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Pathfinder Product Review - Bestiary Book 3

Updated on April 11, 2012

A Plethora of New Goodies!

Where do I begin? In the past twenty six years of my forty one I have purchased many volumes of RPG books dedicated to the non-human denizens of the game. My first purchase ever was the 2nd ed. Fiend Folio and a set of deadly sharp-edged dice. You know the dice I'm talking about. If you ever lost one on the carpet and found it by stepping on it with your bare feet, you know what I'm talking about. Anyway, back in the day the Fiend Folio was a cornerstone of the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons game. It brought several new types of powerful and cunning opponents to challenge players and excite DMs.

Pathfinder has tweaked the D20 3.5 rules and brought a whole new campaign world to those of us who have ignored the 4th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons. Bestiary 3 is their latest Fiend Folio of sorts and I have to say that while I only purchased the PDF version of the book I wish I had purchased the hardcover version instead.

With 318 pages and over 300 monsters within its pages it is well worth the buy! A big plus is the option of buying it as a $9.99 PDF! What a bargain! I mean it. I am not even going to mention the price for the book as a hardcover. Its heavy, but still worth the price if you have the cash to spend. Sadly, I do not.

Hold on. This isn't only a great buy because of the number of pages and monsters, no! It is no less also because there are a number of new and revived creatures for long time players to enjoy and salivate over. For instance, remember the Atomie? A funny little pixie like creature that thought themselves much tougher than they actually were. I remember using them in campaigns to annoy players who were simply referred to as, "Stupid Humans!" by the Atomie.

There are also brand new daemons, another flashback to the days of 2nd ed. and there are a newer, perhaps Hindu originated race of other-planar evil beings called the Div. Much like devils they have their own realm, plots and celestial purpose. Really unique stuff here that I have never seen in all my years. Very exciting to get something new and with a foreign origin. This is also good because my American players will have no clue how to deal with this new foe.

Another thing I enjoyed is the Pathfinder additions of the old Oriental Dragons. They are much more comprehensively explained here than in past products making them more playable for the GM. Thank you, Pathfinder, my new friend.

I don't want to give too much away here but the list is long. There are many never seen before beasties to enjoy and employ in your games. At the PDF price of $9.99 The Bestiary 3 is a no brainer and a must have for any experienced GM/DM! If you have the cash to spare treat yourself and get the hardcover version, you won't be disappointed!

I have to give Pathfinder's Bestiary 3 a Whopping 5 stars out of 5! No doubt, you will be glad you made this purchase and it has enough material to appease you for some time to come. Game on, gamers, game on!


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      Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      While I don't have the Pathfinder Undead book I did a review on a Contagion Product also on PDF with some new undead and angles on running them. Check it out!

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      Ed Michaels 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      How about the undead? I'd be interested to know how well (or badly) Pathfinder handles that class of monsters and powers.

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      Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      Indeed, if it wasn't for the PDF's I wouldn't be buying anything! THanks for reading! Want info on any 3.5 books? Let me know I'll review it!

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      Ed Michaels 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      Very cool. Like you, I am cash-strapped, so getting value for my buck is very important, and I love Pathfinder's PDF option for book purchases.