Shoony: Pug People
This pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
Okay, so we get the usual information regarding society etc. for the shoony, including notes on interesting aspects such as an inability to sweat; rules-wise, shoony get +2 Dexterity and Charisma, -2 Constitution, are Small and have a speed of 30 ft. They get a “+2 racial saving throw bonus” (to nitpick: should be “+2 racial bonus to saving throws”) against inhaled threats such as gasses, stench, etc. courtesy of their short snout, and they get a +2 bonus to Acrobatics checks to move through threatened squares. That bonus should be typed as racial. They also get +2 to Diplomacy and Bluff, and may shift creature attitude by up to 3 steps, and get a +2 bonus to Survival checks. All of these should be typed as racial. Shoony get Catch Off-Guard as a bonus feat and have low-light vision.
Catch Off-Guard and the snout may be exchanged for scent; the acrobatics bonus can be exchanged for ignoring natural difficult terrain in swamps; these paddler shoonies can also take one of the racial feats to gain a 20 ft. swim speed. The Survival bonus can be exchanged for cold resistance 5.
The pdf comes with a TON of different favored class options, which include the ACG and occult classes and the vigilante; these are generally interesting, and e.g. barbarians increasing armor bonus of hide and bone armors? That got a chuckle out of me. Neat! I was also fond of the rogue option to reduce non-proficiency penalty, gaining even proficiency when the penalty is reduced to 0.
Beyond the racial feat I already mentioned, there are two more: Small but Vicious nets a 1d3 natural bite attack. I know that’s not always consistently listed by Paizo, but I prefer such attacks to spell out their damage type. Sodbuster requires 5th level, and nets a burrowing speed of 10 ft.
Editing and formatting are very good on a formal level, good on a rules-language level. The bonus type snafu did annoy me. Artwork employed is a selection of neat, comic-style pug artworks, and the pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length. The pdf comes in three versions: One regular-sized one, one with a smaller file-size for mobile devices, and one printer-friendly iteration. KUDOS!
Michael Mars Russell delivers a charming little playable race; the shoony are well-made, and while the pdf is pretty basic in what it covers (no race traits, no racial archetypes), it also costs a grand total of one buck. And for one buck you get a solid, well-wrought race. Design-wise, it’s not spectacular, but it does deliver what it sets out to do. 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 stars due to the fair price point.
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