Races Archive

  • Monster Classes: Savage Races I This installment of the Monster Classes-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this? In one sentence: It’s Dreamscarred press providing the Savage Species type of “Play monsters”-rules for  the context of the Pathfinder roleplaying game. The pdf does acknowledge that this series (or even, individual installments) may not be for everyone – the fact is that most modules are humanocentric and thus, playing monsters can wreck havoc with the assumptions of a given game…more so than players are liable to anyways.   Let’s not kid ourselves here – the guidelines […]

    Monster Classes: Savage Races I

    Monster Classes: Savage Races I This installment of the Monster Classes-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this? In one sentence: It’s Dreamscarred press providing the Savage Species type of “Play monsters”-rules for  the context of the Pathfinder roleplaying game. The pdf does acknowledge that this series (or even, individual installments) may not be for everyone – the fact is that most modules are humanocentric and thus, playing monsters can wreck havoc with the assumptions of a given game…more so than players are liable to anyways.   Let’s not kid ourselves here – the guidelines […]

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  • Kemonomimi – Moe Races This pdf clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 9 pages, so let’s take a look!   “When the kami placed their thumbprint unto the forehead of man, bretahing life into the husks of flesh, they wept tears of sorrow. Looking upon their children playing upon the ground, rolling in the fields of grass and running alone through lush tracks of wilderness, the Kami felt the hollowness of the human heartbeat, thumping alone.” This is the beginning of the legend that talks of the creation of the kemonomimi, and it is but the beginning of a rather flavorful origin-myth, which is subsequently enhanced via age, […]

    Kemonomimi – Moe Races

    Kemonomimi – Moe Races This pdf clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 9 pages, so let’s take a look!   “When the kami placed their thumbprint unto the forehead of man, bretahing life into the husks of flesh, they wept tears of sorrow. Looking upon their children playing upon the ground, rolling in the fields of grass and running alone through lush tracks of wilderness, the Kami felt the hollowness of the human heartbeat, thumping alone.” This is the beginning of the legend that talks of the creation of the kemonomimi, and it is but the beginning of a rather flavorful origin-myth, which is subsequently enhanced via age, […]

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  • Lost Races: Elves This supplement for NeoExodus clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 3.5 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 16.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   In the world of Exodus, the elves are a lost and splintered race -struck hard by a biological weapon, they have long since lost their position of supremacy…but in a world of intrigue and world-spanning conspiracies like NeoExodus, that does not necessarily have to be true now, right?   Hence, this supplement covers elven subraces (including nomenclature etc.), beginning with the high elves that pretty much represent the elitist elves that left the world behind – only to return? That’s up to […]

    Lost Races: Elves

    Lost Races: Elves This supplement for NeoExodus clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 3.5 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 16.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   In the world of Exodus, the elves are a lost and splintered race -struck hard by a biological weapon, they have long since lost their position of supremacy…but in a world of intrigue and world-spanning conspiracies like NeoExodus, that does not necessarily have to be true now, right?   Hence, this supplement covers elven subraces (including nomenclature etc.), beginning with the high elves that pretty much represent the elitist elves that left the world behind – only to return? That’s up to […]

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  • Underworld Races: Dødelig This installment of the Underworld Races-series clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin, as always for the series, with the epic stories of the cataclysms that have shaped Aventyr’s underworld, before delving into the race-specific history of the dødelig. So, what are they? Well, the short answer would be that they are the vessels and creation, the last-ditch gambit, of Aventyr’s first lich – cornered by the crystalline, undead-loathing colloid, the lich tore himself asunder and spread his essence into the petrified skeletons of halflings his […]

    Underworld Races: Dødelig

    Underworld Races: Dødelig This installment of the Underworld Races-series clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 16 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin, as always for the series, with the epic stories of the cataclysms that have shaped Aventyr’s underworld, before delving into the race-specific history of the dødelig. So, what are they? Well, the short answer would be that they are the vessels and creation, the last-ditch gambit, of Aventyr’s first lich – cornered by the crystalline, undead-loathing colloid, the lich tore himself asunder and spread his essence into the petrified skeletons of halflings his […]

