Review – The Genius Guide to: the Harrowed

20 November, 2009

The Genius Guide to: the Harrowed is a 3-page PDF (2 pages if you remove the credits/OGL page) for the Pathfinder RPG written by R. Hyrum Savage and published by Super Genius Game.  This is the first of 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 second.  A few minor glitches on the formatting of the template but everything is readable.  The only art is the cover piece which is nice and creepy as befits the subject.

The Harrowed are mortals sundered from the web of life by a foul magical spell (called, unsurprisingly, Harrow, a 6th level wizard spell) which is used by a powerful group of wizards to instill fear and obedience.  The spell is, of course, included.

The Harrowed are represented by a template which reflects their forced removal from the pattern of life.  They become feral, destructive, animalistic.  They might even be mistaken for undead, which could cause great confusion.  It is a solid template though it would seem that they should gain some natural weapons.

It is a good start to the new Genius Guide line but it would have benefitted from: at least one example of the Harrowed template applied to a creature and a few adventure seeds or ideas using the Harrowed.  Still, overall a solid product if you need a dangerous and unusual foe.

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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