This is the first in a long series of Behind the Spells PDFs. Each one covers a single spell and goes into the history of how that spell came to be and has some new and alternative rules for the spells as well as alternative versions of the spell. The series is written by Brett Boyd and produced through Ronin Arts. The lay out of the PDF is very basic and the four pages support no art. They are though book marked which is always good to see.
The history is interesting as it just does not present a wizard making spells. There is a bit of a mystery and hints at a secret arcane organization. The seppl was originally created to help fend off goblin hoards. The product does well to show uses for the spell. Like the rules for altering what a Wizard?s Magic Missile looks like. The ability to see a shadow and try to aim at the owner of said shadow is also a nice touch. The missile while being usually useless against inanimate objects the book allows for small objects to be moved by the force of the missile. And there is but one odd variation that is a lawn mowing spell.
The new ways to use the spell can prove useful to a clever wizard. The lawn mower spell as I?m calling it is nice for farmers or against any plant creatures. Over all the PDF is pretty good and as the first one I think a little more could have gone into it. Hopefully as I explore others in the series I will see a nice growth in the products.
LIKED: Nice theme and good ways to use the spell
DISLIKED: More spell variants would have been great