Starfarer Adversaries: Sentry Robot (SFRPG)
This installment of the Starfarer Adversaries-series clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
So, it should be noted that we do get a nice, handout-style one-page version of the full-color artwork for the sentry robots in this book. Said robots come in three iterations, at CR 6, 9 and 12. They come with integrated lasers as the high attack, slams as the low attack. The slam attack’s damage output of the CR 6 robot is off by 1, and it should be noted that the damage-type indicators in the statblocks are using erroneously lower-case letters instead of uppercase letters – “b” instead of “B”, for example. It’s a cosmetic thing, but something that stuck out to me. On the defensive side of things, the robots have integrated force fields appropriate for their respective CR. I’m also pretty sure that the damage for the CR 9 sentry bot’s slam is odd – in contrast to the other two, it adds 1.5 Strength modifier to its slam attack damage for +18, instead of the default +15. This may, however, be an intentional decision, though not one I see reflected in the other statblocks.
The sentry bots, unsurprisingly, are constructs with the technological subtype, and the modifications have been properly applied. The bots are vulnerable to electricity and critical hits.
Editing and formatting are very good on a rules language level; on a formal level, this is solid, if not perfect. The pdf’s layout adheres to a two-column full-color standard, and the artwork presented in full color is nice indeed. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
Jacob E. Blackmon’s sentry robots are solid obstacles to face; they probably won’t blow you away, but they are executed in a solid manner. If you’re looking for a couple of sentry robots for a fair price-point, and don’t want to bother with making some yourself, they are worth checking out. My final verdict will clock in at 3.5 stars, rounded down.
You can get these inexpensive robots here on OBS!
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