EZG reviews Amazing Races: Dwarves
This installment of the Amazing Races-series is 4 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s check this out!
The pdf kicks off with 6 new feats for Dwarves:
-Bonded Craftsman: Count as +2 class levels when adding magical abilities to your bonded object and +4 to Craft and Profession when adding abilities to your bonded object or creating/adding abilities to a bonded object of the same type.
-Dwarven Ringsmith: When only wearing rings you crafted yourself, you may wear up to 3 rings at once. Finally, if you have the Master Craftsman feat, you may count your chosen skill ranks as an effective caster level for creating rings. Awesome one!
-Dwarven Vitality: +2 to saves versus diseases.
-Golem Engineer: Repair all HP-damage to constructs in 8 hours. AWESOME!
-Improved Smith’s Sight: + 4 to checks to identify magic properties of items.
-Smith’s Sight: Identify magical properties via Craft skills instead of Spellcraft – Superb!
Dwarves also gain 4 new character traits: Bonuses to appraise and craft skills and appraise as a class skill, cold resistance 1, fire resistance 1 or +1 to Perform and bardic knowledge-checks.
We also get 2 new alternate racial traits – Dwarven pride being one of the coolest I’ve seen: You exchange greed and hatred for the ability to suppress the shaken condition while at least one ally can see them – the penalties still applying, except against further fear-effects. The second racial trait exchanges greed with +2 to Knowledge (local, history) to answer questions about or identify foes of dwarvenkind.
The pdf also provides a new archetype for dwarven rangers, the Goblinmasher, who may apply the bonus netted from the compulsory Humanoid (goblinoid) favored enemy to all goblin-related enemies like barghests, goblin dogs etc., detect goblinoids by scent and may grant his favored enemy bonus to allies instead of only his animal companion.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. Layout adheres to Abandoned Art’s 2-column no-frills standard and the pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
This pdf features some of the best feats in the series so far and has quite a bunch of cool options that help make dwarves more iconic and the dwarven pride alternate racial trait is genius. Not all is superb, though, with the Dwarven Vitality feat feeling like filler and the racial archetype being not that exciting. All in all, still a nice installment for a very fair price – and hence I’ll settle for a final verdict of 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 for the purpose of this platform.