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  • Spheres Apocrypha: The Apex Shifter This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages,1  page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue because I had been tasked to cover the other Spheres of power-supplements, and I’m kind of OCD and can’t stand having something not covered yet when the rest’s done.   Okay, so this contains, obviously, the apex shifter, an archetype for the sphere shifter. A minor nitpick from the get-go – the rules verbiage tends to state “At level XYZ”, when PFRPG usually phrases that “At 3rd level…” – it’s a minor thing and won’t influence […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: The Apex Shifter

    Spheres Apocrypha: The Apex Shifter This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages,1  page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue because I had been tasked to cover the other Spheres of power-supplements, and I’m kind of OCD and can’t stand having something not covered yet when the rest’s done.   Okay, so this contains, obviously, the apex shifter, an archetype for the sphere shifter. A minor nitpick from the get-go – the rules verbiage tends to state “At level XYZ”, when PFRPG usually phrases that “At 3rd level…” – it’s a minor thing and won’t influence […]

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  • The Wraith Base Class The Wraith clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s check out this fellow!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreon supporters and readers.   The wraith-class is proficient with simple weapons, scythes and light armor, has 4 + Intelligence modifier skills per level, d8 HD, and is a Mid-Caster using Charisma as governing spellcasting ability modifier, with a spell pool of class level + Charisma modifier spell points per day. The class has a ¾ BAB-progression, as well as good Reflex- and Will-saves. […]

    The Wraith Base Class

    The Wraith Base Class The Wraith clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s check out this fellow!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreon supporters and readers.   The wraith-class is proficient with simple weapons, scythes and light armor, has 4 + Intelligence modifier skills per level, d8 HD, and is a Mid-Caster using Charisma as governing spellcasting ability modifier, with a spell pool of class level + Charisma modifier spell points per day. The class has a ¾ BAB-progression, as well as good Reflex- and Will-saves. […]

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  • The Fey-Binder’s Handbook This expansion for the Spheres of Power-system clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 29 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my readers and patreons.   All right, we begin this supplement, as always, with a nice piece of in-character prose, before diving into the nit and grit. As with the Blood sphere, we have a new sphere introduced in this book, though this one previously did have its debut in Skybourne. The sphere as presented within is no longer restricted regarding […]

    The Fey-Binder’s Handbook

    The Fey-Binder’s Handbook This expansion for the Spheres of Power-system clocks in at 34 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 29 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my readers and patreons.   All right, we begin this supplement, as always, with a nice piece of in-character prose, before diving into the nit and grit. As with the Blood sphere, we have a new sphere introduced in this book, though this one previously did have its debut in Skybourne. The sphere as presented within is no longer restricted regarding […]

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  • The Sanguinist’s Handbook (revised edition) The revised edition of this expansion for the Spheres of Power-system clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look! This review was moved up in my reviewing queue because it provides a serious revision, and I want to reward publishers for caring. The correct file to download is btw. the one with” 1.2” at the end.   After a brief flavor-introduction, we start with the archetype section, but this time around, it is more prudent to skip ahead and return to these later, for this supplement, unlike previous […]

    The Sanguinist’s Handbook (revised edition)

    The Sanguinist’s Handbook (revised edition) The revised edition of this expansion for the Spheres of Power-system clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look! This review was moved up in my reviewing queue because it provides a serious revision, and I want to reward publishers for caring. The correct file to download is btw. the one with” 1.2” at the end.   After a brief flavor-introduction, we start with the archetype section, but this time around, it is more prudent to skip ahead and return to these later, for this supplement, unlike previous […]

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  • The Sanguinist’s Handbook This expansion for the Spheres of Power-system clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my readers.   After a brief flavor-introduction, we start with the archetype section, but this time around, it is more prudent to skip ahead and return to these later, for this supplement, unlike previous Spheres-expansions, presents a wholly new sphere, the Blood Sphere.   The base ability of this sphere would be Blood Control: A s a standard action, you establish […]

