½.
Halfling Riding Dog
Chapter 3 – Horses (16 pages)
There is 30 breeds of horses in this section. Most of them are mundane every day horses with a few undead and magical ones. They range from CR ¼ to 7, with most of them being a CR 1.
Khyang Wild Ass
Taki Wild Horse
Skeletal (Burning) Horse
Chapter 4 – Gear (6 pages)
Anything you might want for your animal friends. From toys, collars, leash, food, saddles, armor and even carts and such to be pulled. There is 17 different kinds of wagons, sleds, and carts alone in this section. There is also 21 magic items as well, though several of them are just better versions of the same item. There is 9 different types of magic items.
Appendix 1 Prices (2 pages)
Here is a list of all the animals and their prices.
Appendix 2 Familiars and Animal Companions (4 pages)
Here it list all the animals that would make good familiars or animal companions for druids and rangers. This is really the only part of the book I was disappointed with. They don't have a list for which ones would make good improved familiars, unless they think none would.
It ends with a OGL and back cover. (3 pages)
Closing thoughts. The artwork is black and white and goes from fair to pretty good. There is art for each animal in the book which I found to be a big plus. Editing and layout are good. Now I am a bit biased I really like products like this that add the little details. Even with out the magical and undead versions I found this to be a useful book. If you would like to have a some differences in animals. Like some dogs that hunt better than others, or might be tougher and more suited to combat. Each breed has things they are good at. If that interest you then I highly recommend picking this up. So what's my rating? I am giving it a 4.5 good but not perfect. I would have liked to have seen a bit more on a couple of entries like Puss-n-Boots and a list of those that would make good improved familiar choices, but all and all a solid book.
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