Tyler Beck Archive

  • Undefeatable 24: The Magus This Undefeatable-installment clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of feats, so let’s take a look!   -Advanced Fighter: Use total magus level to qualify for fighter feats. High prereq, solid! I like it!   -Death-Taker: Treat cure spells as on your spell list for the purpose of items, etc.; also +2d6 damage when using these spells to damage undead for 1 arcane pool point. Cool!   -Destructive Spellstrike: Treat your weapon as admantine when delivering a spell versus something with hardness.   -Destructive Spellstrike, Improved: When using the former feat, you may expend an arcane pool point for +2d6 damage. Solid.   -Enhanced Alchemy: As a swift action, enhance […]

    Undefeatable 24: The Magus

    Undefeatable 24: The Magus This Undefeatable-installment clocks in at 4 pages, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of feats, so let’s take a look!   -Advanced Fighter: Use total magus level to qualify for fighter feats. High prereq, solid! I like it!   -Death-Taker: Treat cure spells as on your spell list for the purpose of items, etc.; also +2d6 damage when using these spells to damage undead for 1 arcane pool point. Cool!   -Destructive Spellstrike: Treat your weapon as admantine when delivering a spell versus something with hardness.   -Destructive Spellstrike, Improved: When using the former feat, you may expend an arcane pool point for +2d6 damage. Solid.   -Enhanced Alchemy: As a swift action, enhance […]

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  • Shadows over Vathak: Player’s Guide to Vathak This Vathak-book clocks in at…436 pages. No, NOT kidding. 436. 1 page of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 427 pages of content. HOLY MOLY.   This massive book was moved up in my review queue as a prioritized review. Additionally, it was moved further up due to me getting a print copy. Finally, the reason you see this now, so shortly after release, is simple: I’ve had the WIP-version for more than a month and had sufficient time to tinker and analyze this book.   Vathak. Before we take a look at the content, a brief […]

    Shadows over Vathak: Player’s Guide to Vathak

    Shadows over Vathak: Player’s Guide to Vathak This Vathak-book clocks in at…436 pages. No, NOT kidding. 436. 1 page of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 4 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 427 pages of content. HOLY MOLY.   This massive book was moved up in my review queue as a prioritized review. Additionally, it was moved further up due to me getting a print copy. Finally, the reason you see this now, so shortly after release, is simple: I’ve had the WIP-version for more than a month and had sufficient time to tinker and analyze this book.   Vathak. Before we take a look at the content, a brief […]

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  • CLASSifieds: The Apothecary This installment of the CLASSifieds-series clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The apothecary is a new base-class provided herein – it sports 1/2 BAB-progression, good fort- and will-saves, simple weapon and light armor proficiency and Brew Potion as a 1st level bonus feat. The class lacks HD and skill-information, though. This is a glaring oversight, for while the class obviously mutated out of an archetype, it lacks the “X replaces Y”-information that is the standard for archetypes and thus would be considered a class of its own. While I assume the alchemist’s default […]

    CLASSifieds: The Apothecary

    CLASSifieds: The Apothecary This installment of the CLASSifieds-series clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The apothecary is a new base-class provided herein – it sports 1/2 BAB-progression, good fort- and will-saves, simple weapon and light armor proficiency and Brew Potion as a 1st level bonus feat. The class lacks HD and skill-information, though. This is a glaring oversight, for while the class obviously mutated out of an archetype, it lacks the “X replaces Y”-information that is the standard for archetypes and thus would be considered a class of its own. While I assume the alchemist’s default […]

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  • CLASSifieds: The Battlefield Defiler This pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page about Fat Goblin Games, leaving us with 3 pages of content for the battlefield defiler, so let’s take a look what this magus archetype does, shall we?   Battlefield Defilers must be of evil alignment and get an assortment of necromancy spells added to their spell-list – which includes quite a few powerful spells; Something to bear in mind when thinking about taking this archetype – magi can easily get access to them, so that’s one power-upgrade there – or it would be if this archetype wouldn’t lose Spell Recall and Knowledge Pool. No complaints. Now the archetype also modifies […]

    CLASSifieds: The Battlefield Defiler (Magus Archetype)

    CLASSifieds: The Battlefield Defiler This pdf clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page about Fat Goblin Games, leaving us with 3 pages of content for the battlefield defiler, so let’s take a look what this magus archetype does, shall we?   Battlefield Defilers must be of evil alignment and get an assortment of necromancy spells added to their spell-list – which includes quite a few powerful spells; Something to bear in mind when thinking about taking this archetype – magi can easily get access to them, so that’s one power-upgrade there – or it would be if this archetype wouldn’t lose Spell Recall and Knowledge Pool. No complaints. Now the archetype also modifies […]

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  • CLASSifieds: Skinwalking Shaman This alternate class of the druid clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Instead of nature’s bond, skinwalking shamen [sic!] can choose a domain from a limited list, but only receives the domain’s powers, no bonus spells. Furthermore, the shaman is treated as a full BAB-class for a round in which he only attacks with natural weapons/unarmed strikes. This replaces nature sense. Instead of a common wildshape, skinwalking shamans learn to turn into one specific creature from a list of 8 different choices for 1 hour/level (which should probably be class level…) and at second level and […]