    The Sanguinist’s Handbook

    The Sanguinist’s Handbook This expansion for the Spheres of Power-system clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my readers.   After a brief flavor-introduction, we start with the archetype section, but this time around, it is more prudent to skip ahead and return to these later, for this supplement, unlike previous Spheres-expansions, presents a wholly new sphere, the Blood Sphere.   The base ability of this sphere would be Blood Control: A s a standard action, you establish […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Light Talents This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with two pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf kicks off with 7 basic talents, one of which, Solar Strike, is untagged: When you hit a creature with an attack, you can make it glow as a swift action, or glow brightly at the cost of 1 spell point. It should be noted that the pdf does miss the proper glow formatting, which can makes the rules-language somewhat obtuse. The pdf also includes a (lens) talent, the Halo Effect, which nets a scaling bonus to Bluff and Diplomacy (and optionally to Performance […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Light Talents

    Spheres Apocrypha: Light Talents This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with two pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf kicks off with 7 basic talents, one of which, Solar Strike, is untagged: When you hit a creature with an attack, you can make it glow as a swift action, or glow brightly at the cost of 1 spell point. It should be noted that the pdf does miss the proper glow formatting, which can makes the rules-language somewhat obtuse. The pdf also includes a (lens) talent, the Halo Effect, which nets a scaling bonus to Bluff and Diplomacy (and optionally to Performance […]

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  • The Necromancer’s Handbook This expansion for the Spheres of Power-system clocks in at 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief 2-page introduction and guidance on how to use this book, we begin with the new archetype-section, which, this time around, covers 8 new archetypes. The first of these would be the bonewright armorist, who gets Death as a bonus sphere and modifies summon equipment; instead of calling forth materials, these fellows sculpt or form weapons and armor from bodies – their own or the dead. Summoning equipment from undead reanimated within the […]

    The Necromancer’s Handbook

    The Necromancer’s Handbook This expansion for the Spheres of Power-system clocks in at 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 31 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After a brief 2-page introduction and guidance on how to use this book, we begin with the new archetype-section, which, this time around, covers 8 new archetypes. The first of these would be the bonewright armorist, who gets Death as a bonus sphere and modifies summon equipment; instead of calling forth materials, these fellows sculpt or form weapons and armor from bodies – their own or the dead. Summoning equipment from undead reanimated within the […]

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  • Items of Power This expansion book for Spheres of Power clocks in at 46 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 40 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested to be moved up in my reviewing queue by one of my readers.   So, while the default pathfinder magic item creation rules work without a big snag in conjunction with Spheres of Power, this pdf does endeavor to provide a more sphere-centric approach to the subject matter. Thus, we begin with the basic assumptions: To create a magic item, a caster must possess the appropriate item creation feat, the […]

    Items of Power

    Items of Power This expansion book for Spheres of Power clocks in at 46 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 40 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested to be moved up in my reviewing queue by one of my readers.   So, while the default pathfinder magic item creation rules work without a big snag in conjunction with Spheres of Power, this pdf does endeavor to provide a more sphere-centric approach to the subject matter. Thus, we begin with the basic assumptions: To create a magic item, a caster must possess the appropriate item creation feat, the […]

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  • The Abjurer’s Handbook This expansion of the Spheres of Power-system clocks in at 37 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Framed by a nice piece of introductory prose and some advice for players to render abjurer-themes interesting, the book starts off with 5 different archetypes, the first of which would be the faithful shepherd, who is a Mid-Caster based on Wisdom, with a spell pool of class level + Wisdom modifier and 1 talent per caster level. The archetype gets the Life and Protection spheres and uses class level as caster level for them. The […]

    The Abjurer’s Handbook

    The Abjurer’s Handbook This expansion of the Spheres of Power-system clocks in at 37 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Framed by a nice piece of introductory prose and some advice for players to render abjurer-themes interesting, the book starts off with 5 different archetypes, the first of which would be the faithful shepherd, who is a Mid-Caster based on Wisdom, with a spell pool of class level + Wisdom modifier and 1 talent per caster level. The archetype gets the Life and Protection spheres and uses class level as caster level for them. The […]

