Codex Archive

  • Veranthea Codex: Radical Pantheon The massive first expansion for Veranthea clocks in at a whopping 100 pages (for this price-point!), 1 page front cover,1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 96 pages of content – quite a lot, so let’s get to it!   Veranthea Codex is a truly massive book – and still, there are a lot of components that simply, by virtue of their unique ideas, deserved more coverage. Well, this would be the first book doing just that. If you require a brief one-sentence summary – think of this as the setting’s Inner Sea Gods…though, admittedly, the focus is somewhat different.   In the first chapter, we get information on the respective […]

    Veranthea Codex: Radical Pantheon

    Veranthea Codex: Radical Pantheon The massive first expansion for Veranthea clocks in at a whopping 100 pages (for this price-point!), 1 page front cover,1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 96 pages of content – quite a lot, so let’s get to it!   Veranthea Codex is a truly massive book – and still, there are a lot of components that simply, by virtue of their unique ideas, deserved more coverage. Well, this would be the first book doing just that. If you require a brief one-sentence summary – think of this as the setting’s Inner Sea Gods…though, admittedly, the focus is somewhat different.   In the first chapter, we get information on the respective […]

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  • Alchemist Codex This collection of NPC-builds clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with exactly 20 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, the answer here is pretty straightforward – we get 20 alchemist-builds, one for each level.   All right, that was an old and pretty lame joke the first time around; now, it’s ridiculous. Sorry. So, much like the previous codex detailing sample kineticists, this one instead tackles alchemists and aims to give the GM sample builds to throw at characters, while also providing an interesting background story for them. Additionally, the reader can glean at a cursory look that thankfully, the helpful boon-entries for […]

    Alchemist Codex

    Alchemist Codex This collection of NPC-builds clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with exactly 20 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, the answer here is pretty straightforward – we get 20 alchemist-builds, one for each level.   All right, that was an old and pretty lame joke the first time around; now, it’s ridiculous. Sorry. So, much like the previous codex detailing sample kineticists, this one instead tackles alchemists and aims to give the GM sample builds to throw at characters, while also providing an interesting background story for them. Additionally, the reader can glean at a cursory look that thankfully, the helpful boon-entries for […]

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  • Kineticist Codex This collection of NPC-builds clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with exactly 20 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, the answer here is pretty straightforward – we get 20 kineticist-builds, one for each level. … What, you want to know more? All right, all right…So, the first thing you’ll notice is that, as denoted by the huge Porphyra-logo, the characters herein sport fluff that is tied to Porphyra, firmly rooting them in Purple Duck Games’ patchwork planet, though that does not mean that they don’t work in different contexts. The second thing you’ll notice is that each of the characters featured comes with […]

    Kineticist Codex

    Kineticist Codex This collection of NPC-builds clocks in at 23 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with exactly 20 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, the answer here is pretty straightforward – we get 20 kineticist-builds, one for each level. … What, you want to know more? All right, all right…So, the first thing you’ll notice is that, as denoted by the huge Porphyra-logo, the characters herein sport fluff that is tied to Porphyra, firmly rooting them in Purple Duck Games’ patchwork planet, though that does not mean that they don’t work in different contexts. The second thing you’ll notice is that each of the characters featured comes with […]

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  • Veranthea Codex This ginormous book clocks in at no less than 393pages, vastly overdelivering regarding the page-count promised by the KS; 1 page is front cover, 1 page KS-backer thanks, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 7 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 379 pages of raw content, so let’s dive in, shall we?   Before we do: I was a backer of this kickstarter and based my review on the print-version of this book. I did not contribute anything to this book.   What is Veranthea Codex? The question’s answer is surprisingly complex and will guide us through this review: For one, in-game, it is actually an exceedingly powerful (as in: […]

    Veranthea Codex

    Veranthea Codex This ginormous book clocks in at no less than 393pages, vastly overdelivering regarding the page-count promised by the KS; 1 page is front cover, 1 page KS-backer thanks, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 7 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 379 pages of raw content, so let’s dive in, shall we?   Before we do: I was a backer of this kickstarter and based my review on the print-version of this book. I did not contribute anything to this book.   What is Veranthea Codex? The question’s answer is surprisingly complex and will guide us through this review: For one, in-game, it is actually an exceedingly powerful (as in: […]

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  • Kaiju Codex The Kaiju Codex clocks in at 53 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD,2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 48 pages of content – quite a massive book, so let’s take a look!   If you’re following my reviews, you’ll note that this is “early” – it jumped ahead in the queue. This is due to one of my patrons requesting it to be tackled sooner via my patreon. The verdict of the product was not influenced in any way, only the place in my review-queue.   All right, let’s dive…wait. If my nickname “Endzeitgeist” wasn’t ample clue for you, I do have a certain weak spot for anything cataclysmic, in particular, for […]

    Kaiju Codex

    Kaiju Codex The Kaiju Codex clocks in at 53 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD,2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 48 pages of content – quite a massive book, so let’s take a look!   If you’re following my reviews, you’ll note that this is “early” – it jumped ahead in the queue. This is due to one of my patrons requesting it to be tackled sooner via my patreon. The verdict of the product was not influenced in any way, only the place in my review-queue.   All right, let’s dive…wait. If my nickname “Endzeitgeist” wasn’t ample clue for you, I do have a certain weak spot for anything cataclysmic, in particular, for […]

