Owen K.C. Stephens Archive

  • Sewer Bestiary This little bestiary clocks in at 16 pages, 3 of which are devoted to editorial, etc. – leaving us with 13 pages for the critters herein.   The review is based on the dead-tree version I received at Gencon in exchange for an unbiased, critical review. Due to me receiving a print copy, this was moved up in my review-queue.   All right, so we begin this bestiary with the CR 1 Chimerette, which is an AMAZING concept: Think of these guys as anti-familiars, instilled with an intense hatred for spellcasters and a will to free their enslaved brethren. And yes, non-spellcasters may gain these as companions with a new feat presented herein.   The CR 4 Cystling […]

    Sewer Bestiary

    Sewer Bestiary This little bestiary clocks in at 16 pages, 3 of which are devoted to editorial, etc. – leaving us with 13 pages for the critters herein.   The review is based on the dead-tree version I received at Gencon in exchange for an unbiased, critical review. Due to me receiving a print copy, this was moved up in my review-queue.   All right, so we begin this bestiary with the CR 1 Chimerette, which is an AMAZING concept: Think of these guys as anti-familiars, instilled with an intense hatred for spellcasters and a will to free their enslaved brethren. And yes, non-spellcasters may gain these as companions with a new feat presented herein.   The CR 4 Cystling […]

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  • Aventyr Bestiary This massive bestiary clocks in at 148 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 143 pages of content, one of which is devoted to the cover artist Raven Mimura’s biography as well as the story behind the cover.   This book, just so you know it, is dedicated to Joshua Gullion, KTFish7, fellow reviewer, colleague and friend – he always did champion a bestiary for AAW Games’ Aventyr setting and I does warm my heart to see this dream realized. In particularly since Aventyr’s critters, from humble A03 onwards, have been a defining staple of the setting. The crab-like Kra’tah that haunted the Vikmordere […]

    Aventyr Bestiary

    Aventyr Bestiary This massive bestiary clocks in at 148 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 143 pages of content, one of which is devoted to the cover artist Raven Mimura’s biography as well as the story behind the cover.   This book, just so you know it, is dedicated to Joshua Gullion, KTFish7, fellow reviewer, colleague and friend – he always did champion a bestiary for AAW Games’ Aventyr setting and I does warm my heart to see this dream realized. In particularly since Aventyr’s critters, from humble A03 onwards, have been a defining staple of the setting. The crab-like Kra’tah that haunted the Vikmordere […]

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  • Advanced Races Compendium This massive book clocks in at 338 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1.5 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a colossal328.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Wait a second, though – A quick glance at the list of developers for this book will show you that I worked on this. I am writing this article since I was explicitly asked to by my readers. That being said, considering the sheer size of this book and my own involvement, I will not provide a point by point analysis of the content and also will refrain from adding a final […]

    Advanced Races Compendium

    Advanced Races Compendium This massive book clocks in at 338 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1.5 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a colossal328.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Wait a second, though – A quick glance at the list of developers for this book will show you that I worked on this. I am writing this article since I was explicitly asked to by my readers. That being said, considering the sheer size of this book and my own involvement, I will not provide a point by point analysis of the content and also will refrain from adding a final […]

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  • Southlands Campaign Setting This massive campaign setting-style book clocks in at 302 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 4 pages of ToC, 2 pages of KS-backer thanks, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 290 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   I was a (hesitant) backer for this book’s KS, but otherwise unaffiliated with the production of this massive tome. My book is mainly based on the print version, though the electronic version was consulted for the purpose of determining electronic functionality of e.g. bookmarks and the like.   What do I mean by “hesitant”? Okay, before we dive into this book’s subject matter, a […]

    Southlands Campaign Setting

    Southlands Campaign Setting This massive campaign setting-style book clocks in at 302 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 4 pages of ToC, 2 pages of KS-backer thanks, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 290 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   I was a (hesitant) backer for this book’s KS, but otherwise unaffiliated with the production of this massive tome. My book is mainly based on the print version, though the electronic version was consulted for the purpose of determining electronic functionality of e.g. bookmarks and the like.   What do I mean by “hesitant”? Okay, before we dive into this book’s subject matter, a […]

