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The Vermin
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Patrick H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/27/2020 19:24:36

If a rat wielding a knife and wearing a filthy ruff while emerging from a sewer doesn’t spark inspiration for some sort of subterranean political coup, nothing does.

Read more: https://www.nonzerosumgames.com/the-vermin/



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Vermin
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Ana K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/18/2020 10:20:10

Easy to read layout and beautiful, evocative art.

Some of the options for flavouring up the ratfolks easily swing between terrifying and hysterical, at times both, not only giving ample room for encounter variety depending on the desired moods, but also a nice anticipatory laugh. Would you rather the ratfolk assaulting you appear from the shadows with a butcher's cleaver, a fanciful feathered hat or a small pet rat on its shoulder?

Make no mistake however this is the creepier, dangerous type of ratfolk, and ones that'd make for involved antagonists, either through force or their network of whispered information.

The monograph, while easy to read, explores in detail the ratfolk variants and hierarchies that govern their underground nests, providing subtle world building throughout.

It provides as well a comprehensive list of potential conflicts and encounters, and a sample of a ratfolk nest - with a map of its layout marking out the potential traps, encounters, and goodies that may wait inside.

Absolutely worth its price!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Vermin
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Justin H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/16/2020 15:34:23

I really enjoyed this product. I really think it fits well with a sort of espionage or political intrigue game as the ratfolk love their secrets. I can see an entire thieves guild being run by the the Rat King or a wererat. Its low level focus makes it a great way to introduce the characters into secrets, lies and hidden motives. I like that the ratking can buff his minions and unleash psychic attacks. I hope to see more like this.

The only concern i really see is a CR 1 having access to multiattack via a legendary action. I feel this should be a more support feature as it puts its damage pretty high up there for a CR 1. According to the DMG a CR 1 monster shouldn't really be doing more than 9-14 damage per round. Both the mind blast and the short sword do 4d6 each. so 8d6 or 28 damage per round is right up there with a CR 5. I do recommend this product, as a DM I would just be weary of the damage calculation of the monsters.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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