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  • The Chronomancer’s Handbook This expansion for the Spheres of Power-system clocks in at 27 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreon supporters.   After a brief piece of introductory prose, we begin with 9 new archetypes. Some of these do btw. come with Spheres of Might-synergy, but if you’re not using that gem of a book, you can still rejoice, as the section provides guidance to remove blended training/martial tradition. The first archetype, the chronomancer symbiat, gets both Time and Warp […]

    The Chronomancer’s Handbook

    The Chronomancer’s Handbook This expansion for the Spheres of Power-system clocks in at 27 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 22 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreon supporters.   After a brief piece of introductory prose, we begin with 9 new archetypes. Some of these do btw. come with Spheres of Might-synergy, but if you’re not using that gem of a book, you can still rejoice, as the section provides guidance to remove blended training/martial tradition. The first archetype, the chronomancer symbiat, gets both Time and Warp […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Metal, Plant, Water This Spheres Apocrypha-installment clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf contains 5 new basic talents: Deep Nature lets you, when you spend a spell point to make geomancing last for a round per CL sans concentration to make that last for 1 minute per caster level instead. (Spirit) instead has that upgraded from 1 minute per caster level to 10 minutes per caster level. Muss Pummel has the (plantlife) tag and nets you more branches when using Pummel, provided you spend another spell point. The other 3 talents are the “lord-talents” for […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Metal, Plant, Water

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Metal, Plant, Water This Spheres Apocrypha-installment clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf contains 5 new basic talents: Deep Nature lets you, when you spend a spell point to make geomancing last for a round per CL sans concentration to make that last for 1 minute per caster level instead. (Spirit) instead has that upgraded from 1 minute per caster level to 10 minutes per caster level. Muss Pummel has the (plantlife) tag and nets you more branches when using Pummel, provided you spend another spell point. The other 3 talents are the “lord-talents” for […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Package – Air This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf, as would be expected, does come with rules for the air package, which has 3 basic features – conjuring a breeze requires concentration and air, instantaneous gusts of wind, and finally, air purification, which works with dangerous vapours, but not in e.g. a vacuum – some sort of gas needs to be there. This is interesting in as much as it changes how deadly gasses can be in Pathfinder, offering an option that is pretty rare in the vanilla game from […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Package – Air

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Package – Air This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf, as would be expected, does come with rules for the air package, which has 3 basic features – conjuring a breeze requires concentration and air, instantaneous gusts of wind, and finally, air purification, which works with dangerous vapours, but not in e.g. a vacuum – some sort of gas needs to be there. This is interesting in as much as it changes how deadly gasses can be in Pathfinder, offering an option that is pretty rare in the vanilla game from […]

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  • The Trickster’s Handbook This installment of the Spheres of Power-expansions clocks in at 33 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of one of my readers.   Let’s start with clarifications and errata: Create Reality receives a modified (shadow) descriptor and all effects are designated as illusion sphere effects, save the Disguise boost; Illusion sphere effects may modify this. Shadowmark is designated as (figment, shadow) and is obviously an Illusion effect.  Manipulate aura may be used on areas to create or conceal ambient remnants/evidence […]

    The Trickster’s Handbook

    The Trickster’s Handbook This installment of the Spheres of Power-expansions clocks in at 33 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of one of my readers.   Let’s start with clarifications and errata: Create Reality receives a modified (shadow) descriptor and all effects are designated as illusion sphere effects, save the Disguise boost; Illusion sphere effects may modify this. Shadowmark is designated as (figment, shadow) and is obviously an Illusion effect.  Manipulate aura may be used on areas to create or conceal ambient remnants/evidence […]

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  • The Tempestarian’s Handbook This expansion for the Spheres of Power-system clocks in at 33 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD,1 page back cover, leaving us with 27 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of one of my patreons.   We begin this one with a pretty cool poem/ritual chant that can be scavenged for use in game, before diving right into the new archetypes – this time around, we get 4, the first of which would be the weather harvester alchemist, who is a Mid-Caster using Intelligence as casting ability modifier, replacing alchemy, with a spell […]