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  • Pirate Codex This massive supplement clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page how to use AP-plug-ins, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page introduction, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The very first page herein sports a table of thematically fitting characters provided, conveniently linked to d20pfsrd.com within the pdf to bring you directly to their respective statblocks at a simple mouse-click, where applicable. Beyond that, the handy table sports the class/race information as well as the CR for the respective character, with those ranging from the CR 1/4 drunken fisherman to the CR 16 gunslinger (buccaneer).   So, […]

    Pirate Codex

    Pirate Codex This massive supplement clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page how to use AP-plug-ins, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page introduction, leaving us with 26 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The very first page herein sports a table of thematically fitting characters provided, conveniently linked to d20pfsrd.com within the pdf to bring you directly to their respective statblocks at a simple mouse-click, where applicable. Beyond that, the handy table sports the class/race information as well as the CR for the respective character, with those ranging from the CR 1/4 drunken fisherman to the CR 16 gunslinger (buccaneer).   So, […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Braxthar Grimdrahk, Scientific Innovator (Alchemist Archetype) This free preview of the Veranthea Codex clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 3 pages of content so let’s take a look, shall we?   Without much ado and aplomb, we dive into the new Scientific Innovator archetype. Instead of extracts, these fellows generate serums – which become extraordinary effects at 10th level! Instead of mutagens and the Hyde-style that accompanies these fellows, they instead turn to dabbling in gunslinging and thus also may elect to choose grit feats in lieu of discoveries – this is optional, mind you! At 11th level, the class even receives […]

    Veranthea Codex: Braxthar Grimdrahk, Scientific Innovator (Alchemist Archetype)

    Veranthea Codex: Braxthar Grimdrahk, Scientific Innovator (Alchemist Archetype) This free preview of the Veranthea Codex clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 3 pages of content so let’s take a look, shall we?   Without much ado and aplomb, we dive into the new Scientific Innovator archetype. Instead of extracts, these fellows generate serums – which become extraordinary effects at 10th level! Instead of mutagens and the Hyde-style that accompanies these fellows, they instead turn to dabbling in gunslinging and thus also may elect to choose grit feats in lieu of discoveries – this is optional, mind you! At 11th level, the class even receives […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Master in Irons: Shojo Matsumoto This preview for Rogue Genius Games & Mike Myler’s campaign setting of Veranthea clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement and 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of FREE content, so let’s take a look!   Who is Shojo Matsumoto?Well, once Shojo Matsumoto was a brutal man – a butcher of fellow men born to the streets and poverty…which all changed once he was recruited by His Personage of Golden Fortitude to, over the time, become the commander of the emperor’s ant-spellcaster strikeforce, the Spellthieves. Still wearing the chains of his servitude as a reminder, he is a unique blend of 5 levels […]

    Veranthea Codex: Master in Irons: Shojo Matsumoto

    Veranthea Codex: Master in Irons: Shojo Matsumoto This preview for Rogue Genius Games & Mike Myler’s campaign setting of Veranthea clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement and 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of FREE content, so let’s take a look!   Who is Shojo Matsumoto?Well, once Shojo Matsumoto was a brutal man – a butcher of fellow men born to the streets and poverty…which all changed once he was recruited by His Personage of Golden Fortitude to, over the time, become the commander of the emperor’s ant-spellcaster strikeforce, the Spellthieves. Still wearing the chains of his servitude as a reminder, he is a unique blend of 5 levels […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Betzekorps Prestige Class This free preview for Mike Myler’s Veranthea Codex clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 4 pages of FREE content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So what is the Betzekorps? On the mechanical side, one could call it a 10-level PrC with full BAB-progression, medium ref-saves, 4+Int skills per level and d8 HD, available only for gnomes and haflings…and one would be rather reductive in such a statement. Why? Because the Betzekorps is an example of good high-fantasy storytelling that makes logical sense.   Take this scenario – in the storied world of Vernathea, gnomes and halflings […]

    Veranthea Codex: Betzekorps Prestige Class

    Veranthea Codex: Betzekorps Prestige Class This free preview for Mike Myler’s Veranthea Codex clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 4 pages of FREE content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So what is the Betzekorps? On the mechanical side, one could call it a 10-level PrC with full BAB-progression, medium ref-saves, 4+Int skills per level and d8 HD, available only for gnomes and haflings…and one would be rather reductive in such a statement. Why? Because the Betzekorps is an example of good high-fantasy storytelling that makes logical sense.   Take this scenario – in the storied world of Vernathea, gnomes and halflings […]

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  • Beasts of Legend: Coldwood Codex This bestiary for the Kingmaker-AP is 35 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page how-to-use, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First, we get a page of introductory text and after that we dive in – here’s a peculiarity of the book: Each entry of a monster comes with a one-page massive full color artwork as well as a read-aloud text to properly portray it, offering essentially some awesome hand-outs to show the players. And we kick off with the CR 13 Amadans – saggy, somewhat maggot/mole-like fey that can only be seen by those under a curse: As these disturbing […]

    Beasts of Legend: Coldwood Codex

    Beasts of Legend: Coldwood Codex This bestiary for the Kingmaker-AP is 35 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page how-to-use, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First, we get a page of introductory text and after that we dive in – here’s a peculiarity of the book: Each entry of a monster comes with a one-page massive full color artwork as well as a read-aloud text to properly portray it, offering essentially some awesome hand-outs to show the players. And we kick off with the CR 13 Amadans – saggy, somewhat maggot/mole-like fey that can only be seen by those under a curse: As these disturbing […]

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