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Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS and d20pfsrd.com's shop.
Your review convinced me that this one will be worth getting. It actually sounds almost humorous with some of those ideas; how many adventurers will admit they were beaten up by the architecture?
They did? Thanks for giving me a reason to get a copy of that book.
A Xa Hoi-themed/located adventure wouldn't even have to be dragon-centered to make me want to buy it. Just seeing someone use Vietnamese history, mythology, and folklore in the game would be wonderful.
Jason Nelson wrote:
Just so I'm clear here, there's no 'coupon' for the $2 special -- we have to buy a regular price PDF or hardcover, and then we e-mail you the lower-priced title we want, and then you change the price to $2 for that sale?
Jason Nelson wrote:
Woo, glad to hear it! If you like bad guy classes, I'd also encourage you to take a look at our "Legendary Villains" series, currently including Dark Druids and Antipaladins (by Clinton Boomer and I) and Evil Clerics (by Jenny Jarzabski and I), and watch out for the next ones in that series. We've already announced Legendary Villains: Wicked Witches (by Jenny Jarzabski again), but could I tempt you with... Legendary Villains: Assassins?
Ooh, I am looking forward to the Wicked Witches one!
And sorry to be a broken record, but I'm hoping that we get to see Ultimate Armies and the tournaments PDF soon too.
That's one heck of a final list of critters for this book. I've been wanting more information on the urdefhan, gugs, morlocks, duergar, and troglodytes for a long time.
I always thought of the trogs as degenerate lizard men who went underground to worship demons in peace away from their more peaceful kin, occasionally returning to the Bright Lands to kidnap other lizard folk for purposes of breeding and sacrifice. I'm sure that what's in here will be 100% different from that, and it'll be a joy to read.
I got this one and I love the list of ideas presented. I have to admit, I never would have thought of half of these eidolon concepts (lie the conjured ancestor or idealized version of yourself), but they all make perfect sense.
I hope you'll be doing something for the summoner end of the summoner-eidolon relationship in the future!
it’ll be a joy to get this one finally off my desk and out to you, hopefully followed soon thereafter by Ultimate Armies, Royal Tournaments, and Way of the Blade! - See more at: http://www.makeyourgamelegendary.com/egypt-is-here-and-winter-is-coming-but -its-a-pirates-life-for-me/#sthash.fWahdwD3.dpuf
Good news! I've been looking forward to Ultimate Armies and Royal Tournaments for a LONG time. Just what is that 'Way of the Blade' book, though?
Eberron is new-fangled in my book. I've got the old Greyhawk folio edition (the one before the 1983 box set). Now that's putting the Grey in "Greyhawk."
I know a fellow who has his original copy of Eldritch Wizardry occupying pride of place on his bookshelf. He used to play gray-bearded crotchety old wizards; now he almost is one.
I have to agree with End. When I was a kid growing up and you could still find comics for $.35 in the corner store, my favorites were the horror, fantasy, and war titles. You could have Batman and Spider-Man, I wanted the Thomas/Buscema Conan, the Colan Dracula, the Haunted Tan, and all those cheap and gloriously awful DC horror comics and Marvel monster reprints.
And does anyone else from the States remember the old local horror shows that were often the first introduction to Universal, Hammer, and Toho? Like 'Shock Theater with Dr. Shock' in SE Pennsylvania?
It's good to see that they've decided to put in responses of how and what other nations are doing during a campaign. This adds realism and depth to the campaign world. So hooray!
Given that this is happening to Cheliax, I imagine most of those responses can be summed up as wild rejoicing followed by a land grab.
I got this book and I love it. So many great ideas, but I particularly enjoy the new backgrounds and associated story feats. Particularly the 'bad romances'; I'd love to see how it goes when one of the PCs is in love with one of the villains fighting the rest of the party. Especially if they take it easy on their 'true love' while hammering everyone else.
"Guys, if we just stopped messing with her ritual sacrifices to the Abyss my girlfriend Azzie, I mean Azzakrat the Murderous promises no more conjured demons sent into our bedrooms at 3 in the morning."
