Will McCardell Archive

  • Legendary Planet Player’s Guide The Player’s Guide for the Legendary Planet AP clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page inside of back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, after the usual introduction to the matter at hand, we have to discuss one thing: The AP is set to officially begin at 2nd level, with the optional “The Assimilation Strain” prequel basically blindsiding the more mundane PCs. Hence, campaign trait selection is held off to the begin of the first “proper” adventure. Beyond that, there is a bit of a potential disjoint here: Namely, that this […]

    Legendary Planet Player’s Guide

    Legendary Planet Player’s Guide The Player’s Guide for the Legendary Planet AP clocks in at 19 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page inside of back cover, leaving us with 14 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, after the usual introduction to the matter at hand, we have to discuss one thing: The AP is set to officially begin at 2nd level, with the optional “The Assimilation Strain” prequel basically blindsiding the more mundane PCs. Hence, campaign trait selection is held off to the begin of the first “proper” adventure. Beyond that, there is a bit of a potential disjoint here: Namely, that this […]

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  • Wayfinder #14 The 14th issue of the eminent Wayfinder fanzine, by fans, for fans, clocks in at 80 pages, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 6 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 70 massive pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay. This is NOT a review in the traditional sense. Why? Because I am NOT going to analyze piece by piece, content by content everything featured herein – with a book as dense as Wayfinder #14, this would bloat the review to a level that would benefit no one, considering its free availability. What I’ll be doing instead, is first telling you a bit about Wayfinder…and what it means to me.   […]

    Wayfinder #14

    Wayfinder #14 The 14th issue of the eminent Wayfinder fanzine, by fans, for fans, clocks in at 80 pages, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 6 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 70 massive pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay. This is NOT a review in the traditional sense. Why? Because I am NOT going to analyze piece by piece, content by content everything featured herein – with a book as dense as Wayfinder #14, this would bloat the review to a level that would benefit no one, considering its free availability. What I’ll be doing instead, is first telling you a bit about Wayfinder…and what it means to me.   […]

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  • Ultimate Commander This massive class-pdf clocks in at 42 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page SRD, 4 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 30 pages of pure content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Before we get into the details of the general class, let me explain some of the basic premises of this class. If you’ve been following my reviews *VERY* carefully, you may be aware of the fact that I consider the troop-subtype awesome – much like swarms, it makes the pitchfork-wielding mob a challenge and its level of […]

    Ultimate Commander

    Ultimate Commander This massive class-pdf clocks in at 42 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of introduction, 1 page SRD, 4 pages of advertisement, 1 page inside back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 30 pages of pure content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Before we get into the details of the general class, let me explain some of the basic premises of this class. If you’ve been following my reviews *VERY* carefully, you may be aware of the fact that I consider the troop-subtype awesome – much like swarms, it makes the pitchfork-wielding mob a challenge and its level of […]

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  • Liber Influxus Communis: The Book of Collective Influence This massive book clocks in at 184 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page KS-thanks-list, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 177 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Disclaimer: I was a backer of the kickstarter for this project, but was in no other way involved with the creation of this book.   After a brief introduction and one pages summing up the starting gold, we dive into the massive array of classes herein – the reason why this review took forever to get done. So expect one epic-length monster of a review here!   The […]

    Liber Influxus Communis: The Book of Collective Influence

    Liber Influxus Communis: The Book of Collective Influence This massive book clocks in at 184 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page KS-thanks-list, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 177 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Disclaimer: I was a backer of the kickstarter for this project, but was in no other way involved with the creation of this book.   After a brief introduction and one pages summing up the starting gold, we dive into the massive array of classes herein – the reason why this review took forever to get done. So expect one epic-length monster of a review here!   The […]

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  • The Ossuarite Druid Archetype This archetype clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The ossuarite druid receives diminished spellcastng and has the usual alignment restrictions that apply to druids and their spellcasting canceled out -all the alignments are available. As you can imagine in the face of diminished spellcasting, the ossuarite does receive something rather unique – a skeletal animal companion. (Here a nitpick that won’t influence the final rating -the companion receives the skeleton-template, not the skeletal template…) – and thankfully DR is postponed for the immunity-studded, intelligence and skill retaining cute skeletal animal until 5th […]

