Encyclopaedia Arcane: Compendium by P Tucker, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. This product compiles several previous Encyclopaedia Arcane books including Necromancy, Daemonology, Battle Magic, and the new Transmutation. Encyclopaedia Arcane. Compendium. Demonology – The Dark Road. 4. Introduction. 6. Demonology – An Overview. 9. To Tread the Dark Road. The Art of.
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The Dark Road by Matthew Sprange provides the mechanics for characters to attempt to summon and control fiends, risking their eternal souls for great power. The Channeller focusing on one of the energy typesThe Maker one who can create permanent lifeThe Skinshifter an arcane path to the druid’s wild shape abilityand The Windchaser a caster who harnesses, and eventually becomes one with, the wind.
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The significance of the tome, and the relationship between the robed man and the other creatures, is up to the viewer’s imagination. There’s even a complete index and feat summary list at the end of the book. Some of them let you do a little more with polymorphing effects than those spells normally allow.
The Shape of Magic by August Hahn is a look at a school of magic that I don’t really think needs any “help”, as I see more spells for transmutation than any other school of arcane magic.
The parts that required the most re-writing were the stat block entries for the monsters that appear towards the end of the book, and this has been done.
I did notice that the spells-per-day progression for the Deathseeker prestige class has been halved. The cover illustration by Anne Stokes depicts a robed man looking over, and possibly casting from, a huge tome that’s been chained to a precipice at the top of a very steep staircase.
The tables now have alternating grey bands to make them a bit easier to read. Calcifying Caress is a little confusing though, when it says it “imparts a form of stone to flesh”. This is the one book I have the 3. Similar Threads Encyclopedia Arcane: In my personal world this is a 2 out of 5, but I realize that objectively it’s probably a 3.
Something I did find kinda neat were the new areas of effect, such as a stream attack that sweeps a spell with a straight line of effect across a battlefield just like the beam on a radar screen. A lot of it didn’t need a ton of updating as the toughest thing to update to 3.
Encyclopedia Arcane: Compendium
So I just averaged the grade of encyclopaedis four separate books and it came out as acane 3 out of 5, nearly a 4, which seems about right for something that’s done well encyclopaediaa still has a hazy feeling of “unratable-ness” about it, kinda like a lot of Greatest Hits compilations in music. Monday, 8th April, There’s not even a foreword like you may expect in which encclopaedia editor would reflect on the books and how nice it is to see them updated, etc… I was glad to see, though, that the artwork which originally decorated the inside covers of the books has been reproduced in the pages of the Emcyclopaedia.
And there’s this harness you gotta wear too. Bodycrafter, for example, lets you incorporate extra exceptional abilities to your new form when casting alter self. Compendium Volume Iimplying that there may be more Compendiums to follow, but as of one year later nothing further has been released or announced. The full title on the cover is Encyclopedia Arcane: This is basically a compendiuk way to pick up some books in the EA line and have them in a nice hardback, with the enticement of revisions and an exclusive extra book for those who own any of these titles already.
All fiends are handled pretty much the same way mechanically, but what if only demons used the rules for attempting to possess characters, while devils instead tried to trap mortals in pacts for their souls? But if Mongoose is to devote one EA book to each of the arcane schools, they gotta do this one to complete the set, and here’s a good place to do it. I see some changes in the formatting, but the book still reads the same way beginning to end. The Eldritch Storm by Sam Witt is about mages dealing as much destruction as possible, more or less.
The updates compendim fairly straightforward; the skills mentioned in the Prestige Class write-ups are updated, the spells look pretty much the same as before and you’re still going to need Seas Of Blood in order to use the Raise Death Hulk spell. There is advice for transmuters on how some situations call for subtlety, how to defend against an opponent’s transmutation effects, how it can assist other party members, that sort of thing.
There are also three power levels of a spell called Alchemistry that allows the caster to drain a magic property from one item and transfer it to another.
I should say that while researching this review I did come across a statement on Mongoose’s forums that beyond simple updates, there have also been encuclopaedia rules changes incorporating customer feedback, particularly in EA: It did get me thinking about creative applications for this school which is exactly what the author says he set out to do in his Designer Notes. Anybody buy this “adult” Mongoose Encyclopedia Arcane pdf?
The nature of a compilation book makes it hard to give a grade, as a lot of its utility will depend on how much of this previously released material you already have.
encyclipaedia A new page border design is here too, comprised of old cover art from other EA books. All the credits for the books have been squeezed into one big front page.
The second chapter, The Shape Of Magic, also includes the four prestige classes and they are as follows: Reset Fields Log in.
The book begins with a chapter-and-a-half of an overview and some general observations about the open-ended nature of transmutation, and how a spellcaster can get the most out of the school. I’d give it either a solid 3 or a soft 4 out of 5.
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Encyclopaedia Arcane: Compendium
The book makes a big deal about the special prestige class of the Battle Mage and how you have to join their guild to use their secrets of battle magic, which cost tons of gold. Join Date Jan Posts Compendiumwhich came out in Maycompenvium that compilation.
I’ll go a little more in depth on this one since it’s exclusive to EA: Aecane the earlier books in the line becoming hard to find and not up to date with compenduim. I intend to extract that bit from the book.
Nevertheless I had a look through to see if there was anything I could extract for my own use, and was kind of left wanting there too. The next chapter is Transmutation Spells, there are 29 in total. I counted two minor pieces of art getting cut, one piece of art added in, and a few pieces juggled around in the book’s placement.
This book remains among my very favourites in the EA line.