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  • Spheres of Power Spheres of Power is one massive book – 230 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page SRD, 3 pages of KS-backer-thanks, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 220 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s dive in!   As you can glean from the sheer length of this book, my usual in-depth analysis would bloat this review to extents unprecedented, so instead, I will paint in somewhat broader strokes than usual – also, since, apart from the well-written chapter-introduction fluff-texts, the vast majority of content herein is CRUNCH.   So, the basic principle is pretty simple: Spheres of Power represents an alternate magic system that can […]

    Spheres of Power

    Spheres of Power Spheres of Power is one massive book – 230 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page SRD, 3 pages of KS-backer-thanks, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 220 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s dive in!   As you can glean from the sheer length of this book, my usual in-depth analysis would bloat this review to extents unprecedented, so instead, I will paint in somewhat broader strokes than usual – also, since, apart from the well-written chapter-introduction fluff-texts, the vast majority of content herein is CRUNCH.   So, the basic principle is pretty simple: Spheres of Power represents an alternate magic system that can […]

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  • Anachronistic Adventurers This massive book clocks in at 133 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 2 pages editorial/SRD, leaving us with 129 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, this book has been long coming – what we see here is, for now at least, the culmination of the rather cool Anachronistic Adventurers-series by Rogue Genius Games (then still Super Genius Games). The basic premise of the series is pretty simple: Taking a cue from traditional weird fiction and sword and sorcery novels, it’s about people from our world falling into a fantasy context: Essentially, what happens when a navy seal wakes up in Golarion. But the rules ultimately provided more than that – the […]

    Anachronistic Adventurers

    Anachronistic Adventurers This massive book clocks in at 133 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 2 pages editorial/SRD, leaving us with 129 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, this book has been long coming – what we see here is, for now at least, the culmination of the rather cool Anachronistic Adventurers-series by Rogue Genius Games (then still Super Genius Games). The basic premise of the series is pretty simple: Taking a cue from traditional weird fiction and sword and sorcery novels, it’s about people from our world falling into a fantasy context: Essentially, what happens when a navy seal wakes up in Golarion. But the rules ultimately provided more than that – the […]

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  • Monster Menagerie Seasonal Stars: Pumpkin Stalker This special installment of the monster menagerie-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   If the cover and sub-title “seasonal stars” wasn’t ample clue for you: This special installment of the series is all about Halloween-themed pumpkin-ish creatures – blends of nature’s power and seething anger. The creation of such creatures happens via the template sported herein, increasing CR, depending on base creatures size, between +1 and +3. Becoming a surprisingly nimble and resilient creature that is partially plant, the pumpkin stalker receives a pretty nifty array of supplemental defensive qualities that help […]

    Monster Menagerie Seasonal Stars: Pumpkin Stalker

    Monster Menagerie Seasonal Stars: Pumpkin Stalker This special installment of the monster menagerie-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   If the cover and sub-title “seasonal stars” wasn’t ample clue for you: This special installment of the series is all about Halloween-themed pumpkin-ish creatures – blends of nature’s power and seething anger. The creation of such creatures happens via the template sported herein, increasing CR, depending on base creatures size, between +1 and +3. Becoming a surprisingly nimble and resilient creature that is partially plant, the pumpkin stalker receives a pretty nifty array of supplemental defensive qualities that help […]

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  • Campaign Options: The Feat Reference Document – Adventure, Campaign and Companion Feats This massive tome clocks in at 282 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 5 pages of SRD, 4 pages of advertisement, 1 page blank back cover, leaving us with 270 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, in case you didn’t know – this massive book collects all the feats released in adventures, companions and campaign-lines by Paizo that have NOT been uploaded on the PRD. This obviously means that this HUGE book has a gazillion of feats – as a reviewer, it would quite frankly be unfeasible to go through them, one by one and analyze them – more so due to […]

    Campaign Options: The Feat Reference Document – Adventure, Campaign and Companion Feats

