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NEO RANGERS: The Spider King
Publisher: The Le Games
by Chris G. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 10/05/2006 00:00:00
Neo Rangers

Neo Rangers takes the ranger class and gives it change in concept. Unlike many other alternative rangers though, this one goes someplace new into the spider?s domain. That is new and different and creative. There are still interesting things that can be done to the core classes and I like that this book takes us there.

Neo Rangers: The Spider King is a book by The Le who is the also the owner of the company The Le Games. The PDF is seventy pages long and has a nice and clear lay out. It uses some good clip art that really helps the pages flow visually. There is an on screen version and a print version of the PDF. It is easy to read and to use. The book is also nicely book marked.

Neo Ranger: the Spider King presents a new version of the ranger core class. It is very much like the ranger going up to twenty levels. It still has spells and many of the core abilities like favored enemy are still there. The creativity of a ranger based on spiders though does not match the mechanics. In place of the archer or two weapon fighting style this ranger gets Arachnid Style Combat. It is more defensive granting a bonus to AC and a miss chance. I like the defense style but I do not feel is very spider like. I also think more could have been done to make this class different from the ranger. I like the inclusion of a spider for an animal companion and the alternative spell list from a normal ranger. It just needed more to make it mechanically different. Detail wise, the class is well described and I like the beginning where it talks about the alignment and gods of a typical spider king. It is obvious the concept is very solid and well thought out.

The book also reprints the track and endurance feat which that class gets. It also reprints the spider climb as it is another ability the class gets. The class does have spell casting ability but it is a little weaker then the normal ranger. The Spider King will only be able to cast two plus bonus spells of each spell level one through four. The normal Ranger eventually gets three plus bonus spells. The Spider King because of that and some of the other things does seem weaker then a standard ranger.

The Neo Ranger: the Spider King is a nice and refreshing piece of creativity. I think mechanically the class can be better and stronger but I really enjoy the writing and the concept is very strong. The Le makes sure that most of what a person needs if in his PDFs with the inclusion of feats and spells that the class specifically uses. I really like that. This will make a good addition as a character for someone looking for a character a little different and strange and not necessarily one that is a powerhouse.



LIKED: THe creativity of the concept and writing

DISLIKED: Mechanics ar ea little weak and do not fully support the concept

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
NEO RANGERS: The Spider King
Publisher: The Le Games
by Nathan C. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 09/14/2006 00:00:00
Le Games? NeoRangers: SpiderKing provides players a class that DungeonMasters have been dreading for a long time, the ability to play Spiderman in your d20 game. Maybe not the good ole Marvel copyrighted Spiderman, but with a few feats here and some well picked spells there, ? throw a bunch of ranks into use rope, you could very well play a web slinging, spider like ranger in your game.

The SpiderKing is a useful core class that adds a twinging variant to the core Ranger class. As with most Neo classes, the class has been well gutted, tossing abilities such as Wild Empathy for spider flavored skills. The cool thing is that the class build is pretty much still intact. Spells still start off at fourth level and you still get an animal companion. The book missed a great opportunity there in not developing a series of spider related companions. But that is one of the few spider enhancing opportunity?s the book did miss out on.

Arachnid style replaces the rangers other two combat styles with an ability that improves the rangers senses and increases his AC. Improved forms of this ability appear at later levels that increase the AC. The style does not seem equivalent to the potent feats that the rangers styles provide you. This is mostly do to the -2 penalty to attack and damage instituted when you use the style. Also included is a Sixth Sense ability that allows players a percentage chance to miss attacks. This is an excellent flavored ability that makes up for the lame penalties form the Arachnid Style.

For the Dungeon Master
The flavor of the class is so rich you could very well be inspired to include a race of spider like rangers in your next game session.

For the Player
Two-words.
S-P-I-D-E-R
M-A-N

The Iron Word
Classes like this are built on its abilities and how well they replace the ones taken out. The Arachnid style is nice, but does not compare to precise shot and two weapon fighting in terms of combat prowess. The sixth sense ability is excellent as is several of the later level spider abilities. Some unique spells or animal companions could have pushed this into being a more dynamic class.



