The Panopticium: An Entry from the Soggy Warlock’s Compendium of Curious Creatures (system agnostic)

The Panopticium: An Entry from the Soggy Warlock’s Compendium of Curious Creatures (system agnostic)

This pdf clocks in at 2 pages – 1 page is an interesting artwork/hand-out-style version of the creature, the other page contains the text.

 

The pdf does not note a particular system or presents stats per se – instead, it lists the numbers that may be encounters, the suggested level range, and for Armor, it notes e.g. a name and then (as plate); similarly, weapons note analogues, like stating that it works like a two-handed sword. So yeah, you’ll need to do some adjustments.

 

The creature notes special defenses and attacks – in the former case, the creature here notes e.g. that they are only surprised on a 1-in-10, regardless of invisibility. The movement is noted as a normal person afoot, or thrice as fast when flying – nice: It mentions perfect maneuverability, which is helpful for plenty systems.

 

The panopticium is a race of peacock-feathered giants (12 ft. tall), with skin covered entirely with eyes; they can substitute their attacks with eye-beams,. And the pdf does note how certain spells may be used to counteract them – this includes a unique non-instantaneous delivery-method of the effects, which I considered to be rather cool – and no, I’m not spoiling it here. I also like that their AC can change, depending on how they’re fought.

 

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are okay; I noticed a minor typo, but nothing bad. Layout adheres to a one-column b/w-standard, and the pdf sports a nice, collage-style artwork in full-color. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.

 

Ian Woolley’s Panopticium is a cool concept for a creature; the design can be implemented pretty easily in most systems if you know how to design creatures for the game system you’re playing. To my pleasant surprise, the creature can be fought in a pretty unique manner, and rewards player-skill and tactics. All in all, I consider this to be a worthwhile creature. My final verdict will clock in at 3.5 stars, rounded up due to in dubio pro reo.

 

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