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Mythic Mastery - Mythic Mummies
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 06/28/2014 12:22:05
Diving straight in, we first meet the Dry Mummy. This is a mummified - or desiccated - animated corpse, rather than the bandage-trailing one familiar from countless movies, but they're no less friendly. For a start, they can desiccate YOU if they get too close! Apparently most are created by accident rather than by intent, from someone who has died in the right conditions to dry out their mortal remains in this manner. Interestingly, it is said that most arise from people who die of thirst in deserts rather than those killed by violence... and one really doesn't want to speculate what a necromancer might do if he wants to make one!

Next up is his mythic cousin, the Mythic Dry Mummy. Needless to say, they are even nastier than the regular sort, with the particularly nasty ability of being able to turn anyone they kill into a Dry Mummy.

Then there comes the Pitch Mummy and a Mythic Pitch Mummy. These ones do come in bandages, but dripping and oozing a foul black substance, thought to be a by-product of the mummification process as practiced by certain cults who use a special magical black tar rather than ordinary pitch as a preservative. The Mythic ones again have the ability to create Pitch Mummies, but this time by touch alone, they don't have to kill their victim.

Four really scary mummy variants to locate in desert tombs and other suitable places.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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A Necromancer's Grimoire: The Art of Traps
by Micah B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/18/2014 09:13:56
Uncreative, offers nothing you could not find online. The traps are your typical ones I didn't find a single one which intrigued me. Not worth the cost.

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[1 of 5 Stars!]
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Mythic Mastery - Mythic Efreeti
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 05/17/2014 09:56:38
You might think that a regular efreeti is a pretty mythic fellow, but once you read through these notes it becomes clear that a true mythic efreeti is even more potent.

Sharing common characteristics with their regular brethren, mythic efreet have additional powers most notable of which is the ability to magically shackle a humanoid creature, enslaving them. A full stat block and notes on their special abilities are provided along with comprehensive notes about how mythic efreet fit into the hierarchy on the Plane of Fire.

This explains how mythic efreet gain 'mythic' status... by interacting with us 'lesser' creatures on the Material Plane! An efreeti who grants too many wishes and warps the fabric of the multiverse enough begins to gain mythic powers.

The rest of the work contains several rituals for summoning mythic efreet. The usual planar binding spells don't work on mythic genies, so other means must be employed. In some ways these rituals are easier than regular summonings, but they are also more risky and the unwary may find themselves unprotected when the summoned efreeti - likely to be in a bad mood - pops out in front of them!

Some interesting twists to throw into run-of-the-mill genie interactions here.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Mythic Mastery - Missing Mythic Magic Volume V
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 04/26/2014 10:22:14
This latest installment in the series of Missing Mythic Magic covers spells from Continual Flame to Cure Light Wounds. Each is given detailed notes in which the mythic version is explained, often with additional augmentations that you can add by expending mythic power (and occasionally adding extra material components as well).

What is nice about these is that it's not just a case of bigger and does more (although that is the case for most of them) - you get additional features and options to make casting that spell a truly mythic experience.

Take for example Control Winds. It's bigger, because you add your mythic tier as well as your caster level to decide how much of a change to the existing wind strength you can make, and the winds move with you rather than staying put. However you can also use the wind to fly through the area of effect - that's new. If you want to expend extra power and augment it, you can even cause a tornado to occur within the area under your control, spend more power and you can generate a massive windstorm affecting some ten square miles!

This is a series any serious mythic spellcaster ought to be collecting and poring over in his tower!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Mythic Mastery: Mythic Curses
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 03/21/2014 12:40:09
Curses can be rather fun... well, not if you are on the receiving end. But in terms of interesting events, a curse can be a powerful plot driver, although hitherto, game mechanics have not supported curses well despite their role-playing potential.

Here is an attempt to redress this, by making curses more interesting mechanically. Basically, curses are treated as intelligent entities capable of employing various powers each day against the luckless soul who is cursed. Each curse has a set of 'moral axioms', a code of behaviour which it wishes to impose on the victim and it uses its powers to modify the victim's behaviour by a mechanism whereby it is granted extra ones if the victim does not conform! The fun bit is that the character afflicted may have no idea, at least at first, what moral axioms the curse has.

