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Modern Misfit: Pleasant Glades Adventure
by Jim C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/27/2006 00:00:00
I think the publishers are selling themselves short: this is actually one of the better adventures that I've seen for d20 Modern - original, creepy, with good support for the gamemaster and well-handled use of the ruleset. The quality of design deserves better layout and more confident promotion.

Having said that, it's short and leaves a lot for the GM to decide. Some work, or some of the many maps provided by other publishers, will be needed to develop combat locations and the like.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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Unusual Core Classes The Spellweaver
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/17/2006 00:00:00
Unusual Core Classes: The Spellweaver by Misfit Studio presents a variant spell caster and spell casting system for the D20/D&D system. It is a sizable work, weighing in at 55 pages (53 after the cover and OGL is removed) with both a color and printer friendly version included.

It begins with a discussion of the Weave, the network of magic that underlies reality, and how it can be shaped. This forms the background upon which the Spellweaver is built. Thirty-one (31) new feats bring the Weave into the mechanics of the game. Some of the feats are a new type: Weaver feats, which are only accessible to those who can manipulate the Weave as a class feature. Some of the Weaver feats overlap with metamagic feats but for those who use the Weave to cast their magic.

Next, there is the Spellweaver class itself. In general, this class is similar to the Wizard except with slightly higher skill points and a few special abilities. The strength, and weakness, of the class is its ability to use spell weaves.

Spell weaves are like spells except: You can choose what you want the spell it to be when you start weaving it and it requires a successful Spellweaving skill check (Spellweaving, naturally, is a class skill for the Spellweaver). The Spellweaver may also attempt to cast spells of any level or from any class, but at increasingly higher DCs. The danger is that a failed Spellweaving check invites a critical surge, the more powerful the spell the greater the potential surge. This give the Spellweaver amazing flexibility but does force them to rely on successful dice roll more then is usual for a D&D spellcaster. The Spellweaver is also limited to a fixed number of successful Spell Weaves each day, which is almost always going to be lower then the number of spells available to a wizard of an equal level. One rule that seems especially bothersome is ?the continuing price of failure? which adds a cumulative +1 DC penalty to Spellweaving check for each failed Spellweaving check that day, while there is some background justification for this, making a character who has already failed one vital task take continuing penalties (that is likely to lead to even more penalties) in her class? focus seems like a recipe for player unhappiness. Further, this level of adaptability changes the nature of magic use in a D&D-type world and a DM will have to serious consider the effect that will have on their campaign.

There are rules included for figuring the DC to spell weave any D&D spell as well as a five-page list of all spells in the SRD with their base Spellweaving DC already calculated.

For additional support material, there are four weave-based Prestige Classes. A PC race tied to the Weave, the Ardekh, who should be a +1 LA race in a campaign using the Weave due to their natural abilities in manipulating it. There is an example goddess of the Weave, the Weave domain, ten new Weave-effecting spells along with Weave-linked magic items. Lastly there is a small collection of monsters, four (including the Ardekh) and two templates, that are tied to the Weave. The product ends with a reprinting of all of the important charts and tables for Spellweaving gathered in one place.

The Spellweaver is an amazing piece of work, but it is really a magic system that cuts against the standard D&D grain. Using it as the only basis of magic for a campaign (or a ?different world? to visit) seems easier then trying to work it in parallel with the normal D&D rules of magic. But, if you are dissatisfied with how D&D does magic, you might want to take a look at this product for a different way to do things.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


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Unusual Core Classes The Spellweaver
by Nathan C. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/13/2006 00:00:00
Misfit Studios?s Unusual Core Classes: Spellweaver integrates another magical weave into the Dungeons and Dragons universe. Though the weave is nothing knew to Dungeons and Dragons fans, the simplistic spell system and casting method included in the Spellweaver is definitely a new venture for the d20 universe.

The weave is an invisible aura of energy that knots its way through every lifeforce on the material plane. Spellcasters unknowingly pull form this energy when they cast a spell. Spellweavers not only see the weave but can manipulate it with incredible potency, though there is a chance of mishaps.

The casting system itself is amazingly robost yet easy to use. I am a big fan of Skill based magic, and have studied a number of them for use in my homegrown campaign. Those whom think this is just another skill based spell system are in for a rude awakening. This is honestly the best one I have seen, with only a few minor hiccups.

