||The latest installment of RiP's monthly, free e-zine Pathways is 43 pages long, 1 page front cover, 18 pages of advertisements and 1 page SRD, leaving 23 pages of content, so let's check out this issue!
David Paul, editor of the magazine starts with a heartfelt thank you in this issue, for Pathways now exists for over 1 year! Having the chance to be a part of this gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling...so thank you!
Pride is often considered to be the most dangerous, insidious and powerful of the cardinal sins and if you're looking for a way to recreate a creature consumed by pride, like a certain fallen angel, this CR+2-template offers a complex and intriguing template along a sample creature, the CR 12-High Couatl of the Mar, including a bit of fluffy fiction, lore section, 2 spells and a new monster feat. Special mention deserves the artwork by Philip Simpson also featured on the cover - a stunning, beautiful piece and the best rendition of a winged serpent I've seen so far.
Jonathan McAnulty continues his unrelenting support of clerics and agents of the divine (and this time, also savages) by providing an article on forces of destruction and catastrophe - 3 sample books are part of the deal, as are two new feats and options for the divine channeler to channel the sub-domains of rage and catastrophe. I love the base-class and the added and continued support is plain awesome!
Creighton Broadhurst, mastermind of Raging Swan Press also provides us with a sample encounter - a bulette-attack on a collapsing cliff. Neat!
This installment of Pathways also sees the advent of a new series, so-called "Avant-garde archetypes" (submissions open, btw.!) and Steven D. Russell provides us with the first one - the Black-cat Burglar, an archetype for one of my favorite classes out there, the Luckbringer. Essentially, this archetype enables you to become the literal black cat for your foes and haunt them with bad luck - quite cool and good to see that the class gets more support!
Next up is an interview with Timothy "Hawkins" Wallace, the all-out great guy responsible for the Heroes of the Jade Oath-conversions to PFRPG. Timothy is currently looking for patrons for the upcoming "Martial Arts Guidebook", which, once funded, will provide a new array of options for the player-characters via martial arts schools. If you're intrigued, go check it out!
After that, we're in for reviews of the best files by Dark_Mistress, Joshua "KTFish7" Gullion and yours truly.
Editing and formatting are good, the pdf features RiP's two-column layout and has no bookmarks. The cover-artwork is stellar and the content likewise. Add to that the fact that this e-zine is for free and we're essentially in for a no-brainer - this is worth the space on your HD and you should download it. My final verdict for this month's dose of free goodies is 5 stars.
[5 of 5 Stars!]