Talented Archive

  • 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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  • 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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  • The Genius Guide to More Witch Talents The inevitable expansion book for the talented witch clocks in at 25 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 21 pages of content – quite a lot, so let’s dive in!   After getting once again the patented wall of text (which also categorizes them by utility) before diving into the new edges – and there are no cookie-cutter edges in this one – we begin with the complex (and awesome) curse bag: An item-class into which the witch can put all kinds of nasty curses and enhance them – these enhancements are concisely codified by the item’s spell level increase for creation […]

    The Genius Guide to More Witch Talents

    The Genius Guide to More Witch Talents The inevitable expansion book for the talented witch clocks in at 25 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 21 pages of content – quite a lot, so let’s dive in!   After getting once again the patented wall of text (which also categorizes them by utility) before diving into the new edges – and there are no cookie-cutter edges in this one – we begin with the complex (and awesome) curse bag: An item-class into which the witch can put all kinds of nasty curses and enhance them – these enhancements are concisely codified by the item’s spell level increase for creation […]

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  • The Genius Guide to the Talented Witch This HUGE book clocks in at 57 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial 1 page SRD, leaving us with…54 pages of content. Yep, that’s right… brutal!   The witch class, as rebuild in the talented line, mostly is identical in chassis to the base witch – though one noticeable discrepancy is an upgrade in skills per level from 2 + Int to 4 + Int, which may not be required for the witch in general and/or constitute a glitch.   At this point, I am assuming you’re familiar with teh concept of the talented class redesigns – basically, you have class features as a grab-bag, taken from archetypes and codified as […]

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Witch

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Witch This HUGE book clocks in at 57 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial 1 page SRD, leaving us with…54 pages of content. Yep, that’s right… brutal!   The witch class, as rebuild in the talented line, mostly is identical in chassis to the base witch – though one noticeable discrepancy is an upgrade in skills per level from 2 + Int to 4 + Int, which may not be required for the witch in general and/or constitute a glitch.   At this point, I am assuming you’re familiar with teh concept of the talented class redesigns – basically, you have class features as a grab-bag, taken from archetypes and codified as […]

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  • Advanced Options: Slayer Talents and Lethalities This installment of the advanced options line, now dealing with the slayer base-class from the ACG, clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial/SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now first of all, even if you do *not* like the slayer hybrid-class, this actually has some merit in owning – why? Well, are you aware of the rather popular talented versions of base classes RGG puts out? Well, the slayer talents and lethalities herein can be potentially used in conjunction with just that system! SO yes, even if, due to (imho partially more than valid) balance concerns or just […]

    Advanced Options: Slayer Talents and Lethalities

    Advanced Options: Slayer Talents and Lethalities This installment of the advanced options line, now dealing with the slayer base-class from the ACG, clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial/SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Now first of all, even if you do *not* like the slayer hybrid-class, this actually has some merit in owning – why? Well, are you aware of the rather popular talented versions of base classes RGG puts out? Well, the slayer talents and lethalities herein can be potentially used in conjunction with just that system! SO yes, even if, due to (imho partially more than valid) balance concerns or just […]

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  • The Genius Guide to the Talented Ranger The latest in Rogue Genius Games’ much beloved restructuring of base classes to become more versatile and modular, this one clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 38 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So basically, the framework remains the same – full BAB-progression, good ref- and fort-saves, d10, 6+Int skills per level, proficiency with light and medium armors and shields and simple and martial weapons. Okay. let me go out on a whim here – Rangers and their spell-less brethren from Kobold Press are very popular in my group – why? Because they are melee […]

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Ranger

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Ranger The latest in Rogue Genius Games’ much beloved restructuring of base classes to become more versatile and modular, this one clocks in at 41 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 38 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So basically, the framework remains the same – full BAB-progression, good ref- and fort-saves, d10, 6+Int skills per level, proficiency with light and medium armors and shields and simple and martial weapons. Okay. let me go out on a whim here – Rangers and their spell-less brethren from Kobold Press are very popular in my group – why? Because they are melee […]