To throw off a curse, the victim may seek magical help or attempt more exotic methods such as following the curse's moral axioms to such an extent that it no longer has effect. Also, each curse designed using this system will have a method for removal included - again, not something the victim will be privy to.

Five mythic curses are provided as examples, which may be used as presented or as a basis for your own designs. These curses - Ageing, Babble, Gender Reversal, Ill Fortune and Petrification - do not come with their own moral axioms, however a list of suitable ones is provided so you may add whichever you feel are appropriate. These can involve things like controlling fear or your temper, displaying generousity or even avoiding drunkenness. Interestingly, the moral axioms presented are all good things. It's entirely likely that a curse bestowed by an evil creature may have a more malign influence!

Finally, if you decide to let characters bestow curses as well as suffer them, there is a Mythic Curse feat that the would-be curser can take.

Altogether interesting, and certainly making curses more exciting.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Mythic Mastery - Missing Mythic Magic Volume I
by Jeff A. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/22/2014 19:02:45
The Good stuff...
Solid layout, haven't noticed any major typographical flaws.
Fairly unique viewpoint on spells, with some real thought behind them.

The Other stuff...
~I bought, and am using "Mythic Magic: Core Spells" in tandem... it has a variant viewpoint that I find useful, also in my game, I allow a fair measure of variance since I don't believe all Mythic characters are the same "kind" of mythic... thus they might develop divergent enhancements to various spells.

The Bad stuff...
OMG!!! these guys want $60 - $70 dollars (1.49 x400+spells / 10 spells per PDF) for just the core spells!!! Holy Crap!!!
Not all spells are "unique" or really even all that "mythic" (to be fair I couldn't do any better on some of them so... [but then again, I'm not charging such exorbitant fees for my "work" either....]


The "Big Picture"...
Would I buy it again? Yes
Would I recommend it? Only one volume (pick the one with your favorite spell(s) and buy only that one, the price point is insane.)

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Mythic Mastery - The Mythic Balor
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/14/2014 11:01:16
Some people may think balors are small fry compared to other demons, some may have been raised on tales of Gandalf facing off against one on a bridge in Moria... and this work recreates THAT sort of balor, the one that scares you rigid just when you really, really want to run out of range of its whip!

We start with a full, detailed stat block for the Mythic Balor in all its terror including a range of special abilities that recreate the sort of balor Gandalf fought in vivid detail. The Ecology section reinforces this, painting a dire picture indeed and ending by advising the inquisitive demonologist to refrain from attempting to summon one!

Three new spells - Fiery Conclusion, Summon Balor Whip and Form of the Balor - are presented, along with the mythic modifications applicable to them; then there is - should that inquisitive demonologist decided to ignore the warning - the ritual for summoning one. Don't try this at home, as they say.

Keep this to hand for when you really want to pull the stops out. An impressive and really scary demon that I, for one, do not wish to encounter - ever!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Liber Vampyr
by Thomas C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/09/2014 21:06:08
Man, I wish these guys had written the vampire section in the D&D core rulebook.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Mythic Mastery - Mythic Heritage: Demonic Heritage
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/18/2014 11:48:45
OK, so you're a Mythic figure. How did you come to be so? Your Path represents your destiny, but your Heritage speaks of your origins. Interestingly, this may not be something that you are aware of even once you've realised that you are Mythic...

This work explores one route to becoming Mythic, that you might have some demonic heritage. It may come in one of a range of ways, not just having a demon somewhere in your family tree. It might be the result of a ritual, or perhaps a cursed item imbued with the taint of the Abyss is affecting you. Whatever, any character whose alignment is neither Good nor Lawful could have a demonic heritage.

Having a demonic heritage opens up a range of new Mythic Abilities that are available to the character any time he becomes eligible to gain an ability from his Mythic Path. The character may choose to take a Path or a Heritage Ability, picking from the appropriate tier.

All that explained, the rest of the work lists the Abilities available. Many are pretty nasty as you might imagine, but at the 6th Tier you can even put temptation in someone's way with a Wicked Wish... all devilishly good fun, what?

