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The Genius Guide to More Barbarian Talents $2.49 $1.87
Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/24/2014 10:30:53

Piling option upon option, this work provides a whole host of 'talents' for barbarian characters. These talents are swapped in for the standard barbarian class features, on a one-for-one basis, with some being better suited for reserving until the barbarian gets up a few levels.

The introduction explains that they come in different categories: edges, talents, advanced talents and grand talents.

Then we move on to a closer look. Edges are fundamental to the barbarian's worldview and can be almost spiritual in nature. Talents are a bit more practical, and often reflect a closeness to nature or the innate talent for combat that most barbarians seem to have. Greater talents (presumably the same as 'advanced' ones, which seem to have disappeared by now!) and grand talents kick in at higher levels, but serve the same purpose as regular talents. In all cases, whenever the barbarian would qualify for a new class feature, he can take one of these instead. There are also some rage powers for those barbarians wishing to capitalise on that feature of their class.

While the main listings come under what category of ability they are, there's a very useful section which groups them all by theme: battle expertise (offensive or defensive), combat manoeuvres, craft and cunning, durability and resistance, mounts and animal companions, movement, perception, primitive and primal, rage and intimidation, shapeshifting, and spells and mysticism. This makes it easy to look for an appropriate one suited to your needs when working out your build path.

The various options are interesting and give plenty of scope for you to tailor a barbarian character to precisely what you want. If you enjoy optimising and configuring unique characters and play a barbarian, this is well worth a look.

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