Rogue Genius Games Archive

  • The Genius Guide to Homophone Spells This Genius Guide clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, after a brief and humorous introduction, we move right on to the spells in question – which btw. do take the occult classes, ACG classes etc. into account regarding their availability. The first of these would be Ade, which generates a refreshing beverage that quenches thirst for a day and prevents needing to succeed Constitution checks to avoid nonlethal damage from thirst. At 1st level, that trivializes travel hazards a bit early…and as an aside, personally, I become more thirsty when […]

    The Genius Guide to Homophone Spells

    The Genius Guide to Homophone Spells This Genius Guide clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, after a brief and humorous introduction, we move right on to the spells in question – which btw. do take the occult classes, ACG classes etc. into account regarding their availability. The first of these would be Ade, which generates a refreshing beverage that quenches thirst for a day and prevents needing to succeed Constitution checks to avoid nonlethal damage from thirst. At 1st level, that trivializes travel hazards a bit early…and as an aside, personally, I become more thirsty when […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – The Psychemist This hybrid class clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, the psychemist would be a hybrid of alchemist and medium and chassis-wise, gets d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons and light and medium armor, but not shields. The class gets a ¾ BAB-progression as well as good Will-saves.   The psychemist is defined by using occult alchemy, which theme-wise, is based on the harnessing of spirits and their energy. Psychemists may use spell-trigger items if they are included on the class’s list, but not […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – The Psychemist

    Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – The Psychemist This hybrid class clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, the psychemist would be a hybrid of alchemist and medium and chassis-wise, gets d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons and light and medium armor, but not shields. The class gets a ¾ BAB-progression as well as good Will-saves.   The psychemist is defined by using occult alchemy, which theme-wise, is based on the harnessing of spirits and their energy. Psychemists may use spell-trigger items if they are included on the class’s list, but not […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: The 5th World This high-level adventure for the unique Veranthea Codex-setting clocks in at 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 55 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, this module is intended for HIGH level characters; as in level 16 – 18. Don’t have some on your hands, much less with the global rules modifications of Veranthea? Well, fret not, for the pdf does contain a significant array of high-level pregens for your convenience. Furthermore, the pdf does contain a massive selection of high-level stats for adversaries/NPCs that can be found in the world of Veranthea, acting as […]

    Veranthea Codex: The 5th World

    Veranthea Codex: The 5th World This high-level adventure for the unique Veranthea Codex-setting clocks in at 62 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 55 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, this module is intended for HIGH level characters; as in level 16 – 18. Don’t have some on your hands, much less with the global rules modifications of Veranthea? Well, fret not, for the pdf does contain a significant array of high-level pregens for your convenience. Furthermore, the pdf does contain a massive selection of high-level stats for adversaries/NPCs that can be found in the world of Veranthea, acting as […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – Possessed This hybrid class clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page RSD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The possessed is a hybrid of medium and witch and gains. Chassis-wise, d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons, light armor and light shields (interesting differentiation that we don’t see often). Armor heavier than light imposes spell failure chance. The possessed casts arcane spells drawn from the custom spell-list of the class. The class is a full caster, gaining access to all 9 spell levels and casts spells spontaneously, with Charisma as governing spellcasting attribute. The class […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – Possessed

    Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – Possessed This hybrid class clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page RSD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The possessed is a hybrid of medium and witch and gains. Chassis-wise, d8 HD, 4 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons, light armor and light shields (interesting differentiation that we don’t see often). Armor heavier than light imposes spell failure chance. The possessed casts arcane spells drawn from the custom spell-list of the class. The class is a full caster, gaining access to all 9 spell levels and casts spells spontaneously, with Charisma as governing spellcasting attribute. The class […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Adventurer’s Handbook This massive compilation of player-centric material for Veranthea clocks in at 197 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page of SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 190 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so we begin this book with a brief timeline and introduction to the setting of Veranthea and its distinct continents, with detailed (and really nice!) 1-page maps of the continents in question. The pdf explains the continents and leitmotifs in a concise and player-friendly manner, including the information on the Forever Dark, the collector cabal and a basic outline of the tesseract called the Veil – though here […]

