Steven T. Helt Archive

  • 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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  • Mythic Module Monsters: Rune Lords 5 This inexpensive little pdf clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What exactly is in here? Well, know how the AP-installment have a couple of monsters in the back? This book converts the beasts in the mega-dungeon-centric issue of the first AP into mythic iterations.   The lowest power-level here is CR 5/MR 2, the ercinee to be more precise: The critter can use mythic power to increase its light to blinding levels, spatter nearby foes with luminous fluid and lull foes  into sleep or screech them into confusion. Solid! The CR 10/MR […]

    Mythic Module Monsters: Rune Lords 5

    Mythic Module Monsters: Rune Lords 5 This inexpensive little pdf clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What exactly is in here? Well, know how the AP-installment have a couple of monsters in the back? This book converts the beasts in the mega-dungeon-centric issue of the first AP into mythic iterations.   The lowest power-level here is CR 5/MR 2, the ercinee to be more precise: The critter can use mythic power to increase its light to blinding levels, spatter nearby foes with luminous fluid and lull foes  into sleep or screech them into confusion. Solid! The CR 10/MR […]

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  • Mythic Module Monsters: Rune Lords 4 This inexpensive little pdf 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!   What exactly is in here? Well, know how the AP-installment have a couple of monsters in the back? This book converts the beasts in the by now legendary AP-installment penned by Wolfgang Baur, to be more precise, the fourth Pathfinder installment ever, into mythic versions.   All right, we begin this installment of the Mythic Module Monsters-series with the CR 7/MR 3 take on the evocative concept of the Deathweb and it IS GLORIOUS – not only can it react to combat […]

    Mythic Module Monsters: Rune Lords 4

    Mythic Module Monsters: Rune Lords 4 This inexpensive little pdf 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!   What exactly is in here? Well, know how the AP-installment have a couple of monsters in the back? This book converts the beasts in the by now legendary AP-installment penned by Wolfgang Baur, to be more precise, the fourth Pathfinder installment ever, into mythic versions.   All right, we begin this installment of the Mythic Module Monsters-series with the CR 7/MR 3 take on the evocative concept of the Deathweb and it IS GLORIOUS – not only can it react to combat […]

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  • Mythic Module Monsters – Rune Lords 1 This inexpensive little pdf clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What exactly is in here? Well, know how the AP-installment have a couple of monsters in the back? This book converts these beasts featured in the by now legendary first RotRL, the first Pathfinder installment ever, into mythic versions.   The first critter herein would be the CR 5/MR 2 Attic Whisperer – and one look at the critter makes clear that this is no hack job: White a morale-sapping aura of decrepitude, fast healing while within debris-laden areas and claws […]

    Mythic Module Monsters – Rune Lords 1

    Mythic Module Monsters – Rune Lords 1 This inexpensive little pdf clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What exactly is in here? Well, know how the AP-installment have a couple of monsters in the back? This book converts these beasts featured in the by now legendary first RotRL, the first Pathfinder installment ever, into mythic versions.   The first critter herein would be the CR 5/MR 2 Attic Whisperer – and one look at the critter makes clear that this is no hack job: White a morale-sapping aura of decrepitude, fast healing while within debris-laden areas and claws […]

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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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  • Four Horsemen Present: Mature Character Options This installment of the Four Horsemen Present series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The first thing you’ll notice herein is that this is not simply an accumulation of rules – we begin in a rather pleasant manner, we begin by highlighting several components of the ROLEplaying aspect of our game that can prove to be interesting for both players and GMs alike – mature themes. No, this does not mean that this book is gory or the like – it means that it highlights the effects of an enmity grown over […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Mature Character Options

    Four Horsemen Present: Mature Character Options This installment of the Four Horsemen Present series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/advertisement, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The first thing you’ll notice herein is that this is not simply an accumulation of rules – we begin in a rather pleasant manner, we begin by highlighting several components of the ROLEplaying aspect of our game that can prove to be interesting for both players and GMs alike – mature themes. No, this does not mean that this book is gory or the like – it means that it highlights the effects of an enmity grown over […]

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  • Mythic Monsters: Demons Too This installment of the Mythic Monsters-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This time around, we begin this installment with a nice piece of introductory prose before diving right into the creatures, the first of which would be the CR 4/MR 1 Abrikandilu, whose theme of vanity/destruction has been amplified to being able to twist reflections of targets and mutilate those hapless creatures seeking to do battle […]

