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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Light Talents This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with two pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf kicks off with 7 basic talents, one of which, Solar Strike, is untagged: When you hit a creature with an attack, you can make it glow as a swift action, or glow brightly at the cost of 1 spell point. It should be noted that the pdf does miss the proper glow formatting, which can makes the rules-language somewhat obtuse. The pdf also includes a (lens) talent, the Halo Effect, which nets a scaling bonus to Bluff and Diplomacy (and optionally to Performance […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Light Talents

    Spheres Apocrypha: Light Talents This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with two pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf kicks off with 7 basic talents, one of which, Solar Strike, is untagged: When you hit a creature with an attack, you can make it glow as a swift action, or glow brightly at the cost of 1 spell point. It should be noted that the pdf does miss the proper glow formatting, which can makes the rules-language somewhat obtuse. The pdf also includes a (lens) talent, the Halo Effect, which nets a scaling bonus to Bluff and Diplomacy (and optionally to Performance […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Metal, Plant, Water This Spheres Apocrypha-installment clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf contains 5 new basic talents: Deep Nature lets you, when you spend a spell point to make geomancing last for a round per CL sans concentration to make that last for 1 minute per caster level instead. (Spirit) instead has that upgraded from 1 minute per caster level to 10 minutes per caster level. Muss Pummel has the (plantlife) tag and nets you more branches when using Pummel, provided you spend another spell point. The other 3 talents are the “lord-talents” for […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Metal, Plant, Water

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Metal, Plant, Water This Spheres Apocrypha-installment clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf contains 5 new basic talents: Deep Nature lets you, when you spend a spell point to make geomancing last for a round per CL sans concentration to make that last for 1 minute per caster level instead. (Spirit) instead has that upgraded from 1 minute per caster level to 10 minutes per caster level. Muss Pummel has the (plantlife) tag and nets you more branches when using Pummel, provided you spend another spell point. The other 3 talents are the “lord-talents” for […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Package – Air This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf, as would be expected, does come with rules for the air package, which has 3 basic features – conjuring a breeze requires concentration and air, instantaneous gusts of wind, and finally, air purification, which works with dangerous vapours, but not in e.g. a vacuum – some sort of gas needs to be there. This is interesting in as much as it changes how deadly gasses can be in Pathfinder, offering an option that is pretty rare in the vanilla game from […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Package – Air

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Package – Air This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 5 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf, as would be expected, does come with rules for the air package, which has 3 basic features – conjuring a breeze requires concentration and air, instantaneous gusts of wind, and finally, air purification, which works with dangerous vapours, but not in e.g. a vacuum – some sort of gas needs to be there. This is interesting in as much as it changes how deadly gasses can be in Pathfinder, offering an option that is pretty rare in the vanilla game from […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Spirit This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, we begin with 3 new basic talents – Spiritlord nets you concealment while concentrating on a (spirit) talent; you may also spend a spell point (blank space missing) to get total concealment instead. Odd deviation – unlike other –lord talents in the series, this doesn’t have the (spirit)-tag, but I assume that to be intentional to account for its potency. The other two talents are both tagged as (spirit), and one allows you to speak with vermin, and the other allows […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Spirit

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Spirit This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, we begin with 3 new basic talents – Spiritlord nets you concealment while concentrating on a (spirit) talent; you may also spend a spell point (blank space missing) to get total concealment instead. Odd deviation – unlike other –lord talents in the series, this doesn’t have the (spirit)-tag, but I assume that to be intentional to account for its potency. The other two talents are both tagged as (spirit), and one allows you to speak with vermin, and the other allows […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Earth This Spheres Apocrypha-installment clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with 5 new basic talents: Earthlord enhances the radius of earth geomancing abilities by 5 ft. per (earth) talent you possess. (Fyi: All talents herein have that tag!) Also designated as (spirit), Foundation requires dirt, sand or stone and nets you a deflection bonus to AC and CMD equal to 2, +1 per 5 CL when concentrating on earth geomancing. You can spend a spell point as a standard action to make that buff last, but you need to be standing on […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Earth

