Advanced Races Archive

  • 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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  • Advanced Races: Tosculi This installment of the Advanced Races-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, what are the Tosculi? Well, the simple reply would be that they are lethal wasp-people that sports a dread hivemind, nigh-sociopathic towards all but the members of their hive-cities…but much like NeoExodus’ Cavians, there are those that resist, the non-conformists – these hiveless tosculi, de-coupled from the free-will breaking militaristic society. Rules-wise, Tosculi get +2 Dex and Wis, -2 Cha, are small, have a movement rate of 30 ft. They also get 2 primary claw attacks at 1d3, +1 to […]

    Advanced Races: Tosculi

    Advanced Races: Tosculi This installment of the Advanced Races-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, what are the Tosculi? Well, the simple reply would be that they are lethal wasp-people that sports a dread hivemind, nigh-sociopathic towards all but the members of their hive-cities…but much like NeoExodus’ Cavians, there are those that resist, the non-conformists – these hiveless tosculi, de-coupled from the free-will breaking militaristic society. Rules-wise, Tosculi get +2 Dex and Wis, -2 Cha, are small, have a movement rate of 30 ft. They also get 2 primary claw attacks at 1d3, +1 to […]

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  • Advanced Races: Lizardfolk This installment of the Advanced Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, with the lizardfolk getting shafted in the ARG (apart from being used as an RP-example), we receive a full-blown depiction here – following the ARG, the lizardfolk receive +2 Str and Con, -2 Int (though I would have preferred the second bonus to fall on the mental attributes for a more versatile focus) , receive a swim speed of 15 ft (including +8 to Swim checks) and a 1d3 bite and two 1d4 claw primary natural attacks. They also receive […]

    Advanced Races: Lizardfolk

    Advanced Races: Lizardfolk This installment of the Advanced Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, with the lizardfolk getting shafted in the ARG (apart from being used as an RP-example), we receive a full-blown depiction here – following the ARG, the lizardfolk receive +2 Str and Con, -2 Int (though I would have preferred the second bonus to fall on the mental attributes for a more versatile focus) , receive a swim speed of 15 ft (including +8 to Swim checks) and a 1d3 bite and two 1d4 claw primary natural attacks. They also receive […]

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  • Advanced Races: Werelions This installment of the Advanced Races-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This installment kicks off with a short, general look at the race of werelions and does sport a short box of their role within the Midgard campaign setting, though you should be aware that the level of detail provided is far below what one has seen in similar installments of the series – which is somewhat a pity, since lion prides as a social union and their adaption to humanoid cultures would have made for an interesting playing ground, which […]

    Advanced Races: Werelions

    Advanced Races: Werelions This installment of the Advanced Races-series clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This installment kicks off with a short, general look at the race of werelions and does sport a short box of their role within the Midgard campaign setting, though you should be aware that the level of detail provided is far below what one has seen in similar installments of the series – which is somewhat a pity, since lion prides as a social union and their adaption to humanoid cultures would have made for an interesting playing ground, which […]

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  • Advanced Races: Derro This installment of Kobold Press’ Advanced Races-series is 20 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, I’ll come right out and say it -I love the derro as a concept and as adversaries. There is something downright awesome…add a slice of Lovecraftiana and CoC/ToC-fanboy yours truly has not much to complain about concept-wise. However, this pdf goes one step beyond that, providing thoroughly unique concepts like the “Imposition of the Will” – which hearkens back to a certain other infamous real life statement and represents the strange surges of fads and concepts that grip […]

    Advanced Races: Derro

    Advanced Races: Derro This installment of Kobold Press’ Advanced Races-series is 20 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, I’ll come right out and say it -I love the derro as a concept and as adversaries. There is something downright awesome…add a slice of Lovecraftiana and CoC/ToC-fanboy yours truly has not much to complain about concept-wise. However, this pdf goes one step beyond that, providing thoroughly unique concepts like the “Imposition of the Will” – which hearkens back to a certain other infamous real life statement and represents the strange surges of fads and concepts that grip […]

