Review – Resnet’s Spellbook

22 April, 2012

Resnet’s Spellbook provides a wide variety of new spells and there are some good ideas here, especially the new bard spells, but it is a mixed bag.

Resnet’s Spellbook is a spell sourcebook for the D20/OGL/3.x Fantasy written by Quentin Hudspeth and published by Hudspeth’s Games.  A variety of other formats are included, .mobi, .epub, along with pretty, printer and screen friendly PDF versions so you should be able to find a version that you can read comfortably.

Resnet’s Spellbook contains what it says on the tin, a book of new spells, seventy-five of them.  It starts with an introduction to who Resnet was or is, a wandering bard and sister to a powerful wizard, and suggestions on how to use the book.

The 75 spells run from level 0 to 9th level, and covers all core class and a variety of proprietary classes from WotC (Beguiler, Duskblade, Hexblade and Warmage).  The product says that an OGL version of the Duskblade, called the Dawnblade, is available on the Hudspeth Game’s website but I could not find it.

The majority of the spells are combat related, as is usual, and many are variation on existing spells (such as Adamantskin, a better Stoneskin) and are higher level (20 of the spells are 7th level or higher).   Most of the spells are solid if not very exciting, though the 0-level spells are all simply better than the existing ones.  However, the new bard’s spells are quite good from the various Voice spells that inspire various emotions to the humorous damaging spell, Resounding Sneeze.  One of two of the spells (like Wit’s End) look overpowered so do not use any of the spells without looking at how they will play out in your campaign.

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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