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The Buccaneer's Bestiary

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Avast ye cack-handed deck apes! This be the Dark Caribbean!

This 74-page bookmarked supplement provides a host of monsters and NPCs that pirates and scallywags are likely to encounter on their voyages across haunted waters and raucous ports of call. Additionally, detailed encounter tables provide you with a rich swashbuckling milieu and just the right touch of horror and mystery to spice up the characters' adventures.

The full preview allows you to see over half of the supplement. However, here is what you can expect to discover within the pages of The Buccaneer's Bestiary:

  • 26 pages of encounter tables covering ports of call, sea encounters, island encounters, undersea encounters, and encounters in the dreaded Abyss.
  • Writeups on 15 generic NPCs suitable as crew, officers, and spellcasters aboard the characters' ship, or as adversaries.
  • Writeups on 35 beasties ranging from the lowly Jenny Hanniver and comical Skull Crab (CR 1/8) to the awe-inspiring Giant Nautilus (CR 13) and horrific Wastrilith (CR 14).
  • Two new templates for the mischievous dancing Dry Bones Skeleton and the cursed Seaclaimed Creature.
  • An index of all NPCs and beasties organized by CR.

And here is the list of just the new monsters in The Buccaneer's Bestiary for quick reference:

Blemmyae (CR 1/2)

Caller from the Deeps (CR 8)

Carnivorous Scallop (CR 1)

Coelenite (CR 1/2)

Deepspawn (CR 8)

Demon, Wastrilith (CR 14)

Dire Squid (CR 6)

Douen (CR 1)

Dread Zombie (CR 1)

Giant Anglerfish (CR 4)

Giant Anemone (CR 5)

Giant Eel (CR 3)

Giant Nautilus (CR 13)

Giant Sea Urchin (CR 1)

Giant Starfish, Sunstar (CR 3)

Giant Whale, Leviathan (CR 9)

Gulper (CR 1)

Jenny Hanniver (CR 1/8)

Kelpie — hazard

Lycanthrope, Seawolf (CR 3 & CR 7)

Morkoth (CR 4)

Seaclaimed Creature — template

Seaclaimed Warrior (CR 3)

Selkie (CR 1/2)

Sinister Seagull (CR 1/8)

Siren (CR 3)

Skeleton, Dry Bones — template

Skull Crab (CR 1/8)

Skum (CR 1/2)

Su-Monkey, Signifying Monkey (CR 1/2)

Swarm of Jellyfish (CR 2)

Swarm of Leeches (CR 1/4)

Tona (CR 3)

Triton (CR 1)

Viperfish (CR 6)

Wyste (CR 3)

Yugoloth, Marraenoloth (CR 7)

Zombie Lord, Le Grand Zombi (CR 5)

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Christopher C July 23, 2018 7:42 am UTC
Just bought and downloaded this. The PDF is completely white. I have 74 blank pages. I can drag my courser across and highlight stuff but it still just blocks of highlight no text or images.
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Christopher C July 23, 2018 7:57 am UTC
Edit: I can open the PDF with Chrome and see it, but I'd like to be able to see it when I open it with Adobe.
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Aaron I July 31, 2018 1:28 am UTC
Hi Christopher. I'm the author. I haven't encountered that issue before, and I open the current version of the file just fine with Acrobat Reader DC version 2018.011.20040.

I have heard people run into that issue using Acrobat 2017 (at work, not with this product), so if your Acrobat isn't current, I'd suggest updating?

If all else fails, I can email you a pdf copy?
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Gage R July 05, 2018 10:19 am UTC
I have a minor problem with the seaclaimed section. Many of the abilities lack details such as whether an action is needed to use the ability or the duration of the ability's effects (Sea Lure, Drown), while others are WAY too powerful (Jellyfish Tentacles, Stingray Tail). Also, it would make more sense to recalculate a creatures CR rather than assign hard increases to its CR.
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Jody J June 09, 2016 6:50 pm UTC
This product has been added to the DMs Guild Creature Index.
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May 01, 2016 8:53 pm UTC
Hey, just wondering if im ok to use this in my campaign blog, along with other items you've uploaded provided i link back to the purchase page
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Aaron I May 05, 2016 12:25 am UTC
Sure! As long as you're not outright copying text from the product, feel free to use "The Buccaneer's Bestiary" in your campaign blog! That's what gaming and DM's Guild is all about — sharing ideas and improving our games. Linking back is appreciated. If you have further questions you can reach me at aaronil[at]yahoo[dot]com.
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Nod H March 06, 2016 3:53 am UTC
Two pdf files with the exact same name. Is there a difference?
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Aaron I March 07, 2016 12:02 am UTC
Thanks for catching that Michael. One was a slightly older version where I caught a few niggling errors, the other was more recent. It's fixed now! Just one file! I'm cutting my teeth figuring out how OneBookShelf handles the whole publisher process, so this was my rookie mistake :)
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Christian D March 06, 2016 3:44 am UTC
Hey, just a word from the wise you may not want to have your whole product viewable in the preview. People can download that file without having to purchase your very well done content. Also, if you dont mind me asking, what program did you use to create those tables, images, and background?
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Aaron I March 07, 2016 12:04 am UTC
Hi Christian. Originally, I wanted folks to have the feel of thumbing through a new book at a bookstore where you can peruse a book at your leisure, but several folks have said the same thing to me. So I've limited the full preview to 44 of the 74 pages.

Normally I work in the Adobe suite (doing layout in InDesign), but believe it or not I did the layout entirely in Mac Pages! However, I'm told Microsoft Word can accomplish much the same look. Not sure about LibreOffice.
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Christian D March 07, 2016 3:39 pm UTC
Thanks for letting me know how you did this stuff, because i too am trying to sell my content on here and im trying to make it look as best as i can.
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