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  • Advanced Races: Gnolls This installment of the Advanced Races-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this discussion on gnolls with an extensive text on the nature of gnoll society and psychology, steeped in Midgard-lore, yes, but also more setting-agnostic than many similar introductions – the writing here is pretty much top-notch and the new deity/mask of a deity Nkishi – which are particularly nasty, being allied to were-hyenas and bouda. What’s a bouda, you ask? well bouda are a new monster, a CR 5 div that is truly and utterly disgusting […]

    Advanced Races: Gnolls

    Advanced Races: Gnolls This installment of the Advanced Races-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this discussion on gnolls with an extensive text on the nature of gnoll society and psychology, steeped in Midgard-lore, yes, but also more setting-agnostic than many similar introductions – the writing here is pretty much top-notch and the new deity/mask of a deity Nkishi – which are particularly nasty, being allied to were-hyenas and bouda. What’s a bouda, you ask? well bouda are a new monster, a CR 5 div that is truly and utterly disgusting […]

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  • Advanced Races: Ravenfolk (Revised Edition)   FULL DISCLOSURE: I was hired to develop this pdf, iron out the rough patches and provide some new and exciting options herein. I was paid for my work. That being said, I was assured that I should not, in any way, compromise my final verdict for any product of Kobold Press and continue to provide my often harsh criticism. So yeah, I obviously consider the new iteration superior. I post this review mainly to update my review of the first Ravenfolk pdf and to draw attention to its improved version – not many publishers would aim to improve a given book by this extent. Kudos!   This installment of Kobold Press’ Advanced Races-series is […]

    Advanced Races: Ravenfolk (Revised Edition)

    Advanced Races: Ravenfolk (Revised Edition)   FULL DISCLOSURE: I was hired to develop this pdf, iron out the rough patches and provide some new and exciting options herein. I was paid for my work. That being said, I was assured that I should not, in any way, compromise my final verdict for any product of Kobold Press and continue to provide my often harsh criticism. So yeah, I obviously consider the new iteration superior. I post this review mainly to update my review of the first Ravenfolk pdf and to draw attention to its improved version – not many publishers would aim to improve a given book by this extent. Kudos!   This installment of Kobold Press’ Advanced Races-series is […]

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  • Advanced Races: Aasimar This installment of the advanced races-series clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement and 1 page SRD, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick of this pdf, as always, with first a general look on the race of the aasimar as a setting-agnostic race before receiving excessive notes on how the work in the context of the Midgard campaign setting. Both do have something in favor for them – the first in that it treats aasimar less like humans with a tendency for goodness and more like nephilim – including more pronounced escalation, the latter for providing a spotlight […]

    Advanced Races: Aasimar

    Advanced Races: Aasimar This installment of the advanced races-series clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement and 1 page SRD, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick of this pdf, as always, with first a general look on the race of the aasimar as a setting-agnostic race before receiving excessive notes on how the work in the context of the Midgard campaign setting. Both do have something in favor for them – the first in that it treats aasimar less like humans with a tendency for goodness and more like nephilim – including more pronounced escalation, the latter for providing a spotlight […]

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  • Advanced Races: Shadow Fey This installment of the advanced races-series clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So…shadow fey. I was not pleasantly surprised to see this book hit shelves, mainly due to *LOVING* shadow fey to death. “Courts of the Shadow Fey” is one of my favorite adventures…ever. And we all remember what a certain good drow ranger did to the beloved and fierce dark elves. So let’s take a look and see whether this book offering shadow fey as a player-race ruins their appeal or manages to maintain it!   First of all, […]