    Campaign Options: The Feat Reference Document – Adventure, Campaign and Companion Feats This massive tome clocks in at 282 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 5 pages of SRD, 4 pages of advertisement, 1 page blank back cover, leaving us with 270 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, in case you didn’t know – this massive book collects all the feats released in adventures, companions and campaign-lines by Paizo that have NOT been uploaded on the PRD. This obviously means that this HUGE book has a gazillion of feats – as a reviewer, it would quite frankly be unfeasible to go through them, one by one and analyze them – more so due to […]

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  • Mythic Options: Mythic Base Class Features This installment of the Mythic Options-series clocks in at a massive 30 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page of advertisement, leaving us with 26 pages of content – quite a bunch, so let’s take a look!   Mythic class features, as in the installment on core abilities, can be taken as 1st tier universal path abilities or in lieu of a mythic feat. In order to take such a class feature, the character needs to have its non-mythic iteration. Where the first such pdf covered the base classes, this one covers the classes introduced in the other, big Paizo hardcovers, not including the hybrid classes. Since, […]

    Mythic Options: Mythic Base Class Features

    Mythic Options: Mythic Base Class Features This installment of the Mythic Options-series clocks in at a massive 30 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page of advertisement, leaving us with 26 pages of content – quite a bunch, so let’s take a look!   Mythic class features, as in the installment on core abilities, can be taken as 1st tier universal path abilities or in lieu of a mythic feat. In order to take such a class feature, the character needs to have its non-mythic iteration. Where the first such pdf covered the base classes, this one covers the classes introduced in the other, big Paizo hardcovers, not including the hybrid classes. Since, […]

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  • Mythic Options: Core Mythic Class Features This Mythic Options-pdf clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what are mythic class features? In a nutshell, they are the upgrades of class features, count as 1st tier universal path abilities and can be taken in lieu of a mythic feat. They require a character to have the base class feature to take them, so no weaseling around the prereqs. Simple, right? Yeah, thought so too!   This pdf then goes on to present the mythic upgrades of class features for all the core classes – and yes, […]

    Mythic Options: Core Mythic Class Features

    Mythic Options: Core Mythic Class Features This Mythic Options-pdf clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 20 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So what are mythic class features? In a nutshell, they are the upgrades of class features, count as 1st tier universal path abilities and can be taken in lieu of a mythic feat. They require a character to have the base class feature to take them, so no weaseling around the prereqs. Simple, right? Yeah, thought so too!   This pdf then goes on to present the mythic upgrades of class features for all the core classes – and yes, […]

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  • Advanced Options: Slayer Talents and Lethalities This installment of the advanced options line, now dealing with the slayer base-class from the ACG, clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial/SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now first of all, even if you do *not* like the slayer hybrid-class, this actually has some merit in owning – why? Well, are you aware of the rather popular talented versions of base classes RGG puts out? Well, the slayer talents and lethalities herein can be potentially used in conjunction with just that system! SO yes, even if, due to (imho partially more than valid) balance concerns or just […]

    Advanced Options: Slayer Talents and Lethalities

    Advanced Options: Slayer Talents and Lethalities This installment of the advanced options line, now dealing with the slayer base-class from the ACG, clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial/SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now first of all, even if you do *not* like the slayer hybrid-class, this actually has some merit in owning – why? Well, are you aware of the rather popular talented versions of base classes RGG puts out? Well, the slayer talents and lethalities herein can be potentially used in conjunction with just that system! SO yes, even if, due to (imho partially more than valid) balance concerns or just […]

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  • The Genius Guide to the Dracomancer This genius guide clocks in at a massive 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial/SRD, leaving us with 33 (!!!) pages of content – ridiculously much, but can it stand up quality-wise to RGG’s usual standard?   After general introduction of what dracomancers are and how they work and interact with a given world, we are introduced to the class. Dracomancers receive 1/2 BAB-progression, all good saves (though the 20th level sports a glitch – fort-save should be +12, not drop-down to +6 from +11), d8 HD, 4+Int mod skills per level, spontaneous spellcasting via cha of arcane spells of up to 6th level, proficiency with simple weapons, light armor and […]