I was kind of surprised to see so many of the new spells lacked the 'evil' descriptor. Not complaining but I would have thought that if any book was justified in bringing in evil spells, it would be this one.
It's a great piece of work, Paizo!
I just got this ad read through it, and I agree with everyone who hopes we see more information and options for both the shapeshifter and the vessel.
I do have a question or two about the 'shifter: does the hybrid shape adaptation permit taking on half-animal forms like a gnoll or ratfolk or adlet? Or should the character stick to taking humanoid forms of them?
Also, just to be clear on my end, the shapeshifter doesn't get the ability bonuses or penalties you would if having spells like beast form or alter self cast on them, do they?
Also, one minor critique, the information for the 12th level grace boon granted by a daemon passenger to their vessel seems to be missing.
Really this is a great book. The new classes are very original and the options for other classes are great.
Hey, I don't mind kitsune art. Not when it's well done! I wish we had a race of anthropomorphic wolves to go with them but that's what other 3rd party publishers are for.
And please put me down as a buyer for "A Fox's Wedding" when it's done. Be nice to see how some social roleplaying with a whole skulk of ready to celebrate kitsune can be set up.
Thanks for that link.
Alexander Augunas wrote:
Thanks for the response and good luck!
For me it was two things. One was seeing Godzilla on my local TV as a kid. I mean, this was amazing! You could see GIANT MONSTERS battling it out with each other and leveling whole cities! This wasn't some small toy like King Kong or camera tricks, this was 'real'! I started loving monsters then and I still do.
The other was after my brother took me to see the 1981 Conan. I loved it, and said I wished there was more... So he took me to a bookstore and showed me the rack of Ballantine Conans with those Frazetta covers. And all these other names beside them: Anderson, Norton, De Camp, Adams, Tolkien, Lewis, more and more. I never looked back.
Hey, don't forget seeing Chewie's father Itchy getting aroused by Wookiee porn!... Much as you'll wish you could.
The SHARKNADO franchise.
The Bad: It's about sharks in a freaking tornado eating first LA, then Manhattan, and then finally the entire eastern half of the USA. And a Space Shuttle. IN ORBIT.
And the hero is a loon who blows up tornadoes with dynamite(!), kills flying sharks with a chainsaw(!!), for which he gets rewarded with a golden chainsaw by the President. And oh yes, in the third movie with the Space Shuttle, he fights off the sharks with a lightsaber chainsaw. I Am Not Making That Up.
The Good: Read everything above. And these people know the film is utter garbage and play with it. It's stupid, but it's a giddy glorious kind of stupid that leaves you laughing. Sometimes in shocked disbelief, but you'll laugh.
Christmas Story II took the legacy of the first film and publicly defiled it. The whole plot is that the kid from the first movie is now 15, and he wants a car for Christmas so his girlfriend will have sex with him. So, uh, yeah.
My 'favorite' part is how they keep referring to his friend Schwartz as 'Schwartz, a nondescript Jew' and at one point swipe a dollar from him by basically mugging him. Why did he refuse to hand the buck over? Because he's a Jew, that's why. Ye gods.
But the all-time champion of stupid movies has to be Manos The Hands of Fate.
captain yesterday wrote:
So this book tells you how to create a troop? Okay, definitely on the 'have to get it list' now.
EDIT: And the fact that it has some extra information for Kingmaker only makes me more eager to get it!
Mark Seifter wrote:
Would that 3pp product be Rite Games Secret of the Masquerade Reveler?
And I've only looked at this book in the stories, but I love the amount of 'modern weirdness' we got in here. The Greys, the Reptoids, the Hopkinsville Goblins (Hobkin gremlins), Orang-pendak, even the Manasaputras seem to be from Blavatsky's Theosophy if I remember right. Really, all we need now are game write-ups for flying saucers.
And the sahkils are great. Outsiders who feed on fear? They and those daemons that kill with fear must be great pals.
I love the amarrok and vukodlak too. Wolf monsters will always delight me. And a great assortment of weirdo oozes this time around.
Milo v3 wrote:
Like Zorro, the Scarlet Pimpernel, and the Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, just to name the first three I can think of.
And information on Galt and Daggermark's Poisoners? I'll definitely be getting this book.