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Earth This Spheres Apocrypha-installment clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this pdf with 5 new basic talents: Earthlord enhances the radius of earth geomancing abilities by 5 ft. per (earth) talent you possess. (Fyi: All talents herein have that tag!) Also designated as (spirit), Foundation requires dirt, sand or stone and nets you a deflection bonus to AC and CMD equal to 2, +1 per 5 CL when concentrating on earth geomancing. You can spend a spell point as a standard action to make that buff last, but you need to be standing on […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Fire This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this one with 7 different basic talents, all of which have the fire tag:   Dragonlung nets you a 30.-ft-cone or 60 ft.-line breath weapon that deals 1d8 fire damage per two caster levels, Reflex halves. The talent has no prerequisite and no minimum level, and thus could be useless at first level. Additionally, the breath weapon has only a 1d4 round cooldown, but no spell point cost associated. Yeah, not gonna happen anywhere near my game.   Firelord enhances CL […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Fire

    Spheres Apocrypha: Nature Talents – Fire This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this one with 7 different basic talents, all of which have the fire tag:   Dragonlung nets you a 30.-ft-cone or 60 ft.-line breath weapon that deals 1d8 fire damage per two caster levels, Reflex halves. The talent has no prerequisite and no minimum level, and thus could be useless at first level. Additionally, the breath weapon has only a 1d4 round cooldown, but no spell point cost associated. Yeah, not gonna happen anywhere near my game.   Firelord enhances CL […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Dark Talents This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with 7 new basic talents:   -Dampen Light: 1 minute per caster level variant of darkness that doesn’t require concentration to maintain; dims light by one step and can allow for (meld) talents to work, but not (darkness) talents. Effects that interact with darkness can apply to a Dempen Light area. May be taken twice for the option to move light levels by two steps. Interesting one.   -Dappled Shadows: Reduce darkness radius in 5 ft. increments to create a second sphere with […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Dark Talents

    Spheres Apocrypha: Dark Talents This installment of the Spheres Apocrypha-series clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with 7 new basic talents:   -Dampen Light: 1 minute per caster level variant of darkness that doesn’t require concentration to maintain; dims light by one step and can allow for (meld) talents to work, but not (darkness) talents. Effects that interact with darkness can apply to a Dempen Light area. May be taken twice for the option to move light levels by two steps. Interesting one.   -Dappled Shadows: Reduce darkness radius in 5 ft. increments to create a second sphere with […]

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  • Spheres Apocrypha: Destruction Talents The first installment of small expansion-pdfs for the Spheres of Power system clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with 6 blast shape talents:   -Branding Taboo: By spending a spell point, the blast automatically affects a target in range; the target gets a brand and the caster specifies a general forbidden action, with the GM as arbiter as what does and doesn’t go. A list of suggested prohibited options or more detailed examples would have been nice here. The target is aware of this prohibition, which lasts for level rounds; I assume caster level to be intended here, […]

    Spheres Apocrypha: Destruction Talents

    Spheres Apocrypha: Destruction Talents The first installment of small expansion-pdfs for the Spheres of Power system clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin with 6 blast shape talents:   -Branding Taboo: By spending a spell point, the blast automatically affects a target in range; the target gets a brand and the caster specifies a general forbidden action, with the GM as arbiter as what does and doesn’t go. A list of suggested prohibited options or more detailed examples would have been nice here. The target is aware of this prohibition, which lasts for level rounds; I assume caster level to be intended here, […]

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  • 13 Fighter Talents and Maneuvers (13th Age) This little expansion-pdf for 13th Age fighters clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested as a prioritized review by one of my patreons.   The pdf begins with a brief introduction, which takes up the first page. After that, we are introduced to the 4 new talents herein, the first of which would be Bravado, which lets you once per battle, as a quick action (free for adventurer feat, +usable 2/battle, but only 1/day) roll 1d20 + Charisma vs. MD; on a success, AC […]

    13 Fighter Talents and Maneuvers (13th Age)

    13 Fighter Talents and Maneuvers (13th Age) This little expansion-pdf for 13th Age fighters clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was requested as a prioritized review by one of my patreons.   The pdf begins with a brief introduction, which takes up the first page. After that, we are introduced to the 4 new talents herein, the first of which would be Bravado, which lets you once per battle, as a quick action (free for adventurer feat, +usable 2/battle, but only 1/day) roll 1d20 + Charisma vs. MD; on a success, AC […]