    The Genius Guide to the Dracomancer

    The Genius Guide to the Dracomancer This genius guide clocks in at a massive 36 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial/SRD, leaving us with 33 (!!!) pages of content – ridiculously much, but can it stand up quality-wise to RGG’s usual standard?   After general introduction of what dracomancers are and how they work and interact with a given world, we are introduced to the class. Dracomancers receive 1/2 BAB-progression, all good saves (though the 20th level sports a glitch – fort-save should be +12, not drop-down to +6 from +11), d8 HD, 4+Int mod skills per level, spontaneous spellcasting via cha of arcane spells of up to 6th level, proficiency with simple weapons, light armor and […]

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  • The Genius Guide to More Ranger Talents This pdf clocks in at 11 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   A total of 7 new edges are provided – which sounds like not much. Well, they cover pages 2 -5: What I’m trying to say is – they are LONG. A total of 16 companion tricks, from trample to grab etc. – all those NASTY monster qualities, are for example part of the tricks! Or what about more hunter’s tricks like one that prevents AoOs from spells or spell-like abilities. What about upgrading movement to flying, but with the […]

    The Genius Guide to More Ranger Talents

    The Genius Guide to More Ranger Talents This pdf clocks in at 11 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   A total of 7 new edges are provided – which sounds like not much. Well, they cover pages 2 -5: What I’m trying to say is – they are LONG. A total of 16 companion tricks, from trample to grab etc. – all those NASTY monster qualities, are for example part of the tricks! Or what about more hunter’s tricks like one that prevents AoOs from spells or spell-like abilities. What about upgrading movement to flying, but with the […]

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  • The Genius Guide to the Talented Ranger The latest in Rogue Genius Games’ much beloved restructuring of base classes to become more versatile and modular, this one clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 38 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So basically, the framework remains the same – full BAB-progression, good ref- and fort-saves, d10, 6+Int skills per level, proficiency with light and medium armors and shields and simple and martial weapons. Okay. let me go out on a whim here – Rangers and their spell-less brethren from Kobold Press are very popular in my group – why? Because they are melee […]

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Ranger

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Ranger The latest in Rogue Genius Games’ much beloved restructuring of base classes to become more versatile and modular, this one clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 38 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So basically, the framework remains the same – full BAB-progression, good ref- and fort-saves, d10, 6+Int skills per level, proficiency with light and medium armors and shields and simple and martial weapons. Okay. let me go out on a whim here – Rangers and their spell-less brethren from Kobold Press are very popular in my group – why? Because they are melee […]

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  • The Genius Guide to the Shadow Warrior This pdf clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Shadow Warriors are master of fighting with exotic weapons – beyond their proficiency in simple and martial weapons and light and medium armors and shields and in one exotic weapon of the shadow warrior’s choice. The class also receives weapon focus in said exotic death-dealing implement and at 2nd level and every level thereafter, the shadow warrior may select an additional exotic weapon to master – and weapon focus applies to these as well, allowing you to easily play a master […]

    The Genius Guide to the Shadow Warrior

    The Genius Guide to the Shadow Warrior This pdf clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Shadow Warriors are master of fighting with exotic weapons – beyond their proficiency in simple and martial weapons and light and medium armors and shields and in one exotic weapon of the shadow warrior’s choice. The class also receives weapon focus in said exotic death-dealing implement and at 2nd level and every level thereafter, the shadow warrior may select an additional exotic weapon to master – and weapon focus applies to these as well, allowing you to easily play a master […]

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  • The Genius Guide to Feats of Spellcasting II This Genius Guide clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   After one page of introductory fluff setting the scene, we read the first question that may pop into one’s brain -“Do we need more feats?” Unlike many other books, this one is not intended to fill roles in the rules or make some insane combo possible – it is made to provide fun options for the respective characters – and honestly, that’s a good approach. One crucial component of properly judging whether content will see use at my table […]

    The Genius Guide to Feats of Spellcasting II

    The Genius Guide to Feats of Spellcasting II This Genius Guide clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   After one page of introductory fluff setting the scene, we read the first question that may pop into one’s brain -“Do we need more feats?” Unlike many other books, this one is not intended to fill roles in the rules or make some insane combo possible – it is made to provide fun options for the respective characters – and honestly, that’s a good approach. One crucial component of properly judging whether content will see use at my table […]

