Supplement Review: 100% Crunch: Zombies by Julian Neale from Raging Swan Press

Where are all the pygmy zombies? No offense to anyone with any medical condition causing dwarfism. I’m just wondering where I might find wandering hordes of tiny zombies on a jungle island somewhere waiting for fresh meat to arrive, sort of like a zombie swarm of piranha. (If you’re wondering where my fascination with the little critters began, they were one of the only good things I saw in The Mummy Returns… See more here.)

Why am I pondering zombie pygmies? Raging Swan Press recently released 100% Crunch: Zombies by designer Julian Neale and after I saw you could have tiny zombies (first mentioned on page 6) I began tearing through the rest of the book to find my zombies. Alas the closest I came was with gnomes and halfling-based, which really doesn’t fill that need for me… [sigh]

Even so, there are a staggering number of pre-created zombies in this 39 page book spread across 30 pages of content. And if those stat blocks aren’t enough, you can always make your own!

The zombie template is covered in depth for PFRPG and details are provided to apply it to anything from tiny size to colossal. If your average slow zombie doesn’t cut it, there three pages of variants from Fast Zombie and Acid Zombie to Exploding Zombie and Relentless Zombie. (Is it just me, or is it amusing if you substitute the word “Barbie” for “Zombie”?)

Neale then shows those steps and variants in action through pages and pages of examples – from the Dire Rat Zombie (CR 1/2) to a Mature Red Dragon Zombie (CR 9) and more combinations between them than you can shake a stick at. Some of them may only be useful in certain environments like the Great White Whale Zombie (CR 9) (look out Ahab!), but most of them could show up anywhere. (Just make sure you have enough room if you decide to shove a zombie giant into a dungeon. They don’t like 8 foot ceilings.)

Honestly I think that’s the best part of this book – not only do you get a library of horrors to scare your players with, but you get enough rules to create your own horrific variants and keep those same players wondering what plane of the Hells you pulled them from. So if you’re looking for some different zombies, 100% Crunch: Zombies has plenty of goodies to add to your toolbox.

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