Everyman Minis: Microsized Monsters
This Everyman Mini clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 5 pages of SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
Now, just to spell that out explicitly: This supplement obviously makes use of Everyman Gaming’s Microsized Adventures. This phenomenal supplement made my Top Ten list for a reason and is one of the truly beloved components in my GM-arsenal.
This supplement, then, presents three creatures that allow a GM to temporarily microsize the PCs without requiring much set-up. The pdf does warn that application of the Microsize rules can make e.g. a housecat or a budgie a lethal threat to the PCs and advises caution, but it should be noted that the monsters their CR-ranges make them ttough, but no TPK-engines.
Got that? Great! So, first we have the crystaphors at CR 10: Highly territorial, these creatures of elemental earth have crystalline disc-bodies that can fire shrinking rays. Beyond their defensive light distortion, they can attempt a truly dickish move and try to shrink PCs…without their gear! This is a heavily penalized attack, when they do manage to pull it off, the PC in question will not be amused…
The Tiny dwindling adder is a CR 7 magical beast that goes another route: They can compress in a defensive manner as though affected by reduce person, becoming Fine (and then still have compression while Fine!) – and they have a poison that shrinks targets! Effects are cumulative, the poison has a GP-value, etc. – really cool one!
For lower CRs, we have, finally, the Tiny CR 3 miniaturizing mimic, who can assume the forms of Tiny objects, obviously, but who can also emit a mesmerizing melody that affects those nearby with the shrinking curse usually transmitted by bite. As a cool bonus, we get a new bardic masterpiece for Unchained Bards – the Song of Diminishment, which is impressive in that it allows for multiple size reductions, but also manages to get the rules-interactions of maintaining them right. A cap also prevents undue cheesing. It should be noted that unchained bardic masterpieces work differently than default bardic masterpieces, though…so if you haven’t checked out the unchained bard, this may be a good reason to do so!
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no hiccups on a formal or rules-language level. Layout adheres to the two-column full-color standard of the series, and the artwork presented is pretty damn cool. That being said, apart from the cover-artwork, there is no individual illustration of the monsters themselves. Personally, I didn’t mind – I’m a substance over style kind of guy. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
Matt Morris? Microsized critters are cool, allow for quick and flexible use of the amazing microsizing rules, and not one of them is boring. The magical beast feels like a magical animal, the outsider like something weird – you get the idea. This is a damn fine little critter-booklet. As such, my final verdict will clock in at 5 stars.
You can get these cool critters here on OBS!
You can get the phenomenal Microsized Adventures here on OBS!
The convenient templates for quicker size changes (particularly helpful, if you really want to go full-blown Wonderland…) can be found here!
Aforementioned unchained bard can be found here!