    Mythic Monsters: Demons Too

    Mythic Monsters: Demons Too This installment of the Mythic Monsters-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This time around, we begin this installment with a nice piece of introductory prose before diving right into the creatures, the first of which would be the CR 4/MR 1 Abrikandilu, whose theme of vanity/destruction has been amplified to being able to twist reflections of targets and mutilate those hapless creatures seeking to do battle […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – Blasphemer This hybrid class 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!   The blasphemer, as a chassis, is a blending of antipaladin and bard and as such, must be evil. The class gets d8 HD, 3/4 BAB-progression, good Fort- and Will-saves, 6+Int skills per level and proficiency with simple and martial weapons as well as all types of armor and shields, excluding tower shields. The class begins play with an aura of evil and gets access to cantrips. The class draws its spells from the antipaladin and bard spell lists (with certain spells added […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – Blasphemer

    Four Horsemen Present: Hybrid Class – Blasphemer This hybrid class 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!   The blasphemer, as a chassis, is a blending of antipaladin and bard and as such, must be evil. The class gets d8 HD, 3/4 BAB-progression, good Fort- and Will-saves, 6+Int skills per level and proficiency with simple and martial weapons as well as all types of armor and shields, excluding tower shields. The class begins play with an aura of evil and gets access to cantrips. The class draws its spells from the antipaladin and bard spell lists (with certain spells added […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Character Options – Gods in the Void This installment in the Four Horsemen present-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf kicks off by codifying classic Lovecraftian deities via minimalistic deity-write-ups: I.e. alignment, domains, portfolio and favored weapons, but no additional inquisition/sub-domain-information, with Azathoth, Nyarlythotep, Azdan and Shamash getting their due.   A total of 6 new traits are provided, allowing you to be the lost prince of an alien planet, the option to incur Wisdom damage to increase CL by +1 when casting compulsions or phantasms – the traits provided actually manage to […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Character Options – Gods in the Void

    Four Horsemen Present: Character Options – Gods in the Void This installment in the Four Horsemen present-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 9 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf kicks off by codifying classic Lovecraftian deities via minimalistic deity-write-ups: I.e. alignment, domains, portfolio and favored weapons, but no additional inquisition/sub-domain-information, with Azathoth, Nyarlythotep, Azdan and Shamash getting their due.   A total of 6 new traits are provided, allowing you to be the lost prince of an alien planet, the option to incur Wisdom damage to increase CL by +1 when casting compulsions or phantasms – the traits provided actually manage to […]

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  • Southlands Bestiary This massive bestiary for use with the Southlands campaign setting (but not limited to it) clocks in at 122 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of backer-lists, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 3/4 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 112 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I was a backer of the Southlands kickstarter, but am otherwise not involved with this book. My review is primarily based on the softcover print version of this book, though I consulted the electronic version to verify e.g. presence of bookmarks and similar components.   This book is pretty much a sans frills experience – the brief version […]

    Southlands Bestiary

    Southlands Bestiary This massive bestiary for use with the Southlands campaign setting (but not limited to it) clocks in at 122 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of backer-lists, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 3/4 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 112 1/4 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I was a backer of the Southlands kickstarter, but am otherwise not involved with this book. My review is primarily based on the softcover print version of this book, though I consulted the electronic version to verify e.g. presence of bookmarks and similar components.   This book is pretty much a sans frills experience – the brief version […]

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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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  • Four Horsemen Present: Mythic Magic Items This installment of the Four Horsemen present-series clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1/2 page editorial, leaving us with 6.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with a collection of new legendary items, 4 to be precise. The first of these would be Hirasthe, a blade of hardened obsidian, driven to create sorrow, anguish and undermine morality – so the blade’s a politician…Just kidding. Half. Kidding aside, the blade is a brilliant liar can use glibness and magic jar with surprising efficiency…and quite frankly, I can see an adventure where this blade, not the wielder, is the primary antagonist. That’s a […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Mythic Magic Items

    Four Horsemen Present: Mythic Magic Items This installment of the Four Horsemen present-series clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1/2 page editorial, leaving us with 6.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with a collection of new legendary items, 4 to be precise. The first of these would be Hirasthe, a blade of hardened obsidian, driven to create sorrow, anguish and undermine morality – so the blade’s a politician…Just kidding. Half. Kidding aside, the blade is a brilliant liar can use glibness and magic jar with surprising efficiency…and quite frankly, I can see an adventure where this blade, not the wielder, is the primary antagonist. That’s a […]

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  • Mythic Monsters: Daemons This installment of the mythic monsters-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so we begin this installment of Mythic Monsters with fiction – and if “Taste. Savor. Appreciate.” as a title doesn’t get you in the groove for the all too often neglected, purely evil daemons, then I sure don’t know what will – disturbing and well-crafted!   The first creature herein takes no prisoners: CR […]

