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Renegade Cleric's Tome
[1-905471-47-5]
$19.95 $5.99
Publisher: Mongoose
by Peter I. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 12/20/2006 00:00:00

Renegade Cleric's Tome is a 258 page d20 pdf product compilation of divine spells taken from a variety of OGL sources. This product is the second in Mongoose Publishing's Expert Player's Guide series after Renegade Wizard's Spellbook. Spells are taken from an expansive number of OGL sources, and some of the best products out there. Renegade Cleric's Tome contains a huge number of spells, all updated to the 3.5e rules, for divine spellcasters such as clerics, druids, and paladins. This is a pdf version of a product originally released in print.

The product comes as a single pdf file. There are unfortunately no bookmarks, largely because this is a pdf from print product, and the lack of bookmarks make navigation through the pdf quite cumbersome. The table of contents isn't much help either, so finding a particular spell can take a bit of time and some clicking of the mouse and scrolling to get to the right page. With 2-4 spells per page, navigation is probably the main presentation problem with this pdf. Layout and editing is generally very good, as are the spell conversions to 3.5e rules and the general mechanics. Conversions seem consistent and fit the core rules framework well without any obvious or glaring inconsistencies or errors. The font used for the spell names is a bit wonky, as it leaves some strange gaps between letters in places, while in other instances squashing them together too much. Artwork is good and generally plentiful with some good pieces scattered throughout the product. Generally, presentation is very good and to a high quality standard.

The product starts with a brief introduction, before covering several aspects and rules that pertain to some new material in the product. This includes domain estates, new spell descriptors and the like. Most of the material required in order to use the spells properly is contained in a detailed appendix at the end of the product that contains among other things new templates, new creatures, rules, and the like. So if a spell refers to something not contained in the core rules, full details are included in the appendix. This makes the product a little more than just a compilation of OGL spells, since the material in the 20 page appendix is usable outside the confines of a particular spell.

The spell lists are detailed next. While clerics and druids get the lion's share of the spells, paladins, rangers and blackguards are well represented, and there are certainly more spells for each class than contained in the core rules for these classes, so plenty of options to choose from. The product contains more than 200 pages of the best OGL spell selections out there, at a very good price, which makes this a fantastic resource for divine spells. The spell lists contain all sorts of spells, and it's hard to imagine any player not being able to make great use of this product for the divine spellcasters. As can be expected, you're bound to find similar spells to these ones in other source with different names, but there is a lot of unique material here in one volume which can save a lot of effort in finding good spells from OGL sources.

The spells and domains contained in the product vastly expand on the core game, and offer new variety for divine spellcasters. There are some good spells, some slightly familiar ones, and some not-so-good ones, but the latter are in the minority. Each spell level gets a very good representation, including 9th level spells for clerics and druids, making this product useful across the entire scope of play. There are unfortunately no epic spells in the product, although I'm not aware of there actually being any products out there that extensively detail epic spells for divine casters. With hundreds of spells to choose from, you can't really go wrong with this product, particular at the price offered.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: This is a very good product with a nifty collection of spells and extensive utility. Renegade Cleric's Tome is a wonderful resource for d20 gaming and divine spellcasters.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Navigation is sorely lacking in the product, and some of the fonts make the text look a little strange. A few editing errors around, but presentation is generally good.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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