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NEO FIGHTERS: The Fire Knight $1.00
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NEO FIGHTERS: The Fire Knight
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NEO FIGHTERS: The Fire Knight
Publisher: The Le Games
by Derek K. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/22/2006 00:00:00
?Neo Fighters: The Fire Knight? is The Le Games? latest entry in their Neo Class line, and as the title suggests, writers Christopher Sniezak and The Le present a variant fighter class called the fire knight, a warrior who?s mastered the fiery passion within and has learned to project it in a variety of offensive and defensive ways.

This download includes two versions of ?Neo Fighters: The Fire Knight? ? a landscape version of the .pdf and a printer-friendly version. For the most part, the printer-friendly version of this supplement was used for purposes of this review.

The fire knight is a 20-level playable class designed for the PC in mind (although there is enough descriptive material, or ?fluff,? to inspire DMs when it comes to creating interesting NPCs). This is a variant fighter class; the writers don?t forget this with the base attack bonus and saving throw progression. But instead of picking up a new bonus feat every other level, the fire knight earns some very specific class abilities.

From the start, the fire knight gains fire resistance (he or she starts with fire resistance equal to his or her level, but at 12th level, the resistance equals the fire knight level?s x one-and-a-half). At second level, the fire knight bonds with a chosen weapon, using the ?soul sword? class ability. As the fire knight progresses in level, the abilities tied into the soul sword increase, starting with gaining a bonus to Search checks and moving up to being able to cast ?scorching ray? through the weapon. Eventually, the fire knight?s bonded weapon becomes a ?flaming burst weapon? and can even fire fireballs.

Eventually, once the fire knight reaches his or her 20th level, he or she can cause an opponent?s blood to boil over and instantaneously combust, causing 10d10 points of fire damage. (This class ability rightly belongs at the 20th level mark.)

This is a well-balanced class, and while it doesn?t introduce any tweaks or additions to the core D&D game mechanics like some of the other Neo Class products, ?Neo Fighters: The Fire Knight? presents an interesting class nonetheless, and definitely deserves a look. There are a few minor grammatical and typographical errors in the document itself, but the supplement is still instantly easy to use and even incorporate into your existing game.



LIKED: This is a solid product, and the descriptive text for the fire knight (pun intended) sparks more than a few ideas for interesting PCs and NPCs.

DISLIKED: There are a few typograchical errors throughout the document, but perhaps the most off-putting element of this document is the first page of the printer-friendly version of the supplement; it is a near-full-page ad for Politically Incorrect Games' Disposable Heroes Paper Minis. If you're not careful where you click on this page, your internet browser will be hijacked and you'll be taken to Politically Incorrect Games' website. This was quite frustrating.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher Reply:
Thanks for the comments! We are happy to work with Politically Incorrect Games and we were very pleased with the Disposable Heroes (DH) product they provided to us. The DH attachment actually features *four* heroes that can be used in any fantasy campaign! Note that DH is only available only on the portrait PDF version (remember, Neo Fighters comes as a zip file with 3 versions!), and does not count towards the official page count. So saddle up, and give it a try, because we are certain you will love Neo Fighters and we know that you will love Disposable Heroes!
NEO FIGHTERS: The Fire Knight
Publisher: The Le Games
by Eric A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/14/2006 00:00:00
I would recommend the fireknight for characters looking for a low or moderate level fighter with some magical abilities. In my opinion, after 7th level the value of what is earned and the low number of feats you have don't seem to make the character worth leveling up for what you get . I would recommend multiclassing a human fireknight with a fighter, duskblade, or a hexblade for damage dealing or with a cleric or druid for some fire effects. Another use would be as a nice a moderately leveled evil enemy character that uses fire effects.

Even though some of the character details are a little underdeveloped, I like what I see so far and would be interested to see where the author goes from here with this character class.

Overall, this character has some real possibilities for some dramatic flare in the game.



LIKED: This character has a lot of spell-like abilities and special abilities. This is an alternative to a fighter at it appears to provide a similar attack bonus progression.

The fire abilities of the fireknight provide some offensive and defensive possibilities.


DISLIKED: Needs more development on character history, religion, and why the fireknight has the abilities he has.

I also would have liked to have seen a list of spells a fireknight could have.

The fire effects are nice however they don't seem to have long lasting effects.

There were effects for shields and weapons, however there didn't seem to be any for armor. I would like to request to the author to create some armor abilities for the fireknight.

Some custom feats and spells would have been nice to include in the character class.

Some of the high level abilities were fairly week for the high level they are earned at.

Needs more bonus feat slots during leveling up to help strengthen the character.

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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