Advanced Class Guide-compatible Archive

  • Villain Codex II: Adversaries for Advanced Heroes The second installment of the Villain Codex-series clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page of introduction, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with Evetta Laxley, a changeling dreamweaver witch, running an inn as a front for her nefarious operations. Solid one. Ferracyr would be a metal elementalist wizard…but he actually is a venerable elf, which is an interesting twist on what you’d expect – and yes, the ancient pioneer has schemes to prolong his life in nasty ways…but may his mind perhaps even warrant it? Interesting angle!   Speaking of interesting: […]

    Villain Codex II: Adversaries for Advanced Heroes

    Villain Codex II: Adversaries for Advanced Heroes The second installment of the Villain Codex-series clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page of introduction, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with Evetta Laxley, a changeling dreamweaver witch, running an inn as a front for her nefarious operations. Solid one. Ferracyr would be a metal elementalist wizard…but he actually is a venerable elf, which is an interesting twist on what you’d expect – and yes, the ancient pioneer has schemes to prolong his life in nasty ways…but may his mind perhaps even warrant it? Interesting angle!   Speaking of interesting: […]

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  • Uncommon Callings Book 1: Archetypes for Outcasts, Vagabonds and Pariahs The first Uncommon Calling book clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,  1page SRD, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this collection of archetypes with the wild shot brawler, whose unarmed strike damage does not increase beyond 4th level; instead, he begins play with training in either a hand crossbow or a one-handed firearm, The former nets +1 to attack rolls with the weapon, the latter  Gunsmithing as well as a battered pistol as the gunslinger – both obviously also net the respective proficiencies. This replaces shield proficiency. If hand crossbows are chosen, 1st level lets […]

    Uncommon Callings Book 1: Archetypes for Outcasts, Vagabonds and Pariahs

    Uncommon Callings Book 1: Archetypes for Outcasts, Vagabonds and Pariahs The first Uncommon Calling book clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,  1page SRD, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this collection of archetypes with the wild shot brawler, whose unarmed strike damage does not increase beyond 4th level; instead, he begins play with training in either a hand crossbow or a one-handed firearm, The former nets +1 to attack rolls with the weapon, the latter  Gunsmithing as well as a battered pistol as the gunslinger – both obviously also net the respective proficiencies. This replaces shield proficiency. If hand crossbows are chosen, 1st level lets […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Lost Legends of Urethiel This supplement for Veranthea Codex clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what do we get here? Well, we get a massive, high-concept NPC Codex/bestiary with a WuXia-theme. From the mountains of Nestraka, the CR 8 Amigara hail, deadly constructs that encase mortals to use them to tap into the life energy of mortals entombed in their bodies – they can be found in the canyon of the spiral, which features a total of 3 short descriptive sketches to use in concert with the critter.   The pdf […]

    Veranthea Codex: Lost Legends of Urethiel

    Veranthea Codex: Lost Legends of Urethiel This supplement for Veranthea Codex clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what do we get here? Well, we get a massive, high-concept NPC Codex/bestiary with a WuXia-theme. From the mountains of Nestraka, the CR 8 Amigara hail, deadly constructs that encase mortals to use them to tap into the life energy of mortals entombed in their bodies – they can be found in the canyon of the spiral, which features a total of 3 short descriptive sketches to use in concert with the critter.   The pdf […]

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  • The Luchador This base-class clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The luchador class, chassis-wise, receives d8 HD, 6 + Int skills per level, 3/4 BAB-progression, good Fort- and Ref-saves, proficiency with simple weapons and gains basically a monk’s unarmored AC-bonus progression, but uses Charisma as governing attribute for it. Similarly unarmed damage increases to 2d10 at 20th level…and yes, Small luchador-damage-table included. First level nets the luchador the vigilante’s double identity, with his masked persona being his larger than life luchador personality and thus, discovering his social identity is usually not […]

    The Luchador

    The Luchador This base-class clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 19 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The luchador class, chassis-wise, receives d8 HD, 6 + Int skills per level, 3/4 BAB-progression, good Fort- and Ref-saves, proficiency with simple weapons and gains basically a monk’s unarmored AC-bonus progression, but uses Charisma as governing attribute for it. Similarly unarmed damage increases to 2d10 at 20th level…and yes, Small luchador-damage-table included. First level nets the luchador the vigilante’s double identity, with his masked persona being his larger than life luchador personality and thus, discovering his social identity is usually not […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil This expansion to the evocative Veranthea Codex-setting clocks in at 42 pages of content, 1 page of front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this expansion with a brief history of the veil. But what is the veil? The far North of Veranthea’s oceans contain a colossal screaming maelstrom, a twisted wall of winds that stretches for as far as the eye can see. Most sane captains avoid the massive hazard, but time and again, the foolhardy and unfortunate are drawn into the veil…and those that survive find themselves in a region […]

    Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil

    Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil This expansion to the evocative Veranthea Codex-setting clocks in at 42 pages of content, 1 page of front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this expansion with a brief history of the veil. But what is the veil? The far North of Veranthea’s oceans contain a colossal screaming maelstrom, a twisted wall of winds that stretches for as far as the eye can see. Most sane captains avoid the massive hazard, but time and again, the foolhardy and unfortunate are drawn into the veil…and those that survive find themselves in a region […]

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  • Tangible Taverns: The Hidden Oak This installment of the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page foreword, 1/2 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 15 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf was moved up in my review queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   The PCs are traveling along a path through the forest, when they suddenly encounter a weather-beaten sign next to a small, but well-used path – the sign points towards “The Hidden Oak”, and after a quarter mile through sunlit, light forest, the PCs arrive at a clearing, where colorful […]

    Tangible Taverns: The Hidden Oak

    Tangible Taverns: The Hidden Oak This installment of the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page foreword, 1/2 page advertisement, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 15 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf was moved up in my review queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   The PCs are traveling along a path through the forest, when they suddenly encounter a weather-beaten sign next to a small, but well-used path – the sign points towards “The Hidden Oak”, and after a quarter mile through sunlit, light forest, the PCs arrive at a clearing, where colorful […]

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  • Crusader Codex This collection of NPCs clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC (with CR/MR-notes), 1 page introduction/how to use, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   There never was an AP so in need of more challenges and expansions than Wrath of the Righteous. While I love the story, personally, I’d only run it with a gazillion of Legendary Games supplements to avoid the PCs curb-stomping everything. Anyways, this means you need stats and I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have the time to crunch x statblocks. Enter this book – […]

    Crusader Codex

    Crusader Codex This collection of NPCs clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC (with CR/MR-notes), 1 page introduction/how to use, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   There never was an AP so in need of more challenges and expansions than Wrath of the Righteous. While I love the story, personally, I’d only run it with a gazillion of Legendary Games supplements to avoid the PCs curb-stomping everything. Anyways, this means you need stats and I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have the time to crunch x statblocks. Enter this book – […]

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  • Villain Codex I: Foes for Fledgling Heroes This collection of adversaries clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   A brief history lesson first: This book is the result of an open contest to design adversaries for the PCs. Each of the foes comes with a statblock, a brief history as well as suggested goals and plots, making the respective villain come alive. Sergeant Maybn Blaine would be the first character herein, and the powerful female urban ranger actually has a cool modification: Her favored enemy would be half-bloods! This makes sense and for an adversary your […]

    Villain Codex I: Foes for Fledgling Heroes

    Villain Codex I: Foes for Fledgling Heroes This collection of adversaries clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   A brief history lesson first: This book is the result of an open contest to design adversaries for the PCs. Each of the foes comes with a statblock, a brief history as well as suggested goals and plots, making the respective villain come alive. Sergeant Maybn Blaine would be the first character herein, and the powerful female urban ranger actually has a cool modification: Her favored enemy would be half-bloods! This makes sense and for an adversary your […]

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  • Undefeatable 24: The Magus This Undefeatable-installment clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of feats, so let’s take a look!   -Advanced Fighter: Use total magus level to qualify for fighter feats. High prereq, solid! I like it!   -Death-Taker: Treat cure spells as on your spell list for the purpose of items, etc.; also +2d6 damage when using these spells to damage undead for 1 arcane pool point. Cool!   -Destructive Spellstrike: Treat your weapon as admantine when delivering a spell versus something with hardness.   -Destructive Spellstrike, Improved: When using the former feat, you may expend an arcane pool point for +2d6 damage. Solid.   -Enhanced Alchemy: As a swift action, enhance […]