    Veranthea Codex: Adventurer’s Handbook

    Veranthea Codex: Adventurer’s Handbook This massive compilation of player-centric material for Veranthea clocks in at 197 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page of SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 190 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so we begin this book with a brief timeline and introduction to the setting of Veranthea and its distinct continents, with detailed (and really nice!) 1-page maps of the continents in question. The pdf explains the continents and leitmotifs in a concise and player-friendly manner, including the information on the Forever Dark, the collector cabal and a basic outline of the tesseract called the Veil – though here […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Forever Dark This expansion to the Veranthea campaign setting clocks in at 86 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 79 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, this massive pdf represents the underdark sourcebook for the world of Veranthea, which, as you undoubtedly have surmised by now, is called “The Forever Dark” in this setting. We begin the survey of these realms with a general list of the peculiarities of the place, including the ever-present darkness, animals having an instinctual fear of the place, shifting mazes, Trekth remnants (represented by a variety of hyperlinked traps and then proceed to […]

    Veranthea Codex: Forever Dark

    Veranthea Codex: Forever Dark This expansion to the Veranthea campaign setting clocks in at 86 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 79 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, this massive pdf represents the underdark sourcebook for the world of Veranthea, which, as you undoubtedly have surmised by now, is called “The Forever Dark” in this setting. We begin the survey of these realms with a general list of the peculiarities of the place, including the ever-present darkness, animals having an instinctual fear of the place, shifting mazes, Trekth remnants (represented by a variety of hyperlinked traps and then proceed to […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: The Black Knight 2.0 The second version of this module clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   It should be noted that 6 level 1 pregens, making use of the unique Veranthea rules for races and characters, are included in the deal…and they are all pretty strong, which is probably a good thing, considering what awaits the PCs herein.   This pdf is intended as an introduction to the continent of Grethadnis in Veranthea and can be used as the first module, which, in combination with Spring of Disorder and Grualroth’s Rot, to […]

    Veranthea Codex: The Black Knight 2.0

    Veranthea Codex: The Black Knight 2.0 The second version of this module clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 24 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   It should be noted that 6 level 1 pregens, making use of the unique Veranthea rules for races and characters, are included in the deal…and they are all pretty strong, which is probably a good thing, considering what awaits the PCs herein.   This pdf is intended as an introduction to the continent of Grethadnis in Veranthea and can be used as the first module, which, in combination with Spring of Disorder and Grualroth’s Rot, to […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil 2.0 This revised expansion to the evocative Veranthea Codex-setting clocks in at 52 pages of content, 1 page of front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 47 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this expansion with a brief history of the veil. But what is the veil? The far North of Veranthea’s oceans contain a colossal screaming maelstrom, a twisted wall of winds that stretches for as far as the eye can see. Most sane captains avoid the massive hazard, but time and again, the foolhardy and unfortunate are drawn into the veil…and those that survive find themselves in […]

    Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil 2.0

    Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil 2.0 This revised expansion to the evocative Veranthea Codex-setting clocks in at 52 pages of content, 1 page of front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 47 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this expansion with a brief history of the veil. But what is the veil? The far North of Veranthea’s oceans contain a colossal screaming maelstrom, a twisted wall of winds that stretches for as far as the eye can see. Most sane captains avoid the massive hazard, but time and again, the foolhardy and unfortunate are drawn into the veil…and those that survive find themselves in […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Radical Pantheon 2.0 The revised edition of the massive first expansion for Veranthea clocks in at a whopping 123 pages (for this price-point!), 1 page front cover,1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 117 pages of content – quite a lot, so let’s get to it!   Veranthea Codex is a truly massive book – and still, there are a lot of components that simply, by virtue of their unique ideas, deserved more coverage. Well, this would be the first book doing just that. If you require a brief one-sentence summary – think of this as the setting’s Inner Sea Gods…though, admittedly, the focus is somewhat different.   […]

    Veranthea Codex: Radical Pantheon 2.0

    Veranthea Codex: Radical Pantheon 2.0 The revised edition of the massive first expansion for Veranthea clocks in at a whopping 123 pages (for this price-point!), 1 page front cover,1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 117 pages of content – quite a lot, so let’s get to it!   Veranthea Codex is a truly massive book – and still, there are a lot of components that simply, by virtue of their unique ideas, deserved more coverage. Well, this would be the first book doing just that. If you require a brief one-sentence summary – think of this as the setting’s Inner Sea Gods…though, admittedly, the focus is somewhat different.   […]

