Review: Kobold Press – Lust (Monsters of Sin)


Monsters of Sin #4: Lust
Lust is a supplement from the Monsters of Sin series of supplements for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game written by Ryan Costello, Jr. and published by Kobold Press (Open Design).
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Monsters of Sin #4: Lust is the fourth supplement that delves into the 7 deadly sins and gives players and GMs ideas of what creatures created from the concept of those sins would be like.

CONTENT

This 11 page supplement contains 7 pages of content.  Included in this product are 4 new monsters and the Lust Slave template.

OVERALL

Lust is the fourth in a seven-part series of supplements that delves into the 7 deadly sins. This product will leave you lusting after the rest of the products in the series. The length of this product might have you believing you only got a “short time” but Monsters of sin #4: Lust is long on satisfaction.

RATINGS

Publication Quality: 10 out of 10
There is no doubt that this product is part of the Monsters of Sin series. The cover art feels like part of the series and helps re-enforce it’s brand. Nothing says lust like a succubus! This cover is resplendent with them! The text and fonts are easy to read at all sizes and the placement of the supplemental information over a translucent portion of the cover is a great way to stretch the art work and maintain that cohesive feel I keep mentioning in my reviews. The illustration of the Lovelorn was an exercise in shading and it’s ability to make 2D seem a bit more 3D, for me the jury is still out on this technique, but here it was well-done and I could see what they were trying to do.

Mechanics:  10 out of 10
I was really impressed with the way Open Design handled this difficult subject. Part of the mechanics of lust is sex. There is a great sidebar that really gives GMs good advice on handling sexual situations (for the record “If there are chicks in there, I want to do them!” is NOT the right answer). I’ve run several games when these situations arose and while I’ve felt like our group handled the situation well, many groups don’t. The mechanics are not just focused on sex; I was actually surprised at how simple and dangerous the Embodiment of Lust is. The truffle is just plain creepy in its motivations and the inbred Orcs’ Mutations positive and negative were interesting and could make for some fun monsters to face.

Value Add: 9 out of 10
This product can stand alone or be part of a Seven Deadly sins series of adventures. I would love to see this book and the rest of the series used in a divine campaign full of lawful good Clerics, Paladins and Monks. What fun that would be. Because of the way lust works this product needs some forethought that some GMs are not willing to explore. It really isn’t a huge deal (that’s what she said!) but the nature of the Truffle and the Embodiment of Lust could cause problems if not handled correctly.

Overall: 10 out of 10
I really think this book shows that the Monsters of Sin series has hit its stride. If the folks over at Open Design can maintain this pace the series taken as a whole will be a product line to be remembered. The monsters are interesting and the way that a touchy subject is dealt with can best be described as classy and professional. If you are a fan of Right Said Fred and believe that you are too sexy for this book, too sexy for this book. You are not. Don’t sit there and lust after this book go out and buy it, unless you’re into the whole watching thing…

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