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Fantasy Firearms II: Double Barreled
Publisher: Skortched Urf' Studios
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 09/06/2009 12:44:56

If - and it's a big if - you have decided to allow firearms in your Dungeons & Dragons game, this product may be of use. Although claiming that an earlier volume from the same publisher, Fantasy Firearms, is not nececessary to use this work to good effect, you are going to have to obtain some rules from firearms use from somewhere (or make up your own) if you do not possess it.

What this book does have is a selection of fascinating and diverse weapons complete with notes on appearance and history of use, specific rules relating to each weapon's use and often a quite charming illustration. (It's difficult to imagine that the same artist who draws guns so well came up with the near-naked glowering female on the cover, not a pretty sight!). The description of many of the weapons includes the race with which it is most often associated. There is also an impressive collection of firearms accessories, including different ammunition types, handloading equipment and an imaginative collection of magic bullets. There are some magical weapons as well.

Hardware out of the way, next comes a list of feats of use to gunslinging characters... including a bizarre one which allows a spellcaster to imbue a bullet with a healing spell and then fire it at the individual he wishes to heal! A race of gun-happy goblins, a new deity of gunfire and a few monsters which can also use firearms round the book out.

Even if you have chosen to allow firearms, you may feel that some of the weapons herein are a bit too technologically advanced for the concept of hand-crafted firearms which I envisage would exist in a fantasy world where gunpowder and its uses have been discovered... but as rare and possibly unique items they could prove a major surprise on a first encounter!

[4 of 5 Stars!]
Fantasy Firearms II: Double Barreled
Publisher: Skortched Urf' Studios
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 02/20/2009 15:32:36

Fantasy Firearms II: Double Barreled is a 17-page PDF for 3.5 OGL Roleplaying written by Chris A. Field and published by Scorched Urf Studios. It brings more fantastic firearms to the (gaming) table.

If you want to mix firearms with fireballs and pit gunslingers against spellcasters, this could be a useful supplement for you. Interesting ideas abound for those who do not mind guns with their goblins. However it does push the technology curve up considerably (in the mid-19th C. in fact) and so may be a technology too far for some campaigns.

This book builds on Fantasy Firearms (also by Scorched Urf) and claims not to need the earlier book but several of the magical firearms have an enhancement that appears in that book though the name of the enhancement -everloaded- gives a good idea how it works. These weapons are designed with cartridge-based ammunition in mind and are revolvers (with speed loaders!), bolt-action long arms and even a clockwork automatic, eleven new weapons in all. While costly, they provide an enormous amount of damage dealing potential even before using the magically enhanced firearms or special ammunition, both of which are available.

Nine interesting magical weapons and ammunition types are included ranging from Dwarven heavy revolver to Drow-made sniper rifles. Six new feats, several of which are very powerful: Full Chamber insures you never run out of ammunition (and can be taken at 4th level!), Gravedigger Gun let Cleric or Paladin wield pistols that become exceptionally powerful against the undead, and the Fanning/Shootist chain gives additional attacks with revolvers.

Rounding out the product is a new goblin sub-race (gunfire goblins) and their goddess -Clichsah, Lady of Hammers- who provides access to the gunfire clerical domain, a new aberration and a troll with implanted gunpowder weaponry, and a non-evil elven guardian undead, that is quite intriguing.

[3 of 5 Stars!]
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