    The Ossuarite Druid Archetype

    The Ossuarite Druid Archetype This archetype clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The ossuarite druid receives diminished spellcastng and has the usual alignment restrictions that apply to druids and their spellcasting canceled out -all the alignments are available. As you can imagine in the face of diminished spellcasting, the ossuarite does receive something rather unique – a skeletal animal companion. (Here a nitpick that won’t influence the final rating -the companion receives the skeleton-template, not the skeletal template…) – and thankfully DR is postponed for the immunity-studded, intelligence and skill retaining cute skeletal animal until 5th […]

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  • Genius Guide to Apeiron Staves This pdf is 16 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 14 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look! The supplement kicks off with a discussion on the basics of Apeiron Staves, where the word comes from and finally, why Apeiron Staves have been created – a massive design-rationale is given, including a sidebox etc. – but why? Because Apeiron staves are not merely spells in a can, they change the dynamics of combat, but more on that later. The description of Apeiron Staves e.g. can hint at its functionality and spellcasters may recharge the up to 20 charges these staves can hold by expending spell […]

    The Genius Guide to Apeiron Staves

    Genius Guide to Apeiron Staves This pdf is 16 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 14 1/3 pages of content, so let’s take a look! The supplement kicks off with a discussion on the basics of Apeiron Staves, where the word comes from and finally, why Apeiron Staves have been created – a massive design-rationale is given, including a sidebox etc. – but why? Because Apeiron staves are not merely spells in a can, they change the dynamics of combat, but more on that later. The description of Apeiron Staves e.g. can hint at its functionality and spellcasters may recharge the up to 20 charges these staves can hold by expending spell […]

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  • It’s compilation-review-time! This time, I’ll take a look at Rite Publishing’s massive collection   The Secrets of Adventuring This massive compilation is 226 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC,1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 219 pages of content, so let’s check this out, shall we? The very first component of this pdf would be Jonathan McAnulty’s Divine Channeler-class, an agent of the divine much more closely defined by the domains he chooses than a regular cleric or oracle would be – not only can they take some from the new meta-channeling feats, there also is an entry for each of the domains that specifies the way […]

    The Secrets of Adventuring

    It’s compilation-review-time! This time, I’ll take a look at Rite Publishing’s massive collection   The Secrets of Adventuring This massive compilation is 226 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC,1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 219 pages of content, so let’s check this out, shall we? The very first component of this pdf would be Jonathan McAnulty’s Divine Channeler-class, an agent of the divine much more closely defined by the domains he chooses than a regular cleric or oracle would be – not only can they take some from the new meta-channeling feats, there also is an entry for each of the domains that specifies the way […]

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  • Addressing Tactical Archetypes again with volume 2, Rite publishing gives us a PDF weighing in at 28 pages. Cover, Credits, OGL and an Ad and we’re at 24 pages left for the new archetypes. Opening with a small explanation of the underlying concept of teamwork that ties these archetypes together, we dive right into the material following a short alphabetical listing of the new archetypes by class. With fourteen new archetypes, there’s a varied collection that should have no problem appealing to fans of many different classes. First up is the Aetherurgist for the Oracle class. Introducing the idea of a Spirit Mastery Score that increases every odd level, several of the abilities for this archetype base their math on […]

    More Tactical Archetypes For Your RPG Arsenal

    Addressing Tactical Archetypes again with volume 2, Rite publishing gives us a PDF weighing in at 28 pages. Cover, Credits, OGL and an Ad and we’re at 24 pages left for the new archetypes. Opening with a small explanation of the underlying concept of teamwork that ties these archetypes together, we dive right into the material following a short alphabetical listing of the new archetypes by class. With fourteen new archetypes, there’s a varied collection that should have no problem appealing to fans of many different classes. First up is the Aetherurgist for the Oracle class. Introducing the idea of a Spirit Mastery Score that increases every odd level, several of the abilities for this archetype base their math on […]

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