Jim Wettstein Archive

  • Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Playing Lycanthropes This massive book clocks in at 126 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page backer-thanks, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 113 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   But first, before we do, let me mention something: This massive book is basically a compilation of material I have already reviewed…at least, for the most part: We have the lycanthrope-archetypes, the wereblooded races, the skindancers and the excellent advice/rules-book on actually playing lycanthropes and how to handle them in your campaign – I have already covered, in extensive detail, mind you, all of […]

    Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Playing Lycanthropes

    Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Playing Lycanthropes This massive book clocks in at 126 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page backer-thanks, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 113 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   But first, before we do, let me mention something: This massive book is basically a compilation of material I have already reviewed…at least, for the most part: We have the lycanthrope-archetypes, the wereblooded races, the skindancers and the excellent advice/rules-book on actually playing lycanthropes and how to handle them in your campaign – I have already covered, in extensive detail, mind you, all of […]

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  • The Ossuarite Druid Archetype This archetype clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The ossuarite druid receives diminished spellcastng and has the usual alignment restrictions that apply to druids and their spellcasting canceled out -all the alignments are available. As you can imagine in the face of diminished spellcasting, the ossuarite does receive something rather unique – a skeletal animal companion. (Here a nitpick that won’t influence the final rating -the companion receives the skeleton-template, not the skeletal template…) – and thankfully DR is postponed for the immunity-studded, intelligence and skill retaining cute skeletal animal until 5th […]

    The Ossuarite Druid Archetype

    The Ossuarite Druid Archetype This archetype clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The ossuarite druid receives diminished spellcastng and has the usual alignment restrictions that apply to druids and their spellcasting canceled out -all the alignments are available. As you can imagine in the face of diminished spellcasting, the ossuarite does receive something rather unique – a skeletal animal companion. (Here a nitpick that won’t influence the final rating -the companion receives the skeleton-template, not the skeletal template…) – and thankfully DR is postponed for the immunity-studded, intelligence and skill retaining cute skeletal animal until 5th […]

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  • The Savage (Alternate Base Class) This alternate class clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   No the terminology might be considered a problem from the get-go – the word “Savage” constitutes more than a direct opposition to “civilized men.” Hence, the 1st page is devoted to an explanation that acknowledges that this pdf is not based on any real life cultures -I applaud this maturity. If you’re interested in the genesis of the development and meanings associated with this particular dichotomy, feel free to drop me a line.   The Savage class is an alternate class for […]

    The Savage (Alternate Base Class)

    The Savage (Alternate Base Class) This alternate class clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   No the terminology might be considered a problem from the get-go – the word “Savage” constitutes more than a direct opposition to “civilized men.” Hence, the 1st page is devoted to an explanation that acknowledges that this pdf is not based on any real life cultures -I applaud this maturity. If you’re interested in the genesis of the development and meanings associated with this particular dichotomy, feel free to drop me a line.   The Savage class is an alternate class for […]

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  • The Direlock (Revised Edition) This revised Direlock by Forest Guardian Press is 21 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Full disclosure: I was asked to critique the first draft of this class and have received no compensation for it, nor have I asked for any. I have had no hand in developing this final iteration of the class and consider my verdict in no way compromised.   That out of the way, let’s take a look! The Direlock is a new base-class that gets 3/4 BAB-progression, d8, 4+Int mod skills per level, proficiency with light armor, bucklers (but not other shields), […]

    The Direlock (Revised Edition)

    The Direlock (Revised Edition) This revised Direlock by Forest Guardian Press is 21 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Full disclosure: I was asked to critique the first draft of this class and have received no compensation for it, nor have I asked for any. I have had no hand in developing this final iteration of the class and consider my verdict in no way compromised.   That out of the way, let’s take a look! The Direlock is a new base-class that gets 3/4 BAB-progression, d8, 4+Int mod skills per level, proficiency with light armor, bucklers (but not other shields), […]

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  • The Direlock This first offering by Forest Guardian Press is 20 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Full disclosure: I was asked to critique the first draft of this class and have received no compensation for it, nor have I asked for any. I have had no hand in developing this final iteration of the class and consider my verdict in no way compromised.   That out of the way, let’s take a look! The Direlock is a new base-class that gets 3/4 BAB-progression, d8, 4+Int mod skills per level, proficiency with light armor, bucklers (but not other shields), all simple […]

    The Direlock

    The Direlock This first offering by Forest Guardian Press is 20 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Full disclosure: I was asked to critique the first draft of this class and have received no compensation for it, nor have I asked for any. I have had no hand in developing this final iteration of the class and consider my verdict in no way compromised.   That out of the way, let’s take a look! The Direlock is a new base-class that gets 3/4 BAB-progression, d8, 4+Int mod skills per level, proficiency with light armor, bucklers (but not other shields), all simple […]

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