Path of War Archive

  • Path of War Expanded: Harbinger This pdf clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Before we dive into the analysis of this pdf, let me first make some things clear -I am not going to judge this pdf as per the power-level of the base game and instead take a look at it in the context of Path of War and its increased power-level -anything different would be rather ridiculous regarding an expansion to said system, after all. Conversely, this is not going to be a rehash of all my different takes on individual […]

    Path of War Expanded: Harbinger

    Path of War Expanded: Harbinger This pdf clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 28 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Before we dive into the analysis of this pdf, let me first make some things clear -I am not going to judge this pdf as per the power-level of the base game and instead take a look at it in the context of Path of War and its increased power-level -anything different would be rather ridiculous regarding an expansion to said system, after all. Conversely, this is not going to be a rehash of all my different takes on individual […]

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  • Path of War The final version of the first Path of War book clocks in at 165 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with a massive 160 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   A short lesson in history: Back in the 3.X-days, there was one particular book that divided the fans of D&D like few before – the “Tome of Battle”, more commonly known as the “Book of 9 Swords”, henceforth abbreviated Bo9S. This book took martial characters and provided choices for them – somewhat akin to spellcasting, with the target goal of making them more interesting. And the book at once succeeded and […]

    Path of War

    Path of War The final version of the first Path of War book clocks in at 165 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with a massive 160 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   A short lesson in history: Back in the 3.X-days, there was one particular book that divided the fans of D&D like few before – the “Tome of Battle”, more commonly known as the “Book of 9 Swords”, henceforth abbreviated Bo9S. This book took martial characters and provided choices for them – somewhat akin to spellcasting, with the target goal of making them more interesting. And the book at once succeeded and […]

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  • Path of War: Supplemental Content The final book for the first “Path of War”-book is 25 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD (leaving 22 pages of content) and is all about supplemental content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   After a short introduction of the topic at hand, we delve into new archetypes for the Path of War-classes, so let’s check out the Judge first, an archetype for the Stalker. If the name wasn’t ample clue for you – the stalker can be considered a blend of inquisitor and stalker and thus gains additional options to use via their ki pool over the levels of their class-progression: +4 to bluff/sense motive, detect […]

    Path of War: Supplemental Content

    Path of War: Supplemental Content The final book for the first “Path of War”-book is 25 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD (leaving 22 pages of content) and is all about supplemental content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   After a short introduction of the topic at hand, we delve into new archetypes for the Path of War-classes, so let’s check out the Judge first, an archetype for the Stalker. If the name wasn’t ample clue for you – the stalker can be considered a blend of inquisitor and stalker and thus gains additional options to use via their ki pool over the levels of their class-progression: +4 to bluff/sense motive, detect […]

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  • Path of War: The Warder This installment of the Path of War-series is 45 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 42 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, one thing out of the way – I assume at this point that you’re familiar with the terminology of PoW, that you are aware that now per-encounter abilities have a precisely in-game defined time-frame and that PoW does NOT represent standard Pathfinder-balance – the aim of this series is to add power to martial characters, with special martial-arts style maneuvers and new classes. This means that balance, by design, is different from what you’d get in regular PFRPG. I’m […]

    Path of War: The Warder

    Path of War: The Warder This installment of the Path of War-series is 45 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page of SRD, leaving us with 42 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, one thing out of the way – I assume at this point that you’re familiar with the terminology of PoW, that you are aware that now per-encounter abilities have a precisely in-game defined time-frame and that PoW does NOT represent standard Pathfinder-balance – the aim of this series is to add power to martial characters, with special martial-arts style maneuvers and new classes. This means that balance, by design, is different from what you’d get in regular PFRPG. I’m […]

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  • Path of War: The Warlord This installment of the Path of War-series is 52 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 49 pages of content, so let’s take a look…   …wait. Since my review of The Stalker was met with downright hostility by some people (but not the designers, I should add!), let me make some things clear: I have excessive experience with To9S. And while I loved the basic concepts, its flaws became abundantly clear in game. One caveat DM’s ought to have in mind when using PoW is that the classes herein are INTENDED as a power boost. Multiple d6-bonus damage, attack negation etc. is beyond the capabilities of […]

    Path of War: The Warlord

    Path of War: The Warlord This installment of the Path of War-series is 52 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 49 pages of content, so let’s take a look…   …wait. Since my review of The Stalker was met with downright hostility by some people (but not the designers, I should add!), let me make some things clear: I have excessive experience with To9S. And while I loved the basic concepts, its flaws became abundantly clear in game. One caveat DM’s ought to have in mind when using PoW is that the classes herein are INTENDED as a power boost. Multiple d6-bonus damage, attack negation etc. is beyond the capabilities of […]

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  • Path of War: The Stalker This pdf is 56 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a total of 53 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So…what is this? Remember 3.X’s Book of the 9 Swords? Yeah, it’s the spiritual successor. In order to properly review this series, let me tell you where I’m coming from: I own the Bo9S and when I first read it, I loved it: Essentially, much like in fantasy martial arts movies and anime, the approach is to grant martial classes maneuvers and stances to allow them some of the versatility of the casting classes and that concept rocks. Unfortunately, the Bo9S’s […]

    Path of War: The Stalker

    Path of War: The Stalker This pdf is 56 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with a total of 53 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So…what is this? Remember 3.X’s Book of the 9 Swords? Yeah, it’s the spiritual successor. In order to properly review this series, let me tell you where I’m coming from: I own the Bo9S and when I first read it, I loved it: Essentially, much like in fantasy martial arts movies and anime, the approach is to grant martial classes maneuvers and stances to allow them some of the versatility of the casting classes and that concept rocks. Unfortunately, the Bo9S’s […]

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