    Undefeatable 24: The Magus

    Undefeatable 24: The Magus This Undefeatable-installment clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of feats, so let’s take a look!   -Advanced Fighter: Use total magus level to qualify for fighter feats. High prereq, solid! I like it!   -Death-Taker: Treat cure spells as on your spell list for the purpose of items, etc.; also +2d6 damage when using these spells to damage undead for 1 arcane pool point. Cool!   -Destructive Spellstrike: Treat your weapon as admantine when delivering a spell versus something with hardness.   -Destructive Spellstrike, Improved: When using the former feat, you may expend an arcane pool point for +2d6 damage. Solid.   -Enhanced Alchemy: As a swift action, enhance […]

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  • Legendary Planet: Planetary Heroes This collection of pregens for Legendary Games’ Legendary Planet AP clocks in at 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction/how to use, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look at these pregens!   Wait, before we do, let us make one thing clear: The characters presented herein are pretty much in line with the Player’s Guide – this means that the awesome fish-out-of-water-style alternate introduction championed in the optional prequel “The Assimilation Strain” is not considered to be the […]

    Legendary Planet: Planetary Heroes

    Legendary Planet: Planetary Heroes This collection of pregens for Legendary Games’ Legendary Planet AP clocks in at 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction/how to use, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look at these pregens!   Wait, before we do, let us make one thing clear: The characters presented herein are pretty much in line with the Player’s Guide – this means that the awesome fish-out-of-water-style alternate introduction championed in the optional prequel “The Assimilation Strain” is not considered to be the […]

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  • Occult Archetypes This massive collection of archetypes clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction/how to use, 1/2 page empty, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 32.5 pages of content – quick an array of crunch, so let’s waste no time and dive right in!   We begin with material for the kineticist, namely the focus kineticist. At 1st level, these guys designate an armor and device focus that cost at least 10 gp and need to be purchased from base capital; when not wearing the armor, using utility wild talents is harder and when not wearing or holding the device, infusion blasts or composite […]

    Occult Archetypes

    Occult Archetypes This massive collection of archetypes clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page introduction/how to use, 1/2 page empty, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 32.5 pages of content – quick an array of crunch, so let’s waste no time and dive right in!   We begin with material for the kineticist, namely the focus kineticist. At 1st level, these guys designate an armor and device focus that cost at least 10 gp and need to be purchased from base capital; when not wearing the armor, using utility wild talents is harder and when not wearing or holding the device, infusion blasts or composite […]

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  • Heroes of the Advent Imperiax This installment of the massive Porphyra Player Guides/region-books clocks in at 64 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with no less than 61 pages – a massive amount, so let us take a close look at this book and what it offers!   As always, we begin with a well-written piece of introductory prose that establishes one thing from the get-go, in case the cover was not ample clue: Within Porphyra’s patchwork regions, the Advent Imperiax is very much science-fantasy-country! The first thing that comes to my attention would be the dhosari and the erkunae among the races – those following my reviews or Porphyra will note that […]

    Heroes of the Advent Imperiax

    Heroes of the Advent Imperiax This installment of the massive Porphyra Player Guides/region-books clocks in at 64 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with no less than 61 pages – a massive amount, so let us take a close look at this book and what it offers!   As always, we begin with a well-written piece of introductory prose that establishes one thing from the get-go, in case the cover was not ample clue: Within Porphyra’s patchwork regions, the Advent Imperiax is very much science-fantasy-country! The first thing that comes to my attention would be the dhosari and the erkunae among the races – those following my reviews or Porphyra will note that […]

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  • Shadows over Vathak: Player’s Guide to Vathak This Vathak-book clocks in at…436 pages. No, NOT kidding. 436. 1 page of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 427 pages of content. HOLY MOLY.   This massive book was moved up in my review queue as a prioritized review. Additionally, it was moved further up due to me getting a print copy. Finally, the reason you see this now, so shortly after release, is simple: I’ve had the WIP-version for more than a month and had sufficient time to tinker and analyze this book.   Vathak. Before we take a look at the content, a brief […]

    Shadows over Vathak: Player’s Guide to Vathak

    Shadows over Vathak: Player’s Guide to Vathak This Vathak-book clocks in at…436 pages. No, NOT kidding. 436. 1 page of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 427 pages of content. HOLY MOLY.   This massive book was moved up in my review queue as a prioritized review. Additionally, it was moved further up due to me getting a print copy. Finally, the reason you see this now, so shortly after release, is simple: I’ve had the WIP-version for more than a month and had sufficient time to tinker and analyze this book.   Vathak. Before we take a look at the content, a brief […]