LIKED: - Great flavor
- Sixth Sense ability rocks

DISLIKED: - Combat style is not a suitable replacement for ranged and two weapo nfighting
- Needed a touch more specific spells and feats

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
NEO RANGERS: The Spider King
Publisher: The Le Games
by Derek K. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/15/2006 00:00:00
?Neo Rangers: The Spider King? is The Le Games? follow-up to their fantastic ?Neo Paladins: The Martyr,? and as such, has some high expectations to live up to, especially since ?The Spider King? is written by The Le himself. Fortunately, these expectations are met as ?The Spider King? is much more than just another Unorthodox ranger variant. In fact, this character class, while obviously a ranger ?type,? stands on its own as an individual character option, and is highly recommended.

This supplement contains a full-color, fully bookmarked .pdf ready for instant use, as well as a less color-intensive/more printer-friendly version of the document. Additionally, you?ll find .rtf documents of the entire spider king class and the original ranger class from Wizards of the Coasts? System Reference Document. For review purposes, I evaluated the printer-friendly version of the .pdf.

?The Spider King? is presented as a fully-playable, fully-fleshed out character class. Writer The Le also handled the layout chores of this product, and he presents the spider king in the style consistent with the core player classes from the Dungeons & Dragons ?Player?s Handbook.? The formatting is tight and easy to read, making the spider king a class that can effortlessly be inserted into your D&D game.

The main difference between the spider king and the standard ranger is that instead of following the path of nature and its animals, the spider king, as its name implies, follows a more ?spider-ly? approach, viewing the spider as its link to nature. It?s not that much of a stretch, really, but this simple shift in focus makes the spider king an attractive player class.

The spider king retains the favored enemy bonus, and its hit dice and saving throw progressions are similar to the standard ranger, but instead of pursuing one of the ranger?s standard combat styles, the spider king gains Arachnid Style Combat. When a spider king is using this style of combat (it must be declared at the beginning of the combat round), the character receives a +1 dodge bonus to his or her AC. However, as the spider king is fighting in a much more defensive manner, he or she is penalized ?2 to all attack rolls and ?2 to all damage rolls.

Another unique class feature is the spider king?s Sixth Sense. Whenever an opponent of the spider king makes a successful melee or ranged attack roll that would normally hit the Neo Ranger, the spider king gains a 10% chance to avoid the attack outright as long as he or she retains his or her Dexterity bonus. When the spider king is using Arachnid Style Combat, the Sixth Sense increases by 5%.

Both the Arachnid Style Combat and Sixth Sense increase as the spider king progresses in level. Also, the spider king has a much more limited animal companion list and its spell list is more unique and includes a few spells not on the standard ranger?s spell list. At 8th level, the spider king gains the ability to make an Arachnid Strike, which not only deals hit point damage, but also Constitution damage. And it?s almost a given that this class gains the ability to cast ?spider climb? as the spell as it progresses in level.

The spider king is a fully-formed character class that will fit nicely into your standard D&D game or campaign. As a player (with your DM?s approval, of course), this class provides a different look at the ranger by focusing its attention on something other than the animals of the natural world. As a DM, this class could provide interesting opponents or allies for your players. Either way, this supplement is well worth the price and the downloading time (both of which are quite manageable).


LIKED: This is a unique character class that is well-balanced and well-presented. It's much more than just a variant ranger; 'The Spider King' stands on its own as a character class option. This supplement is easy to use, and includes three appendixes for additional information about the class. (The class description isn't interrupted with the injection of a description of the Eveasion feat; instead this, as well as a description of the 'spider climb' spell, is all tucked away unobtrusively in the appendixes. This is a much-preferred layout choice.)

DISLIKED: The spider king is such a unique character class that I can't imagine a character created using this material would look like a typical ranger. 'Neo Rangers: The Spider King' uses some artwork of spiders themselves, but there is still some of the more typical Elmore-ian fantasy artwork throughout the supplement. This doesn't necessarily detract from the product overall, but it would have been nice to see more consistency in the art choices. (I'm still giving this product five stars, however!)

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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