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The Genius Guide to the Godling $3.99
Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 04/11/2010 17:51:34

The Genius Guide to: the Godling is a 12-page PDF (10 pages if you remove the credits/OGL page and advertisement) for the Pathfinder RPG written by Owen K. C. Stephens and published by Super Genius Games. This is part of the Super Genius Games’ Genius Guide line.

The layout is a screen-friendly landscape design, with cover art and 1-column on the first page and three columns on the rest. The four charts are easy to read. All of the art is full color and mostly appropriately themed to the quasi-divinty of the godling.

The Godling is presented as a full 20-level base class and as a 10-level prestige class, so as to provide a variety of options for including it in a champaign world.

The base class diverges into two forms, the physical/combat oriented Mighty Godling and the more skill-based clever Godling. Both types gain abilities (loosely) tied to the divine path that they follow, there are a wide variety of options so many types of Godling are possible. A few of the upper abilities of the divine traits are restricted to one type of Godling or the other, only Mighty Godlings can take the third and forth parts of the battle master power for example. There are seven divine trait paths surprisingly none of them are social or tied to leadership, which would seem to be a natural fit for this class, nor is there a path for directly crafting or making things.

The prestige class is not divided along a mighty/clever split and is to some extent more focused and more limited in it options, being compressed into ten levels. It is a compromise in designed between the two version of the base class but may be easier to include, especially in an ongoing campaign.

Extensive notes on how to incorporate the Godling into a campaign are included as well as a single Godling feat.

While such a character class may not have a place in all campaigns, though the ‘Godlings in your Campaign’ notes make a good argument that they can be easily added to most world, it is a well build and interesting class. If the idea intrigues you, give this product a look.

Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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