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  • Childhood Adventures This massive rule-book clocks in at 86 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/ToC, 4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 78 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ahh, childhood. Most people look back with nostalgia-tinted glasses at theirs. I’m not one of these persons, due to a variety of reasons. So this is about playing kids – and as such, there is a lot to consider. But why play kids? Well, for kids playing kids, there are two angles, both valid: One, kids want to play adults. I was that guy. Two: Kids playing other kids for easier identification. While I was not one […]

    Childhood Adventures

    Childhood Adventures This massive rule-book clocks in at 86 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page introduction/ToC, 4 pages of SRD, leaving us with 78 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ahh, childhood. Most people look back with nostalgia-tinted glasses at theirs. I’m not one of these persons, due to a variety of reasons. So this is about playing kids – and as such, there is a lot to consider. But why play kids? Well, for kids playing kids, there are two angles, both valid: One, kids want to play adults. I was that guy. Two: Kids playing other kids for easier identification. While I was not one […]

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  • Akashic Mysteries It has been coming for a long time – the completed Akashic Mysteries book, which clocks in at a mighty 97 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 92 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this? The simple reply would be “fixed incarnum with a Silk Road flavor.” If that does not ring any bells, let me reiterate. Akasha is a type of magic that is utilized most commonly via veils that are channeled through conduits in the body called chakra. Every creature is supposed to have a finite amount of essence in their being, which is called […]

    Akashic Mysteries

    Akashic Mysteries It has been coming for a long time – the completed Akashic Mysteries book, which clocks in at a mighty 97 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 92 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this? The simple reply would be “fixed incarnum with a Silk Road flavor.” If that does not ring any bells, let me reiterate. Akasha is a type of magic that is utilized most commonly via veils that are channeled through conduits in the body called chakra. Every creature is supposed to have a finite amount of essence in their being, which is called […]

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  • Winter Heroes: Pregenerated Characters This pdf is all about providing evocative pregens, primarily intended for use with the Reign of Winter AP and clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of how to use/introduction, 1 page advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look at those pregens!   First of all, how were they created? The characters herein, in default, are presented as 20-pt.-buy characters and the respective characters do have information pertaining 15-pt.-buy downscaling rules I very much appreciate. The pregens make rules of current PFRPG hardcovers as […]

    Winter Heroes: Pregenerated Characters

    Winter Heroes: Pregenerated Characters This pdf is all about providing evocative pregens, primarily intended for use with the Reign of Winter AP and clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of how to use/introduction, 1 page advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look at those pregens!   First of all, how were they created? The characters herein, in default, are presented as 20-pt.-buy characters and the respective characters do have information pertaining 15-pt.-buy downscaling rules I very much appreciate. The pregens make rules of current PFRPG hardcovers as […]

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  • Letters from the Flaming Crab: Her Story This installment of the Letters from the Flaming Crab clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is the theme here? Well, beyond the obligatory letter from our favorite plane-hopping ship, the book covers historical women and translates components associated with their lives into PFRPG-mechanics – but we also are introduced to the basics of their respective stories, as the eponymous title suggests.   The first of these women would be none other than Countess Elizabeth Báthory and the pdf begins with a thematically appropriate inquisition that allows the inquisitor […]

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Her Story

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Her Story This installment of the Letters from the Flaming Crab clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is the theme here? Well, beyond the obligatory letter from our favorite plane-hopping ship, the book covers historical women and translates components associated with their lives into PFRPG-mechanics – but we also are introduced to the basics of their respective stories, as the eponymous title suggests.   The first of these women would be none other than Countess Elizabeth Báthory and the pdf begins with a thematically appropriate inquisition that allows the inquisitor […]

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  • Letters from the Flaming Crab: Iconic Princesses This installment of the creative Letters from the Flaming Crab-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The planes- and realms hopping ship UCS Flaming Crab was almost done for – but thankfully, they were saved by the arrival of 4 gorgeous women that defeated the onslaught of raptor-men…sad women also happen to be a take on classic princesses, as seen through the glasses of PFRPG. Presentation-wise, we get 1st level, 7th level and 12th level iterations for the respective princesses…so without further ado, what can be found here? Well, first […]

