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RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16. RPG Superstar 7 Season Star Voter, 8 Season Star Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 4,194 posts (4,409 including aliases). 13 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 8 Pathfinder Society characters. 1 alias.



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Got this randomly

*****

Very cool and striking mini. The cloak has a smooth texture that brings out all the dramatic wrinkles. I love how it doesn't represent any particular monster by name -- it's just called DEATH. Made me want to create a summoner with a psychopomp eidolon that looks like this.


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Best class deck I ever bought

****( )

This is the first time I bought a class deck where I liked all three characters. Each one had an interesting play style on top of living up to the game mechanics that make the summoner break the mold. I bought this deck with low expectations and was very pleasantly surprised.

However, I have to give this only four-stars because the deck doesn't come with enough blessings and other basic cards to create a full deck for some of the characters. While I'm not crazy about paying money for common duplicates, class decks are a product series marketed as a stand-alone card pool for your character decks -- which is mandatory for organized play. You can't market a product like this and then force me to borrow components from the base set.


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A bit of a misfire

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I was disappointed in the class. I love the lore and flavor. The production values are awesome with a beautiful PDF filled with cool illustrations. However, the class just feels really bland. It's basically just a warpriest with a gun. Honestly, I think it would have worked better as an archetype since the class seems to lack unique class features. I'm not a fan of the feats. Most feel too way too strong or have abuse cases. For some reason, the PDF includes a revised version of Gunsmithing that requires you to have to make Craft checks for ammunition.

That being said, it is a solid class that's cleanly written (other than ordering the class features wrong). And as I said, the PDF looks absolutely stunning and the illustrations of cool fantasy guns almost makes the product worth checking out. Though, with all the cool illustrations of gunblades, it does feel disappointing there's no option for gunblade-wielding priest.


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Like Dragons - There is very good and very bad

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I feel rather conflicted. I absolutely love the good parts of Legacy of Dragons. For the bad parts, I absolutely hate to the point of feeling insulted.

Legacy of Dragons has a great premise that deserves a larger book and possesses plenty of awesome options like variant draconic heritages and a feat that lets you get dragon-themed powers without having to be a sorcerer. The new Form of the Dragon spells were something we really needed, and the other spells are really cool.

However, Legacy of Dragons has some content that absolutely infuriates me. The drake companion rules and some of the archetypes are absolutely poorly designed. This isn't just the case of content missing the mark - there's major flaws here that render the archetypes totally worthless and unplayable. There's a fighter archetype that replaces bonus feats at levels the fighter doesn't get any feats. This archetype also gives Arcane Strike, but forgets to indicate the fighter's effective caster level.

The alchemist archetype is also particularly baffling in that I honestly don't see any reason to ever take this archetype. It severely weakens your mutagen without giving you anything in return. It takes away your 2nd level level discovery and gives you a worst version of feral mutagen. It restricts you to using breath weapon bomb for all bombs AND takes away Throw Anything, the class feature vital to an alchemist's damage. All but one ability this archetype gives are literally just worst versions of discoveries you can take as a vanilla alchemist -- except the ability granted by the archetype all come at a hefty cost of other class features for no explicable reason.

I absolutely cringe whenever I see flaws like this, and I don't know why it happens. Does Paizo hire inexperienced freelancers? Do they not have anyone checking for errors like this? Are their deadlines so tight that designers can't QA their work sufficiently? Whatever the reason, it leaves me feeling like Pathfinder RPG products are created by a company that fails to understand how its own game works. This is the main reason I only sparingly buy Player Companions. More often than not, I can get higher quality work from reputable 3rd Party Publishers and get it cheaper.

The real question is: Do I condemn the book for a few pages of terrible work? I don't know. But overall, I do feel positive about the purchase. I honestly wouldn't feel so bad about the bad content if we got a larger volume. With only 32 pages, a few pages of poor quality content can become a massive stain on an otherwise good product.


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Exceeds Expectations

*****

I expected to get a book that adds some extra crunch and maybe a little fluff to the kitsune. What I didn't expect was a book full of interesting, creative options. The archetypes, feats, and other content utilize rather creative design. Surprisingly, the content actually expands -- not invalidates -- the content of the Advanced Race Guide. A good example involves some interesting archetypes and uses for kitsune star gems, largely considered rather boring in the official Paizo hardcover, but now made interesting in this volume.

If I have one issue with the kitsune compendium, it's that there's surprisingly not a lot of flavor for the race beyond a few pages describing the typical kitsune's personality and physiology.

People long wanted a Pathfinder Player Companion for the kitsune race. If one did get published, it would have a hard time competing against the Kitsune Compendium in terms of quality and clever design.


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