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Fantasy games are full of medieval and pseudo-medieval imagery from the clash of chivalrous knights on horseback to the wily thieves making their way through cobbled streets, risking their necks to thieve a coin or two or a loaf of bread. The fantasy world is one of fields, villages, Robin Hood, King Arthur, Dragons and renaissance fair costume and pomp.

Quite where ninjas fit into that I am not sure.

When I think of Monks and of your usual fantasy fare I do not think of the 36 chambers of Shaolin, I think of Friar Tuck, I think of the chanting Monks from Monty Python & The Holy Grail. These are the images that come to mind, not a Jackie Chan time travel comedy.

This is not to say that martial arts aren?t cool or appealing, which is likely the reason that the kung fu Monk was chosen for the fantasy games, but the Monks that I remember could be pretty cool too. Friar Tuck was handy with a quarterstaff and a brewing kit after all; add some magic and clerical powers into that and you?re on to a winner.

The existing Cleric class is good, but it is something of a hybrid class and not entirely devoted to the scholarship of divine magic in the way that a Wizard concentrates on arcane magic. The Cleric can look after themselves in a fight, can wear armour and can cast a reasonable amount of magic but there is definitely room for tighter and more focussed divine caster, more limited in other ways. If the Cleric matches the Sorcerer somewhat in terms of versatility then the Monk found here matches the Wizard, a more scholarly and knowledgeable approach.

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Andrew B. [Featured Reviewer]
May 31st, 2007
This is a short PDF presenting a brand new monk class. Unlike the David Carridine-inspired kung-fu wanderer in the Player's Handbook, this class is based on the western ascetic commonly associated with Christian monastic orders. In the intro, the autho [...]
February 26th, 2006
Some good stuff, and a great Idea. . . I guess I was looking for more. If you've ever read the old Robin Hood stories, or other stuff about the roaming friars and monks of the time period we are looking at, you'll know they weren't the most reve [...]
January 17th, 2006
I purchased this item for my GM who is preparing an old school D&D campaign. It seemed like something he would like. After I've read through it, I decided that I liked the Actual Monk also. This is a six page document describing a class wh [...]
Sean H. [Featured Reviewer]
January 16th, 2006
Actual Monks is a product designed to introduce a more European version of the monk to D&D. A noble idea, as the author says, when one thinks of monks in a pseudo-medieval context, one might think of Friar Tuck, Brother Cadfael or William of Baske [...]
January 11th, 2006
Actual Monks is a short (6 pages, about 4.5 of content) pdf detailing a new class, a variant cleric based on the medieval-style monk. I like my priests to not all be skilled and trained warriors, so I frequently look for such variant cleric classes. [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on January 05, 2006.