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Pathfinder: A Horde of Races

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium

Tuesday February 14th—Valentine’s Day—sees the launch of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. This has been a work in progress for over two years. So what exactly is inside it?

Well each race has about 16 pages of material, describing the race, their culture, their view on the world, how others of their kind interact, their religions, and of course plenty of Pathfinder gaming stats. Like what? Well we start off with the Racial Traits, follow that up with alternate racial traits, character traits, a veritable horde of archetypes and other class options, mundane equipment specific to their race, and spells and magic item commonly created by members of that race. We finish off each individual section with ideas for you to integrate this race into your game and NPCs so you can us this race in your game right away. As a bonus we threw in favored class options for this race for over 40 different classes. Sure every class in the core rule book is covered here but so are the classes from the Advanced Player’s Guide to the Advanced Class Guide as well as Ultimate Psionics and the Time Thief thrown in for good measure.

You want more? Well how about some racial technology for those that want to play a Pathfinder in Spaaaaaace.

So what races are covered in this book? Glad you asked. We have:
Androids
Catfolk
Changelings
Elans
Gillmen
Lizardfolk
Merfolk
Samsarans
Skinwalkers
Tengus
Wyrwoods
Wyvarans

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

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5e: Player Races Unleashed

Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1 (5e)

Races Beyond the Ordinary
Go beyond the standard fantasy races and play a new breed of hero. These intrepid adventurers forge their place in legends with beak, claw, spell, and sword. Now you can play one of these heroic races in your home game and battle monsters like never before.

Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1 introduces a number of playable races for your fifth edition game. This 16-page supplement gives you everything you need to include the following races at your table:

  • Catfolk, including the near-human subrace of faol and the decidedly feline subrace of saebul
  • Hagborn, with three subraces distinguished by the type of hag that gave birth to them: green hagborn, night hagborn, and sea hagborn
  • Samsarans, featuring two subraces defined by how they communicate with their past lives: in vivid dreams or through mental personifications
  • Tengu, including a city-dwelling cosmopolitan subrace and a nomadic variant that travels the countryside
  • 7 New Subraces for existing core races: dwarves, elves, gnomes, and halflings

Be Heroic With These New Races Today!

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1 for Fifth Edition at the JBE Shop. You can also find this at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo and d20pfsrd.com.

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Pathfinder: Another Exclusive Look Inside Advanced Tengu

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus (PFRPG)

Carrakwak, our signature tengu inquisitor graces the cover of Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus, but he is not the only tengu the book. Today we are showing off the other avian characters within this book done by Brian Brinlee. Brian’s work has been featured in works by Purple Duck Games, Silver Gryphon Games, and Rite Publishing. Check out these images for inspiration for your own tengu characters and look for his work in the upcoming Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Catfolk, coming in February.

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Or download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus as part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Subscription. Get this and Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Favored Class Options today as well as the 11 other races in the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced series as they are released throughout 2015 plus the upcoming Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium when it is finished at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus is part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

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Exclusive Look Inside Advanced Tengus

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus (PFRPG)

To say I have been busy lately has been an understatement. Between being sick and my girlfriend’s birthday (which, she was really happy with all I did for her this year), I have barely had enough time to get layouts of Advanced Tengus and Quests of the Sands done and have totally failed to do any kind of previews. Well, better late than never. So starting today and running through next week, I’m going to be posting exclusive looks inside these and other recent releases that I have not shared properly.

We’re going to start off with the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus. This 23 page PDF gives you everything you need to play a tengu. It starts off with a piece of short fiction and presents the racial traits. But it goes beyond that by presenting new archetypes, feats, spells, magic items and more. For this exclusive looks, we’re sharing my favorite archetype, the Spell Scavenger. This wizard archetype draws power from others that cast spells at it and turns that power on its enemies. Check it out.

Spell Scavenger
Spell scavengers use residual scraps of magic from other spellcasters to power their spells.
Associated Class: wizard
Associated Race: tengu
Replaced Abilities: bonus feat (5th, 10th and 15th levels only)
Modified Abilities: spells

Diminished Spellcasting: A spell scavenger may cast one fewer spell of each level than normal. If this reduces the number to 0, he may cast spells of that level only if his Intelligence allows bonus spells of that level.

