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UNORTHODOX Ranged Combatants $6.50
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UNORTHODOX Ranged Combatants
Publisher: The Le Games
by Nathan C. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/21/2006 00:00:00
More than just another batch of random bow prestige classes, Unorthodox Ranged Combatants, by Le Games, hits the bulls-eye with five imaginative core classes and two equally creative prestige classes.

For the DM
If you are like me, you are hesitant to add any more core classes to your already overcrowded world. Because of this, class books can be somewhat uninteresting for control freak DMs (like myself). Unorthadox Combatants is more than just a book of classes, hidden within its pages are several rule mechanics that can add some additional flavor to your game. My personal favorite is the pistolier. I have been attempting to find a ?decent? set of gun rules. The problems with guns in fantasy is that they are either too powerful or too complicated. The pistolier uses a gunsmith point system as it levels to increase the potency of the guns.

Even more problematic than guns in an RPG setting is explosives. The Demolitionist seems to handle this problem really well, allowing the class to make more powerful and unique grenades as he gains levels. Lastly, check out the Improviser for some cool new rules on ranged improvising.

For the Player
If you are interested in specializing in ranged weapons other than bows, you will enjoy the depth of the five core classes. If guns and grenades are too advanced for your campaign, try the archaic Leviathan Slayer class, which allows you to heave spears as if your arm is a bow, or the wand slinger, a sorcery/fighter hybrid class that makes for some nifty spell slinging action.

The Iron Word
If you are looking to beef up the potency of ranged combatants in your game, Unorthadox Combatants could be what you are looking for, whether you only want to implement certain mechanics or import a class. There are a series of minor artifacts at the back of the book, but the real meat is the classes.



LIKED: Good variety of characters and good mechanics

DISLIKED: Didnt too much care for the artifacts at the back of the book. Felt like filler.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
UNORTHODOX Ranged Combatants
Publisher: The Le Games
by Allen B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/09/2004 00:00:00
I picked up URC for two classes: the Improviser, and the Wandslinger. The Wandslinger was alright, but a bit of a disappointment. They weren't as interesting as I had hoped, and I was put off that they were set up as an organization. The amount of work needed to remove that element would be negligible, but still. The remaining classes, however, more than made up for it. The sheer, unexpected coolness of the Pistolier did, indeed, make me say "wubba wubba". Overall, it was a good buy, and I may well pick up some of the other books in the series.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher Reply:
Thank you for your wonderful comments. We try to provide alot of Unorthodox Classes for the GMs and Players to use, and every customer has their favorites. We actually got an email a few weeks ago stating that the Wandslinger was their favorite, while the Pistolier was not (the opposite of your comments). It is always a hit and miss in this industry, but I believe that Unorthodox Ranged Combatants will satisfy any customer. It is one of the best books I had the pleasure of editing, and I am sure that customers will love it. If you are reading this and are still not sure about this book, I encourage you to download the free demo and take a peek. This is one of the best books of the Unorthodox series, and you gonna' like it.
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