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  • Monster Menagerie: Troops This installment of Rogue Genius Games’ Monster Menagerie-series clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page introduction, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, let me state something from the get-go: I LOVE the troop subtype. I always hated that mobs of low-level commoners and soldiers sucked so much and the troop subtype keeps these low-level threats viable and simulates the “advantage in numbers”-aspect. As you may have noticed, I tend to enjoy a somewhat gritty and high-challenge playstyle and troops help immensely in that regard – hence, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t look […]

    Monster Menagerie: Troops

    Monster Menagerie: Troops This installment of Rogue Genius Games’ Monster Menagerie-series clocks in at 22 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page introduction, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 17 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, let me state something from the get-go: I LOVE the troop subtype. I always hated that mobs of low-level commoners and soldiers sucked so much and the troop subtype keeps these low-level threats viable and simulates the “advantage in numbers”-aspect. As you may have noticed, I tend to enjoy a somewhat gritty and high-challenge playstyle and troops help immensely in that regard – hence, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t look […]

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  • Lunar Knights This massive sourcebook clocks in at 46 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page used resources (nice for further research!), 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 40 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, this is a lycanthrope sourcebook and as such, we begin with a discussion of both animal and hybrid alternate shapes – and something I personally enjoyed: A lengthy discussion of what happens with the excessive mass that changing shape entails. Potential explanations from classic skin ripping to flesh sloughing off are covered. This may sound weird, but it is something that seriously made me smile – one of Hemlock Grove’s few […]

    Lunar Knights

    Lunar Knights This massive sourcebook clocks in at 46 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page used resources (nice for further research!), 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 40 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, this is a lycanthrope sourcebook and as such, we begin with a discussion of both animal and hybrid alternate shapes – and something I personally enjoyed: A lengthy discussion of what happens with the excessive mass that changing shape entails. Potential explanations from classic skin ripping to flesh sloughing off are covered. This may sound weird, but it is something that seriously made me smile – one of Hemlock Grove’s few […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Celestial Character Options This pdf clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All, right, after a brief introduction we meet the Ishvara race. This race takes the concept of a heart and mind divided between selfless altruism and selfish ambition, making equilibrium difficult – you know the metaphysical concept. The ishvara embody this race – they perceive themselves as incarnations of imperfect souls and the moral turbulence makes them a prime candidate for self-realization, for the life of adventurous struggle, while also providing a deeply ingrained roleplaying angle for personal development, which is a big plus […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Celestial Character Options

    Four Horsemen Present: Celestial Character Options This pdf clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All, right, after a brief introduction we meet the Ishvara race. This race takes the concept of a heart and mind divided between selfless altruism and selfish ambition, making equilibrium difficult – you know the metaphysical concept. The ishvara embody this race – they perceive themselves as incarnations of imperfect souls and the moral turbulence makes them a prime candidate for self-realization, for the life of adventurous struggle, while also providing a deeply ingrained roleplaying angle for personal development, which is a big plus […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Heralds of the Apocalypse This massive pdf clocks in at 45 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 42 pages of content – quite a lot, so let’s take a look!   So, what exactly is this? In short, this constitutes a massive toolkit that deals with evil campaigns. Everyone who has ran an evil campaign can attest to the special considerations such a campaign demands of the GM, particularly if you do not restrict the chosen options to Lawful Evil only. (And yes, I have ran multiple evil campaigns…though all started as the PCs being good guys…says something. I guess…)   Anyways, there are quite a few things to […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Heralds of the Apocalypse

    Four Horsemen Present: Heralds of the Apocalypse This massive pdf clocks in at 45 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 42 pages of content – quite a lot, so let’s take a look!   So, what exactly is this? In short, this constitutes a massive toolkit that deals with evil campaigns. Everyone who has ran an evil campaign can attest to the special considerations such a campaign demands of the GM, particularly if you do not restrict the chosen options to Lawful Evil only. (And yes, I have ran multiple evil campaigns…though all started as the PCs being good guys…says something. I guess…)   Anyways, there are quite a few things to […]

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  • Ultimate Occult This massive sourcebook clocks in at 150 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 145 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this? This book basically represents a take on psionics, one that re-envisions it as using the psychic magic system. Basically, it lets you use psionics in a game that doesn’t, for whatever reasons, allow the use of Dreamscarred Press’ superb Ultimate Psionics. This endeavor is based, in short, on three base classes:   The Mentalist gets d6 HD, 2 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons, 1/2 BAB-progression, good Will-saves and Intelligence-governed prepared psychic spellcasting […]

