Rich Howard Archive

  • Southlands Heroes (5e) This collection of races clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ah, Midgard and the Southlands – Midgard has been one of my favorite fantasy settings ever and the absolutely legendary Southlands setting book made my Top Ten of last year for a reason – and if you haven’t check it out, dear D&D 5e fans, you will want to: While designed originally for Pathfinder, the book has a MASSIVE array of evocative, amazing content that is system-agnostic and makes it an excellent purchase for 5e as well.   […]

    Southlands Heroes (5e)

    Southlands Heroes (5e) This collection of races clocks in at 26 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ah, Midgard and the Southlands – Midgard has been one of my favorite fantasy settings ever and the absolutely legendary Southlands setting book made my Top Ten of last year for a reason – and if you haven’t check it out, dear D&D 5e fans, you will want to: While designed originally for Pathfinder, the book has a MASSIVE array of evocative, amazing content that is system-agnostic and makes it an excellent purchase for 5e as well.   […]

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  • Alchemist (5e) (Revised Edition) This class for D&D 5e clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is based on V.1 of the file.   The alchemist class comes with a sufficient array of introductory fluff, quick build rules and then proceeds to provide the respective crunch: The previously missing plusses have been added to the proficiency bonus and the notation of the HD, 1d8, now also 100% conforms to D&D 5e standards. Proficiency-wise, alchemists gain simple weapons, blowgun, hand crossbow and net as well as Aachemist supplies plus herbalism or poisoner kits. Saving throw proficiencies, fittingly, would […]

    Alchemist (5e) (Revised Edition)

    Alchemist (5e) (Revised Edition) This class for D&D 5e clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review is based on V.1 of the file.   The alchemist class comes with a sufficient array of introductory fluff, quick build rules and then proceeds to provide the respective crunch: The previously missing plusses have been added to the proficiency bonus and the notation of the HD, 1d8, now also 100% conforms to D&D 5e standards. Proficiency-wise, alchemists gain simple weapons, blowgun, hand crossbow and net as well as Aachemist supplies plus herbalism or poisoner kits. Saving throw proficiencies, fittingly, would […]

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  • Alchemist (5e) This class for D&D 5e clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The alchemist class comes with a sufficient array of introductory fluff, quick build rules and then proceeds to provide the respective crunch: It should be noted that the class table lacks the plusses before the proficiency bonus in a minor deviation from the established presentation. Similarly, the HD (1d8, fyi), are depicted as “d8”, which is another aesthetic deviation from the standards of the PHB, where number-less dice notation refers to dice-size or them as a resource, as opposed to other notation of dice…but I’m […]

    Alchemist (5e)

    Alchemist (5e) This class for D&D 5e clocks in at 20 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The alchemist class comes with a sufficient array of introductory fluff, quick build rules and then proceeds to provide the respective crunch: It should be noted that the class table lacks the plusses before the proficiency bonus in a minor deviation from the established presentation. Similarly, the HD (1d8, fyi), are depicted as “d8”, which is another aesthetic deviation from the standards of the PHB, where number-less dice notation refers to dice-size or them as a resource, as opposed to other notation of dice…but I’m […]

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  • 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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  • Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes III – Psionic Repositories The third installment in Rich Howard’s Mundane No More-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1.5 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   After getting massive information on research, recipes and making dungeon guides in the superb first book, adding concise rules for special material in book 2 , now we tackle the psionic component – or don’t. For yes, this pdf has information on how to *not* use the repositories herein with psionics, so even those disliking psionics have something to enjoy.   First of […]

    Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes III – Psionic Repositories

    Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes III – Psionic Repositories The third installment in Rich Howard’s Mundane No More-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1.5 pages of SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   After getting massive information on research, recipes and making dungeon guides in the superb first book, adding concise rules for special material in book 2 , now we tackle the psionic component – or don’t. For yes, this pdf has information on how to *not* use the repositories herein with psionics, so even those disliking psionics have something to enjoy.   First of […]

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  • Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes II – The Lands Beyond This expansion to Rich Howard’s Mundane No More-pdf on research rules and tomes clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ARD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf kicks off with a minor errata of book 1 (which, in my opinion, has nothing to do in the pdf-age -why not simply update the original file?), but oh well.   So what does the book contain – well, to cut a long story short, we receive 4 different sample tomes, including background stories etc. – which would be […]

    Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes II – The Lands Beyond

    Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes II – The Lands Beyond This expansion to Rich Howard’s Mundane No More-pdf on research rules and tomes clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ARD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf kicks off with a minor errata of book 1 (which, in my opinion, has nothing to do in the pdf-age -why not simply update the original file?), but oh well.   So what does the book contain – well, to cut a long story short, we receive 4 different sample tomes, including background stories etc. – which would be […]

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  • Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes This pdf clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I’m a bibliophile and utterly OCD when it comes to the topic – take away my reading material, and I start becoming grumpy – fast. I become slightly concerned whenever either my regular non-RPG-book-pile or my pdf-pile shrinks to below ten unread works. Hence it should come as no surprise that my game somehow reflects this – observers have jested that my game sports an inordinate amount of reading when compared to most PFRPG-games and this […]

    Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes

    Mundane No More: Texts and Tomes This pdf clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page blank back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I’m a bibliophile and utterly OCD when it comes to the topic – take away my reading material, and I start becoming grumpy – fast. I become slightly concerned whenever either my regular non-RPG-book-pile or my pdf-pile shrinks to below ten unread works. Hence it should come as no surprise that my game somehow reflects this – observers have jested that my game sports an inordinate amount of reading when compared to most PFRPG-games and this […]

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  • Bite Me! Playing Lycanthropes This supplement clocks in at 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 41 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   FULL DISCLOSURE: I was a stretchgoal for the Bite Me! kickstarter and was compensated for what I wrote for it. I was in no way involved in the production of this book or its contents and thus do not consider my verdict compromised in any way.   So we kick off this book with a massive rumination on the fascination of what contitutes a lycanthrope as well as on the terminology itself – namely the opposition […]

    Bite Me! Playing Lycanthropes

    Bite Me! Playing Lycanthropes This supplement clocks in at 48 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 41 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   FULL DISCLOSURE: I was a stretchgoal for the Bite Me! kickstarter and was compensated for what I wrote for it. I was in no way involved in the production of this book or its contents and thus do not consider my verdict compromised in any way.   So we kick off this book with a massive rumination on the fascination of what contitutes a lycanthrope as well as on the terminology itself – namely the opposition […]

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  • Ultimate Options: Story Feats This pdf clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After one page of aptly-written prose, we dive into the basic recaps of what constitutes a story feat, how to read them and common rules terms like “challenging foe”, “Decisively Defeat” etc. this is important, for within this context the wordings carry meaning and if you happen to not own perhaps one of the best books Paizo has ever made (Ultimate Campaign), in which these feats were introduced, well then here you have it explained.   The pdf also provides a massive table of story feats […]

    Ultimate Options: Story Feats

    Ultimate Options: Story Feats This pdf clocks in at 21 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 18 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   After one page of aptly-written prose, we dive into the basic recaps of what constitutes a story feat, how to read them and common rules terms like “challenging foe”, “Decisively Defeat” etc. this is important, for within this context the wordings carry meaning and if you happen to not own perhaps one of the best books Paizo has ever made (Ultimate Campaign), in which these feats were introduced, well then here you have it explained.   The pdf also provides a massive table of story feats […]

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