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Men & Monsters of Ethiopia: An RPG Sourcebook for 5th Edition


Ethiopia is one of the oldest, strangest, and most fascinating places in the world and its history, peoples, legends, and folklore can serve as rich sources of inspiration for encounters, whole adventures, or even entire campaigns. Contents of this book are extrapolated from such sources; from references in classical mythology and other external sources to events in Ethiopia; and from firsthand research by the author during a research trip that included visits to sites around the country, from the ancient cities of Axum and Lalibela to numerous museums and the Institute for Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University.

This detailed 5th Edition book includes:

* 17 new types of monster presented in 29 stat blocks

* Roles of 20 types of existing monster in an Ethiopian setting

* Roles of 11 types of Nonplayer Character in an Ethiopian setting and stat blocks for five new types of NPC

* Brief sections on Religion and Animals

* Encounter tables that include the monsters presented in this book


Moving from a live tabletop to a virtual online setting requires patience and, at least initially, some effort, and a bit of advance preparation will pay off during the game session. Speed Round: Tips for Playing Virtual Tabletop RPGs shows how to improve the flow of play by streamlining administrative overhead and shifting the spotlight away from the rules and back to the characters with an eye toward sustaining interest and engagement. It helps to make online gaming smoother, quicker, and more pleasant with tips and guidance on teleconferencing; use of virtual tabletops and features associated with them like windows where maps can be displayed; and preparing for, running, and wrapping up sessions. 

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Wayne W March 27, 2016 9:34 pm UTC
Men & Monsters of Ethiopia: An RPG Sourcebook for 5th Edition

by Michael O. Varhola

Men and monsters of Ethiopia is a somewhat different sourcebook for a system like 5th D&D. This book gets players and GMs out of the western Europe setting that most players are used to and takes them to a more desert and dry environment that most Players are not familiar with, and to very good effect.

The book is just full of new monsters and NPCs for this new setting. The NPCs are very well done and are my favorite part of the book A competent GM should be able to come up with many types of encounters with these NPCs and should have a large range of reactions ranging from information gathering, to dire combat.

The monsters range from the mildly irritating, to extremely deadly. The ARWEAN DRAGON was my favorite of the bunch, and I am really looking forward to putting this Dragon in my game.

The monsters listings have a detailed description. I...See more
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Clint S March 06, 2016 12:12 pm UTC
I can say that the file displays perfectly well in Preview!

As for Content - There is some terrific stuff here! Evocative entries for people of the region! Creatures like the Caracal, or the Debbi - which can be thinking encounters rather than fighting encounters - always useful. And the Cetus - the notion of the mythical whale of ancient times, as opposed to the actual one, makes you thiink of the phrase - "Her Be Monsters!" that you see on old maps!

The Arwean dragon is a nice take ! I love the notion of an earth dragon with stony plate armor, and Amanda Kahl's art is very good at conveying a different type of dragon from the standard colors of D&D!

I have seen, and enjoyed, Amanda Kahl's work for years, and I know she has done some card-stock miniatures for gaming. I would love to see a set of these for Men and Monsters of Ethiopia!

Is there anything in the works along this line?
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Timothy B March 05, 2016 11:40 pm UTC
In Acrobat Reader DC, all links appear with boxes around them. This makes the table of contents hard to read (thank you for providing links within the document, however). On the title page, you could consider underlining links and/or using a blue font, as these are often visual cues for links.
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Timothy B March 05, 2016 11:37 pm UTC
Is there any way to optimize this PDF to get the file size smaller without compromising quality? 190+ MB is awfully large for 53 pages. You may want to note the page count in the product information as well. That's a piece of information I often look for.
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Michael V March 06, 2016 10:20 pm UTC
Hi Timothy,

We have made adjustments to the file that should address the concerns you have mentioned. We hope you enjoy your book and the adventures it inspires!
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Timothy B March 07, 2016 2:53 am UTC
Thanks for your quick turn-around on this. It looks good.
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Sérgio T March 04, 2016 9:23 pm UTC
I'd buy a version of this for 3.x/PF the instant it got released.
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Michael V March 04, 2016 9:30 pm UTC
Sérgio, that is actually in the works! Other system versions of this book will include ones for 1st Edition/AD&D published under the Labyrinth Lord License and for our best-selling Cards & Quests RPG ( Because 5th Edition is the system currently most in demand, however, we decided we needed to lead with it.
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