Everyman Archetypes: Skald
By Alexander Augunas and Justin Whitley
Rock on with Everyman Archetypes: Skald! From the mind behind Everyman Archetypes: Swashbuckler and introducing all-new author Justin Whitley, Everyman Archetypes: Skald provides all new options for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game's heavy-metal performing class. Within Everyman Archetypes: Skald, you will find:
- Six all-new skald archetypes, including the chivalric harbinger, the blood singer, the jarl extoller, and the unarmored canter. In addition, the jarl extoller has a second, unchained version herein to make it compatible with the unchained skald from Everyman Unchained: Unchained Rage.
- 16 new equipment tricks, called instrument tricks, for use with the Equipment Trick feat. Instrument tricks allow a skald to use his instruments in new and exciting ways and include four tricks available to all instruments as well as additional tricks that can only be specifically used with skald-favorite instruments like the horn, the drum, and the COW BELL!!!!!!!!!!
- And much, much more!
With Everyman Gaming, innovation never has enough COWBELL!!!!!!!
Alexander Augunas and Justin Whitley deliver herein what I’d call function-archetypes – basically, we get archetypes that are less defined by a cool flavor or intricate web of new abilities, instead focusing on significant, but pretty much self-contained tweaks of the skald-class’s mechanics. This is not a bad thing in itself and the archetypes herein can be combined with others for that effect. The content provided in this book is solid and does its job well – and some of the mechanics are downright awesome to see. At the same time, they did not blow me away to the same extent some of Alex’s designs manage and I’m a bit weary of some choices made. This, however, is offset by the excellent equipment tricks-section; in fact, I liked the new tricks here so much, I’d consider them worth the very fair and low price of admission alone. So yeah, if you want to put more emphasis on the instrument, these two pages alone will more than justify this book for you. If, on the other hand, you are less interested in them, you’ll lose perhaps the coolest part herein, one of which I admittedly would have loved to see more of. In the end, I will settle on a rating of 4 stars.