Scavenge Magic (Su): A spell scavenger can use leftover bits of magical energy to power his spells. When he succeeds on a saving throw against a spell or spell-like ability which targets him or includes him in its area of effect, he can use the energy of that spell to cast a spell in the next round.  If he has the spell prepared, he can cast the same spell the following round without expending the prepared spell. If the spell is on his spell list but not prepared, he can use the spell energy to cast a spell up to one level lower which he has prepared without expending the prepared spell. If the spell is not on his list, he can use the spell energy to cast a spell up to two levels lower which he has prepared without expending the prepared spell. The spell scavenger cannot gain the energy of a spell that does not require a saving throw.

Steal Magic (Su): At 5th level, when a spell scavenger successfully ends a spell with dispel magic or a similar effect, he can attempt a second caster level check against the spell’s caster level. If he is successful in this second attempt, he can cast that spell once as if he had prepared it. If the spell was modified which a metamagic feat, the spell scavenger casts it in its modified form, even if he does not possess the feat. A spell scavenger can only have one stolen spell readied in this way at any time. If he steals a second spell, the previously stolen spell is immediately lost. This ability does not work when the magic is merely suppressed, such as when when dispel magic is cast on a magic item. If the spell is of a level higher than the spell scavenger is normally able to cast, the spell scavenger must succeed a caster level check to successfully cast the stolen spell (DC = spell’s caster level +1). If this check fails, a mishap occurs (see Scroll Mishaps in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, under Section 15: Magic Items). If the spell is not on the wizard spell list, the spell scavenger can still cast the spell as if it were a scroll, using either Use Magic Device or his caster level to cast the spell. Alternatively, the spell scavenger can record the spell in his spellbook or create a scroll without a check, while still needing to pay the writing cost for the spell in the book or to create the scroll, respectfully.

Improved Scavenge Magic (Su): At 10th level, three times per day, a spell scavenger can make a melee touch attack against a spellcaster. If the touch attack is successful, he steals a randomly selected spell of the caster’s highest level prepared spells or spells known. The touched caster loses the spell and the spell scavenger gains the energy of the spell as as if he had succeeded the spell’s saving throw.

Greater Scavenge Magic (Su): At 15th level, a spell scavenger can gain the energy of a spell when he fails a spell’s saving throw. Once per day, he can choose to gain the energy of a spell that targeted him or included him in its area of effect even if he failed the spell’s saving throw or if the spell did not require a saving throw. The spell still affects the spell scavenger as normal.

This isn’t the only archetype in the book, there’s also the aerialist (swashbuckler archetype, where you leap over the heads of your enemies in dramatic acrobatic assaults), crow shaman (shaman archetype, where you can use your trickster nature to steal objects at a short range), kite fighter (fighter archetype where you wield a war kite with exceptional effect), raven knight (cavalier archetype where you get to ride a giant raven mount), and the spite chanter (cleric archetype that uses channel energy to harm all nearby, regardless of creature type).

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus is part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

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Pathfinder: To Play a Mockingbird

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus (PFRPG)

To Kill a Mockingbird Before the Mockingbird Kills You.

Adventurers and explorers extraordinaire, tengus make exceptional player chararacters. From their unique fighting styles to their ability to read anything put before them, tengus survive the toughtest scrapes and emerge victorious. Now your can play a tengu character like never before.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus gives you everything you need to play a tengu character. This 23-page supplement features:

  • Racial Traits to play a tengu, 3 alternate racial traits and 4 new character traits to customize your character for this unique play experience
  • 8 New Character Class Options including 6 new archetypes like the raven knight and the spell scavenger, a giant raven animal companion, and the spying subdomain
  • 6 New Feats expanding on your avian heritage
  • 6 New Raven-Themed Spells
  • A New Weapon and 4 New Magic Items
  • 2 New Deities, each with a unique perspective on greed and knowledge
  • Details on tengu adventurers as well as suggestions on how to incorporate this race into your world.

Be Heroic with This Advanced Race Today!

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus is part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.