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  • Mythic Options: Mythic Dragonrider Class Features This supplement clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   I’ve been vocal about one thing. I don’t like the Dragonrider class. It’s the reason I never wrote a review for it. I don’t think a character should just get a draconic mount, even one as limited as that of the Dragonrider, for free as a class feature. In my book, that ought to be an achievement. And yes, I loathe all fiction that dabbles heavily in getting easy access to draconic mounts. I tried. I just can’t get over it. I […]

    Mythic Options: Mythic Dragonrider Class Features

    Mythic Options: Mythic Dragonrider Class Features This supplement clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   I’ve been vocal about one thing. I don’t like the Dragonrider class. It’s the reason I never wrote a review for it. I don’t think a character should just get a draconic mount, even one as limited as that of the Dragonrider, for free as a class feature. In my book, that ought to be an achievement. And yes, I loathe all fiction that dabbles heavily in getting easy access to draconic mounts. I tried. I just can’t get over it. I […]

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  • The Genius Guide to Horrifically Overpowered Mythic Feats This pdf 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!   In case you’re new to the concept – first released on April 1st, these horrifically overpowered feats are essentially feats on steroids. Scratch that. Know the Batman villain Bane? Yeah, they’re more like his drug of choice, venom, injected in copious quantities into feats to create brutes. Owen K.C. Stephens back in the day wrote “No one should use these” – well, people don’t listen, do they? In fact, I wasn’t alone in considering them great tools for legendary foes, high level […]

    The Genius Guide to Horrifically Overpowered Mythic Feats

    The Genius Guide to Horrifically Overpowered Mythic Feats This pdf 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!   In case you’re new to the concept – first released on April 1st, these horrifically overpowered feats are essentially feats on steroids. Scratch that. Know the Batman villain Bane? Yeah, they’re more like his drug of choice, venom, injected in copious quantities into feats to create brutes. Owen K.C. Stephens back in the day wrote “No one should use these” – well, people don’t listen, do they? In fact, I wasn’t alone in considering them great tools for legendary foes, high level […]

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  • Rise of the Drow   This massive tome of a module is 494 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page designer signatures, 1 blank page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 5 pages ToC,2 pages of SRD, 2 pages of backer-lists, 12 pages of advertisements (all in the back), 1 page back cover, leaving us with 469 pages of content…that’s A LOT, so I’ll better get going!   First, let me preface this review with a disclaimer: I reviewed the original Rise of the Drow-trilogy back in the day, and it already was a very good array of modules then. When this kickstarter happened, I was asked to be a stretch-goal and I agreed. I did receive compensation for […]

    EZG reviews Rise of the Drow

    Rise of the Drow   This massive tome of a module is 494 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page designer signatures, 1 blank page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 5 pages ToC,2 pages of SRD, 2 pages of backer-lists, 12 pages of advertisements (all in the back), 1 page back cover, leaving us with 469 pages of content…that’s A LOT, so I’ll better get going!   First, let me preface this review with a disclaimer: I reviewed the original Rise of the Drow-trilogy back in the day, and it already was a very good array of modules then. When this kickstarter happened, I was asked to be a stretch-goal and I agreed. I did receive compensation for […]

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  • The Genius Guide to More Barbarian Talents The expansion for the superb talented barbarian clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page credits, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   A total of 4 new edges are provided – one to make an animal whisperer (wild empathy, then non-magical charm effect -wrap your head around that!), one to further improve cleaving, one for a mule-style barbarian with more carrying capacity/better str-checks and one to grant immunity versus compulsions, but with the caveat of including a higher-HD-by-4-caveat similarly to how sneak attack versus those tentatively immune to flanking is handled.   A total of 24 talents are […]

    The Genius Guide to More Barbarian Talents

    The Genius Guide to More Barbarian Talents The expansion for the superb talented barbarian clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page credits, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   A total of 4 new edges are provided – one to make an animal whisperer (wild empathy, then non-magical charm effect -wrap your head around that!), one to further improve cleaving, one for a mule-style barbarian with more carrying capacity/better str-checks and one to grant immunity versus compulsions, but with the caveat of including a higher-HD-by-4-caveat similarly to how sneak attack versus those tentatively immune to flanking is handled.   A total of 24 talents are […]

