The Genius Guide to Exalted Domains of Storms and Savagery (PFRPG) PDF

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Exalted Domains are a new option that grants clerics (and potentially other divine spellcasters) a truly special and unique connection to one aspect of their deity’s power in exchange for one of their domains. Rather than draw bonus powers and spells from two domains, the cleric with an Exalted domain has a greater focus on a single domain, and can utilize powers not available to any other character. Exalted domains can be used to create clerics with a special place of honor within the church, a renegade who might be seen as a heretic by the organized worship of his deity, or a unique foe that has a surprise in store for the PCs.

The Genius Guide to Exalted Domains of Storms and Savagery focuses on the domains most often associated with gods of the primal forces of nature, such as storms, plants, animals, and fire. If you want to create a specially blessed defender of the forests, an untamed master of flame, or a sage speaker for the sun and moon, these Exalted domains provide a quick, easy, balanced method for doing so.

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Weakest of the 3 exalted domains, still a very good buy

4/5

This pdf is 11 pages long 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial & SRD, leaving 9 1/3 pages of content, so let's give these exalted domains a try, shall we?

What are exalted domains? Well, essentially, you give up one of your cleric domains for a focus on one domain and thus, new abilities. The issue of subdomains is also touched upon and while guidelines for the respective subdomains are provided in the section of their parent-domains, I consider the advice for creating/modifying them yourself to be the more valuable piece of information - good to see that the supplement was created with the GM's option to expand the rules in mind.

This installment of the series offers us 9 domains and 18 subdomains that each get the exalted domain treatment. While some subdomains only combine the abilities of their parent and exalted domains, most get individual and cool abilities. Theme-wise you get pretty much what you'd expect, nature and elemt-focused domains as well as the luck domain. However, in contrast to the other two pdfs of the line, some of the abilities felt a bit uninspired - 5 elemental blasts via ranged touch attacks, one of which at least deals some additional effects, left me rather bored - come on, 4 elemental domains and no additional effects to set these particular abilities apart? That's just a wasted chance.

Fans of SGG should rejoice, for as in Light & Lore, we get additional content in the form of Exalted Domains as a support for their books: We get the exalted cold iron, ice and wind domains, all of which surprisingly are more interesting than their elemental counterparts. (e.g. Wind>Air, Ice>Water)

The pdf also offers advice for other 3rd-party material and e.g. how to handle clever godlings and exalted domains as well as a discussion of their interaction with SGG-archetypes.

The pdf closes by providing 3 new feats, dealing with offering limited access to exalted domain powers and spontaneously cast spells from a certain domain. Neat little feat-tree.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to the 3-column-SGG-standard. Artwork is nothing to write home about and the pdf has no bookmarks. I was curiously underwhelmed at a very high level by this installment of the exalted domains mini-series. Marc Radle's excellent job with the first two installments of the series becomes even more obvious by the direct comparison with this book - there's nothing wrong with this per se, but it just feels good - not awesome, not genius, just good. Thus my final verdict will be 4 stars.

Endzeitgeist out.


Another good SGG product

5/5

The Genius Guide to: Exalted Domains of Storms and Savagery by Super Genius Games

This product is 11 pages long. It starts with a cover, intro and explaining what exalted domains are and how to use them. (3 pages)

Next it gets into the new exalted domains. (6 pages)
Exalted Air Domain
- Cloud Domain
- Wind Domain
Exalted Animal Domain
- Feather Domain
- Fur Domain
Exalted Darkness Domain
- Loss Domain
- Night Domain
Exalted Earth Domain
- Caves Domain
- Metal Domain
Exalted Fire Domain
- Ash Domain
- Smoke Domain
Exalted Luck Domain
- Curse Domain
- Fate Domain
Exalted Plant Domain
- Decay Domain
- Growth Domain
Exalted Water Domain
- Ice Domain
- Ocean Domain
Exalted Weather Domain
- Season Domain
- Storm Domain

Exalted Domains from Super Genius products.
Exalted Cold Iron Domain
Exalted Ice Domain
Exalted Wind Domain

Next we have a few pages of optional uses for exalted domains and new feats.(1 page)
Exaltation, Greater
Exaltation, Lesser
Exalted Spell Domains

These three feats combined basically let you take another exalted domain.

If finishes with a OGL. (1 page)

Closing thoughts. This is much like the first two books in the series. The writing is good, the art I have seen before and ranges from fair to pretty good. I didn't notice any obvious spelling errors or other problems, like one has come to expect from SGG products. Yet with nothing wrong I wasn't as impressed by this product. I mean don't get me wrong it is good. But I was left going, yeah that’s good, unlike with the previous ones where I was going. Now that’s pretty cool. This one just seemed a little less … inventive? With the powers given. I am not sure, maybe the high quality of SGG has started to jade me and set such a high bar even they have trouble getting over it. Either way this is a very good product and I recommend it, but this time I am only giving it a 4.5 star review.


