This Everyman Mini clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 5 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
So, I absolutely ADORE Microsized Adventures. It made my Top Ten for a reason. It opens a whole new cosmos of cool rules, of adventuring possibilities and fun.
Well, this pdf, beyond explaining how the special size modifier works in context of PCs and foes that are radically shrunk/enlarged, sports an extremely high crunch-density: We basically get 8 microsized templates: These list not only the modifications applied to the microsized being (and the special size modifier), but also the modifications for the respective ordinary-sized foe. The differences in size range from one size category to eight size categories! In the latter case, PCs will suffer: They will inflict paltry damage and the CR of even harmless critters skyrockets. Fluffy the Cat suddenly is looking like a really sadistic Kaiju…
And that’s about it – this pdf is all about application and convenience. You can hand it out to your players and have them gulp. Or you can use it as an easy cheat sheet. Either way, it makes changes in size run smoothly and fluidly and thus qualifies as one of the rare, small pdfs that really enhance the game, far beyond what the page-count would make you believe.
Minor complaint: The seven size categories template has an incorrect damage value for the microsized creature: The value should be -28, not -15. Similarly, the saves noted for the by the six sizes step and the damage increase for ordinary creatures are both off, and so are save DCs, CMB and CMD for that step. While it took me a grand total of 30 seconds to calculate the correct values here, it’s still an annoying issue.
Editing and formatting are very good on a formal level; however, the glitches in the templates do drag down what I’d otherwise consider to be a phenomenal resource. Layout adheres to Everyman Gaming’s printer-friendly two-column standard and the full-color artwork is nice. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
Alexander Augunas’ templates here are convenient, easy to apply, well-presented and explained – in short, this pdf is a pure joy to work with, a really fun tool in the arsenal of the GM. Were it not for the glitches in two of the templates, I’d have praised this even more. While I personally consider them easy to fix, I am a pretty math-savvy fellow and as a reviewer, I can’t be lenient here. Hence, my final verdict will clock in at 4 stars. If the minor hiccups don’t upset you, consider this 5 stars + seal instead; either way, I’d definitely recommend this handy file.
You can get this cool, if not perfect little pdf here on OBS!
You can get the inspiring Microsized Adventures book here on OBS!