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Venture 4th: Pact of the Dragon Lords
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by Christopher H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/20/2012 12:49:00

Dragons have an almost universal appeal—certainly among gamers, at least—and this supplement capitalizes on that appeal by presenting a warlock pact for D&D 4e that binds a warlock to a primal dragon. The power structure follows the typical template for a warlock: one at-will power that distinctively exhibits the pact, a special effect when an enemy under your Warlock’s Curse is reduced to 0 hp, and a bunch of thematic powers. Unlike the pacts in the original PH, the pact of the vermin lords provides an extra encounter power as a boon; however, author Stefen Styrsky has tried to balance this by turning off the character’s Warlock’s Curse while the bonus encounter power, The Object of Your Wrath, is in effect. The special at-will for this pact is basically the same as a dragonborn’s dragon breath power. The supplement includes one paragon path, four feats, and four magic items for dragon lords pact warlocks. The descriptions and power effects do a good job of evoking a draconic feel. The artwork style varies drastically from one piece to the next, and the character featured on the cover and on the paragon path page isn’t a recognizable D&D 4e race at all. As a reader, I cringed occasionally at grammar and usage mistakes and proofreading oversights (“exhale” used as a noun, backward apostrophes, etc), as well as departures from established D&D 4e stylistic standards and the lack of page numbers. As a player, this is a pact that I could get excited about. I’ve never chosen to play a warlock, but I might if this pact were on the menu. As a DM, I’d be happy for a player to run a dragon lords pact warlock in my campaign.



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Venture 4th: Pact of the Dragon Lords
Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
by alain g. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/02/2009 08:43:02

The fourth pact from Adamant Entertainment, and guess what, I still don't like the layout, and the "I have a better warlock curse" class feature. But, well...

The dragon pact warlock is almost a melee combattant, which is fun. It reminds me the Dragon Disciple 3.5 prestige class. You choose at 1st level an energy, and many of your spells deal damage from this energy. By the way, it would have been better to create a special keyword instead of repeating the same paragraph over and over. Of course (sic), there are a few balance concerns:

  • low-light vision for 5 minutes as an encounter level 2 utility ????? (it is not the only encounter power which lasts for 5 minutes, it is bad design).
  • there are some allusions to a "breath weapon attack" in Bloodied Breath (I am sure you mean "secondary attack" ?)
  • "dragon pact augmentation" are sometimes overpowered (Dominating Stare...)
  • Cloud of Acid (level 22 utility) is an attack power!!! (Armor of the Patron Lord too)
  • the 2 paragon path have no prerequisites...


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