One of my biggest pet peeves about the current 3.5 spell system, is that a spellcaster can cast fireball but can not manage a light spell if its not prepared. The Spellweaver system, like most skill based magic systems, allows for a spellcaster to create his own spells. This is great for spellcaster players whom want variety. Fortunately, Spellweaver does not limit players to creating their own spells, which can be a hindrance in many other systems. The Spellweaver class if fully compatible with normal 3.5 spells. No more odd mix-maxing of the 3.5?s typical spell schools and the typical odd breakdowns of spells in other systems, the Spellweaver system eloquently manages to blend in the schools of magic, something I have not seen in too many other types of magic systems.

Like with typical skill based spell systems, every spell has a DC value associated with it based on its components. A player has some type of magical skill in addition to his other skills in which he rolls and tries to beat the DC. However, Spellweaver limits itself to one spell skill, spellweaving and everything is based off of that spell.

For the DM
This will probably be about the easiest system to integrate with your current 3.5 game if you want to switch or add skill based magic. The book itself is 55 pages long yet complete. Most importantly, there is a conversion DC for EVERY core 3.5 spell. This really helps out the DM whose switching or using this spell system yet wants to use NPCs from other sources. There is also a neat fumble chart for when spells mishap. What DM does not like a good fumble chart.

For the Player
The inclusion of the core spells is a big help for the player being introduced to the system. I would have liked to see more spell type options for the player though. The prestige classes are nice but deleting a couple and adding one or two more core classes to diversify the types of weave spellcasters would have done wonders for player choice.

The Iron Word
This is a great skill based spell system that DMs and players will find a relief to use. Its very dynamic and best of all compatible with your normal 3.5 spells. I would like to see an update, expansion or errata that included feats or magical traditions that helped a spellcaster focus on a particular area of magic.




LIKED: - Great skill-based spell system that is easy to use. Best I have seen as far as mechanics and technique.
- The Spellweaver class itself is nicely developed.
- Compatible with your typical 3.5 magic system.
- All the base spells are converted for your convience

DISLIKED: - No traditions are feats that help spellcasters specialize in particular areas of magic. They are easy to make but I am surprised no one thought of putting them in.
- No alternative classes to the Spellweaver. Just curious what other takes on the class would have looked like.
- Explaining the weave was a nice intro, but going into feats without introducing the Core Class itself confused me at first.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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Unusual Core Classes The Spellweaver
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 08/31/2006 00:00:00
Unusual Core Classes: The Spellweaver is a supplement from Misfit Studios. The zipped file is barely over five megabytes, and contains two PDF files; the main file, and the printer-friendly version thereof. The book is fifty-five pages long, including a page for the cover, one for the credits/legal, one for the table of contents, and one for the OGL. The main file has bookmarks and a hyperlinked table of contents, whereas the printer-friendly version has no bookmarks or hyperlinks.

The book?s artwork is quite good, but it?s the layout that?s the most striking. The full-color cover shows a woman interacting with the Weave of Existence, which is depicted as glowing blue webs, all across a black background. All of the subsequent pages in the book are bordered on all sides with this blue web on black background, giving the book a rather mystical feel to it. The interior artwork throughout the book is done in black-and-white. The printer-friendly version eliminates the cover and the borders, but many of the section headers and tables are still in blue.

Despite the title, this book doesn?t just introduce a new core class. Rather, it deals with a new topic (the Weave) and introduces new mechanics for it, including a new class and prestige classes, magic spells and items, and monsters. It?s worth noting that while this is tangentially set in the SpirosBlaak campaign setting, you don?t need any SpirosBlaak material to use this product; in fact, the only setting-specific information is in a sidebar relating to the new deity presented in this book.

The first chapter of the book introduces the Weave of Existence. Not a source of magic itself, the Weave is rather the connecting force between all energy and matter. Few creatures can perceive it, and fewer still can actually manipulate it. Thus, this works alongside conventional spellcasters in your d20 game easily. The section also deals with questions of the Weave on other planes, as well as how anti-magic affects it.