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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 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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  • New Fighter Maneuvers & Talents (13th Age) This expansion for the fighter-class clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page artist contacts, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The 13th Age fighter, as this pdf aptly observes, is a significant step up in usefulness and player enjoyment over most iterations in any d20-based gaming system, but there are some holes in the fighter’s arsenal: In the introduction, the author aptly observes the odd lack of flexible attack triggers on odd results (haha…sorry, I’ll punch myself later for that one) and the relative dearth of ranged attack compatible maneuvers. This pdf, […]

    New Fighter Maneuvers & Talents (13th Age)

    New Fighter Maneuvers & Talents (13th Age) This expansion for the fighter-class clocks in at 31 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page artist contacts, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 25 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The 13th Age fighter, as this pdf aptly observes, is a significant step up in usefulness and player enjoyment over most iterations in any d20-based gaming system, but there are some holes in the fighter’s arsenal: In the introduction, the author aptly observes the odd lack of flexible attack triggers on odd results (haha…sorry, I’ll punch myself later for that one) and the relative dearth of ranged attack compatible maneuvers. This pdf, […]

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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 More Ranger Talents This pdf clocks in at 11 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   A total of 7 new edges are provided – which sounds like not much. Well, they cover pages 2 -5: What I’m trying to say is – they are LONG. A total of 16 companion tricks, from trample to grab etc. – all those NASTY monster qualities, are for example part of the tricks! Or what about more hunter’s tricks like one that prevents AoOs from spells or spell-like abilities. What about upgrading movement to flying, but with the […]

    The Genius Guide to More Ranger Talents

    The Genius Guide to More Ranger Talents This pdf clocks in at 11 pages of content, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   A total of 7 new edges are provided – which sounds like not much. Well, they cover pages 2 -5: What I’m trying to say is – they are LONG. A total of 16 companion tricks, from trample to grab etc. – all those NASTY monster qualities, are for example part of the tricks! Or what about more hunter’s tricks like one that prevents AoOs from spells or spell-like abilities. What about upgrading movement to flying, but with the […]

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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 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 More Monk Talents This pdf is 10 pages long, 2/3 of a page of front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with  8 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, here we are, new talents for the excellent reimagining of the monk class  and we kick off with 15 new talents –  though that number, especially when compared to older installments in the series, is deceptive – some of these talents are MASSIVE. Take for example elemental ki powers – these allow monks to harness an element for which the monk has an elemental fist-affinity. Now, by expending a point of ki, the monk learns to harness one ability from the list […]

    The Genius Guide to More Monk Talents

    The Genius Guide to More Monk Talents This pdf is 10 pages long, 2/3 of a page of front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with  8 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, here we are, new talents for the excellent reimagining of the monk class  and we kick off with 15 new talents –  though that number, especially when compared to older installments in the series, is deceptive – some of these talents are MASSIVE. Take for example elemental ki powers – these allow monks to harness an element for which the monk has an elemental fist-affinity. Now, by expending a point of ki, the monk learns to harness one ability from the list […]

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  • The Genius Guide to More Fighter Talents This pdf is 6 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 4 1/3 of a page content, so let’s check this out! The SGG-take on the Fighter with talents is justifiable popular and this pdf essentially offers NEW fighter talents (versus those based on archetype-abilities) for the talented fighter – talents, which, btw. you could relatively easily convert into feats. Unless I’ve miscounted, we get 23 new basic talents for the fighter, which include several talents that come only into play on a critical hit: Much like 3.5 Sword & Sorcery Advanced Player’s Guide’s extensive critical hit tables (oh, how I love them!), these talents allow […]

    The Genius Guide to More Fighter Talents

    The Genius Guide to More Fighter Talents This pdf is 6 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 4 1/3 of a page content, so let’s check this out! The SGG-take on the Fighter with talents is justifiable popular and this pdf essentially offers NEW fighter talents (versus those based on archetype-abilities) for the talented fighter – talents, which, btw. you could relatively easily convert into feats. Unless I’ve miscounted, we get 23 new basic talents for the fighter, which include several talents that come only into play on a critical hit: Much like 3.5 Sword & Sorcery Advanced Player’s Guide’s extensive critical hit tables (oh, how I love them!), these talents allow […]

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