    The Tempestarian’s Handbook

    The Tempestarian’s Handbook This expansion for the Spheres of Power-system clocks in at 33 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD,1 page back cover, leaving us with 27 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of one of my patreons.   We begin this one with a pretty cool poem/ritual chant that can be scavenged for use in game, before diving right into the new archetypes – this time around, we get 4, the first of which would be the weather harvester alchemist, who is a Mid-Caster using Intelligence as casting ability modifier, replacing alchemy, with a spell […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Spirit This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, we begin with 3 new basic talents – Spiritlord nets you concealment while concentrating on a (spirit) talent; you may also spend a spell point (blank space missing) to get total concealment instead. Odd deviation – unlike other –lord talents in the series, this doesn’t have the (spirit)-tag, but I assume that to be intentional to account for its potency. The other two talents are both tagged as (spirit), and one allows you to speak with vermin, and the other allows […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Spirit

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Spirit This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, we begin with 3 new basic talents – Spiritlord nets you concealment while concentrating on a (spirit) talent; you may also spend a spell point (blank space missing) to get total concealment instead. Odd deviation – unlike other –lord talents in the series, this doesn’t have the (spirit)-tag, but I assume that to be intentional to account for its potency. The other two talents are both tagged as (spirit), and one allows you to speak with vermin, and the other allows […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Earth This Spheres Apocrypha-installment clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with 5 new basic talents: Earthlord enhances the radius of earth geomancing abilities by 5 ft. per (earth) talent you possess. (Fyi: All talents herein have that tag!) Also designated as (spirit), Foundation requires dirt, sand or stone and nets you a deflection bonus to AC and CMD equal to 2, +1 per 5 CL when concentrating on earth geomancing. You can spend a spell point as a standard action to make that buff last, but you need to be standing on […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Earth

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Earth This Spheres Apocrypha-installment clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with 5 new basic talents: Earthlord enhances the radius of earth geomancing abilities by 5 ft. per (earth) talent you possess. (Fyi: All talents herein have that tag!) Also designated as (spirit), Foundation requires dirt, sand or stone and nets you a deflection bonus to AC and CMD equal to 2, +1 per 5 CL when concentrating on earth geomancing. You can spend a spell point as a standard action to make that buff last, but you need to be standing on […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Fire This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this one with 7 different basic talents, all of which have the fire tag:   Dragonlung nets you a 30.-ft-cone or 60 ft.-line breath weapon that deals 1d8 fire damage per two caster levels, Reflex halves. The talent has no prerequisite and no minimum level, and thus could be useless at first level. Additionally, the breath weapon has only a 1d4 round cooldown, but no spell point cost associated. Yeah, not gonna happen anywhere near my game.   Firelord enhances CL […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Fire

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Fire This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this one with 7 different basic talents, all of which have the fire tag:   Dragonlung nets you a 30.-ft-cone or 60 ft.-line breath weapon that deals 1d8 fire damage per two caster levels, Reflex halves. The talent has no prerequisite and no minimum level, and thus could be useless at first level. Additionally, the breath weapon has only a 1d4 round cooldown, but no spell point cost associated. Yeah, not gonna happen anywhere near my game.   Firelord enhances CL […]

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  • The Auspician’s Handbook This installment of the Spheres of Power-expansion books clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, the Fate-sphere expansion – what does it offer? First of all, it should be noted that the GM advice chapter provides some advice on material that is supposed to have the curse descriptor. If you wish to add alignment descriptors to your Spheres of Power game, and advice on removing alignment, can be found. While Spheres of Power is thankfully (a huge plus, imho) less alignment-heavy than the base game, this does […]

    The Auspician’s Handbook

    The Auspician’s Handbook This installment of the Spheres of Power-expansion books clocks in at 40 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 32 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, the Fate-sphere expansion – what does it offer? First of all, it should be noted that the GM advice chapter provides some advice on material that is supposed to have the curse descriptor. If you wish to add alignment descriptors to your Spheres of Power game, and advice on removing alignment, can be found. While Spheres of Power is thankfully (a huge plus, imho) less alignment-heavy than the base game, this does […]