The next chapter deals with feats. All of the PHB feats that are in some way magical are given notations here for how they can be used with spellweaves (magical effects made by manipulating the Weave). Following this, over thirty new feats are presented; while virtually all of these deal with the Weave in some way, there?s something in here for almost every kind of character, from fighter bonus feats to item creation feats, and even epic feats.

Chapter three covers Weave-using characters. The new spellweaver core class is given here, given full PHB-style information (that is, fluff and crunch). Also given is the new spellweaving skill, which is the bread and butter of spellweavers. Following this is the information on epic spellweavers, which is an excellent nod towards completeness and epic campaigns. Four new Weave-related prestige classes are given next, followed by a new race, the ardekh. These reclusive spider people interact with the Weave naturally, and make an excellent choice for a PC race for a player that wants to play a Weave-using character.

Chapter four is devoted to the act of actually spellweaving. Spellweaving is a skill-based system of casting spells; more specifically, the various aspects of a spell (school, range, duration, etc.) are all assigned a DC modifier. Spellweavers construct the spell they want to cast by adding these factors together, and making a spellweaving skill check. However, spellweaving can only be done so many times per day, and there are often (sometimes severe) consequences for failing to weave a spell properly. Moreover, spellweaving divine spell effects is difficult, as the gods horde their power jealously.

Because spellweaving essentially replicates existing spells (mostly arcane, as divine spells are more difficult) from the Weave, chapter five is handily devoted to converting the spells from the PHB into spellweaving format. This chapter essentially lists every spell in the PHB in alphabetical order with their spellweaving DC.

Chapter six is devoted to other kinds of new Weave-related magic. Presented here is the goddess of the Weave, Sessaphos, along with the new Weave domain. Ten new spells are also given, many of them spells that conventional spellcasters can use against spellweavers. Each of these has DCs for spellweavers themselves to cast, as well. Finally, information is given on sites where the Weave is in flux, along with a few Weave magic items.

Chapter seven has five new Weave-themed creatures. One of these is the aforementioned ardekh, presented here in monster format, instead of as a PC race. Another is a template to make any creature able to interact with the Weave. The other three are Weave-related adversaries. Finally, the book closes out with a quick reference section collecting all of the charts for spellweaving onto three pages.

Altogether, Unusual Core Classes: The Spellweaver does a truly excellent job in its presentation. While not a new idea, skill-based spellcasting has never been done as elegantly as it is here. The mechanics are rock-solid, and the presentation is not only well-rounded thanks to the new creatures, spells, classes, items, and race, but also given just enough flavor to make it truly intriguing. Players or GMs who want a new flavor of magic for their game, complete with side-dishes, will find all the fluff and crunch they need in The Spellweaver.



LIKED: The fluff and crunch themed around the idea of spellweaving helps to round this product out, making it truly magnificent.

DISLIKED: The headers and other blue-colored fonts in the printer-friendly version should have been changed to grey.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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The Necromancer Core Specialist Wizard
by Derek H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/29/2006 00:00:00
As with the others in this series, this product adds a lot to playing specialist arcane casters. Even though the class abilities are geared towards enhancing undead, the prc is for undead hunters (a nice touch IMO).

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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Metahuman Mystics & Supernatural Supers
by Richard F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/19/2006 00:00:00
I'm a sucker for archtypes and I just had to get this one. I liked how they took some of the spookiest ideas and incorporated then into the Mutants and Masterminds system. The new flaws and complications are good as well. I have a feeling my players will want to play this sort of character.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


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Metahuman Mystics & Supernatural Supers 2
by Richard F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/19/2006 00:00:00
I bought the first one and I just had to buy the second one. This is a perfect compliment to the first one in this series. It futher expands the supernatural (spooky) hero concept. I will definately continue buying this series and recommend anyone that is looking for this sort of game play to do so as well.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


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Supernames
by Richard F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/19/2006 00:00:00
I thought this was going to be a series of charts for random name generation. It's a grouping of balloons with synonyms to various words. This could have been a free product.

QUALITY: Disappointing

VALUE: Disappointed


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Supernames
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/15/2006 00:00:00
SUPERNAMES by Eternal Knot Games/Misfit Studios is, well, a collection of ideas and references for name for super powered characters, both heroes and villains.

