Kressmer?s Bizarre Grimoire: Seven Summoner?s Spells is the first in the Kressmer?s Bizarre Grimoire series, from Silverthorne Games. Each book in the series is a short free product detailing seven new spells. The zipped file is 0.8 megabytes in size, and contains two PDF: the main file, which is just over 600 kb, and a 300 kb file consisting of two pages of advertisements for other Silverthorne Games products.
The main PDF is three pages long. The first page is the cover, with the title and a picture of a gnome mage (most likely Kressmer himself). Most, though not all, of the last page is taken up by the OGL and legal information. No table of contents or bookmarks are necessary, or given, in the product. Likewise, a printer-friendly version would have been superfluous also.
Each of the seven spells given here is designed to summon a specific kind of item (save for the spell titled Summon Random Item). Likewise, each spell (save for one) is a 0-level spell. This showcases the major weakness of the product; that these spells are largely useless to most PCs. Even NPCs would be less than likely to use a spell to summon a key, for example, or one that?d summon a bag. Ironically, the most useful idea for a summons, a spell to call some sort of weapon to the caster?s hand, isn?t given here.
This is the first part of the Kressmer?s Bizarre Grimoire series, and it shows. While the other parts of this series do an admirable job presenting an eclectic but useful selection of spells, this one stumbles a bit. The summoning spells presented here aren?t bad, but they?re not anything most characters will feel a particular need to acquire, either.
<b>LIKED</b>: This book is the first in a series of useful and entertaining free products.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: The spells presented here are amusing, but largely without practical use. Spells that summon a character's gear, such as weapons or armor, would have made this product much more valuable.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>
[3 of 5 Stars!]