Review – The Genius Guide to: Rune Staves and Wyrd Wands

27 November, 2011

Rune Staves and Wyrd Wands provides useful new tools for spell-casters drawing on traditional tropes for wizards, witches and sorcerers (that is staves and wands).  These new items open a variety of new and interesting options for character and role customization.

The Genius Guide to: Rune Staves and Wyrd Wands is a 7-page PDF (6 pages if you remove the credits/OGL page) for the Pathfinder RPG written by Owen K. C. Stephens and published by Super Genius Games.  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 chart of feats is clear and easy to read.  The art is a mix of color and black and white and generally supports the wand and staff-using theme of this product.

Rune Staves and Wyrd Wands opens with a discussion about the role of magical implements, exemplified by staves and wands in fiction, and contrast them with how staves and wands work in Pathfinder and are usually treated in play.  Several sidebars discuss the design ideas behind the staves and wands, how they are priced and some of the abilities.

The rune staves and wyrd wands act in a similar fashion, improving (slightly) spells cast through them with the more powerful version being more effective, naturally.  Variants improve certain types of spells or allow for adjustments of spells cast through them.  They are useful tools and they can be made more so by customization allowing for another way to shape and define a character.

Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThruRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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