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  • Wild Magic This massive expansion for Spheres of Power clocks in at 94 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 88 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by one of my readers to be moved up in my reviewing queue.   We begin this supplement with a foreword called “Forward” (clever pun or oversight?), before we are introduced to the basis of Wild Magic – the wild magic chance, which is a percentile value that affects spells and sphere-abilities, but SPs and activated items are usually exempt, though effects that increase wild magic chance do apply to them. […]

    Wild Magic

    Wild Magic This massive expansion for Spheres of Power clocks in at 94 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 88 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by one of my readers to be moved up in my reviewing queue.   We begin this supplement with a foreword called “Forward” (clever pun or oversight?), before we are introduced to the basis of Wild Magic – the wild magic chance, which is a percentile value that affects spells and sphere-abilities, but SPs and activated items are usually exempt, though effects that increase wild magic chance do apply to them. […]

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  • Metafeats: Embracing the Fourth Wall This pdf clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so first things first: Metafeats are NOT gained by the characters. They are gained by the players. The pdf suggests to award one per 5 sessions of game, which is a bit problematic; more detailed guidelines for different character XP-progressions and playstyles would have been neat to see. These feats, as they’re held by players and not PCs, transcend characters. The metafeats are as follows:   -But I LIKED my Character…: Basically gives you an extra life. Can be used once; but you may take it again. […]

    Metafeats: Embracing the Fourth Wall

    Metafeats: Embracing the Fourth Wall This pdf clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so first things first: Metafeats are NOT gained by the characters. They are gained by the players. The pdf suggests to award one per 5 sessions of game, which is a bit problematic; more detailed guidelines for different character XP-progressions and playstyles would have been neat to see. These feats, as they’re held by players and not PCs, transcend characters. The metafeats are as follows:   -But I LIKED my Character…: Basically gives you an extra life. Can be used once; but you may take it again. […]

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  • Jaws of the Jhambizaur This adventure for Skybourne clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, first things first: This adventure makes use of a lot of material from the Player’s Guide to Skybourne, so if some of these races and terms seem odd to you, that’s why. Before I dive into the adventure’s plot, I should note that the pdf includes 4 magic items and a mundane item – the latter being the fang pistol, which is a more expensive flintlock pistol with really costly ammo – however, it does cause 1 bleed damage. […]

    Jaws of the Jhambizaur

    Jaws of the Jhambizaur This adventure for Skybourne clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, first things first: This adventure makes use of a lot of material from the Player’s Guide to Skybourne, so if some of these races and terms seem odd to you, that’s why. Before I dive into the adventure’s plot, I should note that the pdf includes 4 magic items and a mundane item – the latter being the fang pistol, which is a more expensive flintlock pistol with really costly ammo – however, it does cause 1 bleed damage. […]

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  • Champions of the Spheres This massive supplement clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page TOC (which also features a list of Spheres from Spheres of Power and Spheres of Might), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 49 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   In case you didn’t know already: This book basically represents a crossover-supplement between Drop Dead Studios’ critically-acclaimed Spheres of Power and Spheres of Might books, and as such, I assume familiarity with both of them in this review.   This review was recently moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreons.   The pdf starts after a brief introduction […]

    Champions of the Spheres

    Champions of the Spheres This massive supplement clocks in at 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page TOC (which also features a list of Spheres from Spheres of Power and Spheres of Might), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 49 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   In case you didn’t know already: This book basically represents a crossover-supplement between Drop Dead Studios’ critically-acclaimed Spheres of Power and Spheres of Might books, and as such, I assume familiarity with both of them in this review.   This review was recently moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreons.   The pdf starts after a brief introduction […]

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  • The Conjurer’s Handbook This expansion for Spheres of Power clocks in at 39 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 34 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The supplement begins with the by now traditional flavor-centric introduction before diving into the crunch. This time around, we begin with something rather interesting: Upon gaining a Conjuration sphere companion, you may now choose an archetype for the companion, which follow the usual restrictions. I.e. you can have as many as you’d like, provided they don’t change or modify the same features. 8 different such archetypes are provided and allow you to get an aquatic companion, […]