Now, you might have eyes on telling rather more noble Mythic tales, but for darker stories - and of course for antagonists in a Mythic game - these could prove quite interesting.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Mythic Mastery - Missing Mythic Magic Volume I
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/10/2014 12:15:30
Did your favourite spell get left out of the list in the Mythic Adventures book?

If you are seeking to amp up a spell not on that list, fret not, for this collection of 'Missing Mythic Magic' provides many an idea for ways in which a mythic spellcaster can enhance even more spells.

The spells presented are based on ones in the core Pathfinder RPG rulebook. You will need to refer to this, as often the descriptions deal with amendments where it will be necessary to know what the original spell's effects are like to apply them. Many also have potential augumentations, which can kick in at higher levels if you are prepared to spend extra mythic energy on your casting.

Most of the effects are of the 'bigger' or 'more damage' variety, but some provide additional effects. For example, when using Alter Self, you can actually take on specfic abilities of the race you choose to appear as, along with the physical features. So if you want to look like an elf, you can acquire the elven immunities and keen senses racial features that elves have, and so on.

The spells covered are acid arrow, acid fog, acid flash, aid, air walk, alarm, align weapon, alter self, analyse dweomer, animal growth, animal messenger, animal shapes, animal trance, animate rope, and anti-life shell. So if one of these is a spell you like to enhance mythically, this is for you. Hopefully, there's more to come...

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Mythic Mastery - The Mythic Glabrezu
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/03/2014 08:27:30
Making good use of concepts and information presented in the Paizo book Mythic Adventures, this brief work crams a lot in - not just the titular Mythic Glabrezu (a thoroughly nasty character), but a collection of mythic abilities suitable for a range of evil and demonic creatures and even a discussion of summoning rituals including two worked out in full.

Whilst the glabrezu is an unpleasant creature to have around, evilly-disposed individuals are tempted to summon them because they can grant virtually any desire the summoner might have. Being evil, however, the glabrezu does its utmost to maximise the damage it does in the process. They are nasty enough in their normal form, but mythic ones are worse... the regular sort delight in turning the summoner's desires back on himself, whilst a mythic glabrezu prefers to spread its malice far and wide, causing suffering to as many people as possible. They are sneaky as well, once loosed on the world, they slink around in disguise seeking to sucker the unwary to make use of their wish-fulfilling services... and only later allowing them to discover the cost.

A selection of mythic abilities follow, which you may apply to any suitable creature. The one I like (if that's the word...) is Demonic Possession, which gives the creature the ability to take over, possess, another living being in a manner akin to a magic jar spell, only the living being serves as the 'jar' - and, horrifically, remains fully awake of what the demon gets up to when in control of his body! Ugh, but great potential for plot development.

The final part deals with summoning rituals. Mythic demons require specialised spellcasting and ritual to make them appear and (more importantly, at least from the summoner's standpoint) to bind them. Both researching and then performing the ritual involves time, expense and several skill checks... get just one thing wrong and potentially you have a demon on the loose! The material here gives an indication of how to devise such a ritual - both in terms of flavour and game mechanics - and two sample rituals (including one to summon a mythic glabrezu) are given.

It's amazing just how much has been crammed into a few pages, and it's all good stuff. Just the thing for those budding demonology hackers in your campaign world!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Exotic Encounters: Froghemoths
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 11/16/2013 11:37:23
Herein are presented three variant froghemoths. Now, you may find the original Pathfinder Bestiary froghemoth a bit bizarre, both in appearance and behaviour, but if you find them of interest these variations fit in rather nicely, being just as weird in their own ways.

First up is the arctic froghemoth, with chilly breath and barbed harpoons on the end of its tentacles. They are ambush predators and although they seem well-adapted to their frozen environment still never seem completely at ease there.

Then we have the volcanic froghemoth, which makes its home anyplace warm: its name stems from its high body heat and ability to spit flame - although from the sound of it they would probably enjoy an active volcano. As most adventurers steer clear of such places, you may choose to put them elsewhere. This is facilitated by the fact that they are not ambush predators but much more active in search of their prey.

Finally comes the deep froghemoth. This gargantuan creature dwells underground and is covered in a thick acidic slime. It also has a symbiotic relationship with a rather nasty fungus (which apparently does not mind acidic slime!), and spreads its unpleasant spores around with gay abandon.

