Review: Rite Publishing – Ur-Shogga, the All-Consuming Thought (Faces of the Tarnished Souk)


Faces of The Tarnished Souk: Ur-Shogga, the All-Consuming Thought
Ur-Shogga, the All-Consuming Thought is a supplement for Coliseum Morpheuon and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game written by Matt Banach and Justin Sluder and published by Rite Publishing.
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If Ur-Shogga decided to make me it’s victim, it would go away hungry. Matt Banach and Justin Sluder have tackled a difficult creature in this installment of Faces of the Tarnished Souk, by adding an Intellect Devourer to the ever eclectic and ever increasing cast of characters that wander the twisted way of the Tarnished Souk.


This 29 page supplement has 25 pages of content that includes, Ur -Shogga, the All-Consuming Thought , at CR 21, 13 and 7, variants of Ur -Shogga, the All-Consuming Thought at each of those CRs. This supplement includes 11 additional statistics blocks for host bodies.


These guys really put their substantial brain power into Ur-Shogga, the All-Consuming Thought. Not only is it longer than most of the products from The Faces of the Tarnished Souk line, but it is a holistic product that does an amazing job of covering a very difficult monster; a monster that can inhabit the bodies of its victims and control multiple bodies in a collective process.


Publication Quality: 9 out of 10
I’m not sure if this was a chicken and egg situation. I’m not sure if the art motivated the character or if the character was already developed before Rite Publishing was able to acquire the rights to the art. The cover art by Mark Hyser is really well done, however it reflects a generic intellect devourer, not Ur -Shogga, the All-Consuming Thought. Ur -Shogga, the All-Consuming Thought has gimped legs due to being dumped into acid, the rear legs on the creature depicted on the cover of this product seem just fine. Rite Publishing is so close to pulling 10s on every category. Some might say that I’m being petty dinging them for this but they have set the bar high and their content is on par with much bigger gaming companies out there.

Mechanics: 10 out of 10
Ur -Shogga, the All-Consuming Thought shows that not only does Rite Publishing understand actual mechanics, they understand the spirit of the mechanics as well. Here is what I mean: when you have a creature like Ur -Shogga, the All-Consuming Thought who can consume and assimilate most other creatures, mechanically this can cause problems, really big problems. This product addresses some of the mechanical nightmares this situation can cause by giving you the stats for the creatures Ur -Shogga, the All-Consuming has already consumed.

Value Add: 10 out of 10
11 different stat blocks. Not two or one but 11 different stat blocks as well as new templates and Ur -Shogga, the All-Consuming at three different challenge ratings. That is value, enough said.

Overall: 10 out of 10
The art is good, but would it kill you guys to use more original art? I want to see Ur -Shogga, the All-Consuming Thought’s gimp acid scarred legs, it would take it from just another intellect devourer to something much more sinister. I’m not sure if the cover picture inspired the character or if it is the other way around.  I know I shouldn’t get consumed with this point, but the more I thought about it the more I felt it needed to be discussed.

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