    The Conjurer’s Handbook

    The Conjurer’s Handbook This expansion for Spheres of Power clocks in at 39 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 34 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The supplement begins with the by now traditional flavor-centric introduction before diving into the crunch. This time around, we begin with something rather interesting: Upon gaining a Conjuration sphere companion, you may now choose an archetype for the companion, which follow the usual restrictions. I.e. you can have as many as you’d like, provided they don’t change or modify the same features. 8 different such archetypes are provided and allow you to get an aquatic companion, […]

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  • The Creator’s Handbook This installment of Drop Dead Studios‘ expansion of the Spheres of Power-series clocks in at 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1page blank, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We should start analyzing this book from the back, as the last chapter provides quite a few rather important clarifications of the Creation sphere’s parameters – particularly, the woefully brief definition of what can and can’t be created receives a much-needed, more precise clarification that should prove to be a boon for many GMs out there. Interaction with magic items, anchoring items and destruction/dismissal of objects also are […]

    The Creator’s Handbook

    The Creator’s Handbook This installment of Drop Dead Studios‘ expansion of the Spheres of Power-series clocks in at 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1page blank, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 30 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We should start analyzing this book from the back, as the last chapter provides quite a few rather important clarifications of the Creation sphere’s parameters – particularly, the woefully brief definition of what can and can’t be created receives a much-needed, more precise clarification that should prove to be a boon for many GMs out there. Interaction with magic items, anchoring items and destruction/dismissal of objects also are […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Dark Talents This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with 7 new basic talents:   -Dampen Light: 1 minute per caster level variant of darkness that doesn’t require concentration to maintain; dims light by one step and can allow for (meld) talents to work, but not (darkness) talents. Effects that interact with darkness can apply to a Dempen Light area. May be taken twice for the option to move light levels by two steps. Interesting one.   -Dappled Shadows: Reduce darkness radius in 5 ft. increments to create a second sphere with […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Dark Talents

    Spheres Apocrypha: Dark Talents This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with 7 new basic talents:   -Dampen Light: 1 minute per caster level variant of darkness that doesn’t require concentration to maintain; dims light by one step and can allow for (meld) talents to work, but not (darkness) talents. Effects that interact with darkness can apply to a Dempen Light area. May be taken twice for the option to move light levels by two steps. Interesting one.   -Dappled Shadows: Reduce darkness radius in 5 ft. increments to create a second sphere with […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Destruction Talents The first installment of small expansion-pdfs for the Spheres of Power system clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with 6 blast shape talents:   -Branding Taboo: By spending a spell point, the blast automatically affects a target in range; the target gets a brand and the caster specifies a general forbidden action, with the GM as arbiter as what does and doesn’t go. A list of suggested prohibited options or more detailed examples would have been nice here. The target is aware of this prohibition, which lasts for level rounds; I assume caster level to be intended here, […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Destruction Talents

    Spheres Apocrypha: Destruction Talents The first installment of small expansion-pdfs for the Spheres of Power system clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with 6 blast shape talents:   -Branding Taboo: By spending a spell point, the blast automatically affects a target in range; the target gets a brand and the caster specifies a general forbidden action, with the GM as arbiter as what does and doesn’t go. A list of suggested prohibited options or more detailed examples would have been nice here. The target is aware of this prohibition, which lasts for level rounds; I assume caster level to be intended here, […]

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  • Spheres of Might (PFRPG/SFRPG) This massive rules-book clocks in at 238 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page forewords, 1 page blank,1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 229 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreons.   All right, we begin this massive beast of a tome with a brief piece of introductory prose to get you into the proper mindset, before explaining the basics of the system: Each character gets a series of talents, called combat talents. The number of these is defined by the class, though a feat exists that nets you an […]

    Spheres of Might (PFRPG/SFRPG)

    Spheres of Might (PFRPG/SFRPG) This massive rules-book clocks in at 238 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page forewords, 1 page blank,1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 229 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested by my patreons.   All right, we begin this massive beast of a tome with a brief piece of introductory prose to get you into the proper mindset, before explaining the basics of the system: Each character gets a series of talents, called combat talents. The number of these is defined by the class, though a feat exists that nets you an […]

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