Ancient Warriors: Way of the Ninja (PFRPG) PDF

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Discover the Secrets of the Ninja

From the makers of Liber Vampyr and A Necromancer’s Grimoire: Marchen der Daemonwulf, Ancient Warriors: Way of the Ninja brings a new outlook to these silent warriors, approaching them from a more traditional perspective, and focusing on their stealth, cunning, and combat abilities rather than on mystical powers.

In addition to the ninja class, the book also contains alternate class features for every class from the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook, giving characters of those classes a way to tap into the spirit of the ninja.

Finally, the book contains a number of mundane and magical items designed to compliment ninja of every playstyle, and drawn in many cases from actual ninja legends.

Open up a copy of Ancient Warriors: Way of the Ninja today, and strike terror into the hearts of your enemies.

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A spell-less ninja

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Way of the Ninja by Rite Publishing

This product is 22 pages long. It starts with a cover, credits, and forward. (3 pages)

Ninja (8 pages)
This section is about the new base class. There is also info on how to use one in your game like any new base class.
d8, 6 skills, full BaB, light armor, simple weapons and some special weapons. Following is class abilities.
Combat Awareness – gives a attack and dmg bonus in a surprise round and lets the ninja always act in a surprise round.
Ninja School – a choice of 4 schools, learn the schools abilities as they level up.
Fast Movement
Uncanny Dodge
Trap Sense – bonus to avoid traps.
Ambush Tactic – makes a full round action during a surprise round.
Evasion
Improved Combat Awareness – gains a surprise round even if their isn't normally one.
Improved Uncanny Dodge
Group Awareness – Part of the ninja's combat awareness applies to allies.
Improved Evasion
Deadly Strike – It a hit is during a surprise round the enemy saves or is slowed.
Enhanced Flanking – bonus to flanking
Improved Deadly Strike – stuns instead of slows.
Ninja resistances – gains bonus to all saves.
Greater Deadly Strike – paralyzed instead of stunned and if failed by enough instant death.
Ambush Master – two full rounds action during a surprise round.

Alternate Class Features (5 pages)
Here is ways to swap out some existing classes abilities to gain some of the ninja abilities. Each of the core Pathfinder book is listed but not the APG classes. Two new domains Poison and Stealth. A new bloodline, though it is not a bloodline really just a alternative way they learned magic. Finally a new wizard school.

Equipment (4 pages)
There is 1 new weapons, 1 new weapon extra, 9 new equipment items, 2 new armor magic abilities, 1 new magic item, and 6 new poisons.

It ends with a OGL and back cover. (2 pages)

Closing thoughts. The artwork is fair a lot of it is older style art. Layout and editing was good, the parchment look while pretty for the pages does make it not very print friendly. I am sure some noticed the full BaB and the d8 hp. I know that breaks the PFRPG setup, but I consider that a rule of thumb and to confining. So I am in favor of some classes breaking that mold from time to time. The Alternate class feature section was pretty good, the equipment was nice, though considering ninja are notorious for all there gadgets I think this section should have been a lot bigger.

Which brings me to the class, it is a spelless ninja which I like. I thought the schools where well done and I would have like to have seen them expanded a bit and the ninja allowed to learn more than one, in place of some of their other abilities I will get to. I did not care for the ambush/combat awareness tree of abilities. The first one was ok but I didn't care for the following ones. To me it seemed a bit powerful that they ended up always getting a surprise round even when there shouldn't be one and added in the bonus hit and damage they do, I felt made them to strong. Deadly strikes I would have tweaked. Made the first one stagger and make all of them possible cause bleed damage but only be usable when striking a enemy that is unaware of them. Adding some bonus to hit and damage as well, more of a assassins strike.

So whats my rating? Well I really wanted to love this class, I do like it but feel it needs some more work and polish. I have always prefer the non-spell casting ninja as class. So for what it is and the fact there is not print friendly version I am giving it a 3 star review.

Trust me, I'm a Succubus.


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When did this come out? I think you guys need to make more posts about new products. I never know when you do a new one until i stumble over it on accident.

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Dark_Mistress wrote:
When did this come out? I think you guys need to make more posts about new products. I never know when you do a new one until i stumble over it on accident.

We have RSS feeds for things like that... on each product listing page, there's a "New Products" box on the lower left; the orange icon on the corner of that box is a feed for the latest products to appear on that page.

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I have to admit it's easier to find the new items page at OneBookShelf. There are just so many feeds at Paizo that there can be information overload in trying to find the right one for what you're interested in if it's not an easy category like a particular company.

That being said, the one for new PDFs in general is here. The page can be used as a reference as well as a place to subscribe to the feed. However I'm not sure if there's one specifically for new Pathfinder system 3rd party PDFs. If there is, I haven't found it yet.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Paul Ryan wrote:
However I'm not sure if there's one specifically for new Pathfinder system 3rd party PDFs. If there is, I haven't found it yet.

There isn't one for just third-party, but there is one for new PFRPG products, including our own products as well as third-party products.


Anyone bought this? Any opinions?

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
Anyone bought this? Any opinions?

Not yet, it is in my shopping cart to buy. When RL allows me to impulse buy again. But not yet.


Once my budget allows it, I'll buy this, too. Might take some months, though. -.-

Dark Archive

reviewed.


Great review, D_M! I think I'll pass on this one. From what I've read, this class is too powerful to really fit my comfort-zone.

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
Great review, D_M! I think I'll pass on this one. From what I've read, this class is too powerful to really fit my comfort-zone.

Yeah my gut feeling is that it is perhaps a tad to powerful. All the bonuses to surprise round and then getting them always is the big thing that worry me. I think this would need to be pretty heavily play tested to know for sure if it is to strong. My gut says yes but I freely admit it might not be as powerful as it feels in actual game play.

On the other hand I think with minor tweaking it would make a good class. So I am not sorry I bought it.


Well, if you like spell-less ninja, you're going to really like the Shinobi base class I'm working on for Paths of Power 2.

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