    Mythic Monsters: Daemons

    Mythic Monsters: Daemons This installment of the mythic monsters-series clocks in at 32 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 18 pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so we begin this installment of Mythic Monsters with fiction – and if “Taste. Savor. Appreciate.” as a title doesn’t get you in the groove for the all too often neglected, purely evil daemons, then I sure don’t know what will – disturbing and well-crafted!   The first creature herein takes no prisoners: CR […]

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  • Four Horsemen Present: Pakuvresh, the Flesh Golem Factory This pdf clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 0.5 pages of editorial, leaving us with 9.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure set-piece/location-supplement/encounter-collection, the following will have SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. .   So what is Pakuvresh? The simple response would be that it is what happens when a truly vile wizard has too much time on his hands – the location is basically an autonomous plant that cranks out horrid monstrosities and awaits its creator’s return to unleash its dread armies…or so the story goes. Situated in the astral plane, the place […]

    Four Horsemen Present: Pakuvresh, the Flesh Golem Factory

    Four Horsemen Present: Pakuvresh, the Flesh Golem Factory This pdf clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 0.5 pages of editorial, leaving us with 9.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure set-piece/location-supplement/encounter-collection, the following will have SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. .   So what is Pakuvresh? The simple response would be that it is what happens when a truly vile wizard has too much time on his hands – the location is basically an autonomous plant that cranks out horrid monstrosities and awaits its creator’s return to unleash its dread armies…or so the story goes. Situated in the astral plane, the place […]

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  • Monster Menagerie: The Construct Companion This massive tome clocks in at 123 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1.5 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page blank back cover, leaving us with 114.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this massive, huge book with an aptly-written piece of prose before diving straight into this massive book, which can be pictured as w2hat would happen if a book of the series formerly known as Mythic Menagerie (renamed due to the release of the mythic rules) took more steroids than an 80s locker-room full of pro-wrestlers. What do i mean by this? Well, this huge book is […]

    Monster Menagerie: The Construct Companion

    Monster Menagerie: The Construct Companion This massive tome clocks in at 123 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1.5 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page blank back cover, leaving us with 114.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this massive, huge book with an aptly-written piece of prose before diving straight into this massive book, which can be pictured as w2hat would happen if a book of the series formerly known as Mythic Menagerie (renamed due to the release of the mythic rules) took more steroids than an 80s locker-room full of pro-wrestlers. What do i mean by this? Well, this huge book is […]

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  • Advanced Races: Lizardfolk This installment of the Advanced Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, with the lizardfolk getting shafted in the ARG (apart from being used as an RP-example), we receive a full-blown depiction here – following the ARG, the lizardfolk receive +2 Str and Con, -2 Int (though I would have preferred the second bonus to fall on the mental attributes for a more versatile focus) , receive a swim speed of 15 ft (including +8 to Swim checks) and a 1d3 bite and two 1d4 claw primary natural attacks. They also receive […]

    Advanced Races: Lizardfolk

    Advanced Races: Lizardfolk This installment of the Advanced Races-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, with the lizardfolk getting shafted in the ARG (apart from being used as an RP-example), we receive a full-blown depiction here – following the ARG, the lizardfolk receive +2 Str and Con, -2 Int (though I would have preferred the second bonus to fall on the mental attributes for a more versatile focus) , receive a swim speed of 15 ft (including +8 to Swim checks) and a 1d3 bite and two 1d4 claw primary natural attacks. They also receive […]

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  • The Genius Guide to Gruesome Giants This mini bestiary clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Giants aren’t subtle. They don’t lend themselves well to horror and so far, the undead templates released as “Gruesome” hit exactly that spot – so what is this about? Well essentially, it’s a book to spice up giants and make them as “OMG -GIANTS!!! RUN!!!!” as possible. This is achieved via templates, though we also receive sample statblocks for giants to drop in as written into a given campaign, so let’s go down through it, shall we? First of all: Shock […]

    The Genius Guide to Gruesome Giants

    The Genius Guide to Gruesome Giants This mini bestiary clocks in at 24 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 21 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Giants aren’t subtle. They don’t lend themselves well to horror and so far, the undead templates released as “Gruesome” hit exactly that spot – so what is this about? Well essentially, it’s a book to spice up giants and make them as “OMG -GIANTS!!! RUN!!!!” as possible. This is achieved via templates, though we also receive sample statblocks for giants to drop in as written into a given campaign, so let’s go down through it, shall we? First of all: Shock […]

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