I loot the Rogue’s Body! (PFRPG/system-neutral)
This installment of Raging Swan Press’ “I Loot the Body”-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
All right – after a brief, nice introduction to the subject matter, we dive right into the first table – which contains 50 sample rogue outfits that range from startling color-combinations to dark vests over white shirts…and e.g. goggles and gas-mask-like outfits for a surprisingly diverse assortment of evocative sample outfits.
Beyond these, rogues, perhaps more so than other classes, sport an important tool of the trade…and if you’re like me and tie of saying “you find a masterwork lockpick”…well, then the next table is for you: At 100 entries, you can find cracked spyglasses, brass ear horns with the initials “R.W.D.”, spools of copper wire, chains, thin silver wires…now these are inspiring tools beyond the old and tired clichés. Well done!
The third table in this book, then, covers the insides of rogue’s pouches – which means that from bottlecaps from diverse breweries to pickled eyeballs of demons and mouse skulls, you’ll find a lot of actually interesting material in this table – what poor fey was deprived of its gossamer wings? Why doesn’t the box with the hand-crank open? I don’t know yet – but these nifty bits certainly make for an inspiring starting point to further develop such angles from!
Editing and formatting are top-notch, as we’ve come to expect from Raging Swan Press. Layout adheres to the crisp and printer-friendly two-column b/w-standard and the pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience. It should also be noted that the pdf comes in two versions – one optimized for the printer and one optimized for screen-use – kudos for the extra-mile there!
Eric Hindley’s collection of dressings for the deceased rogues is, in one sentence, a fun, inexpensive and versatile list of tables that enhances the game by providing ample angles for the GM, more interesting finds for the players and a neat combination of the common and uncommon – if anything, however, I do believe that this installment is relying a bit too much on the “find item engraved with XYZ”-gimmick – there are quite a few such entries herein. That being said, overall, this does not tarnish what otherwise is a nice, fun book – well worth a final verdict of 5 stars.
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