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Household Knight Character Class
Publisher: Alea Publishing Group
by Louis P. J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/17/2008 22:42:20
Very impressive! I can't wai to see more from this company and game line. The graphic design was amazing and very professional. Plus it fits in very well with their other products.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Household Knight Character Class
Publisher: Alea Publishing Group
by Chris G. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 05/08/2006 00:00:00
Household Knight

Small PDFs that are tightly focused around a single new class are a nice way to go. It is like a small package and it is pretty easy to assess how useful it would be to one?s own game. The small PDFs are a popular form to produce and as Long as they cover the topic fully it seems to be the way to go.

Household Knights is a fairly new PDF by Alea Publishing Group. They have a good thing going with PDFs are knight related and very good quality. This PDF is fourteen pages long and nicely book marked. The lay out is in the typical well done way and look that most of their PDFs look like. The book is written by Joshua Raynack and Ryan Rawls did the good design work. The book comes in an on screen and print version.

The Household Knight has the title and responsibilities of the typical knight but is landless. He serves a lord and shares his heraldry of sorts. The class is presented as a base class of the typical twenty levels. It has good base attack bonus and saves like a fighter but slightly less hit points and better skills and skill points. They get a special Heraldry bonus and Commands per day. For the most part the class is okay but it gets some feats that I feel a knight would pick up sooner. For instance mounted combat which is the basic feat for that chain they do not get till second level. From my experience mounted characters pick those feats at first level. It seems a bit odd that they get a bonus of charging damage with a lance or similar weapon but not the mounted combat feat first.

The book covers the Household Knight well. It gives the epic version of the class and with the feats are epic feats as well as a few normal ones that are all focused on this class. There are six new feats in the book half of them epic. The commands are from a list that has first to fourth level commands. The commands seem interesting and really make having followers and a squire a lot more useful. The Heraldry bonus applies to the Command powers as well as sees if another NPC recognizes the character. It can also be used as a check to see if the character can get an audience with important people.

The book presents a much different kind of class and it will be good for someone looking for some different knight classes. The feats are interesting but most of the PDF is about the Household Knight so not a lot one can take away and use by itself. The heraldry can be used with reputation rules to form some good options that deal with medieval lords. The PDF fits very well with other products Alea Publishing Group has written. So, it would be ranked a lot higher for people who use their other books.


QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Household Knight Character Class
Publisher: Alea Publishing Group
by Peter I. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/09/2006 00:00:00
Feudal Lords: Household Knight is a 14 page pdf product presenting a new core class for any campaign setting, although aimed at Alea Publishing's Feudal Lords Campaign Setting which is to be released at some stage in the future. The pdf comes with two files, a screen version and a print version. The latter is identical in layout to the screen version, but does not contain the borders or background detail of the screen version. Layout and presentation is good, although there were a number of small, yet minor editing errors that slipped through. The pdf contains a number of good images selected to accompany the material contained in the pdf.

The household knights are landless knights that reside with the lords they serve, the latter providing them with upkeep and any provisions that they might need. The pdf briefly details the nature and characteristics of these lawful knights before presenting the 20-level core class. Household knights are strong believers in law and tradition, fight ferociously on the battlefield and for the honor of their lord, and at the same time are well versed in all the etiquette of the courtly life that they can fit in well in those areas.

Mechanically the household knight is a strong mounted warrior with the ability to command and the very presence of leadership. The class is mechanically well executed, and captures the feel of the mounted warrior and leader of many in its concepts and ideas. The household knight is not ordinary knight, but rather one who takes charge of the battlefield both in commanding allies and in fighting from horseback. Household knights gain a number of unique abilities related to the class, including powerful charges, mounted combat feats, the ability to command allies to greater things, and the ability to strike fear into those that oppose them in battle.

The two more intriguing aspects of the class are the command ability and the knight's heraldry bonus that increases with level. Commands are essentially just that - commands that a knight gives his troops or those fighting along side him. Commanded allies can gain a number of benefits depending on the command issued (and a full list of commands and their effects is presented in the pdf), such as bonuses to hit while charging, bonuses to damage, bonuses to Strength checks and grapple checks, and bonuses against fear effects. The size of these bonuses depend on the heraldry bonus of the knight, something which probably brings about some balance issues given that the heraldry bonus increases steadily and more experienced knights can add their Charisma modifiers to it. Essentially this means that the household knight can easily grant large bonuses to his allies that even spellcasters can't match. Paladins that typically have large Charisma scores will be very powerful as household knights in the battlefield. An epic household knight is also included that progresses the class into epic levels.

Following the mechanical presentation of the class the pdf discusses heraldry and a number of aspects related to it. A household knight can, for example, request an audience with powerful nobles, or even request a fief complete with guardsmen and the accompanying land. Allegiances of knights are also discussed, as well as things like fame and infamy regarding knights. All this is well presented and written, and good examples are provided to explain the underlying mechanics of each situation.

The pdf concludes with a number of feats and a welcome addition in the form of a table that presents NPC household knight statistics up to 20th level. Household knight at 5th and 10th level come with more complete stat blocks, all looking correct on casual inspection.


LIKED: The pdf does an excellent job of taking the concept of the household knight and presenting a mechanical execution that captures the feel and flavor of the concept. The household knight class is good, offering lots of opportunities for both those that wish to roleplay an interesting class and those that wish a strong leader in battle. The idea behind commands is compelling. The additional information on heraldry and allegiances rounds of a solid pdf that makes a good start to the Feudal Lords Campaign Setting.

DISLIKED: There were a few minor editing errors in the pdf, and the household knight is probably a bit on the strong side, particularly when mounted and at higher levels when issuing commands.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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