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  • Races of Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron This racial supplement clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick of this book with the Prometheans. These guys and gals thankfully have nothing to do with the ridiculously bad sci-fi movie and its clumsily disguised anti-science propaganda, but rather hearkens to the standard set by White Wolf to describe Prometheans as an euphemism for the created/artificial species – -or rather, for golem-like races.   Here, we make a distinction between cobbled-together Flesh Prometheans in the vein Frankenstein’s Monster, who receive +2 Con adn Int, -2 Wis, can sniff out carrion (and those severely […]

    Races of Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron

    Races of Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron This racial supplement clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We kick of this book with the Prometheans. These guys and gals thankfully have nothing to do with the ridiculously bad sci-fi movie and its clumsily disguised anti-science propaganda, but rather hearkens to the standard set by White Wolf to describe Prometheans as an euphemism for the created/artificial species – -or rather, for golem-like races.   Here, we make a distinction between cobbled-together Flesh Prometheans in the vein Frankenstein’s Monster, who receive +2 Con adn Int, -2 Wis, can sniff out carrion (and those severely […]

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  • Planar Races: Chaos – The Xaolings This racial supplement clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So what are the Xaolings? If the name wasn’t ample clue – they’re beings infused with or sired by the essence of Limbo and its chosen caretakers, the Proteans. As such, their looks are extremely varied and the chaotic influx is also represented in the (thankfully present) age, height and weight-table with massive variances in maximum age. Nice! Beyond the usual takes on relationships with other races, the suggestions for looks here would be awesome – elves with slithering, serpentine shadows, slitted pupils […]

    Planar Races: Chaos – The Xaolings

    Planar Races: Chaos – The Xaolings This racial supplement clocks in at 15 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 12 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So what are the Xaolings? If the name wasn’t ample clue – they’re beings infused with or sired by the essence of Limbo and its chosen caretakers, the Proteans. As such, their looks are extremely varied and the chaotic influx is also represented in the (thankfully present) age, height and weight-table with massive variances in maximum age. Nice! Beyond the usual takes on relationships with other races, the suggestions for looks here would be awesome – elves with slithering, serpentine shadows, slitted pupils […]

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  • Servants of Shadow: 5 Necromancy-themed Races This massive racial book by TPK Games clocks in at 67 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving a massive 64 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As has become the tradition with TPK Games’ race books, we kick off with a short introduction by the author and then an expertly-written fluffy introduction, which this time around works also as a kind of origin myth. After that, we’re introduced to the Mortiss, the dead that have escaped from Nergal’s underworld – and from the get-go, the design is interesting: Being essentially the dead, they hail from a variety of species and still, the designer […]

    Servants of Shadow: 5 Necromancy-themed Races

    Servants of Shadow: 5 Necromancy-themed Races This massive racial book by TPK Games clocks in at 67 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving a massive 64 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As has become the tradition with TPK Games’ race books, we kick off with a short introduction by the author and then an expertly-written fluffy introduction, which this time around works also as a kind of origin myth. After that, we’re introduced to the Mortiss, the dead that have escaped from Nergal’s underworld – and from the get-go, the design is interesting: Being essentially the dead, they hail from a variety of species and still, the designer […]

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  • Advanced Races: Centaurs This installment of the advanced races-series is 17 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As has become a tradition with the series, we kick off by examining the customs, tribal lands and culture of the race in question and as has been the custom, the prose is glorious – author Karen McDonald explains different breeds, customs and lands and vivid prose, including sayings and teachings and a concise look at general psychology of the centaurs, their relationship with other races, all in the context of the delightful Midgard-setting – but can the rules back this […]

    Advanced Races: Centaurs

    Advanced Races: Centaurs This installment of the advanced races-series is 17 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As has become a tradition with the series, we kick off by examining the customs, tribal lands and culture of the race in question and as has been the custom, the prose is glorious – author Karen McDonald explains different breeds, customs and lands and vivid prose, including sayings and teachings and a concise look at general psychology of the centaurs, their relationship with other races, all in the context of the delightful Midgard-setting – but can the rules back this […]

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  • Amazing Races: Wayang This pdf is 4 pages long, 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 4 new feats for Wayang: -Dissolution’s Chosen: Resistance 5 to negative energy, use the dissolution’s child racial trait 10 rounds per day. -Dissolution’s Aspirant: +10 ft base rate and full benefits of the light and dark racial trait while using dissolution’s child. -Dissolution’s Ascendant: Constantly gain the benefits of the light and dark racial trait – suppressable as an immediate action. There’s a glitch here, the text calls teh racial ability “light and shadow” instead of “light and dark”. -Shadowy Sprint: +10 ft movement when starting a […]