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  • The Genius Guide to the Talented Barbarian The first of the much-applauded “Talented”-treatments under Owen K.C. Stephens’ new Rogue Genius Games clocks in at an impressive 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 35 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So let’s take a look at the class, shall we? talented Barbarians must be of non-lawful alignment, get d12, 4+Int skills, full BAB-progression, good fort-saves and proficiency with all simple and martial weapons and light armors. They also get a so-called edge at first level, 2nd level and then at 5th level and every 6 levels after that. Barbarians also get a so-called talent at 1st level and […]

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Barbarian

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Barbarian The first of the much-applauded “Talented”-treatments under Owen K.C. Stephens’ new Rogue Genius Games clocks in at an impressive 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 35 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So let’s take a look at the class, shall we? talented Barbarians must be of non-lawful alignment, get d12, 4+Int skills, full BAB-progression, good fort-saves and proficiency with all simple and martial weapons and light armors. They also get a so-called edge at first level, 2nd level and then at 5th level and every 6 levels after that. Barbarians also get a so-called talent at 1st level and […]

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  • Bullet Points: 5 Meta-combat Feats All right, you know the deal – 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look at these meta-.combat feats, shall we?   So what are these? Meta-Combat feats require a full-attack action and have individual additional restrictions and each comes with an individual cool-down that does not stack with other Meta-Combat-feats. Got that? All right, so what do they do?   -Bind and Bash (Metacombat): Bind foe’s weapon, wand etc. Make a CMB vs. CMD-check that provokes AoOs. If you succeed, you may make an off-hand attack and neither weapon can be used. Bound weapons/items may be dropped or ended via CMB vs. CMD or […]

    Bullet Points: 5 Meta-combat Feats

    Bullet Points: 5 Meta-combat Feats All right, you know the deal – 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look at these meta-.combat feats, shall we?   So what are these? Meta-Combat feats require a full-attack action and have individual additional restrictions and each comes with an individual cool-down that does not stack with other Meta-Combat-feats. Got that? All right, so what do they do?   -Bind and Bash (Metacombat): Bind foe’s weapon, wand etc. Make a CMB vs. CMD-check that provokes AoOs. If you succeed, you may make an off-hand attack and neither weapon can be used. Bound weapons/items may be dropped or ended via CMB vs. CMD or […]

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  • Obsidian Apocalypse Obsidian Apocalypse is a massive 200-page book, 1 page front cover, 1 page donor-list, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of ToC,, leaving a massive 194 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What is Obsidian Apocalypse? Well, first of all, it’s the heir of Obsidian Twilight – a campaign-setting that gloriously failed just about all my expectations. Still, LPJr Design improved so vastly that I joined, with a somewhat hopeful anticipation, the Kickstarter to make Obsidian Apocalypse, the sequel. Kind of. For, while there is a default setting kind of assumed, Obsidian Apocalypse now is less of a campaign setting, but rather an extremely versatile toolbox for to scavenge from. So after the […]

    Obsidian Apocalypse

    Obsidian Apocalypse Obsidian Apocalypse is a massive 200-page book, 1 page front cover, 1 page donor-list, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of ToC,, leaving a massive 194 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What is Obsidian Apocalypse? Well, first of all, it’s the heir of Obsidian Twilight – a campaign-setting that gloriously failed just about all my expectations. Still, LPJr Design improved so vastly that I joined, with a somewhat hopeful anticipation, the Kickstarter to make Obsidian Apocalypse, the sequel. Kind of. For, while there is a default setting kind of assumed, Obsidian Apocalypse now is less of a campaign setting, but rather an extremely versatile toolbox for to scavenge from. So after the […]

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  • Mythic Options: Mythic Rogue Class Features This supplement is 6 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 1/2 a page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 3 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   After a short introduction, written in neat prose, we are introduced to mythic class features for the rogue, 6 to be specific. These work as either a 1st tier universal path ability or can be taken in lieu of a mythic feat. You need to have the non-mythic variant of such a class feature in order to take its mythic equivalent. Got that? All right! So what do we get here? Mythic evasion allows you to expend one use of mythic power to […]