    Advanced Races: Shadow Fey

    Advanced Races: Shadow Fey This installment of the advanced races-series clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So…shadow fey. I was not pleasantly surprised to see this book hit shelves, mainly due to *LOVING* shadow fey to death. “Courts of the Shadow Fey” is one of my favorite adventures…ever. And we all remember what a certain good drow ranger did to the beloved and fierce dark elves. So let’s take a look and see whether this book offering shadow fey as a player-race ruins their appeal or manages to maintain it!   First of all, […]

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  • Advanced Races: Lamia This installment of the Advanced Races-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, so let’s take a look at the remaining 13 pages, shall we?   We kick this off with an interesting insight into the highly matriarchal culture of the evil lamia and an accompanying piece of in-character prose – turns out that male lamia, marginalized though they may be, do exist – as do those rare lamia that leave the cruel, hedonistic ways of their kind behind. Better yet, we also learn about so-called false lamias with non-serpentine lower bodies…and unlike many Advanced Races installments, age, height and weight tables are provided!   So […]

    Advanced Races: Lamia

    Advanced Races: Lamia This installment of the Advanced Races-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, so let’s take a look at the remaining 13 pages, shall we?   We kick this off with an interesting insight into the highly matriarchal culture of the evil lamia and an accompanying piece of in-character prose – turns out that male lamia, marginalized though they may be, do exist – as do those rare lamia that leave the cruel, hedonistic ways of their kind behind. Better yet, we also learn about so-called false lamias with non-serpentine lower bodies…and unlike many Advanced Races installments, age, height and weight tables are provided!   So […]

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  • Advanced Races: Kobolds There we go – the 6th installment in Kobold Press’ Advanced Races series is devoted to our favorite scaly miners/trapsmiths at an unprecedented 32 pages of length, of which 1 page is devoted to front cover, 1 to ToC/editorial, 1 to advertisement and 2/3 of a page to the SRD, leaving us with a whopping28 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   “Me against my egg-clutch, my egg-clutch and me against other kobolds, we as kobolds against the rest of the world” – this maxim sums pretty much up how kobolds tend to view the world and, probably having escaped death at least once upon reaching adolescence and having probably witnessed the […]

    Advanced Races: Kobolds

    Advanced Races: Kobolds There we go – the 6th installment in Kobold Press’ Advanced Races series is devoted to our favorite scaly miners/trapsmiths at an unprecedented 32 pages of length, of which 1 page is devoted to front cover, 1 to ToC/editorial, 1 to advertisement and 2/3 of a page to the SRD, leaving us with a whopping28 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   “Me against my egg-clutch, my egg-clutch and me against other kobolds, we as kobolds against the rest of the world” – this maxim sums pretty much up how kobolds tend to view the world and, probably having escaped death at least once upon reaching adolescence and having probably witnessed the […]

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  • Advanced Races: Ravenfolk This installment of Kobold Press’ Advanced Races-series is 19 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC,1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   All right, let’s get one thing out of the way – I LOVE Tengu and I adore the Midgard Huginn – blending one of my favorite races with a distinct Germanic/Scandinavian tone, the fluff of this race is simply glorious. Idea-wise…but can the content stand up to the concept? Racial trait-wise, Huginn (or Heru/Heruti, as they are known in the South…) get +2 Dex and Wis, – 2 Con, 30 ft movement, low-light vision, +2 stealth and perception, +4 […]

    Advanced Races: Ravenfolk

    Advanced Races: Ravenfolk This installment of Kobold Press’ Advanced Races-series is 19 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC,1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   All right, let’s get one thing out of the way – I LOVE Tengu and I adore the Midgard Huginn – blending one of my favorite races with a distinct Germanic/Scandinavian tone, the fluff of this race is simply glorious. Idea-wise…but can the content stand up to the concept? Racial trait-wise, Huginn (or Heru/Heruti, as they are known in the South…) get +2 Dex and Wis, – 2 Con, 30 ft movement, low-light vision, +2 stealth and perception, +4 […]

