James Olchak Archive

  • The Malefactor Class: Revised & Expanded (PFRPG/5e) This revision of the malefactor class clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 35 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a non-prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   After a brief introduction by the designers, a guest author and a well-written excerpt from the journals of the iconic malefactor, we begin with the description of the class – the malefactor is a being blessed (or cursed) by the attention of an Yla, a spirit of chaos and misfortune.   Let us […]

    The Malefactor Class: Revised & Expanded (PFRPG/5e)

    The Malefactor Class: Revised & Expanded (PFRPG/5e) This revision of the malefactor class clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 35 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up in my review-queue as a non-prioritized review at the request of my patreons.   After a brief introduction by the designers, a guest author and a well-written excerpt from the journals of the iconic malefactor, we begin with the description of the class – the malefactor is a being blessed (or cursed) by the attention of an Yla, a spirit of chaos and misfortune.   Let us […]

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  • Laying Waste: The Guide to Critical Combat This massive tome clocks in at 168 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of backer-list, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 160 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   But before we do, full disclosure: After receiving the Beta-version of these rules and thoroughly enjoying them, I was asked to be a stretch-goal for this book and thus have contributed some content to this book. I do not consider my verdict in any way compromised by this, but felt obliged to mention it anyways. The archetypes I contributed are clearly discernible (since the book properly credits its guest authors – […]

    Laying Waste: The Guide to Critical Combat

    Laying Waste: The Guide to Critical Combat This massive tome clocks in at 168 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of backer-list, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 160 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   But before we do, full disclosure: After receiving the Beta-version of these rules and thoroughly enjoying them, I was asked to be a stretch-goal for this book and thus have contributed some content to this book. I do not consider my verdict in any way compromised by this, but felt obliged to mention it anyways. The archetypes I contributed are clearly discernible (since the book properly credits its guest authors – […]

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  • Rawr! Volume 2: Flame and Wrath This installment of TPK Games monster-series is 65 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 61 pages of content – quite a bunch, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this book with an introduction by Tom Phillips before diving head first into the chapter by Richard Hunt -all about monster psychology, this chapter should especially prove helpful for less experienced DMs, providing sound advice on considering a monster’s disposition when crafting encounters – is it happy? Cowardly? Angry? Perhaps it suffers from one form or another of madness – from MPD to schizophrenia and a wide list of […]

    Rawr! Volume 2: Flame & Wrath

    Rawr! Volume 2: Flame and Wrath This installment of TPK Games monster-series is 65 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 61 pages of content – quite a bunch, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this book with an introduction by Tom Phillips before diving head first into the chapter by Richard Hunt -all about monster psychology, this chapter should especially prove helpful for less experienced DMs, providing sound advice on considering a monster’s disposition when crafting encounters – is it happy? Cowardly? Angry? Perhaps it suffers from one form or another of madness – from MPD to schizophrenia and a wide list of […]

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  • More Malcontent This supplemental pdf for TPK Games’ much-lauded Malefactor-class is 23 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   All too often in the days of old, we got cool classes -and never any support for them. Thankfully, these days are over – the 3pps of PFRPG thankfully cooperate and often support one another and their products. Rather nice is also that multiple classes have gotten supplemental products to further expand their options – which is absolutely awesome! And now, the Malefactor gets a massive expansion of the available tools – but what do we get? […]

    More Malcontent

    More Malcontent This supplemental pdf for TPK Games’ much-lauded Malefactor-class is 23 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   All too often in the days of old, we got cool classes -and never any support for them. Thankfully, these days are over – the 3pps of PFRPG thankfully cooperate and often support one another and their products. Rather nice is also that multiple classes have gotten supplemental products to further expand their options – which is absolutely awesome! And now, the Malefactor gets a massive expansion of the available tools – but what do we get? […]

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  • Aren’t we all sometimes just lucky? And sometimes we seem like we’re cursed? Well, today I’m going to take a look at two of my very favorite classes for PFRPG – both dealing with luck – and the lack thereof!   I’ll start with Rite Publishing’s by now classic   The Secrets of the Luckbringer   This pdf is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 2 pages advertisements, leaving 9 pages for the new base-class of the Luckbringer. Let’s check it out! After a great IC-introduction to the new luckbringer-class (which ranks among the coolest and most amusing ones I’ve read by Rite Publishing), we are introduced to the new class. Mechanically, […]

    Luckbringer & Malefactor

    Aren’t we all sometimes just lucky? And sometimes we seem like we’re cursed? Well, today I’m going to take a look at two of my very favorite classes for PFRPG – both dealing with luck – and the lack thereof!   I’ll start with Rite Publishing’s by now classic   The Secrets of the Luckbringer   This pdf is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 2 pages advertisements, leaving 9 pages for the new base-class of the Luckbringer. Let’s check it out! After a great IC-introduction to the new luckbringer-class (which ranks among the coolest and most amusing ones I’ve read by Rite Publishing), we are introduced to the new class. Mechanically, […]

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