    Mythic Options: Mythic Rogue Class Features

    Mythic Options: Mythic Rogue Class Features This supplement is 6 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 1/2 a page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 3 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   After a short introduction, written in neat prose, we are introduced to mythic class features for the rogue, 6 to be specific. These work as either a 1st tier universal path ability or can be taken in lieu of a mythic feat. You need to have the non-mythic variant of such a class feature in order to take its mythic equivalent. Got that? All right! So what do we get here? Mythic evasion allows you to expend one use of mythic power to […]

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  • Mythic Options: The Missing Core Feats This pdf is 15 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this pdf with a short fluffy introduction before explaining the intent of this pdf – simply put, it expands the mythic rules by providing all the mythic versions of feats from the core book that have not been covered in Mythic Adventures. Take for example the armor proficiency feats – their mythic equivalents allow you to add1/2 their AC-bonus to CMD and allow you to expend mythic power to add “it” to touch attack AC – whether that refers to the full AC-bonus […]

    Mythic Options: The Missing Core Feats

    Mythic Options: The Missing Core Feats This pdf is 15 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   We kick off this pdf with a short fluffy introduction before explaining the intent of this pdf – simply put, it expands the mythic rules by providing all the mythic versions of feats from the core book that have not been covered in Mythic Adventures. Take for example the armor proficiency feats – their mythic equivalents allow you to add1/2 their AC-bonus to CMD and allow you to expend mythic power to add “it” to touch attack AC – whether that refers to the full AC-bonus […]

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  • Bullet Points: 5 Magical Diseases All right, you know the drill – 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page content, so let’s take a look!   Soooo. magical diseases! YEAH! I’m a sucker for diseases, poisons, hazards, traps, curses and haunts as my poor players can attest, so let’s dive in!   -Ashenblood: Contracted by magical fire, this disease damages your con-score, but for each point, you actually get fire resistance – to the point where you can temporarily gain the fire subtype! The downside is that upon death, you are incinerated and replaced by a fire elemental. But your players don’t know that…hell, they might even keep diseased agents lying around when seeking to do […]

    Bullet Points: 5 Magical Diseases

    Bullet Points: 5 Magical Diseases All right, you know the drill – 3 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page content, so let’s take a look!   Soooo. magical diseases! YEAH! I’m a sucker for diseases, poisons, hazards, traps, curses and haunts as my poor players can attest, so let’s dive in!   -Ashenblood: Contracted by magical fire, this disease damages your con-score, but for each point, you actually get fire resistance – to the point where you can temporarily gain the fire subtype! The downside is that upon death, you are incinerated and replaced by a fire elemental. But your players don’t know that…hell, they might even keep diseased agents lying around when seeking to do […]

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  • Bullet Points: 5 Magic Abilities for Cold Iron Weapons This Bullet Point is 3 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 1 page containing the 5 new weapon qualities for cold iron weapons, so what are they?   -Distracting: At +2bonus, damage thus dealt counts as continuing damage for purposes of concentration for one round. Regular concentration DC when hitting foes to interrupt casting. only the largest amount of damage applies. What a mage-slayer! Two thumbs up – I like!   -Grounding: +2 bonus; first time you a foes in a round, said foe is targeted by dimension anchor, thankfully with a save. Synergy with anchoring weapons. Again, complete awesomeness and win!   -Revealing: +2 […]

    Bullet Points: 5 Magic Abilities for Cold Iron Weapons

    Bullet Points: 5 Magic Abilities for Cold Iron Weapons This Bullet Point is 3 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 1 page containing the 5 new weapon qualities for cold iron weapons, so what are they?   -Distracting: At +2bonus, damage thus dealt counts as continuing damage for purposes of concentration for one round. Regular concentration DC when hitting foes to interrupt casting. only the largest amount of damage applies. What a mage-slayer! Two thumbs up – I like!   -Grounding: +2 bonus; first time you a foes in a round, said foe is targeted by dimension anchor, thankfully with a save. Synergy with anchoring weapons. Again, complete awesomeness and win!   -Revealing: +2 […]

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