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Legendary I: Legendary Blades (PFRPG) PDF

****½ (based on 3 ratings)

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We have all heard tales of the heroic young adventurer who picks up a magical sword from a time long forgotten and grows in power and acclaim alongside the weapon until both reach their true potential.

Within this product you will find 16 legendary blades that will grow in power alongside your Pathfinder Roleplaying Game character.

Each blade is featured on two pages to allow all the related rules to be easily printed and used at the game table.

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Awesome legendary weapons!


Before reading my review, you should probably know that I've been collaborating with the great guys at Purple Duck Games on several projects and that I received a free copy of this product. However, I have nothing invested in this product and feel that I can speak freely. Well, I did help out in the proofreading phase and I did help inspire the jealousy variant rule (which I, obviously, really like!)

Legendary blades? Awesome! I seem to remember something similar for 3.5e (from WotC), but since I can't really remember anything else, I'll stop making any comparisons. Each of these weapons gets a thorough treatment, with a detailed history and a walkthrough of all the abilities. The authors also added the material for each of the magic weapon special abilities used for the legendary blades. There are a lot of legendary blades in this pdf and I really like most of them, but I would have to say that two of my favorites are the Lion of Iskander (which is a flaming blade that not only allows the wielder to keep a dire lion for a cohort, but also allows him to transform into a dire lion) and Sandman's Blade (which is tied to dreams and allows the wielder some control over time!) These weapons just come with awesome flavor and can spark many an adventure.

My only problem with this product is the layout. I am glad that the Purple Ducks changed this in later products. A two column layout would have saved us a lot of pages.

Scaling weapons for you

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This pdf is 42 pages long, 1 page front cover/editorial/ToC, 4 pages SRD and 1 page of thanks for the feedback. That leaves 36 pages of content for $3.00! That is an awesome bang-for-buck-ratio. Now let’s take a look at whether the content suffers from the low price.

The pdf kicks off with a one-page introduction on how legendary weapons work and adds a variant optional rule for weapon jealousy. Nice.
The weapons follow a two-page format including b/w-artwork, requirements of the weapon, all the abilities and a table listing the weapon’s progression. The weapons are:

-Alieywishia, Orc Scourge: A bane curved scimitar-like weapon that helps slay and track Orcs.
-Asterion’s Soul: A brutal sword inhabited by the sould of a minotaur.
-Counter: A cool main-gauche for duelants.
-Crusader’s Sword: A holy consecrated blade for clerics, paladins and Inquisitors to kill evil outsiders.
-Diamond’s Edge: An incredibly sharp blade that is said to be connected to the mythic diamond dragons
-Ebon Whispers: A lethal Assassin’s Throwing Dagger
-Endless Winter: Ice-cold blade of a barbarian legend.
-Gladiator’s Response: A showman’s blade to kill beasts etc.
-Guardian: The sword of a heroic last defender.
-Lion of Iskander: A holy sword for the leaders of men.
-Mitra’s Blade: Undead-slaying sun-themed falchion
-Moon’s Vengeance: Anti-Lycanthrope side-sword
-The Red King’s Judgment: A fiery greatsword worthy of a villain (or an anti-hero)
-Sandman’s Blade: Rapier with time-abilities for bards and arcane casters.
-Sorrow: A creepy, tragic sword. One of my favorites.
-Summoner’s Tool: A Summoner’s tool to make his Eidolons stronger.

After that, we get one page with two alignment templates and a new combat maneuver: Parry. We also get another two pages containing three new feats and three new spells.

Conclusion: Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any typos or the like. The writing and prose are concise and do a great job of making the blades interesting in spite of the limitations in space and the setting-neutral background.
For the very low price, you get excellent blades and a HUGE amount of content. While the abilities could have been a bit more on the far-out side of things for me, I can’t help but like what Mark Gedak and Stefen Styrsky have done here. I love leveling weapons and this file provides them for an extremely fair price. I have high hopes for the sequel. (Which has just been released!) And a file for leveling armors. For now, I’ll rate this a very good 4.5 stars rounded down to 4 due to the fact that I would have loved to see some rather far-out abilities. (Like the Fiery Discorporation of “The Red King’s Judgment…)

Weapons you never part with.


Legendary Blades by Purple Duck Games

This product is 42 pages long. Opening page is ToC followed by a introduction page. (2 pages)

Next it jumps into the legendary weapons. There is 16 weapons, all of them have 2 pages of information about them. Each has roughly half a page of history, a table and the rest taken up with the weapons special abilities. Each weapon has 10 “powers”, you can get the first one at any time. The next one can be acquired at 4th and every 2 levels afterwards. (32 pages)

All the swords(one is a dagger) are theme based. Weather it be winter themed, leading men, sun/undead slaying etc. The dagger is summoner themed for the new APG class.

Alieywishia, Orc Scourge
Asterion’s Soul
Crusader’s Sword
Diamond’s Edge
Ebon Whispers
Endless Winter
Gladiator’s Response
Lion of Iskander
Mitra’s Blade
Moon’s Vengeance
The Red King’s Judgement
Sandman’s Blade
Summoner’s Tool

Next it gets into a page of alignment templates for creatures and a new combat maneuver Parry. Next there is 3 new feats.
Bull Rush Strike
Greater Parry
Improved Parry

Followed by some new spells. (3 pages for all this and above)
Awaken Dead 1
Freezing Fog – Like Fog Cloud only does cold dmg and causes ice to form. (I like it)
Magic Hat – creates a bag of holding like effect in a hat.

It closes with a page of feedback information and 4 pages of OGL.

Closing thoughts. For the price of 3 bucks for the sheer size of the product this is a good buy. The weapons are well done and most of them have good fluff history that could be fairly easy to adapt to any setting. My only critics is I would have liked for them to push the envelope with the weapons a bit more. Adding more unusual weapon abilities. That and the product while good could have used a little more polish. I expect nothing but good products for the price from this company if this book is any indication and I expect they will steadily get better. Of which I can not wait to see whats next. So for the price and content I am giving this a 5 star review. You won't be sorry about picking this up, if weapons that increase in power with your character interest you even in the slightest.

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