Ever since froghemoths were first recorded, there has been speculation about their origins. These variations suggest that an extra-planetary or extra-planar origin may indeed be likely, and that their grumpy nature stems from being trapped somewhere, to them, unpleasantly alien! Whether they have descended and diversified from a single group transported to your campaign world, or are unlucky enough to pop through from someplace else on a regular basis is up to you, as is their point of origin and any possibility for adventurers to make the reverse trip!

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Exotic Encounters: Mummies
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/25/2013 06:08:30
Originally published at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2013/09/25/tabletop-review-exotic--
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Exotic Encounters: Mummies
Publisher: Necromancers of the Northwest
Cost: 99 Cents
Page Count: 9
Release Date: 09/20/2013
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Long time readers knows I’m a huge proponent of mummies and that I feel they are an exceptionally hard type of undead to get right – especially in a fantasy RPG or in video games. In both cases one of the only times I’ve seen it done right is with the Ravenloft campaign setting for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, Second Edition where an entire island was devoted to Egyptian culture and folklore and so the mummy was used wonderfully. Stone Prophet remains one of my favorite SSI video games and Ankhtepot one of my favorite D&D big bads. Unfortunately that’s one of the only times I’ve seen mummies done right for a fantasy RPG. Sure, horror games like Call of Cthulhu, and Chill have used them masterfully and White Wolf of course has done a full fledged Mummy based RPG not once, but FOUR different times, with each one being exceptional, but fantasy? Nope – they just have a hard time making mummies work in a world filled with paladins, rust monsters, beholders and more.

I don’t think any system has even done mummies worse than Pathfinder though. This is mainly due to the OGL which lets anyone write a piece on mummies and publish it. The end result is a lot of third rate third parties releases that water down the product. It doesn’t help that Paizo‘s core mummy from the Pathfinder Bestiary was terribly done either. Case in point: Monster Focus: Mummies was one of many mummy supplements for Pathfinder that have come out, and at best I could say it was mediocre and inoffensive. So when Necromancers of the Northwest announced their Mummy version of Exotic Encounters, I was both hopeful and skeptical. Unfortunately, while a huge step up from Monster Focus: Mummies and even Paizo’s take on the mummy, what’s here still isn’t very good.

Let’s talk page count first. When you see in the header that there are nine pages for this supplement, you’re probably expecting a lot of content, stat builds and the maybe some DM tips on how to run a mummy, right? Well, wrong. There are only THREE page of content – all of which are merely stat builds. So what are the other pages? A very blurry front cover, a back cover that is equally blurry, a credits page, an introduction with the same exact verbiage as on the back cover, and two pages for the OGL. That’s…really sad when you think about it.

So what do you get for your buck? Three mummy variants – two of which are good in theory but poor in follow through and one that outright sucks. The first is the Relic-Bound Mummy, which is a mummy who exists to guard a treasure throughout eternity. If you steal, break or otherwise mishandle the treasure, it comes after you with a vengeance. It’s also able to come back from complete destruction – each time more powerful than the last. This is the best of the mummies, but it feels incomplete. For example, any antagonist that comes back more powerful each time you kill it, should have some sort of fear aura or terror check after you realize that even after your burned it into ashes, it comes back up and is simply more determined to cause a TPK. As well, the CR and stats seem a bit low for the concept. I also HATED that the Mummy is listed as Lawful Evil, when by the description for the creature and why it exists clearly makes it a Lawful Neutral creature. Honestly, being undead doesn’t make something automatically evil. Especially with mummies. What’s here is a good idea as a rough draft, but it really needed to be fleshed out and retooled substantially before considered a final release stat block.

The second mummy is a “Curse Lord Mummy” who has an aura that acts as a constant “Bestow Curse” spell and also has the ability to have “Dire Curses.” This plays in well with the “Mummy’s Curse” motif, but I feel the dire curses are far too weak for what they are supposed to do. The DCs are too low and the effects are too easy to get out of. Once again we also see a creature described as a protector and guardian…given a Lawful Evil alignment. That’s just sloppy. Lawful neutral is once again the way to go with the description, but the writers just fell into the “Undead equals evil” trope and the piece suffers for that.