    Ultimate Occult

    Ultimate Occult This massive sourcebook clocks in at 150 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 145 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what is this? This book basically represents a take on psionics, one that re-envisions it as using the psychic magic system. Basically, it lets you use psionics in a game that doesn’t, for whatever reasons, allow the use of Dreamscarred Press’ superb Ultimate Psionics. This endeavor is based, in short, on three base classes:   The Mentalist gets d6 HD, 2 + Int skills per level, proficiency with simple weapons, 1/2 BAB-progression, good Will-saves and Intelligence-governed prepared psychic spellcasting […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Living Items This installment of the Four Horsemen present-series clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1/2 a page of editorial, leaving us with 26.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are living items? Well, for one, they are one step beyond intelligent magic items: They are potentially complex personalities beyond the confines of the purpose-driven aspects we usually associate with them; personality-wise, they are ultimately alive as such, they are prone to switching outlooks over the course of their existence. From a roleplaying perspective, the question of identity and its representation becomes particularly intriguing. For balance purposes, living items are treated as constructs, not objects and […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Living Items

    Four Horsemen Present: Living Items This installment of the Four Horsemen present-series clocks in at 29 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1/2 a page of editorial, leaving us with 26.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what are living items? Well, for one, they are one step beyond intelligent magic items: They are potentially complex personalities beyond the confines of the purpose-driven aspects we usually associate with them; personality-wise, they are ultimately alive as such, they are prone to switching outlooks over the course of their existence. From a roleplaying perspective, the question of identity and its representation becomes particularly intriguing. For balance purposes, living items are treated as constructs, not objects and […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Mythic Kingdomsragrani.ru This installment of the “Four Horsemen present”-series clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1/2 page of editorial, leaving us with 13 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Mythic kingdoms? Do we need the combination of mythic rules and kingdom building rules? My reply here would be a yes: While the kingdom building rules do a great job in simulating the machinations of a regular realm, and while Legendary Games’ superb books expanding upon them add aerial and underwater warfare and the like to the fray, it is a fact that the rules do not really account for wars between truly fantastic nations…or a fantastic nation […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Mythic Kingdoms

    Four Horsemen Present: Mythic Kingdomsragrani.ru This installment of the “Four Horsemen present”-series clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1/2 page of editorial, leaving us with 13 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Mythic kingdoms? Do we need the combination of mythic rules and kingdom building rules? My reply here would be a yes: While the kingdom building rules do a great job in simulating the machinations of a regular realm, and while Legendary Games’ superb books expanding upon them add aerial and underwater warfare and the like to the fray, it is a fact that the rules do not really account for wars between truly fantastic nations…or a fantastic nation […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Lost Legends of Urethiel This supplement for Veranthea Codex clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what do we get here? Well, we get a massive, high-concept NPC Codex/bestiary with a WuXia-theme. From the mountains of Nestraka, the CR 8 Amigara hail, deadly constructs that encase mortals to use them to tap into the life energy of mortals entombed in their bodies – they can be found in the canyon of the spiral, which features a total of 3 short descriptive sketches to use in concert with the critter.   The pdf […]

    Veranthea Codex: Lost Legends of Urethiel

    Veranthea Codex: Lost Legends of Urethiel This supplement for Veranthea Codex clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 36 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, what do we get here? Well, we get a massive, high-concept NPC Codex/bestiary with a WuXia-theme. From the mountains of Nestraka, the CR 8 Amigara hail, deadly constructs that encase mortals to use them to tap into the life energy of mortals entombed in their bodies – they can be found in the canyon of the spiral, which features a total of 3 short descriptive sketches to use in concert with the critter.   The pdf […]

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  • Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil This expansion to the evocative Veranthea Codex-setting clocks in at 42 pages of content, 1 page of front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this expansion with a brief history of the veil. But what is the veil? The far North of Veranthea’s oceans contain a colossal screaming maelstrom, a twisted wall of winds that stretches for as far as the eye can see. Most sane captains avoid the massive hazard, but time and again, the foolhardy and unfortunate are drawn into the veil…and those that survive find themselves in a region […]

    Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil

    Veranthea Codex: Into the Veil This expansion to the evocative Veranthea Codex-setting clocks in at 42 pages of content, 1 page of front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 37 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this expansion with a brief history of the veil. But what is the veil? The far North of Veranthea’s oceans contain a colossal screaming maelstrom, a twisted wall of winds that stretches for as far as the eye can see. Most sane captains avoid the massive hazard, but time and again, the foolhardy and unfortunate are drawn into the veil…and those that survive find themselves in a region […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Minmaxed Monsters This installment of the Four Horsemen Present-series clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 1 page of stock color artwork (the cover of the Dracomancer-class) gobbling up a page sans necessity, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, most of us will have been there; I know that there’s a reason I need to redesign basically ALL monsters in my main campaign (the one non-playtest game) – some smart players excel in not only making insanely captivating characters…they also have the rules-savvy to back them up. This results in very powerful characters and when some folks complain about modules […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Minmaxed Monsters

    Four Horsemen Present: Minmaxed Monsters This installment of the Four Horsemen Present-series clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 1 page of stock color artwork (the cover of the Dracomancer-class) gobbling up a page sans necessity, leaving us with 15 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, most of us will have been there; I know that there’s a reason I need to redesign basically ALL monsters in my main campaign (the one non-playtest game) – some smart players excel in not only making insanely captivating characters…they also have the rules-savvy to back them up. This results in very powerful characters and when some folks complain about modules […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Comedic Character Options 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!   Ah, the art of comedy – a topic only relatively seldom used in gaming – all the more reason to take a close look at this particular little file, which begins with 6 new traits -these include being able to Disguise as a clown or properly insult adversaries, featuring mechanical relevance as well as a mundane prestidigitation effect via Sleight of Hand. Slapstick Offense is pretty powerful in that it offers unarmed strike damage at one size larger for characters with Improved Unarmored Strike, […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Comedic Character Options

    Four Horsemen Present: Comedic Character Options 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!   Ah, the art of comedy – a topic only relatively seldom used in gaming – all the more reason to take a close look at this particular little file, which begins with 6 new traits -these include being able to Disguise as a clown or properly insult adversaries, featuring mechanical relevance as well as a mundane prestidigitation effect via Sleight of Hand. Slapstick Offense is pretty powerful in that it offers unarmed strike damage at one size larger for characters with Improved Unarmored Strike, […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Yet More Horrifically Overpowered Feats This pdf clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages…though these are further reduced by 1 page-version of the cover and a pretty bad 1-page piece of stock art, bringing this down to 8 pages, so let’s take a look!   All right, so I explained these feats in the “Even More...” review of Horrifically Overpowered feats, so I’m not going into that aspect again…however, this does have a new idea added to the fray: Metagaming feats.  These feats allow a player to intercede in game and perform deity-like feats…but they require the player to own a focus of gaming […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Yet More Horrifically Overpowered Feats

    Four Horsemen Present: Yet More Horrifically Overpowered Feats This pdf clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages…though these are further reduced by 1 page-version of the cover and a pretty bad 1-page piece of stock art, bringing this down to 8 pages, so let’s take a look!   All right, so I explained these feats in the “Even More...” review of Horrifically Overpowered feats, so I’m not going into that aspect again…however, this does have a new idea added to the fray: Metagaming feats.  These feats allow a player to intercede in game and perform deity-like feats…but they require the player to own a focus of gaming […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Even More Horrifically Overpowered Feats This pdf clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of the pdf, so let’s take a look!   It’s been a while since we had Horrifically Overpowered feats or options in a book, so, here’s a quick history lesson: These options were crafted as an April’s Fool’s offering once, being broken by the very sentiment of their design, far eclipsing all of the tenets of what we expect from a feat’s power – to the extent where one of these feats basically increases CR of a creature by at least 1. So no, even in the mythic context/direct comparison, […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Even More Horrifically Overpowered Feats

    Four Horsemen Present: Even More Horrifically Overpowered Feats This pdf clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of the pdf, so let’s take a look!   It’s been a while since we had Horrifically Overpowered feats or options in a book, so, here’s a quick history lesson: These options were crafted as an April’s Fool’s offering once, being broken by the very sentiment of their design, far eclipsing all of the tenets of what we expect from a feat’s power – to the extent where one of these feats basically increases CR of a creature by at least 1. So no, even in the mythic context/direct comparison, […]

