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Occult Philosophy
Publisher: Schwalb Entertainment
by Simon S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/16/2019 15:45:03

Occult philosophy is an essential book for any long-term shadow of the demon lord group. Occult Philosopy contains over 800 new spells, with each tradition recieving at least two new spells from ranks 0 to rank 5, and one spell for each of new rank 6 to 10. These spells add a ton of options and variety to each of the traditions. The spells from ranks 6 to 10 provide ways for spellcasters to influence their game world with long-lasting and in some cases region wide effects. For example one of the rank 10 spells summons a meteor that destroys everything within a 3 mile radius.

The book is also stuffed to the gills with new paths both expert and master. Many of these new paths provide addional flavour providing ancillary talents and skills to make spell casters both more specialised and personalised. The book also contains a bestiary for the monsters and creatures which could be summoned and bound to your will by the new spells. Finally the book contains rules for paragon tier play which expands on the rules previously presented in the Forbidden Rules supplement. These new rules enable groups to continue their adventures beyond level 10.

The book is beautifully presented with original evocative artwork throughout. In my opinion Rob Schwalb has created a supplement packed full of gameale content which is useful for both GM and players alike.



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Occult Philosophy
Publisher: Schwalb Entertainment
by Joshua W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/30/2019 23:39:23

There's an absolutely insane amount of content in this book. On top of the ridiculous number of spells that are worth the asking price on their own, there are the paths. The expert paths are all about new ways to interact with magic, with most of them being ways to combine two traditions. Some of them are obvious, with air/water being ice magic and fire/earth magic being lava magic, but some others are less obvious. Invocation/necromancy is a combination I wouldn't have thought of, but I'm looking forwards to putting together a Soulcatcher nonetheless.

Of course, there are options for the more mundane caster. Become a Magister to fight against dark magic practitioners, or focus on attack magic with the Spellslinger.

Each tradition of magic gets a new master path, as well. I've always found the Pyromancer lacking somewhat in the "wow" factor, but now I can play a Firebrand and light myself on goddamn fire. Perfect. Summon weapons made of pure magic with the Mageblade, use your voice to cast spells from afar with the Spellsinger, and see the future as a Watcher. No longer do you have to have your two earth magicians fight each other to the death in ritual combat over the Geomancer master path!

What about tradition-neutral master paths? You won't be left out. Don't feel like living an eternal life as an undead abomination? Show up those amateurs in their dumb black pyramids by becoming a Soulbound, gaining relief from the clutches of death without having to die first. Want to master your spells? The Orb Master manipulates area of effect spells like no other, the Spell Sniper is a master of attack rolls, and the Taskmaster devote themselves to utility spells.

If you're planning to run Shadow of the Demon Lord for any length of time, this is one of the first books I would recommend buying. I consider this added to the base game and the two Demon Lord's Companion books in what is essentially the "core" of the game.



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Occult Philosophy
Publisher: Schwalb Entertainment
by Taylor D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/29/2019 12:14:15

Schwalb is truly a madman! 24 new Expert Paths, 49 new Master Paths, and 800+ new spells. This book has more pure, juicy content than many $50 or $60 sourcebooks for other systems. If you're playing SotDL, this is an absolute must-buy.



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Occult Philosophy
Publisher: Schwalb Entertainment
by Matthew W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/29/2019 09:01:42

RJS can do no wrong, give this man your money! Wonderful book, mind shattering spells, and damn cool new paths for your character to walk. 10/10!!!



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