Review – The Genius Guide to Loot 4 Less: Bell, Book and Candle

2 May, 2012

As with all the Loot 4 Less series, a good selection of inexpensive items with bards and witches especially gaining some nice items to play with.

The Genius Guide to: Loot 4 Less Volume 9 – Bell, Book and Candle 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 Games.  This is part of Super Genius Games’ Genius Guide/Loot 4 Less 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 product is clear and easy to read though there is some white space.  The art is mixed color and B&W and generally supports the theme of this product.

As with all of the Loot 4 Less opens with a disclaimer about what you will not find here (i.e. powerful or even mid-level magic items) and a short discussion about the Loot 4 Less design philosophy, which -in a nutshell- is that more minor magic items make for more interesting treasure.

The core of the product is the items themselves, six bells, five books and six candles. Bells can be more easily made by bards and candles by witches, which makes sense thematically.  The bells include useful items such as the alarm bell and the defensive temple bell.  Among the books are the punning (but very useful) live journal and the rather self-referential manual of monsters (know your foe).  Lastly are the candles which include a variety of candle that enhance the hexing power of witches

As is traditional with this series, the author discusses how certain items were built and why they cost as much as they do.  This provides a good look in on careful design considerations within the system which is useful for anyone seeking to understand the Pathfinder magic item system.

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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