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Review – Secrets of the Alchemist: Advanced Feats

15 May, 2011

If you wish to try the Alchemist class and to expand the options available to these masters of alchemy, the Secrets of the Alchemist is a solid sourcebook.  The feats contained within are mostly applicable to all classes but especially those characters with a crafting or magical focus.

Secrets of the Alchemist: Advanced Feats is a 12-page PDF (10-pages if you remove the cover, ad and OGL page) for the Pathfinder RPG written by Sigfried Trent and published by Open Design.  This is part of Open Design’s Advance Feats line for Pathfinder.

The layout is primary traditional two columns and the table of feats clear to read.  The cover is color while the single piece interior art is mostly black and white public domain art which is very alchemical.

The Secrets of the Alchemist begins with an introduction to this product and it intention, which is to provide a look at the Alchemist class and ways to play it as well as providing additional options for the class.  It then proceeds to do just that, outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the class and provides information to consider when playing an alchemist.

Next are the thirty new feats, only five of which are tied to Alchemist class abilities, and most have a paragraph or so of commentary that talk about the reasoning behind the feat and occasionally potential balance issues with a feat.  Personally, I find such discussion useful in understanding the design of the game.  The feats are solid mechanically and certainly aimed toward what the Alchemist focus on including several crafting and magic related feats.

Concluding the product are three example character builds, with suggested feat and ability progression over 20 levels: the Carpet Bomber, the Mighty Mutant and the Mad Scientist.

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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