    Amazing Races: Wayang

    Amazing Races: Wayang This pdf is 4 pages long, 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 4 new feats for Wayang: -Dissolution’s Chosen: Resistance 5 to negative energy, use the dissolution’s child racial trait 10 rounds per day. -Dissolution’s Aspirant: +10 ft base rate and full benefits of the light and dark racial trait while using dissolution’s child. -Dissolution’s Ascendant: Constantly gain the benefits of the light and dark racial trait – suppressable as an immediate action. There’s a glitch here, the text calls teh racial ability “light and shadow” instead of “light and dark”. -Shadowy Sprint: +10 ft movement when starting a […]

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  • Amazing Races: Changelings All right, you know the drill by now – 4 pages pdf, 1page front cover, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of content for new racial information, this time dealing with changelings, so let’s take a look!   First, we get 6 new feats: –Green Gift: Mimic sounds of animals and natural creatures via bluff. -Hidden Gifts: +10 to disguise as human, no penalties to pose as human, quick disguise of clawed nails. -Iron-skinned: When SR is lowered, you gain DR 1/bludgeoning. -Monstrous Visage: Demoralize any number of foes within 30 ft. as a standard action. -Prodigal Daughter: Count as a hag for purpose of joining a coven. Does not require you to be female, in spite of […]

    Amazing Races: Changelings

    Amazing Races: Changelings All right, you know the drill by now – 4 pages pdf, 1page front cover, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of content for new racial information, this time dealing with changelings, so let’s take a look!   First, we get 6 new feats: –Green Gift: Mimic sounds of animals and natural creatures via bluff. -Hidden Gifts: +10 to disguise as human, no penalties to pose as human, quick disguise of clawed nails. -Iron-skinned: When SR is lowered, you gain DR 1/bludgeoning. -Monstrous Visage: Demoralize any number of foes within 30 ft. as a standard action. -Prodigal Daughter: Count as a hag for purpose of joining a coven. Does not require you to be female, in spite of […]

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  • Amazing Races: Merfolk This pdf is 4 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 2 pages content, so let’s take a look at new options for merfolk!   The pdf kicks off with 4 new feats for merfolk: -Drowning Tail: Use HD in place of BAB when grappling under water and make it harder o escape from your grip. -Improved Drowning Tail: Air-breathing creatures have their rounds to hold breath reduced by 1d4 every time they try to free themselves or reverse grappling. Neat! -Seafoam Shaper: You are never swept away by water and your spellcasting is not hampered by flowing water or water-based precipitation. -Sea Slayer: +2 damage versus off-balance targets in the water.   Merfolk also […]

    Amazing Races: Merfolk

    Amazing Races: Merfolk This pdf is 4 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 2 pages content, so let’s take a look at new options for merfolk!   The pdf kicks off with 4 new feats for merfolk: -Drowning Tail: Use HD in place of BAB when grappling under water and make it harder o escape from your grip. -Improved Drowning Tail: Air-breathing creatures have their rounds to hold breath reduced by 1d4 every time they try to free themselves or reverse grappling. Neat! -Seafoam Shaper: You are never swept away by water and your spellcasting is not hampered by flowing water or water-based precipitation. -Sea Slayer: +2 damage versus off-balance targets in the water.   Merfolk also […]

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  • Amazing Races: Gillmen This pdf is 4 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look! First, we kick off with 4 Gillmen-feats: -Arcane Inheritor: Cast a 1st level sorc/wiz spell 1/day at 11+cha-mod DC. -Deep Sight: Low-light vision as long as underwater and the ability to see through murky and opaque water. Nice! -Improved Deep Sight: Darkvision 60 ft and see invisible creatures while under water. (They don’t get the usual concealment.) -Sunken Legacy: For Hybrids, count as both gillman and human, choose an attribute that then gains +1 on related attribute & skill-checks.   There also are 2 new Character Traits: -Eldritch Obsession: Gain UMD as […]