Dark Archive

BLEEP! I was just about to let me bank account have a little breathing room.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Dark_Mistress wrote:
BLEEP! I was just about to let me bank account have a little breathing room.

haha! my reaction was basically the same.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32

Instabuy.

Scarab Sages

Well, with this product we've hit every current domain and subdomain, so it'll be a while before we see more exalted domains.

But there will be *something* to buy from us next week, I assure you...

Sczarni

The PDF did mention "upcoming" archetypes (crosses fingers)

Oh and one thing I do find slightly annoying about this series, is that now that it is complete is gonna be a bit hard to find an specific domain throughout the 3 books.

Scarab Sages

Frerezar wrote:

The PDF did mention "upcoming" archetypes (crosses fingers)

Oh and one thing I do find slightly annoying about this series, is that now that it is complete is gonna be a bit hard to find an specific domain throughout the 3 books.

An index is not a bad idea. I'll see if we can put a free one together real quick.

Dark Archive

Huh I just noticed this one is not for sale like the rest.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Dark_Mistress wrote:
Huh I just noticed this one is not for sale like the rest.

Added!

Dark Archive

Vic Wertz wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Huh I just noticed this one is not for sale like the rest.

Added!

Cool, wish i would have noticed before buying it though. :D

Scarab Sages

Dark_Mistress wrote:
Cool, wish i would have noticed before buying it though. :D

DM, if Paizo can't fix that let me know. We'll just send you the next one free, so you'll have effectively bought two at 50% off.

Dark Archive

Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Cool, wish i would have noticed before buying it though. :D
DM, if Paizo can't fix that let me know. We'll just send you the next one free, so you'll have effectively bought two at 50% off.

I'm not going to sweat a buck fifty. :)

Liberty's Edge

In addition to the domains themselves, I believe this final volume also includes all the various additional, optional ways Exalted Domains can be used including ways to make one domain into an Exalted Domain while actually keeping your other domain.

Dark Archive

reviewed here, at ENworld and Lou's blog. Since I am behind on Lou's blog and this was well done.

Scarab Sages

Thanks for taking time out for the review!

Paizo Employee Customer Service & Community Manager

Dark_Mistress wrote:
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Cool, wish i would have noticed before buying it though. :D
DM, if Paizo can't fix that let me know. We'll just send you the next one free, so you'll have effectively bought two at 50% off.
I'm not going to sweat a buck fifty. :)

but it's not just a buck fifty! It's a buck fifty-five!!

Spoiler:
And that $1.55 is now in your account as store credit :)

cheers,
Sara Marie

Scarab Sages

Sara Marie wrote:

but it's not just a buck fifty! It's a buck fifty-five!!

cheers,
Sara Marie

Thanks for taking care of our mutual customers! Paizo rocks!

Dark Archive

Sara Marie wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Cool, wish i would have noticed before buying it though. :D
DM, if Paizo can't fix that let me know. We'll just send you the next one free, so you'll have effectively bought two at 50% off.
I'm not going to sweat a buck fifty. :)

but it's not just a buck fifty! It's a buck fifty-five!!

** spoiler omitted **

cheers,
Sara Marie

Well a buck 55... now that's a different story... thanks for the credit to the account. :) I really wasn't to worried about. I didn't need those two Jack in the Box taco's anyways.

Liberty's Edge

Sara Marie wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Cool, wish i would have noticed before buying it though. :D
DM, if Paizo can't fix that let me know. We'll just send you the next one free, so you'll have effectively bought two at 50% off.
I'm not going to sweat a buck fifty. :)

but it's not just a buck fifty! It's a buck fifty-five!!

** spoiler omitted **

cheers,
Sara Marie

Wow! Paizo is just ... steaksauce! (I watched a lot of How I Met Your Mother over the long weekend ... :)


Reviewed here and sent to GMS magazine!

Cheers!

Dark Archive

Nice review End.


Thanks, D_M!

Scarab Sages

Endzeitgeist wrote:

Reviewed here and sent to GMS magazine!

Cheers!

Much appreciated. :)


Just got around to reading through some of this, as I have a PC in the works that I think would benefit from using Exalted Domains.

Question though,

Why is it some of the subdomains lack actual special abilities, instead saying just combine the subdomain with the Exalted one?

The Decay sub is very much in line with my concept, but I'm unsure if the exlated Plant powers fit all that much...


Monkeygod wrote:

Question though,

Why is it some of the subdomains lack actual special abilities, instead saying just combine the subdomain with the Exalted one?

Marc? I know it's been a while, but any insight available from the designer?

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