Short Pathfinder Reviews – Rite Publishing Edition25 September, 2012
A variety of short reviews of a variety of products for Pathfinder by those talented people at Rite Publishing. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we will begin,
In the Company of Henge is a sourcebook for playing hengeyokai, Japanese animal spirits specifically for Rite’s Kaidan setting, but adaptable to any Pathfinder world. The henge have seven subspecies (dogs, hares, snake, and many more though the Kitsune fox spirits are not included here) each with their own strengths and talents. Hengeyokai alternate racial traits, favored class options and new archetypes for barbarian, druid and ranger are included. Lastly, there is a full 20 level racial class for the hengeyokai paragon which is a mix of rogue tricks and animal tricks backed by nine new feats. While not for every campaign, this is a solid resource for a classic kind of creature.
Faces of the Tarnished Souk: Belladonna, the Face of Love Unrequited. Belladonna is a single character presented at three points in her advancement (CR 8, 13, and 17) along with an evolving background. While she can be fought, she is much more a social encounter as she runs the Nightshade Palace and has her own agenda. Useful support material is provided in the form of seven new feats, two magic items and 11 magical libations (“Have a mug of juggernaut juice, my fine fellow.”) and two templates (Nightmare Creature and Nymph Child) rounds out this product. An intriguing character if not suited for all games but the support material is more widely applicable.
101 Magic Armor and Shield Properties, as it says on the tin, a hundred and one new ways to enhance your weapons and armor. It starts with a lovely set of tables by power level in case you wish to randomly assign them. The powers range from minor (such as pleasant dreams, allowing you to rest well) to the amazingly powerful (exemplified by cheating death, which does just that but with style) so every campaign level should be able to find something of use here. There are a variety of class and race-themed enhancement that are interesting and should find favor with players who like improving a particular play style. A useful resource for any campaign in need of a new variety of armor and shield powers.
Disclaimer: 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.