    EZG reviews Amazing Races: Gillmen

    Amazing Races: Gillmen This pdf is 4 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look! First, we kick off with 4 Gillmen-feats: -Arcane Inheritor: Cast a 1st level sorc/wiz spell 1/day at 11+cha-mod DC. -Deep Sight: Low-light vision as long as underwater and the ability to see through murky and opaque water. Nice! -Improved Deep Sight: Darkvision 60 ft and see invisible creatures while under water. (They don’t get the usual concealment.) -Sunken Legacy: For Hybrids, count as both gillman and human, choose an attribute that then gains +1 on related attribute & skill-checks.   There also are 2 new Character Traits: -Eldritch Obsession: Gain UMD as […]

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  • 9pm on November 10 could not come early enough! I was set up with a gaming online site Steam.com and could start playing at midnight eastern time.  I am so glad that I live on the west coast.  I have been waiting just like everyone else, but now my precious was here.  SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!  The introduction to the game: you are a criminal being transported to be executed.  While you are traveling in this horse cart, you are taught how to use the different controls in order to move.  You are then lined up and called out.  Since you have not made your character yet you define what your character is and how it should look.  The […]

    Bill’s Log: Skyrim Day 1

    9pm on November 10 could not come early enough! I was set up with a gaming online site Steam.com and could start playing at midnight eastern time.  I am so glad that I live on the west coast.  I have been waiting just like everyone else, but now my precious was here.  SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!  The introduction to the game: you are a criminal being transported to be executed.  While you are traveling in this horse cart, you are taught how to use the different controls in order to move.  You are then lined up and called out.  Since you have not made your character yet you define what your character is and how it should look.  The […]

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  • The title of this article does not reflect upon the success of the game but, rather, it is a reference to a few glitches that I experienced while playing this magnificent piece of art. Let me start off by saying that I have currently clocked in around 30 hours on Skyrim and I absolutely love it. The ability to wander such a vast map and enjoy all that it has to offer can feel overwhelming at times, but nonetheless it is an amazing experience to behold. Yet, an experience that comes with bugs along the way.   That’s right. Everyone’s favorite things about these games: glitches. Now I have read about some bad bugs that people have found, but to be […]

    Skyrim: A Home Run Hitter

    The title of this article does not reflect upon the success of the game but, rather, it is a reference to a few glitches that I experienced while playing this magnificent piece of art. Let me start off by saying that I have currently clocked in around 30 hours on Skyrim and I absolutely love it. The ability to wander such a vast map and enjoy all that it has to offer can feel overwhelming at times, but nonetheless it is an amazing experience to behold. Yet, an experience that comes with bugs along the way.   That’s right. Everyone’s favorite things about these games: glitches. Now I have read about some bad bugs that people have found, but to be […]

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  • Skyrim will feature the same ten races as Oblivion and Morrowind.  You will be able to choose from Argonian, Breton, Dark Elf (Dunmer), High Elf (Altmer), Imperial (Cyrodiil), Khajiit, Nord, Orc (Orsimer), Redguard, and Wood Elf (Bosmer). Bethesda gave us some great images at PAX Prime to pass along to our readers.  If you haven’t already feasted your eyes upon these images you may do so now with unbridled nerdiness!  Have at it!   Argonian ~ Breton ~ Dark Elf (Dunmer) ~ High Elf (Altmer) ~ Imperial (Cyrodiil) ~ Khajiit ~ Nord ~ Orc (Orsimer) ~ Redguard ~ Wood Elf (Bosmer) I had the chance to play Skyrim for 2 hours at PAX Prime in the media booth.  Creating a […]

    Skyrim: Races

    Skyrim will feature the same ten races as Oblivion and Morrowind.  You will be able to choose from Argonian, Breton, Dark Elf (Dunmer), High Elf (Altmer), Imperial (Cyrodiil), Khajiit, Nord, Orc (Orsimer), Redguard, and Wood Elf (Bosmer). Bethesda gave us some great images at PAX Prime to pass along to our readers.  If you haven’t already feasted your eyes upon these images you may do so now with unbridled nerdiness!  Have at it!   Argonian ~ Breton ~ Dark Elf (Dunmer) ~ High Elf (Altmer) ~ Imperial (Cyrodiil) ~ Khajiit ~ Nord ~ Orc (Orsimer) ~ Redguard ~ Wood Elf (Bosmer) I had the chance to play Skyrim for 2 hours at PAX Prime in the media booth.  Creating a […]

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