    CLASSifieds: Skinwalking Shaman

    CLASSifieds: Skinwalking Shaman This alternate class of the druid clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Instead of nature’s bond, skinwalking shamen [sic!] can choose a domain from a limited list, but only receives the domain’s powers, no bonus spells. Furthermore, the shaman is treated as a full BAB-class for a round in which he only attacks with natural weapons/unarmed strikes. This replaces nature sense. Instead of a common wildshape, skinwalking shamans learn to turn into one specific creature from a list of 8 different choices for 1 hour/level (which should probably be class level…) and at second level and […]

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  • CLASSifieds: Shaman of Humanity This druid archetype clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages, so let’s take a look!   The shaman of humanity is a druid archetype that is available exclusively to those with human ancestry (including half-breeds). They alter their proficiencies and may actually wear metal armor, but also receive slightly diminished spellcasting. Their empathy only applies to domesticated animals or those under the effects of the anthropomorphic animal effect. Unlike the regular effect, though, the shaman learns to cast this as a spell-like ability that lasts for quite some time on his companion and said companion takes on the proficiencies of the shaman of […]

    CLASSifieds: Shaman of Humanity

    CLASSifieds: Shaman of Humanity This druid archetype clocks in at 9 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving us with 6 pages, so let’s take a look!   The shaman of humanity is a druid archetype that is available exclusively to those with human ancestry (including half-breeds). They alter their proficiencies and may actually wear metal armor, but also receive slightly diminished spellcasting. Their empathy only applies to domesticated animals or those under the effects of the anthropomorphic animal effect. Unlike the regular effect, though, the shaman learns to cast this as a spell-like ability that lasts for quite some time on his companion and said companion takes on the proficiencies of the shaman of […]

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  • CLASSifieds: Centaurian (Cavalier Archetype) This installment of the CLASSifieds-series is 6 pages long, 1 page front cover/SRD, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so what is this about?   The centaurian archetype replaces ride with knowledge (nature) and does not gain proficiency with heavy armor. Instead of challenge, the centaurian receives the so-called Tauric Shape – essentially a wild-shape variant, choosing a lower torso of a quadruped one size larger than the character. This increases size category by one step, but avoids the weapon-size debacle by simply also granting the undersized weapons creature ability of the centaur. The cavalier also gets a +2 bonus to Str and a +10 ft enhancement to base land speed. Equipment […]

    CLASSifieds: Centaurian (Cavalier Archetype)

    CLASSifieds: Centaurian (Cavalier Archetype) This installment of the CLASSifieds-series is 6 pages long, 1 page front cover/SRD, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so what is this about?   The centaurian archetype replaces ride with knowledge (nature) and does not gain proficiency with heavy armor. Instead of challenge, the centaurian receives the so-called Tauric Shape – essentially a wild-shape variant, choosing a lower torso of a quadruped one size larger than the character. This increases size category by one step, but avoids the weapon-size debacle by simply also granting the undersized weapons creature ability of the centaur. The cavalier also gets a +2 bonus to Str and a +10 ft enhancement to base land speed. Equipment […]

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  • CLASSifieds: The Saint (Revised Edition) This pdf is 18 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, ~1/2 a page editorial, leaving us with 15 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the saint, shall we?   Saints need to have the same alignment as their deity and get d8,4+Int skills per level, proficiency with the deity’s favored weapon and simple weapons as well as shields and simple armor, but not tower shields. Saints get prepared divine spellcasting via wis of spells of up to 6th level from their own spell-list, 3/4 BAB-progression and good ref and will-saves and one domain from their patron’s available list. Regarding their spell-list – the list has been modified and […]

    CLASSifieds: The Saint (Revised Edition)

    CLASSifieds: The Saint (Revised Edition) This pdf is 18 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, ~1/2 a page editorial, leaving us with 15 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the saint, shall we?   Saints need to have the same alignment as their deity and get d8,4+Int skills per level, proficiency with the deity’s favored weapon and simple weapons as well as shields and simple armor, but not tower shields. Saints get prepared divine spellcasting via wis of spells of up to 6th level from their own spell-list, 3/4 BAB-progression and good ref and will-saves and one domain from their patron’s available list. Regarding their spell-list – the list has been modified and […]

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  • CLASSifieds: The Saint This pdf is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, ~1/2 a page editorial, leaving us with 1 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the saint, shall we?   Saints need to have the same alignment as their deity and get d8,4+Int skills per level, proficiency with the deity’s favored weapon and simple weapons as well as shields and simple armor, but not tower shields. Saints get prepared divine spellcasting via wis of spells of up to 6th level from their own spell-list , 3/4 BAB-progression and good ref and will-saves and one domain from their patron’s available list. Regarding their spell-list – the list contains bard, paladin and cleric […]

    CLASSifieds: The Saint

    CLASSifieds: The Saint This pdf is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, ~1/2 a page editorial, leaving us with 1 1/2 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the saint, shall we?   Saints need to have the same alignment as their deity and get d8,4+Int skills per level, proficiency with the deity’s favored weapon and simple weapons as well as shields and simple armor, but not tower shields. Saints get prepared divine spellcasting via wis of spells of up to 6th level from their own spell-list , 3/4 BAB-progression and good ref and will-saves and one domain from their patron’s available list. Regarding their spell-list – the list contains bard, paladin and cleric […]

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