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Unorthodox Paladins
Publisher: The Le Games
by Nathan C. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/08/2007 00:00:00
There are a lot of great oxymoron in the universe: virtual reality, old news, living dead, Microsoft Works and my personal favorite, military intelligence. But I never have I heard of a better ironic phrase than Unorthodox Paladin. The 101 page PDF by Le Games engages its readers with six new paladin alterations that are built to be quite different from your typical Paladin and succeed at the task as only Le Games can. Though some of the class builds delve into focused fighter category, many are recognizable as paladin offshoots.

The PDF is well bookmarked and categorized. It contains six paladin classes and 2 prestige classes. There are also 4 short stories, 9 artifacts and six paladin spells. The core classes each have some type of alignment requirement, similar to a paladin, but many are quite different than the lawful good you would expect. The only class that requires a lawful good alignment is the Echo Paladin, the others range depending on their flavor of the class.
Adujicator- Paladin of Nature
Echo Paladin- Paladin of Music
Fist of God- Paladin of Smackdown
Order of the Barbed Cross- Paladin of Punishment
Righteous Paladin ? Paladin of Spreading the Gospel
Vigil Knight- Knightly Paladin.
The artifacts, most of which are gems called Baubles and Urus, all fit well into the Paladin mold. The least attractive part of the book for me are the short stories which I always feel are out of place in a short supplement. The stories do encompass the spirit of the book but it feels like there are one too many.

For the Player
There is a paladin for every flavor. If you never liked that lawful good restriction or the spells, there is something for you in Unorthodox Paladin. My tastes tend to move towards the Adujicator and Order of the Barbed Cross because of their anti-hero paladin designs. I especially liked the spell resistance ability of the Adjuicator and the Iron Conviction ability of the Order.

For the Dungeon Master
Reward that lawful good or trying to do the right thing PC in the party with one of the Azariel artifacts. They are synergy weapons that reward good aligned characters specifically.

The Iron Word
Outside of speculation about 4e, Paladins are the most talked about d20 subject on the net. If you are not happy with the current build or alignment restrictions, many of the classes in Unorthodox Paladins have enough similar abilities and different requirements to fit your palette. Though the stories are a bit weighty the actual material is good. The artifacts towards the end, though powerful, feel as if the writer put a bit of thought into them as opposed to just being tacked on.



LIKED: - enough of a difference in the classes to make the book worthwhile
- nice flavor makes the classes more than a color swap
- the initial artwork for the class is nice

DISLIKED: - don't like some of the raunchier artwork in the publication
- the short stories were too many and too long
- the artifacts are true artifacts, use with caution

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Unorthodox Paladins
Publisher: The Le Games
by Neil W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/29/2006 00:00:00
Decent and fairly well written. I liked it a lot.
A follow up would be great.

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Unorthodox Paladins
Publisher: The Le Games
by Geoffrey B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/01/2006 00:00:00
I really like this book, and have used 2 classes so far, one a tag-along NPC and another for an antagonist, and both went very well.

I like that a few don't get spells, but have some divine style spell-like abilities.

My favorits so far are the "Hooks" who are inspired a bit it seems by the Spanish Inquisition style church. (No cumfy chairs here though) Their abilities to interrigate and create fear and pain are sweet for Gods that need some dirty work done, or the less nice religious orders out there.

My second favorite would be the "Fist of God" who is a bit monk like but is incredibly focused on combat with various divine attributes. Not as overpowered as I thought, but a min/maxer might do a better job of exploiting the job and make it too strong. That should be mostly taken care of with the demands for diff attributes to be decent that the job has. I was very attracted to the unblinking devotion and power it brought, a very nice addition to any campaign involving a questionable church.

I also liked the Pld that were devoted to balance, a very fitting character that can gain bonuses to fight against good or evil, chaotic or lawful but only in the cause of balancing these forces. It would be a great PC if the GM was willing to commit to checking their use of what would otherwise be a lot of power without this check of it's use.


LIKED: I liked the idea and execution of this product, The classes were well thought out, and the ones I tried out worked great and were fun without unbalancing.

DISLIKED: I was hoping the "Echo Paladin" would use some songs or brd skills but they just had some vocal abilities. I've read this class over numerous times, and I just don't get it. The other 5 are very good.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Unorthodox Paladins
Publisher: The Le Games
by A. F. Y. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/09/2005 00:00:00
Love it! You know I haven't played a Paly in a while. This book was just the thing I needed to play one again.

LIKED: I really liked the types to pick from. I liked the idea of them not all having to be Lawfull or Good.

DISLIKED: They could have made a few more type ;)

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Unorthodox Paladins
Publisher: The Le Games
by Wesley A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/07/2005 00:00:00
Plenty of material here with new paladin classes and prestige classes. I didn't find any of them really interesting or exciting though. I got more out of the artifacts and spells. I usually don't read fiction in my rpg products (I hardly ever read it even in RPG magazines), and I haven't here, so I can't review the stories.

LIKED: Interesting enough, but not overly impressive.

DISLIKED: Don't really want to pay for fiction I'm not going to read anyway.

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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