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Iconic Princesses

    Letters from the Flaming Crab: Iconic Princesses This installment of the creative Letters from the Flaming Crab-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The planes- and realms hopping ship UCS Flaming Crab was almost done for – but thankfully, they were saved by the arrival of 4 gorgeous women that defeated the onslaught of raptor-men…sad women also happen to be a take on classic princesses, as seen through the glasses of PFRPG. Presentation-wise, we get 1st level, 7th level and 12th level iterations for the respective princesses…so without further ado, what can be found here? Well, first […]

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  • Tangible Taverns: Trio of Taverns This installment of the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we dive right into the first tavern of the trinity, the Angelic Imp: Dim, yet romantically lit, with red candles and vases of red and white roses, the tavern utilizes a romanticized aesthetic oscillating between the reds of passion (associated with blood and sin) and the purity of white – this is the place to go when you’re looking for a prime spot for a discrete candlelight dinner with excellent accompanying food – […]

    Tangible Taverns: Trio of Taverns

    Tangible Taverns: Trio of Taverns This installment of the Tangible Taverns-series clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief introduction, we dive right into the first tavern of the trinity, the Angelic Imp: Dim, yet romantically lit, with red candles and vases of red and white roses, the tavern utilizes a romanticized aesthetic oscillating between the reds of passion (associated with blood and sin) and the purity of white – this is the place to go when you’re looking for a prime spot for a discrete candlelight dinner with excellent accompanying food – […]

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  • 101 Hill & Mountain Spells This collection of spells clocks in at a massive 52 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with a massive 47 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so, as has become the tradition with these books, we begin with a general introduction before we get the spell-lists; as always in Dave Paul’s spell-books, the respective environment has a significant impact on the respective mechanics, potentially changing the effects of the spell in question. In this installment, a leitmotif suffusing the spells would be the hybrid nature of hills, serving as a bridge between the wilderness and the civilized realms; as a […]

    101 Hill & Mountain Spells

    101 Hill & Mountain Spells This collection of spells clocks in at a massive 52 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with a massive 47 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so, as has become the tradition with these books, we begin with a general introduction before we get the spell-lists; as always in Dave Paul’s spell-books, the respective environment has a significant impact on the respective mechanics, potentially changing the effects of the spell in question. In this installment, a leitmotif suffusing the spells would be the hybrid nature of hills, serving as a bridge between the wilderness and the civilized realms; as a […]

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  • The Genius Guide to More Cleric Talents This expansion for the already massive talented cleric clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with…holy moly, 31 pages of content!   All right so let’s take a close look at even more options for the talented cleric! As has become the tradition with these, we begin with new edges and the very first one is already one we imho needed: Available at 5th level, it makes the cleric a cult leader in a twist on Leadership that interacts with spellcasting – at higher levels, followers can be targeted by range “you” spells and even deliver touch spells for the […]

    The Genius Guide to More Cleric Talents

    The Genius Guide to More Cleric Talents This expansion for the already massive talented cleric clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with…holy moly, 31 pages of content!   All right so let’s take a close look at even more options for the talented cleric! As has become the tradition with these, we begin with new edges and the very first one is already one we imho needed: Available at 5th level, it makes the cleric a cult leader in a twist on Leadership that interacts with spellcasting – at higher levels, followers can be targeted by range “you” spells and even deliver touch spells for the […]

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  • Orcam of Porphyra This installment of Purple Duck Games’ “…of Porphyra”-series clocks in at 25 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a massive 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief piece of introductory fluff, we are introduced to the Orcam’s racial stats: The race receives +2 Con and Cha, -2 Int, are medium, have a land speed of 30 ft, a swim speed of 40 ft, low-light vision, cold resistance 5, gain hold breath, are proficient with spears, tridents and nets, gain a +2 racial bonus to Ride checks when riding whales/dolphins and underwater, they may, as a move action, emit an echolocation pulse to […]

    Orcam of Porphyra

    Orcam of Porphyra This installment of Purple Duck Games’ “…of Porphyra”-series clocks in at 25 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with a massive 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief piece of introductory fluff, we are introduced to the Orcam’s racial stats: The race receives +2 Con and Cha, -2 Int, are medium, have a land speed of 30 ft, a swim speed of 40 ft, low-light vision, cold resistance 5, gain hold breath, are proficient with spears, tridents and nets, gain a +2 racial bonus to Ride checks when riding whales/dolphins and underwater, they may, as a move action, emit an echolocation pulse to […]

