This book has a new version of the transmutor specialist wizard, 2 new prestige classes, new feats, some new magical items and mundane items.
The pages are shorter than normal pages ? each page fits in a computer screen. This is handy because you can see the whole page at a higher resolution without having to scroll up and down to see all the text. Included is a print-version, where the pages are the normal length and the border has been removed. I?d like to see more companies build their products like this. It solves a problem with columns where you have to scroll down and then up to continue reading the column.
One of my favorite roleplaying elements is polymorph and similar shape-changing abilities so my favorite part of this book is the strong emphasis on shapechanging, especially in the prestige classes. Like Enchanter, this book has a very strong border without overpowering the text. There isn?t a lot of art but that which there is fits the topic very well. I like the focus on material components. Transmutors get a lot of lee-way in terms of what they use for components, especially with the Improved Eschew Material Components feat.
The Fury prestige class is an interesting mix of barbarianism, magic and shapechanging. Requiring 4th level spells, rage and an alternate form, this sets the prestige class at a fairly high level, at least 10th but it looks like it is worth it.
I have some confusion about having an alternative form. This can be a difficult thing to get. I assume spells such as alterself or polymorph do not count ? they aren?t special abilities. The Druidic wildshape does not mention alternate form, and you have to invest 5 levels in druid to get it anyway. Lycanthropy seems like a way to go, but even the ?cheapest? lycanthrop costs 3 racial levels, unless you are using some Savage Species style rules in which case you can get it for 1 level. Vampirism also has an alternate form and so do some races but they all have a number of race levels required. Perhaps some examples are in order. How did you intend characters to gain their alternative form for this prestige class. (I want to try the class out!)
I really like the Morph Mage prestige class. I regret that polymorph does not last very long as of the 3.5 edition but it helps balance the game. I would like to see a feat or ability that increased the abilities the mage gets. Using polymorph you never get the supernatural or extraordinary abilities. As a dragon, this means you can not use breath attacks.
<b>LIKED</b>: The book is a solid expansion of the Transmutor specialist. It offers a lot of options for someone wanting to play a character of this class. I play transmutors and having this material is handy for creating a new one. For the cost, there is no reason not to pick these up to enhance your Players Handbook material.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: I would like to be able to get the supernatural and extraordinary abilities, even in a limited capacity, as a Morph Mage. Another feat could fix that up. I would like some clarification on ?alternate form?.
I?m still very much waiting for evoker!
<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>
[5 of 5 Stars!]