And now for something completely different:
As you may have noticed, I read *A LOT* of roleplaying products in my function as a reviewer. The logical conclusion of this vast amount of material is that my campaign is suffused with unconventional races, classes, monsters, feats – you name it.
My players see a lot of weird classes in playtesting and are infinitely patient with my constantly refreshing pool of options that I throw at them. One of the issues I have with many playtesting practices is that they happen in a vacuum – that way you can check math, sure. But actually *playing* the classes is where the glitches show or where a one-dimensional focus becomes apparent. A class that can’t do anything worthwhile in non-combat becomes significantly less enticing. Hence, they have to put up with a lot of playtesting scenarios.
It is no surprise then, that a *LOT* of great 3pp classes have and continue to enrich my player’s gaming experience. From Rogue Genius Games Talented classes, to Dreamscarred Press’ Psionics, Kobold Press’s New Path-classes or Radiance House’s Pact Magic and infinitely more – there are many cool options to which my players have been exposed. Then, one fine day, one guy called Bradley Crouch started making truly “advanced” classes – highly customizable and a tad bit weird, with their own, strange systems and unique tricks.
Little did I know that playtesting was about to get more complex for me and my group. Take the Ethermancer, perhaps the best warlock-class currently available for any d20-based system: When we tested that guy, I was stunned to see the class actually work exceedingly well, in spite of its constantly refreshing mana-style pool. Gone were the “nuke and cover”- evocation overkills and in game, it proved to be exceedingly fun. So fun that one of my players went for the class for the campaign.
Over the course of the following weeks of gaming, he enjoyed the class enough to write an optimization guide for the beast. If you want to have this pdf, just drop me a line via endzeitgeist.com’s contact-tab and I’ll send it to you! Alternatively, you can check it here by simply clicking!
That has never happened before. The level of commitment was interesting and so, I took a look at the system, started tinkering and experimenting with ideas.
Cut to some weeks later and a lot of exchanged e-mails about ideas on how to file off some rough patches, making some options more viable etc. – and suddenly, Bradley asked me whether I’d be game for a kickstarter that expands the options of three cool classes and their unique systems that have been enriching my game. I said immediately “yes.”
In case you’re wondering whether this book will be worth it, here are the reviews of all the constituent magic systems, all of which are greatly enhanced with new material galore:
Now 2 of these guys are Candidates for my Top Ten of 2014. Yes, that good. Even before expansions and further streamlining.
The resulting book is live, progress on each class is fast and thorough and this book will be glorious! So if you will, drop in and take a look – and if you’re looking for balanced, cool alternate systems, a Tome of Magic that actually works – well, here you go!
Next week, I’ll talk about some of the cool things I’ve got up my sleeve for this project and explain the design intent behind one of the classes, the etherslinger!
See you then!