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  • The Genius Guide to More Cleric Talents This expansion for the already massive talented cleric clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with…holy moly, 31 pages of content!   All right so let’s take a close look at even more options for the talented cleric! As has become the tradition with these, we begin with new edges and the very first one is already one we imho needed: Available at 5th level, it makes the cleric a cult leader in a twist on Leadership that interacts with spellcasting – at higher levels, followers can be targeted by range “you” spells and even deliver touch spells for the […]

    The Genius Guide to More Cleric Talents

    The Genius Guide to More Cleric Talents This expansion for the already massive talented cleric clocks in at 35 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with…holy moly, 31 pages of content!   All right so let’s take a close look at even more options for the talented cleric! As has become the tradition with these, we begin with new edges and the very first one is already one we imho needed: Available at 5th level, it makes the cleric a cult leader in a twist on Leadership that interacts with spellcasting – at higher levels, followers can be targeted by range “you” spells and even deliver touch spells for the […]

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  • The Genius Guide to the Talented Cleric The so far largest of the Talented class-pdfs released by Rogue Genius Games clocks in at a colossal 91 (!!!) pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1/2 a page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 86 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look at this beast!   Okay, at this point I assume that you are familiar with the set-up of talented classes and will not explain the concept for the oomphteenth time: In short: Breakdown of class features and archetype abilities in two categories, edges and talents, allowing for increased flexibility. If you need a more detailed breakdown, please consult all of my reviews for the […]

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Cleric

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Cleric The so far largest of the Talented class-pdfs released by Rogue Genius Games clocks in at a colossal 91 (!!!) pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1/2 a page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 86 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look at this beast!   Okay, at this point I assume that you are familiar with the set-up of talented classes and will not explain the concept for the oomphteenth time: In short: Breakdown of class features and archetype abilities in two categories, edges and talents, allowing for increased flexibility. If you need a more detailed breakdown, please consult all of my reviews for the […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Monsters Under the Bed The 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!   So, what is the intent of this book? Well, first of all, PFRPG assumes that most creatures are defeated by combat, right? Well, if you’ve been following my reviews, you will note a certain belief of mine pertaining moral values that can be conveyed via roleplaying games. This pdf’s first goal, then, would be to provide options to make monsters more suitable for children of ages 8 and below. The first creature in this pdf would be actually a template with a sample […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Monsters Under the Bed

    Four Horsemen Present: Monsters Under the Bed The 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!   So, what is the intent of this book? Well, first of all, PFRPG assumes that most creatures are defeated by combat, right? Well, if you’ve been following my reviews, you will note a certain belief of mine pertaining moral values that can be conveyed via roleplaying games. This pdf’s first goal, then, would be to provide options to make monsters more suitable for children of ages 8 and below. The first creature in this pdf would be actually a template with a sample […]

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  • The Genius Guide to More Bard Talents This expansion for the Talented bard clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with 3 edges in this one: Enrapturing performance focuses the effects of bardic performance on a single target, increasing the potency against said target – said performance cannot be maintained at the same time as a regular performance. Unfortunately, the ability is pretty imprecise: The ability talks about emulating certain performances with the ability at greater effect, implying that it can use these…which would not be an issue with a vanilla bard, but […]

    The Genius Guide to More Bard Talents

    The Genius Guide to More Bard Talents This expansion for the Talented bard clocks in at 18 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with 3 edges in this one: Enrapturing performance focuses the effects of bardic performance on a single target, increasing the potency against said target – said performance cannot be maintained at the same time as a regular performance. Unfortunately, the ability is pretty imprecise: The ability talks about emulating certain performances with the ability at greater effect, implying that it can use these…which would not be an issue with a vanilla bard, but […]

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  • The Genius Guide to the Talented Bard This installment of Rogue Genius Games’ Talented class-series clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   In case you’re new to the concept: Talented classes basically dismantle archetype abilities and base class abilities and codify them according to two categories: Edges for major abilities, talents for less powerful abilities. This does mean that you can cherry-pick exactly the type of class you want, but it also means that you need to be more proficient at creating classes.   The talented bard class, chassis-wise, gets d8 HD, 6 + Int […]

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Bard

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Bard This installment of Rogue Genius Games’ Talented class-series clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   In case you’re new to the concept: Talented classes basically dismantle archetype abilities and base class abilities and codify them according to two categories: Edges for major abilities, talents for less powerful abilities. This does mean that you can cherry-pick exactly the type of class you want, but it also means that you need to be more proficient at creating classes.   The talented bard class, chassis-wise, gets d8 HD, 6 + Int […]

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