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  • The Genius Guide to More Bard Talents This expansion for the Talented bard clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with 3 edges in this one: Enrapturing performance focuses the effects of bardic performance on a single target, increasing the potency against said target – said performance cannot be maintained at the same time as a regular performance. Unfortunately, the ability is pretty imprecise: The ability talks about emulating certain performances with the ability at greater effect, implying that it can use these…which would not be an issue with a vanilla bard, but […]

    The Genius Guide to More Bard Talents

    The Genius Guide to More Bard Talents This expansion for the Talented bard clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with 3 edges in this one: Enrapturing performance focuses the effects of bardic performance on a single target, increasing the potency against said target – said performance cannot be maintained at the same time as a regular performance. Unfortunately, the ability is pretty imprecise: The ability talks about emulating certain performances with the ability at greater effect, implying that it can use these…which would not be an issue with a vanilla bard, but […]

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  • Wardens of the Wild (PFRPG/5e) This massive sourcebook clocks in at 217 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of KS-thanks, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 210 pages of content, so let’s take a look.   But before we do: I was a stretchgoal for this book and thus, this will be more of a general overview and the following will not consider a rating  -you won’t find me picking apart content or the like in the following text, as I instead try to provide a general idea of what you can find in this book.   Got that? Great! We begin this massive book with an introduction and a short […]

    Wardens of the Wild (PFRPG/5e)

    Wardens of the Wild (PFRPG/5e) This massive sourcebook clocks in at 217 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of KS-thanks, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 210 pages of content, so let’s take a look.   But before we do: I was a stretchgoal for this book and thus, this will be more of a general overview and the following will not consider a rating  -you won’t find me picking apart content or the like in the following text, as I instead try to provide a general idea of what you can find in this book.   Got that? Great! We begin this massive book with an introduction and a short […]

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  • Ponyfinder: Forgotten Past This massive book clocks in at 72 pages, not including front cover, ToC, SRD, etc. – that’s pure content, so let’s not waste any time and dig right in!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy of it in exchange for a critical and honest review.   Forgotten Past, the 3rd Ponyfinder book I am to analyze, begins with a brief elaboration on the history that shaped Everglow, and it has some, concept-wise, rather intriguing ideas: For once, the very notion of exploring crypts, dungeons, etc. is seen as a challenge; a kind of heroic real life extreme sports event for the curious and brave, if you will. […]

    Ponyfinder: Forgotten Past

    Ponyfinder: Forgotten Past This massive book clocks in at 72 pages, not including front cover, ToC, SRD, etc. – that’s pure content, so let’s not waste any time and dig right in!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy of it in exchange for a critical and honest review.   Forgotten Past, the 3rd Ponyfinder book I am to analyze, begins with a brief elaboration on the history that shaped Everglow, and it has some, concept-wise, rather intriguing ideas: For once, the very notion of exploring crypts, dungeons, etc. is seen as a challenge; a kind of heroic real life extreme sports event for the curious and brave, if you will. […]

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  • Advanced Races Compendium This massive book clocks in at 338 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1.5 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a colossal328.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Wait a second, though – A quick glance at the list of developers for this book will show you that I worked on this. I am writing this article since I was explicitly asked to by my readers. That being said, considering the sheer size of this book and my own involvement, I will not provide a point by point analysis of the content and also will refrain from adding a final […]

    Advanced Races Compendium

    Advanced Races Compendium This massive book clocks in at 338 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1.5 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a colossal328.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Wait a second, though – A quick glance at the list of developers for this book will show you that I worked on this. I am writing this article since I was explicitly asked to by my readers. That being said, considering the sheer size of this book and my own involvement, I will not provide a point by point analysis of the content and also will refrain from adding a final […]

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  • In the Company of Treants The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s massive “In the Company”-series for playable monster races clocks in at a massive 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 43 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Unlike most of these books, we do not begin with the in-character prose that guides us through the book itself – instead, we start with author Jonathan McAnulty noting taking us a long on a short trip through his mind and past, explaining why this book exists in […]

    In the Company of Treants

    In the Company of Treants The latest installment of Rite Publishing’s massive “In the Company”-series for playable monster races clocks in at a massive 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 43 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up in my review-queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   Unlike most of these books, we do not begin with the in-character prose that guides us through the book itself – instead, we start with author Jonathan McAnulty noting taking us a long on a short trip through his mind and past, explaining why this book exists in […]

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