This review was written by Thilo Graf and first published in GMS Magazine.
This pdf is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page mini-sheets for monsters, leaving 6 pages of content, so what is this sphere about?
Put simply, the annihilation sphere is a doomsday device of epic proportions, a spherical construct that was constructed by the aneishi (or was it? – never trust the first ones…) to counteract the human insurgency driven by the Kaga. The sphere, however, turns out to be a rather uncontrollable engine of devastation and subsequently was dispatched and forgotten in the subsequent time. Unfortunately for the world of NeoExodus at large, the sphere was not destroyed and fell into NeoExodus’ Darkseid-like villIan’s hands.
The write-up of the sphere includes what some of the factions of the world and how they’d use (or fear) the sphere. The sphere itself comes with 2 sets of statblocks, one for CR25 and one for even deadlier CR 30. How deadly is there sphere, then? Well, the orbiting satellite spheres can blast up to NINE spells per round as a standard action at your PCs. This specific mechanic is elegant and unique, but even worse news for your PCs, the sphere also has a deadly dampening field that cancels out spells and psionics and some defensive abilities that might have your PCs sweating, although its hit points are nothing to write home about at this level, even though it has more HP than similar constructs due to a special quality. I should also note that beyond mechanics, we also get a new book-write-up to put the PCs on the trail of the sphere or learn about it.
After the SRD you also get a 1-page primer of the nations, religions, etc. of NeoExodus.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. The pdf is a beauty to behold, its layout adheres to the full-color NeoExodus standard and the artwork, as we’ve come to expect of LPJr Design, ranks among the best out there. The annihilation sphere is a deadly, versatile engine of destruction with several signature abilities and will force even the most powerful of PCs to play smart or perish at its arcane onslaught. For the very low price, you get two statblocks for a quite deadly and cool construct that will haunt the nightmares of PCs. All in all, due to the cool idea of the parallel casts (and its limitations!), the low price and the lack of glitches, I’ll settle for 5 stars and the Endzeitgeist seal of approval. This is my favorite book of the “Monsters of…”-series, on par with the Chanting Queen.
[5 of 5 Stars!]