EZG reviews 100% Crunch: Orogs (Greater Orogs)
This installment of the 100%-crunch-series is 24 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page foreword/ToC, 1 page advice on reading statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?
We kick off this pdf with a list of statblocks by CR – this time they range from CR 1 to CR 9. In case you didn’t know about orogs – they are the meaner, bigger cousins of orcs and get their full racial stats in the pdfs. Attribute-wise, tehy get +6 Str, +4 Con, -2 Wis and Cha, darkvision, 3d8 racial HD and count as orcs/ogres – if that’s been not enough indication: Orogs are not meant as player characters! Even young orogs clock in at CR 1 and regular ones get CR 2.
Taking a look at the more advanced statblocks, one will notice that we actually get templates – archers for example tend to come with the accelerated template added for more oomph. Cavaliers of the Dragon-order are in here as well – and boy, they are neat! Why? Well, they ride dire boars! Dire-boar riding orogs! Come on, that’s cool! And yes, we get more than one iteration of the cavaliers, which is neat indeed.
Beyond archers and cavaliers, there also are some uncommon orogs in here – rogue crafters, universalist potion brewers and two interesting variants – orogs of destiny and ogre-throwback orogs make for some neat additional statblocks that cover slightly more unusual topics. Theologian clerics, bards and even monks are included here as well – the hungry ghost/qinggong-monks! Also rather neat, we even get a dire wereboar ranger! Neat indeed!
Editing and formatting are very good, I did not encounter any glitches that impeded the usability of the respective statblocks and while some stablocks have the same names (a minor mix-up) that does not impede the quality of the crunch. Layout adheres to RSP’s two-column b/w-standard and the pdf comes in two versions. one optimized for print and one for screen-use. The pdfs come fully bookmarked for your convenience.
Julian Neale’s orogs rank among my favorites in the whole series and definitely provide some versatility I did not expect from this installment – from mounts to interesting, fitting class-choices up to even a were-beast and the cool monks, we get some rather cool, versatile statblocks in here. Now aforementioned title mix-up might be a minor inconvenience, but remains ultimately a cosmetic one and thus, I feel justified in still rating this 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 for the purpose of this platform.