||Random Woodland Encounters 2 by Raging Swan
This product is 32 pages long. It starts with a cover, credits, toc, and Intro. (5 pages)
Encounters (14 pages)
There is 8 encounters in this section. Each section has the stat blocks for the creatures and NPC's in them.
A Fate Worse than Death – CR5, a interesting little side trek, where the PC's can save some NPC's from monsters and more.
Broken Road – CR2, No combat in this one but a rescue against the environment.
Hunters Hunted – CR7, a pretty basic encounter.
Master of the Yellow Cavern – CR6, a simple encounter with a lot of ways to use it effectively.
Riderless Horse – CR3, more of a RP encounter.
Sir Valio Ilmonen – CR2, another RP encounter.
Spiders - CR3, A little side encounter with a surprise all wrapped up with in.
The Blades and Staves – CR5, A group of adventures, this could be a combat or RP encounter depending what the PC's do.
Stat Blocks (10 pages)
Here is the stat blocks again with just plain text. Each encounter has it's own page. I assume it is for ease of printing out the stat blocks if you wanted to. But since one would likely print the whole encounter I am not completely sure why they are listed again. In the notes it says this was done by request and to help create a NPC library. I suppose I could see it, nothing wrong with it. Just not something that appeals to me.
It ends with a OGL, ad, and back cover. (3 page)
Closing thoughts. The art work is black and white and ranges from meh to good in the case of the owlbear. Editing and layout was good, I didn't notice any errors. There is a screen and print friendly version, as well as a ereader version. The encounters where mostly interesting and well done, they tended to be inventive. But I also wasn't blown away either, they are good even very good but not great. What I would have liked for a example is on the Broken Road. There is a man trapped a ways off the road down the side of the cliff. It has been raining and still is, having washed out part of the road to cause the fall. I would have liked something like a small random table of possible mishaps with DC checks/saves that the PC's might face while climbing down to get him and bringing him back up. It was a neat idea but I felt it could have been better with something like that added. So what's my rating? I am giving it a 4 star rating. I think it is good but could have been better.
Trust me, I'm a Succubus.
[4 of 5 Stars!]