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Master at Arms: Arbalestier

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New from Blackdirge Publishing, the Master at Arms product line presents 5 level prestige classes for fighters based around a specific weapon. These are no-nonsense, weapon master classes, perfect for low-magic campaigns or any fighter looking to take weapon specialization to the next level. Each installment features a 5 level prestige class, a short historical write-up on the highlighted weapon(s), design notes, and a fully fleshed-out iconic NPC.

Master at Arms kicks off with the arbalestier, a master of the heavy crossbow, and a true "one shot, one kill" specialist. No longer does the heavy crossbow need to be the poor cousin to the longbow, relegated to a backup weapon for sorcerers and wizards when they run out of spells. The arbalestier combines increased damage, armor piercing capability, and other innovative abilities to make the heavy crossbow a viable choice for ranged enthusiasts. So look at a long-ignored weapon in a new light with Blackdirge Publishing and the arbalestier.

Master at Arms - Arbalestier includes 5 pages of OGL material, which includes the following:

  • A historical look at the heavy crossbow
  • Author's design notes
  • The arbalestier prestige class
  • Bregek Ironprod, a sharp-shooting duergar arbalestier
  • Fantastic art by Jesse Mohn
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    Chris G. [Featured Reviewer]
    May 21st, 2007
    Dungeons and Dragons is its own genre and its own set of realism. There are just some assumptions in the game that get made that do not hold true historically. Some weapons are stated out to be better then others even though in our world they are not. [...]
    April 20th, 2007
    The author has a point to make about how the D&D rules ought to treat the PDF's chosen subject, the heavy crossbow. The resulting class really has one trick: to achieve a one-shot kill with the crossbow. I'm going to give it 4 stars, because [...]
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    This title was added to our catalog on June 08, 2007.