I figured the Long Winter Campaign could use a couple of new, icy monsters. So I present Beginner Box conversions for the Remorhaz and the Yeti.
Please let me know if you have any questions or notice any errors. Cheers!
I thought I’d ring out the old year with some monsters…vampires, in point of fact. I based the master vampire off of a level 5 wizard (evoker), applying the vampire template. I’ve also BB-ified things quite a bit, so please forgive me if they aren’t exactly like PF core vampires.
Still, these BB versions of vampires are quite nasty, especially with their energy drain and dominate attacks. A standard BB party, unprepared for vampires, could easily face a TPK.
Cheers, and Happy New Years!
Here’s another PFBB monster conversion: Bugbears and the formidable Ogre Mage.
I removed some of the Ogre Magi spell-like abilities, both to save some space and because I didn’t see them coming into use too often during a BB style game. None-the-less, I left the monster at CR 8, for it’s Cone of Cold ability is dangerously lethal to a 5th level character (especially when combined with it’s innate fly and invisibility abilities, allowing for the perfect ambush!).
As usual, please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions, or notice any errors. Cheers!
Here’s another Pathfinder Beginner Box monster conversion for you on this all hallows eve…giants!
Actually, I wanted to do vampires for Halloween, but they just have too much going on to fit in the standard Beginner Box monster format (that, and vampires may be just a little too deadly for BB characters to handle). So, you got giants instead. 🙂
I took some liberty with their Rock Catching ability, but I couldn’t really see it coming in to play very often, so I don’t think it’ll matter much. Have fun smashing puny humans!
Edit: I just realized that I forgot to add the giant’s long reach abilities. DOH! I’ve attached a corrected version. Sorry about that.
I’ve worked up a PFBB monster conversion for hobgoblins and a hobgoblin boss. I’m not sure if I did the class conversions properly for the hobgoblin boss, but it looks pretty close to me, at least when compared to the orc boss from the GMG.
I equipped the hobgoblin boss with a whip, mainly due to art limitations. But I think it turns out to be a nasty weapon, allowing the hobgoblin boss to trip dangerous opponents, giving the rest of the gang a +4 bonus to attack the prone target. A great way to cut those plate-mailed tanks down to size. 🙂
On a side note, if you want some additional BB monster conversions, you can download a free PDF of Wayfinder #10 magazine from Paizo.com. It has conversions for two gnolls, and an otyugh.
First, sorry for my prolonged absence of late. I’ve been busy with some RL things, plus I had a touch of blogging burnout. I think I’m better now. 🙂
A friend has been running Rise of the Runelords at one of our FLGS, and for some reason it has sparked a renewed interest in me to run that Beginner Box campaign I blogged about some time ago. So, reading through the BB rule books again, I finally noticed that the stat blocks given for Black Fang’s Dungeon (pages 2-15 of the GMG) are condensed to just essential combat information.
It occurred to me that it may be helpful to have these condensed stat blocks prepared for all the monsters in the BB (including the four from the supplements), so that one could easily copy and paste them into a document for ready reference. And so I went ahead and did it: condensed stat blocks for all the official BB monsters, including a blank template so you can add new monsters, if you’re so inclined. There’s a DOC version and an RTF version.
Note that the formatting appears screwed up when you preview it in Mediafire, but when downloaded it should be fine.
Please let me know if you notice any discrepancies, errors, or if you have any questions or suggestions. Cheers!
I’ve worked up a new PFBB monster template that’s closer to the format used in the GMG. It provides much more room for describing monster abilities, and even has a bit of room for a picture of the monster. On the downside, it isn’t formatted to print on a 3×5 card, so it might be a little more inconvenient to use. I’ve taken the liberty of making a few minor adjustments to the original BB format, which I trust make them a little easier to reference during play. Here’s the new template: And here’s the Owlbear and Troll using the new template: A note about using artwork: so far as I know, you can’t just copy and paste art from the Bestiaries. You can, however, use art from Paizo’s blog. So, I recommend going to Paizo.com and doing a search of their blog for the type of monster you’re creating. You just might find appropriate artwork. The template already includes Paizo’s Community Use Policy after the OGL. Speaking of which, remember to update the OGL with the appropriate copyright notice for whichever Pathfinder or 3rd party sources you’re using. So, here’s the new files:
Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Cheers.
Edit: Corrected a couple of typos on the Owlbear and Troll (12/11/2014).
Here’s the consolidated monster converions for Pathfinder’s Beginner Box, with a few new ones from David Jenks. They aren’t in any particular order (sorry 😦 ) but the ones in the front are mine and the ones towards the back are David’s (also noted below each set of cards). Again, these are intended to be printed on Avery 3×5 index cards (product #5388), but can nearly as easily (and much more cheaply) be printed on cardstock and then cut out with scissors or a cutting board.
Edit: Once again, the preview mode at Mediafire makes it look like the document is formatted all wrong, but once you download it, it should look correct.