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Review – Genius Guide to: Ice Magic

14 April, 2010

The Genius Guide to: Ice Magic is a 10-page PDF (9 pages if you remove the credits/OGL page) for the Pathfinder RPG written by Owen K. C. Stephens and published by Super Genius Game.  This is part 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 rest.  The list of spells is clear and easy to read.  The art is full color throughout and generally supports the ice/snow magic and spell-user theme of this product.

Ice Magic opens with a brief introduction about why more ice/cold magic and then moves directly into the spells. Fourteen spells across all levels and something for most types of casters (bard, cleric, druid and sorcerer/wizard but mostly sorcerer/wizard) are included.  As usual for such products there are a mix of attack, defense and utility spells with attack spells in the majority.  It seems that there are many interesting potential uses for the spells here and a few may be able to be abused, but always a danger when new spells are introduced.

To round out the product there are new character options: Frost Bloodline for sorcerers, Cold Specialists for wizards, the Ice Domain for Clerics and a new feat.  For game masters there are the Arctic Template, for creatures who live in the cold, and how to build an Ice Elemental.

If your campaign is in need of some new, frosty magic, this Genius Guide will serve you and your game in a good stead.

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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