It opens with a page on ?How to use Supernames? with discussion on what comprises an archetypal supername. With suggestions for the format of such names along with how to manipulate the sorts of elements that are usually used to create such names. This is good material and it is very consciously weighted to create Golden and Silver Age sounding names such a Doctor Amazing of M.A.G.E. or the Black Sickle, Avenger of New Harbor City and other such names that may strike the modern comic ready as slightly corny but who conjure up the original, more innocent, essence of the superheroic genre.

The majority of this product (four of the five pages) is name elements organized by theme (divine, ending, malign, time, title and so on) that can be combined to create interesting (and often very amusing) names for both heroes and villains.

This is a wonderful resource for any GM of a superheroic game, especially one with a more light-hearted theme, for a player, it is of more limited utility but still great fun.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


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Supernames
by Mike N. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/13/2006 00:00:00
An inexpensive product that offers plenty of inspiration especially for a GM

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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The Necromancer Core Specialist Wizard
by Jerry L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/09/2006 00:00:00
I like when someone else does the workd and I can just grab it and just use it. I can used this for a noble family of necromancers. Big fun for me. Hope to see some more core classes like these. I open my wallets top please my lazy GM side.


LIKED: Can use in my camapiagn very easy to add. Gives mor to do with this character type..

DISLIKED: Like more details, social and culture information. game mechanics. But for the price cannot complain

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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SpirosBlaak 3.5
by Geoff K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/11/2006 00:00:00
Over the past few months, I've not had the time to play any D&D, but I've read a handful of campaign settings for fun. SpirosBlaak definitely stood out as the most original from among them. I've always prefered sword-and-sorcery fantasy and generally don't like the addition of guns. In this setting, the addition of "black powder" weapons really works. It just feels right. I love the setting's emphasis on lycanthropes and applaud the authors' synthetic ties-ins with previously published materials, especially their advice on how to use Freeport stuff (though, its just my silly affinity for pirates rather than this being a better tie-in than the many others they make). Also, the campaign background story is well detailed and original. My only complaints are that the setting includes only one hard-to-read map and no starter adventure.


LIKED: I liked alot of things about this creative, original, synthetic work.

DISLIKED: I only disliked a couple things about it -- the map and the lack of a starter adventure.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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A large, color map may be downloaded @ http://www.misfit-studios.com/spirosblaak/downloads.html
OGL Barbarian Barbaric Warrior
by Michael S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/06/2006 00:00:00
Excellant product, the feats and prestige classes are thought provoking and serve to fine tune a given warrior with the precision most players want.


LIKED: The prestige classes and the types of characters they represent

DISLIKED: Weapons and armor are reprinted in Barbaric treasures. The Piecemeal armor seems rather clunky.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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OGL Barbarian Barbaric Sorcerer
by Michael S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/06/2006 00:00:00
Overall a most excellant product for magic users. It is geared towards a specific mythos and how that genre treats magic users but all in all a great sourcebook for classes dedicated to arcane magic.


LIKED: The prestige classes were well thought out and serve to give distinction to a given magic user.

DISLIKED: No reference to where the one mechanic comes from so a GM wanting to use the material for other fantasy games has little recourse in figuring out how to adapt these feats to play something other than the world in which it is supposedly situated.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


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As mentioned by Mr. Schell, the OGL Barbarian product line is primarily intended for use with a specific OGL fantasy ruleset. Unfortunately, the nature of the OGL does not allow us to advertise or state in our products what this ruleset is without the other company's permission (which they don't give because it is a licensed product.) This is why we can't mention anything about the mechanic's origins or state something to the affect of "For Use with GAME X." Our apologies for any inconvenience, but it's unavoidable without skirting the edges of copyright and trademark infringement.
OGL Barbarian Barbaric Treasures
by Michael S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/06/2006 00:00:00
Barbaric treasures is an expansion on the tools of previous volumes and stands alone as a quality arms and equipment book. While it is centered around the assumption you are playing in a rather specific mythos, aspects can always be altered to suit other campaigns. I know the one weapon in here is what I consider a godsend as I had been thinking about it off and on for several years but never got around to making it into a weapon.



LIKED: The weapons and armor are well thought out and give room for imagination and individual flare. You could almost define a character with the equipment given as far as their capabilities go.

DISLIKED: some of the equipment is also printed in their other products.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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