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Arcane Outbreak $2.99
Publisher: LPJ Design
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 06/05/2007 00:00:00

Arcane Outbreak is part of the support for D20 fantasy by Louis J Porter Jr Design providing additional resources on magical diseases, this product was written by Neal Bailey. It is a thirteen-page product (eleven and a half after cover and OGL) with an easy to read layout and lacking art.

Arcane Outbreak is about diseases, but not any disease, but the sort that could appear in a world will with powerful magic, diseases that effect and, in some cases, are spread by magic. Ten diseases are presented ranging from simply strangely incapacitating (memosis, which eats memories) to the brutally deadly (the Dirge, which drives its victims to suicide and reanimates them as undead). While most of the diseases are quite interesting many have the potential to destroy entire swaths of a campaign world and so should be used with care.

Ten new feats follow, the majority, naturally, are related to diseases. Several require the character to effectively be a ?carrier? of diseases and gains special abilities in exchange for permanent damage to their health. Difficult Wounds, which makes wound inflicted by the character hard to heal by magic, Infectious Spawn, which allows you to animate disease carrying undead, and Insomnia, which makes the character sleepless, all have potential for abuse.

The Phage Touched prestige class is also included, a carrier of disease with a symbiotic relationship with diseases, able to manipulate and spread them as needed. An odd class, probably best suited to NPCs, the disease-based powers fit quite well in this product.

Arcane Outbreak takes a look at the effect of magic on disease and what sort of magic disease might result. The ideas are interesting but the execution is rough, you should look carefully at the effects of introducing the contents of this product in your campaign.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>

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