arcanum Archive

  • Compendium Arcanum Vol. 2: 1st Level Spells This installment of the Compendium Arcanum-series clocks in at 80 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 3/4 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 74 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So what is this series about? In a nutshell, the compendium arcanum-series takes the concept of 3.X’s Arcana Evolved for the option of heightening/diminishing spells and translates that to PFRPG. This means a spell can be cast as one level higher or as one level lower. The series covers all spells from the core-book, APG, UM and Ultimate Combat. If a class has no level lower (i.e. no cantrip slots), you […]

    Compendium Arcanum Vol. 2: 1st Level Spells

    Compendium Arcanum Vol. 2: 1st Level Spells This installment of the Compendium Arcanum-series clocks in at 80 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 3/4 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 74 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So what is this series about? In a nutshell, the compendium arcanum-series takes the concept of 3.X’s Arcana Evolved for the option of heightening/diminishing spells and translates that to PFRPG. This means a spell can be cast as one level higher or as one level lower. The series covers all spells from the core-book, APG, UM and Ultimate Combat. If a class has no level lower (i.e. no cantrip slots), you […]

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  • Compendium Arcanum Vol I: Cantrips & Orisons This pdf clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page “Thank you for buying note”, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so what is this actually about?   Yet another spellbook? No, actually, this is something different. Remember Monte Cook’s Arcana Evolved? One of the better d20-systems and variants of Dungeons & Dragons released in the 3.X days of old, its spells had a particular, rather rewarding mechanic- they could be cast in two additional ways – one heightened and one diminished way, each modifying the spell’s level by +1/-1 respectively. The effects were modified thus and the overall result was a more […]

    Compendium Arcanum Vol I: Cantrips & Orisons

    Compendium Arcanum Vol I: Cantrips & Orisons This pdf clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages SRD, 1 page “Thank you for buying note”, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so what is this actually about?   Yet another spellbook? No, actually, this is something different. Remember Monte Cook’s Arcana Evolved? One of the better d20-systems and variants of Dungeons & Dragons released in the 3.X days of old, its spells had a particular, rather rewarding mechanic- they could be cast in two additional ways – one heightened and one diminished way, each modifying the spell’s level by +1/-1 respectively. The effects were modified thus and the overall result was a more […]

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  • Gossamer Worlds: Verse Arcanum (DICELESS) This installment of the Gossamer Worlds-series clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what is the Verse Arcanum? In one sentence, I’d describe it as “ye old fantasy setting” – elves, dwarves, magic galore, curses, prophecies and adventurers – fey and miles-long wyrms (true dragons in the most lethal, city-leveling sense…) and just about all other things and creatures you know from these settings can be found in this UNIVERSE (not just world!). Rainbow bridges? Check. Nasty Umbra-worshipping subterranean dwarves that specialize in unmaking magic? Check. Dual-natured elves that are at once light and dark elves? […]

    Gossamer Worlds: Verse Arcanum (DICELESS)

    Gossamer Worlds: Verse Arcanum (DICELESS) This installment of the Gossamer Worlds-series clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what is the Verse Arcanum? In one sentence, I’d describe it as “ye old fantasy setting” – elves, dwarves, magic galore, curses, prophecies and adventurers – fey and miles-long wyrms (true dragons in the most lethal, city-leveling sense…) and just about all other things and creatures you know from these settings can be found in this UNIVERSE (not just world!). Rainbow bridges? Check. Nasty Umbra-worshipping subterranean dwarves that specialize in unmaking magic? Check. Dual-natured elves that are at once light and dark elves? […]

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  • Convergent Paths: Students of Arcanum Archetypes This supplement is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a short summary of the content, we get a well-written piece of IC-prose introducing us to the Arcanum College of Wizardry, which serves as a thematic backdrop and unifying theme for these new options – each of the college’s prestigious houses featuring one specific area of expertise.   The first of said houses would be House Dweomerden, which specializes in utilitarian spells and replaces the scribe scroll feat and arcane school with a bonus spell slot that has to be […]

    Convergent Paths: Students of Arcanum Archetypes

    Convergent Paths: Students of Arcanum Archetypes This supplement is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a short summary of the content, we get a well-written piece of IC-prose introducing us to the Arcanum College of Wizardry, which serves as a thematic backdrop and unifying theme for these new options – each of the college’s prestigious houses featuring one specific area of expertise.   The first of said houses would be House Dweomerden, which specializes in utilitarian spells and replaces the scribe scroll feat and arcane school with a bonus spell slot that has to be […]

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  •   Notice how there’s no real rules-representation on how to handle rituals in PFRPG? Well, there’s a remedy by Zombie Sky Press for that and one I’d consider first-class indeed! Incantations from the Other Side: Spirit Magic   This pdf is 39 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page containing both SRD and Index. That leaves 35 pages of content. Incantations kicks off with an introduction to the spirit world, explaining how spirit magic and incantations are neither truly divine nor arcane, how they represent a primal power that can be tapped via rituals by anyone who knows how to do so, but may exact a price. (2 pages) The first chapter describes […]

    Incantations From the Other Side (& In Theory and Practice)

      Notice how there’s no real rules-representation on how to handle rituals in PFRPG? Well, there’s a remedy by Zombie Sky Press for that and one I’d consider first-class indeed! Incantations from the Other Side: Spirit Magic   This pdf is 39 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page containing both SRD and Index. That leaves 35 pages of content. Incantations kicks off with an introduction to the spirit world, explaining how spirit magic and incantations are neither truly divine nor arcane, how they represent a primal power that can be tapped via rituals by anyone who knows how to do so, but may exact a price. (2 pages) The first chapter describes […]

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