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[PFRPG] The Genius Guide to Dream Magic $3.99
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[PFRPG] The Genius Guide to Dream Magic
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[PFRPG] The Genius Guide to Dream Magic
Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
by Dark M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/29/2010 14:35:42
This product is 16 pages long. Page 1 and 2, cover and introduction, with talk about which spells in the PFRPG should have the Dreaming subtype.

2 pages about the dreamscape a demi plane of dreams. It talks about the plane with a small section on how to get there and two paragraphs about what types of creatures could be found there.

Little bit over one page of spell lists. 5 pages of new spells, there is 13 new spells.

The next part is new options with 3 pages. Sleep Domain, Dreamscape bloodline, Nightmare specialist(a wizard that focuses on fears)

It finishes with 2 pages for dreamscape template and Nocnista template. Two different templates to give to monsters found in the dreamscape plane. The rest is taken up with suggested reading and viewing.

With the final page being credits and the OGL.

Closing thoughts. I really really liked this book, I liked most of the spells and the quality of production and work is what one has come to expect from Otherworld Creations. The art goes from fair to good. My biggest complaint about this is... it doesn't go far enough. It is like a appetizer to a fine meal, but there is no entree. It is a good read but just feels a bit incomplete, it left me really wanting to know more about the dreamscape and for more magic. What spells there are is good, but I wanted to see magic and a section on fighting in the dreamscape or invading other peoples dreams, etc. Just more of what there was. If you like the topic of dream planes or magic then you will like this book but likely end up like me, left wanting more. That shouldn't discourage you from buying it, it is still a very good buy. I just think this topic would have been better suited to at least a 32 page product if not more. So I am giving it a 4.5 star rating. It's very good but I think it could have been better with more pages.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
[PFRPG] The Genius Guide to Dream Magic
Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 05/30/2010 17:41:35
The Genius Guide to: Dream Magic is a 16-page PDF (15 pages if you remove the credits/OGL page) for the Pathfinder RPG written by Owen K. C. Stephens and published by Super Genius Game. This is part of Super Genius Games’ Genius Guide line.

The layout is a screen-friendly landscape design, with cover art and 1-column on the first page and three columns on the rest. The chart of spells is arranged as is traditional for the OGL and easy to read. The art is full color throughout and vaguely supports the dream magic and spell-casting theme of this product.

Dream Magic begins with a discussion about the role of dreams in fantasy and how dream magic has not really been used to anything like it full potential. A very interesting read and not too long and it makes the good point that dreams are already magic of a sort. Several of the spells included having the dreaming descriptor, which is clearly explained, but in general it is used for spells that only effect the dreams of the subject/target.

There is also information on the Dreamscape, the plane of dreams, as a place for adventuring. It provides a good framework for using the Dreamscape as a locale.

Thirteen spells across all levels (but all 7th level or below) and something for most types of casters (bard, cleric, druid and sorcerer/wizard) but bard and sorcerer/wizard get the widest selection. Several of the spells are fairly complex but not to the point that they are unplayable, and most are non-combat spells, a trend in the genius guides that this reviewer appreciates. Though the spells may -in general- be more suiting to more roleplaying-oriented games than combat-oriented games.

Additional class options are provided to support the dream idea: for clerics, a Sleep Domain. A Dreamscape Bloodline option for sorcerers and a Nightmare Specialist school for wizards. Two templates, the Dreamlander, those who live in the Dreamscape, and the Nocnista, a creature that hunts by drawing its prey into the Dreamscape. The product ends with several sources for dream-based adventures.

If the magic of dreaming and the Dreamscape has a place in your campaign give this guide a look.

Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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