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  • Advanced Races 4: Dragonkin This pdf is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement and 3/4 of a page SRD, leaving us with  10 1/4 pages content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The Dragonkin are a relatively young race and their mindset as well as the rigid caste structure of the militaristic Mharoti empire are explained in detail, with the roles of dragonkin both within and beyond the borders of the empire being highlighted as means for players to get some inspiration for their PC’s origin. Crunch-wise, dragonkin get +2 Str and Cha, -2 Dex, are slow and have their speed not modified by encumbrance or armor, choose one energy type […]

    Advanced Races 4: Dragonkin

    Advanced Races 4: Dragonkin This pdf is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement and 3/4 of a page SRD, leaving us with  10 1/4 pages content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The Dragonkin are a relatively young race and their mindset as well as the rigid caste structure of the militaristic Mharoti empire are explained in detail, with the roles of dragonkin both within and beyond the borders of the empire being highlighted as means for players to get some inspiration for their PC’s origin. Crunch-wise, dragonkin get +2 Str and Cha, -2 Dex, are slow and have their speed not modified by encumbrance or armor, choose one energy type […]

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  • Advanced Races: Gearforged The third installment in the Advanced Races-series is 26 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Now the story of Gearforged has been told by multiple supplements and could be pieced together from various Midgard-themed sources, but herein we have the story well-compiled and much like the spread content, this pdf offers also fluff-wise the easiest way of getting the whole story of the creation of the Gearforged – from Stross-tyranny to the Free City of Zobeck’s revolution to how Rava (a mask of Ariadne) and her church have guided and shaped Gearforged […]

    Advanced Races: Gearforged

    Advanced Races: Gearforged The third installment in the Advanced Races-series is 26 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Now the story of Gearforged has been told by multiple supplements and could be pieced together from various Midgard-themed sources, but herein we have the story well-compiled and much like the spread content, this pdf offers also fluff-wise the easiest way of getting the whole story of the creation of the Gearforged – from Stross-tyranny to the Free City of Zobeck’s revolution to how Rava (a mask of Ariadne) and her church have guided and shaped Gearforged […]

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  • Advanced Races: Darakhul Ghouls The second in Kobold Press’ series of racial pdfs is 19 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So what are Darakhul? well, they are a race that has haunted my twisted imagination ever since I had the good fortune of being able to read the closed Open Design “Empire of Ghouls” – essentially, Darakhul are intelligent ghouls that inhabit a subterranean, militaristic empire that constantly requires fuel in the form of flesh. Taking the idea of social predators up to 11, their empire can essentially be envisioned as a kind of blend […]

    Advanced Races: Darakhul Ghouls

    Advanced Races: Darakhul Ghouls The second in Kobold Press’ series of racial pdfs is 19 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So what are Darakhul? well, they are a race that has haunted my twisted imagination ever since I had the good fortune of being able to read the closed Open Design “Empire of Ghouls” – essentially, Darakhul are intelligent ghouls that inhabit a subterranean, militaristic empire that constantly requires fuel in the form of flesh. Taking the idea of social predators up to 11, their empire can essentially be envisioned as a kind of blend […]

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  • Advanced Races – Tieflings The first advanced races-supplement is 19 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1/2 a page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 15 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick this pdf off by an expertly written introduction to Tieflings in the context of the Midgard campaign setting as well as, of course, the Tiefling’s racial traits – I’m not going to rehash them here – suffice to say, they are not modified in the Midgard setting – at least on a basic level. That is not to say you may not modify them – there are 6 alternate racial traits for you to modify the […]

    Advanced Races – Tieflings

    Advanced Races – Tieflings The first advanced races-supplement is 19 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1/2 a page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 15 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick this pdf off by an expertly written introduction to Tieflings in the context of the Midgard campaign setting as well as, of course, the Tiefling’s racial traits – I’m not going to rehash them here – suffice to say, they are not modified in the Midgard setting – at least on a basic level. That is not to say you may not modify them – there are 6 alternate racial traits for you to modify the […]

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