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UNORTHODOX Rangers $3.50
Average Rating:3.8 / 5
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Publisher: The Le Games
by Jens H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/23/2007 00:00:00
A nice book! Especially if you are interested in making the Ranger more interesting this book is a MUST-BUY for everyone.

LIKED: The mass of ideas to make the ranger more colourful

DISLIKED: There could have been more but for the price it is a fair product

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied

[4 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher Reply:
Thank you for your comments! Unorthodox Rangers was actually the very 2nd Unorthodox book to be released. As such, it is indeed shorter than the more recent books. The older books only focused on 5 alternate core classes. The newer ones offer a wider array of "stuff" such as feats, spells, artifacts, etc. On the other hand, the older books also have a reduced price tag compared to the more recent ones. Regardless, we are very happy that you enjoyed this product, and we hope you try some of our other ones too! --The Le Games, We Enhance Worlds!
Publisher: The Le Games
by Virginia S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/15/2004 00:00:00
I think this is a great idea. The Unorthodox series presents variants on each of the core classes. You can have both the rangers out of the PHB and all those here in your game. It adds some much needed variety to both PCs and NPCs; if you've been playing for years like I have, this will help cure the "cookie-cutter character" syndrome you may be experiencing.

I can't give much of an opinion on each type, except to say that they seem pretty well-balanced. The merits of each type would really depend on your campaign and personal tastes.

LIKED: It's very well done, so pretty much everything. Like I said, you may or may not like some or all of the types described here.

DISLIKED: A page with a quick system to help make your own variants of the classes would have been nice.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher: The Le Games
by Charles J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/26/2004 00:00:00
I was pretty pleased with the review copy I received of Unorthodox Druids, so I went ahead and shelled out $2 for Unorthodox Rangers. The Unorthodox series has been a series of products presenting five alternate versions of a base class. Unorthodox Druids was fairly good. Let's see how the ranger fairs under similar treatment.

Appearances: We get three different files in the downloaded. There is a landscaped PDF for screen viewing, a portrait PDF for printing, and an RTF file for those who want to edit in a word processor. This variety of formats is a real plus in The Le Game's favor. The cover art is cool in a really rough style sort of way, depicting a green cloaked figure firing an arrow at point blank range into what looks like a skum (a humanoid fish monster). The interior art is clip art and it does its job, though the portrait they use for the Partisan class is butt ugly.

Content: There are five new classes and nothing else in this book. The first thing I notice is that none of these variants on the ranger have spells. I know that a lot of people like the idea of rangers without spells, but I was disappointed that there weren?t any ranger options with spellcasting ability.

* Beast Lord: This concept is fairly common among rangers. It's sort of like a fighter who gives up some feat progression and the ability to wear armor for some animal related abilities, favored enemies, natural AC bonuses and damage reduction, and improved unarmed attack damage. The class seems to balance out okay in the end, but I think it would have been more inspiring if it seemed like they had any special ability regarding the beasts they presumably lord over besides a few petty things. They do at least get the Druid's number of companions rather than having their limit halved like a normal ranger. Over all this class is kind of ho-hum...usable but dull.

* Hunter: Hunters specialize in bringing things down, usually animals but also monsters and intelligent creatures. They can even use their favored enemy ability against their own race without being evil, which makes perfect sense (there's a lot of good reason to make a living hunting ones own race). They're good at finding their opponents weaknesses and exploiting them. There isn't really anything about them that's terribly nature specific...they're basically just killers with the tracking ability. Obviously, they'd make great bounty hunters.

* Outdoorsman: This is a survivalist class, focused on being able to stay alive in the wild. They are fairly uninteresting. They're one of those classes that would be handy to have around but not really much fun to play since their abilities, aside from some defense bonuses, won't come into play much.

* Partisan: These are theoretically guerrilla warriors, taking full advantage of their environment. For something one would expect to be rather formidable, they really feel hobbled. Their abilities feel a little haphazard and one of them is called "Fast Enough for you, old Elf" which is the lamest name for a special ability that I've seen in a long time, which is a shame since it's the most interesting ability the Partisan has (being able to avoid generating an attack of opportunity with a reflex check).

* Trapper: Some people hunt, other's trap. Trappers have some interesting abilities that make them good at taking people alive, but they certainly do seem to give up a lot for them.

In Conclusion - I'm really disappointed in this product. The classes in Unorthodox Druids were really well designed and interesting. The classes in Unorthodox Rangers don't hold a candle to them in terms of quality. The word kludgy comes to mind. All these classes feel like they give up too much for the abilities that they gain, which feel rather haphazard. If you give them the normal ranger spellcasting, a lot (but not all) of the underpowered problem goes away, but it still feels like sloppy design. While not completely worthless, these classes will require too much tinkering to make worthwhile for me to justify giving this product more than two stars.

[2 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher: The Le Games
by James S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/23/2004 00:00:00
First of all, for only $2 its very hard to go wrong with this book. I was especially pleased to see something that would ordinarily have been a prestige class being expanded into a full 20 level class. For those of you considering this, let me try to give you a better idea of what you're getting:

The Beast Lord = Tarzan
The Hunter = super sniper
The Outdoorsman = survivalist
The Partisian = specialized against multiple opponents
The Trapper = "bring 'em back alive"

Table formatting would really be the only thing that I could say could use some work but this is easily worth the money you'll pay for it.

[4 of 5 Stars!]
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