Finally we have a “Possessed Mummy” who isn’t a mummy at all, but rather a corpse possessed by a negative plane based being. That’s just lazy, especially when there are so many other things we could have seen. Why not do a mummy who is a priest of Ra and thus suffers none of the usual undead issues against fire, sunlight and even turning. What do players do when the Mummy laughs in the face of your cleric and says, “Not only is my faith stronger than yours, but my God is far older?” That’s a potential freak out situation for players. What about bog mummies who are naturally created mummies through accident rather than ritual? What about a mummy with levels of a sorcerer? These are such obvious things, but they are ignored for basic, unimaginative and uninteresting ideas that have been done many times before over the past few decades, and far better than what we get here.

Look, I generally love Necromancers of the Northwest and along with Rite Publishing I feel they are the best third party Pathfinder providers, but this was uncharacteristically terrible. Sure it’s only a buck, but only a third of the piece is actually content and what’s here is kind of poor. I’m still looking forward to Liber Vampyre, Second Edition when it comes out next month, and I’m generally a fan of the Exotic Encounters supplements, but this was just underwhelming at best. Take note Pathfinder writers – go pick up a copy of Mummy: The Curse and Van Richten’s Guide to the Ancient Dead (AD&D 2e) if you want to see mummies done right. Otherwise, you’re just adding to the long line of bad mummy based products for Pathfinder.

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A Necromancer's Grimoire: The Secret of Herbs
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 08/31/2013 12:57:36
This is a real delight, an attempt to make the art of herbalism come to life within your game. Being a botanist I have sometimes introduced real-world herbs into a game, or even made a few up, but here is a whole bunch of herbs to add spice to the activities of witches and alchemists and even healers.

There's a short story about gathering and using herbs, notes on foraging and on what you might find given the sort of area in which you are searching, and then on to an herb list that's full of delights. For each herb there is copious information ranging from what it looks like (and tastes like) to various concoctions for which it is a vital ingredient and even its market value should you wish to sell.

There is even information on growing your own herbs - so if your character fancies having a herb garden at home, now he can. Just remember that gardening is a leisurely way of acquiring the plants you need for your next potion or poison and that those herbs need attention while they are growing... perhaps not tasks suited to the average adventurer. The matter of knowledge is also discussed: giving options to roll to recognise a plant, to know its uses or to know how to make the concoction you want to - or you may prefer to assume that it is something already known to the character given his background and training.

Other discussions cover the market in herbs, and the things that can go wrong when making herbal concoctions. As quite a few of the ones here are poisons, it's clear that you need to take care when messing around with plants. (Equally true in the real world, of course!)

This is an excellent supplement if you are minded to use herbs at all within your game.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Exotic Encounters: Krakens
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 08/30/2013 07:27:33
Another fine selection of variant monsters, this time that wonderful aquatic horror, the Kraken, is featured. Conjure up images of vast sucker-encrusted tentacles wrapping themselves around a ship mid-ocean...

The ones presented here are somewhat less dangerous than the one in the Pathfinder Bestiary, which clocks in at a mighty CR 18 and is enough to scare most adventurers straight back into the dungeon! These ones are a little more reasonable and do not require quite such mighty heroes to have a chance of defeating them.

The first is the Barbed Kraken (CR 8). As well as the regulation two arms and a mass of tentacles, this beastie has poisonous barbs on its arms which make fighting it in melee quite an interesting proposition. They are not particularly magical and although many seafarers think they are juvenile regular krakens naturalists reckon that they are a separate species completely.

Next up is the Seaquake Kraken (CR 13) which has the alarming ability to create a massive vortex in the water around them... sort of an instant tsunami. They have few of the other properties of other kraken and are thought to be more closely related to octopi than to squid.

Finally we have the Dominator Kraken (CR 15). This mean beastie is even smarter than your average kraken (and they are all pretty intelligent) and it also has psionic powers.

There's only one thing left out: what do they taste like? Calamari, anyone? Seriously, though, these make a fine addition to your ocean ecology and should provide for a range of tentacled encounters for anyone making a voyage.

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