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  • Heroes of the Siwathi Desert The second of Purple Duck Games’ Player’s Guides for their upcoming, highly anticipated Porphyra-setting clocks in at 53 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD and 1 page blank back cover, leaving us with a massive 48 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Introduced to the setting’s harsh realities by an aptly-written in-character narrative, we are introduced to the new races herein, first of which would be ancestor-worshipping Sibeccai-like humanoids, Fnolls and the godless, elemental-worshipping Zendiqi, the latter of which you may already know in more detail from one of the best Fehr’s Ethnology-installments. These 3 races have in common that they are balanced, do […]

    Heroes of the Siwathi Desert

    Heroes of the Siwathi Desert The second of Purple Duck Games’ Player’s Guides for their upcoming, highly anticipated Porphyra-setting clocks in at 53 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 2 pages of SRD and 1 page blank back cover, leaving us with a massive 48 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Introduced to the setting’s harsh realities by an aptly-written in-character narrative, we are introduced to the new races herein, first of which would be ancestor-worshipping Sibeccai-like humanoids, Fnolls and the godless, elemental-worshipping Zendiqi, the latter of which you may already know in more detail from one of the best Fehr’s Ethnology-installments. These 3 races have in common that they are balanced, do […]

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  • The Genius Guide to More Barbarian Talents The expansion for the superb talented barbarian clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page credits, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   A total of 4 new edges are provided – one to make an animal whisperer (wild empathy, then non-magical charm effect -wrap your head around that!), one to further improve cleaving, one for a mule-style barbarian with more carrying capacity/better str-checks and one to grant immunity versus compulsions, but with the caveat of including a higher-HD-by-4-caveat similarly to how sneak attack versus those tentatively immune to flanking is handled.   A total of 24 talents are […]

    The Genius Guide to More Barbarian Talents

    The Genius Guide to More Barbarian Talents The expansion for the superb talented barbarian clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page credits, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   A total of 4 new edges are provided – one to make an animal whisperer (wild empathy, then non-magical charm effect -wrap your head around that!), one to further improve cleaving, one for a mule-style barbarian with more carrying capacity/better str-checks and one to grant immunity versus compulsions, but with the caveat of including a higher-HD-by-4-caveat similarly to how sneak attack versus those tentatively immune to flanking is handled.   A total of 24 talents are […]

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  • The Genius Guide to the Talented Barbarian The first of the much-applauded “Talented”-treatments under Owen K.C. Stephens’ new Rogue Genius Games clocks in at an impressive 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 35 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So let’s take a look at the class, shall we? talented Barbarians must be of non-lawful alignment, get d12, 4+Int skills, full BAB-progression, good fort-saves and proficiency with all simple and martial weapons and light armors. They also get a so-called edge at first level, 2nd level and then at 5th level and every 6 levels after that. Barbarians also get a so-called talent at 1st level and […]

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Barbarian

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Barbarian The first of the much-applauded “Talented”-treatments under Owen K.C. Stephens’ new Rogue Genius Games clocks in at an impressive 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 35 (!!!) pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So let’s take a look at the class, shall we? talented Barbarians must be of non-lawful alignment, get d12, 4+Int skills, full BAB-progression, good fort-saves and proficiency with all simple and martial weapons and light armors. They also get a so-called edge at first level, 2nd level and then at 5th level and every 6 levels after that. Barbarians also get a so-called talent at 1st level and […]

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  • The Genius Guide to More Cavalier Talents The more than due expansion for the talented cavalier is here and clocks in at 9 pages, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 7 1/3 pages of content – less than what the monk got, but let’s take a look, shall we?   Unlike the addendum to the talented monk, though, we kick this one off with new edges – and one of them makes good of the promise evoked by the great cover artwork – Yes, there is a dragon mount option herein. While you’d use the Dragon Rider base-class essentially as a guideline to use the ability (or check d20pfsrd.com for the class), the codification […]

