Lost Classes: Dreadnought is a short 5 page d20 pdf product and prestige class from LPJ Design. This product is one of a number of prestige classes in the Lost Classes series, each product featuring a fully detailed prestige class for your d20 game. Lost Classes: Dreadnought features a new prestige class for whom anger is a sacred vice, something that can spur the dreadnought on to powerful feats of strength and might.
The product comes as a single pdf file. Layout and design is relatively simple and straighforward, with only a single piece of good artwork on the front page. As one can almost expect from such a short pdf, there are no bookmarks. Editing and writing is generally good, and the product maintains a good standard of presentation. The prestige class only takes up 3 of the 5 pages of the product, with the remainder devoted to the OGL and an advertisement for other products in the Lost Classes series of products. Mechanics is generally good, but it should be noted that this class has some really strong abilities. Also, given that one of the entry requirements for the class is BAB +11, consideration should have been given to epic level play considering that this is a 10 level prestige class.
The dreadnought is a wild-hearted and mighty berserker, living on the edge of society and shunning most people and religions. His core abilities rely on an increase in his size while raging (though not changing size category), making him a formidable opponent in battle, and additional features of his rage ability. The dreadnought is a deadly melee prestige class, that can take a lot of hits, and shrug off a lot of damage, particularly given the fact that dreadnought rarely wears armor. Features of the prestige class include additional raging, the ability to shrug off damage, the ability to avoid fatal blows, his size increase ability which grants bonuses to skills and his Strength score, and several other powerful abilities. The class comes with decent background material detailing characteristics, personality, religion, societal and other aspects of the dreadnought prestige class. No sample dreadnought is provided, although one would expect it to have a barbarian base class.
In general the dreadnought is a burly melee warrior, although his likely barbarian base class and skill selections allow him some other characteristic that might be useful outside of combat. Naturally in battle is where this prestige class shines, and its high entry level requirements (BAB +11, for starters) keep it away from lower levels where its abilities can do some serious damage. There were one or two abilities that raised an eyebrow such as the ability called Rampaging Goliath, which allows the dreadnought to shrug of the damage from a blow that would knock it unconscious or kill it by succeeding at a Fortitude save. Given that Fortitude in the dreadnought's good save, and a high Constitution is a given for the class, it can be very difficult to kill unless the killing blow does a lot of damage so that the dreadnought actually fails the save. Nevertheless, overall a decent melee class - a bit one-track minded, but still a useful and definitely fun class to play.<br><br>
<b>LIKED</b>: The dreadnought is a decent class that can be fun to play, and offers a little more than just single-minded combat brute without any real personality. Decent presentation in the product and a useful class.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: A little more detail on the class would've been appreciated, or even a sample NPC from the prestige class. Consideration for epic level play should've been included given the entry requirements and the 10 level prestige class. A few strong-looking abilities that might unbalance certain campaigns.
<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>
[4 of 5 Stars!]