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