    The Genius Guide to: More Cavalier Talents

    The Genius Guide to More Cavalier Talents The more than due expansion for the talented cavalier is here and clocks in at 9 pages, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 7 1/3 pages of content – less than what the monk got, but let’s take a look, shall we?   Unlike the addendum to the talented monk, though, we kick this one off with new edges – and one of them makes good of the promise evoked by the great cover artwork – Yes, there is a dragon mount option herein. While you’d use the Dragon Rider base-class essentially as a guideline to use the ability (or check d20pfsrd.com for the class), the codification […]

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  • The Genius Guide to the Talented Cavalier This 4th reimagining of a base-class to make it more customizable/versatile would be the cavalier, with the pdf clocking in at 30 pages, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 28 1/3 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   Now on a basic level, the talented cavalier gets a full BAB, d10, 4+Int skills per level, proficiency with simple and martial weapons and light and medium armor and shields – yep, no standard heavy armor proficiency. The class also gets good fort-saves.   Now much like the monk-class, the cavalier gets edges and talents to choose from, but unlike the monk, the cavalier has some other […]

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Cavalier

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Cavalier This 4th reimagining of a base-class to make it more customizable/versatile would be the cavalier, with the pdf clocking in at 30 pages, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 28 1/3 pages of content, so let’s check this out!   Now on a basic level, the talented cavalier gets a full BAB, d10, 4+Int skills per level, proficiency with simple and martial weapons and light and medium armor and shields – yep, no standard heavy armor proficiency. The class also gets good fort-saves.   Now much like the monk-class, the cavalier gets edges and talents to choose from, but unlike the monk, the cavalier has some other […]

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  • The Genius Guide to the Talented Rogue This re-imagining of the rogue is 27 pages long, 2/3 of a pge front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 25 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   All right, as the regular rogue, the talented rogue gets d8, 8+Int skills per level, 3/4 BAB-progression, good ref-saves and proficiency-wise, talented rogues get proficiency with all simple weapons, the crossbow, rapier, sap, shortbow and short sword as well as light armor, but not shields.   Now unlike regular rogues, that’s about where the fixed part of the class ends and where a cornucopia of options begins: At the first 4 levels, talented rogues have to choose an edge […]

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Rogue

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Rogue This re-imagining of the rogue is 27 pages long, 2/3 of a pge front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 25 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   All right, as the regular rogue, the talented rogue gets d8, 8+Int skills per level, 3/4 BAB-progression, good ref-saves and proficiency-wise, talented rogues get proficiency with all simple weapons, the crossbow, rapier, sap, shortbow and short sword as well as light armor, but not shields.   Now unlike regular rogues, that’s about where the fixed part of the class ends and where a cornucopia of options begins: At the first 4 levels, talented rogues have to choose an edge […]

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  • The Genius Guide to the Talented Fighter This pdf is 14 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover,1 page editorial/SRD, leaving 12 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look! I’ll come right out and say it: I don’t like the fighter-class. There. I get the appeal of many feats/the master-of-arms angle, but the base-class, since 2nd edition really, bored me terribly. Armor Training, weapon training, weapon specialization – I get their appeal and their mechanical raison d`être but personally, I always considered the class oh so boring. PrCs, archetypes and e.g. the revision of barbarian, ranger, paladin and monk classes, as well as the addition of inquisitors and cavaliers have made vanilla fighters all but non-existent in […]

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Fighter

    The Genius Guide to the Talented Fighter This pdf is 14 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover,1 page editorial/SRD, leaving 12 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look! I’ll come right out and say it: I don’t like the fighter-class. There. I get the appeal of many feats/the master-of-arms angle, but the base-class, since 2nd edition really, bored me terribly. Armor Training, weapon training, weapon specialization – I get their appeal and their mechanical raison d`être but personally, I always considered the class oh so boring. PrCs, archetypes and e.g. the revision of barbarian, ranger, paladin and monk classes, as well as the addition of inquisitors and cavaliers have made vanilla fighters all but non-existent in […]

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