The second installment of Purple Duck Games’ “Pay what you want”-supplements of small pdfs is 12 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?
So what are gels? Gels are engineered lifeforms akin to oozes that follow the following formula: A base creature is required for the creation of a gel and additional creatures may be broken down via alchemical processes to cancel the requirement for permanency-spells. They also require essential components as well as required spells (each of which can be ignored for +2 to the creation-DC), a cost and of course a creator level and alchemy-DC.
A total of 3 different sample gels are provided – CR 5 Aerogels, CR 4 Embalming Gels and CR 4 Taxidermy Gels. The creatures are interesting with their abilities and while I’m usually not a big fan of amorphous creatures, I do like them.
The pdf also comes with information on nutritive fluid and the creation thereof.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any significant glitches. Layout adheres to a one-column standard more akin to what you’d see in a regular paperback book, allowing you to fit up to 4 pages on one sheet of paper. The pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience.
Perry Fehr has created a cool creature type here and gels per se rock and have quite some potential, but there’s one thing lacking from this offering: Guidelines to create your own gels. The creation formula is awesome, but why are there no guidelines to determine attributes, skills, special qualities etc.? The process of actually crafting gels as a DM is curiously absent from this pdf, limiting unduly the oomph you get out of this. That being said, this is a “Pay what you want”-pdf and for that, it deserves some slack. Thus, my final verdict will clock in at 4 stars.
You can get this neat supplement for any price you want here on OBS!