EZG reviews Amazing Races: Changelings
All right, you know the drill by now – 4 pages pdf, 1page front cover, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of content for new racial information, this time dealing with changelings, so let’s take a look!
First, we get 6 new feats:
–Green Gift: Mimic sounds of animals and natural creatures via bluff.
-Hidden Gifts: +10 to disguise as human, no penalties to pose as human, quick disguise of clawed nails.
-Iron-skinned: When SR is lowered, you gain DR 1/bludgeoning.
-Monstrous Visage: Demoralize any number of foes within 30 ft. as a standard action.
-Prodigal Daughter: Count as a hag for purpose of joining a coven. Does not require you to be female, in spite of the feat’s name.
-Sow Discord: As long as tress like combat does not divert your target’s attention, the target gains now save versus your sow thought spell. Also provides +2 to overcome SR with the spell. Not a fan of this feat – it feels like a plot-device more than a viable feat and getting rid of saves for spells is not a good idea unless the means to do so are very specific – like a certain hex’s kiss of death. Not in combat is not specific enough for my tastes.
We also get 4 new character traits:
-Hag’s Blessing: Immunity to the nightmare spell.
–Inhuman Sire: Choose one humanoid subtype – you count as that humanoid for purposes of prerequisites regarding races.
-Resentful Daughter: +2 to conjuration (healing) spells to overcome SR.
-White Lies: Gain Bluff as a class skills and +2 to lie to friendly/helpful creatures.
Changelings may now also choose from 2 new alternate racial traits:
–Nightshadow: +4 to intimidate when in areas of dim light in exchange for the hulking trait.
–Seasight: See perfectly through frothing, murky or opaque water. Problematic, since e.g. Gillmen need feats to get powers that are somewhat like it – with low-light vision, granted, but still. Not a fan of this.
The pdf also provides the Sibyl-archetype for the oracle. The Sibyl gets Perform (oratory), replace some of the spells from their mystery bonus spells with others and gain Voice of the Sibyl at first level and drive helpless opponents mad with revelations. A solid archetype, I guess, but none that blew me away.
Editing and formatting are very good, I didn’t notice any significant glitches. Layout adheres to Abandoned Art’s no-frills 2-column standard and the pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
This pdf is a solid addition to the Amazing Races-line, but not a too impressive one – I can see minor issues with a feat, consider an alternate racial trait to be problematic and the archetype didn’t elicit that much excitement from me either. There’s nothing massively wrong with this pdf, but neither is there any content herein I’d consider truly innovative or particularly gripping. Hence, a solid buy for fans of changelings – I’ll settle for a final verdict of a solid 3 stars – an ok purchase, but definitely not required.