Review – Genius Guide to: the Archon

17 January, 2010

The Genius Guide to: the Archon is a 9-page PDF (8 pages if you remove the credits/OGL page) for the Pathfinder RPG written by Owen C. K. Stephens and published by Super Genius Game.  This product 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 two charts for the class are easy to read.  The art is a mix of full color and black and white which nicely support the wizard-warrior theme of the Archon.

The Archon is a full 20-level base class combining very focused martial skills with limited spell casting abilities.  The Archon has limited set of weapon choices, access to light armor (which does not hinder their spell casting ability) and an increasing range of abilities that blend their martial and magical abilities to make them superior combatants.  The class is built around using magic to enhance combat abilities including the ability to instantly burn spells for short term effects.  Later they gain the ability to wear heavier armor and still cast spells, channel touch spells through their weapons and a few other tricks.  A single new feat for the Archon class is included.

The Archon is given a suggested background to help it fit into a campaign and the class looks balanced.  A few more Archon-based feats, perhaps a new spell or magic item would have rounded this out nicely but it still remains a solid class if you are looking for a warrior-wizard hybrid for your campaign.

For those interested, Archon derives from the name for the nine magistrates of ancient Athens.

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.


One comment

  1. Now, if there was only a comprehensive databse of material for Pathfinder / 3.5, so I don’t have to sift through what feels like 100+ books … I’d even have been happy if that only existed for “official material”.

    You definitely get spoiled when you play 4e.

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