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Master at Arms: Spear Sentinel $1.75
Publisher: Blackdirge Publishing
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/04/2007 00:00:00
Master of Arms: Spear Sentinel is part of the Master of Arms series that brings historical fighting styles to D20 fantasy by Blackdirge Publishing/Skeleton Key Games written by Aeryn ?Blackdirge? Rudel. It is an eight-page product (six after cover and OGL) with a clean layout. The only art is the cover piece which is also used as the character art and some nice weapons on the title page.

The work starts with a short history of the ranseur as a weapon and why it is an important and interesting weapon. The ranseur, like many pole arms, has been neglected in high fantasy, though even in the real world, its period of use was fairly narrow. One of the aims of this product is to educate about this interesting weapon.

The centerpiece is, of course, the Spear Sentinel prestige class, an expert with their weapon of choice, the ranseur. A solid fighter-based class with tricks based on the abilities of the weapon: using the ranseur to push back their opponent, disarming tricks and a few bonus feats as well as the ability to count level in Spear Sentinel as level in Fighter for purposes of qualifying for fighter bonus feats. A well-done prestige class.

An example Spear Sentinel character, Captain Kyrgan Longstrike, is provided along with the organization he works for, the Spearwatch Guild. Both the character and the organization are interesting and well drawn. Additionally, a new magic weapon property is included.

The Spear Sentinel is a good addition to the available fighting prestige classes, useful especially for guard and guardian characters.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied

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