Review – Mythic Menagerie: Kingdom of Graves

21 August, 2010

Mythic Menagerie: Kingdom of Graves is a 13-page PDF (11 pages if you remove the cover and credits/OGL page) for the Pathfinder RPG designed by Sam Hing, developed by Owen K. C. Stephens and published by Super Genius Games.  This is part of Super Genius Games’ Mythic Menagerie line.

The layout is a standard landscape design, mostly two-column except for the introduction.  The creatures are in standard Pathfinder format and easy to read.  The art is well-done black and white with every creature getting an illustration.

Kingdom of Graves provides a variety of the unliving from messengers and rulers, knights and spies, and a type of undead giant.  One of the suggestions is that with the basic undead types available combined with the one in this product you can build a kingdom of undead from rulers to knights and warriors all the way down to the lowest classes of undead (skeletons and zombies).

The eight undead presented range from CR 3 to 15 and all of them are intelligent and capable of setting their own plans in motion.  Some of them are variants on existing undead with nice twists while others are entirely new.  The Bean Chaointe, a haunting spirit, seems ripe for interesting plots and the Lich Tyrant, an undying ruler, looks to be a challenging enemy leader and a fun adventure twist.

Mechanically, they are all interesting though there is some confusion with one of the Rot Giant’s abilities, it has Protection from Normal Missile as an ability which seems to refer to the spell of the same name but its DR is already as good and it would not stack, and if it does not work as the spell, it needs to be clarified exactly how it does work.

Overall, Kingdom of Graves is a strong and useful product for those that wish to incorporate more intelligent undead in a campaign.  However, a set of plot seeds for each creature and a few adventure ideas would have nicely rounded out this product but it is good as it is.

Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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