Dweomercraft Familiars The d20 market has seen book specializing on classes, races, weapons, spells, prestige classes, feats and many other broader. Dweomercraft: Familiars. When I was a kid, and first started playing AD&D (1st edition), one of the funnest things about making a magic-user. Dweomercraft: Familiars has sections on how to play a familiar, and a discussion (and several options) on the true nature of the beast. The book then details.

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Dweomercraft: Familiars

With the more fantastical familiars out of the way, the next few chapters are of the more mundane “animal kingdom” variety. Tuesday, 3rd August, There are 10 pages before you see anything that looks like a stat block or number crunch.

The obvious comparison for me is to Mongoose’s Encyclopedia Arcane: I can think of lots of reasons why I’d want a snazzy constructed owl as a familiar – so appreciate the insight as to why that might not always work out for the best. That’s just a type of familiar too – not really the “origin”. There’s quite a bit of flavour text running through the book and overall it’s pretty good, fortunately. I would think twice about taking one into a dungeon.

This is what I’d expect from a Dark Quest product and one of the reasons why among the number of PDF publishers I’d encourage people to keep an eye on. There are new origins for familiars too. Familiars time to read: Suggestions for origins of the familiar include being an essence of the wizard’s mind brought to life, a former construct given the spark of life, or the reincarnation of a wizard.

I looked it up; it can also be used to describe the act of juggling!

At the beginning of almost every chapter there are stories about familiars. The personality of the familiars faimliars done through a table of traits. Join Date Apr Posts 2, Familiars are a prime candidate for coverage by third-party d20 publishers, given that less than a dozen animals are available in the core rules, without much in the way of options for augmenting them.


Why should I curse a player who kills off his familiar? There are sensible suggestions dwdomercraft chapters, even – about how to toughen familiars up. Don’t trust famiiliars skull! This is a brief chapter as vermin are another kind of familiar that are not likely to be too popular. However, this review is about one specific book by them.

However, it does not include dwarves. Magical items are the backbone of many campaigns and characters and a familiar has his needs as well. Chapter two gives more origins and feats for summoning and using familiars.

I’m not so sure about the monstrous familiars though – a kobold as a familiar? A kobold familiar could have — as a suggested quirk elsewhere in the PDF — a quirky but strong sexual attraction from the opposite gender not of its race. Each familiar dweoomercraft gets its own chapter devoted to it and dweomercract that chapter things are fully detailed.

Famliars gamers, or gamers who just haven’t given much thought to their familiar, could benefit from the ideas in the first couple chapters of the book.

Definitely most troublesome for me are some elusive entries for our feathered friends that have left me very confused: The basic four elemental types are here, as are the composite subtypes like dust, ooze, lava, etc.

Each is also listed with a bonus the wizard or sorcerer gets from having this type of familiar. It would be nice to see a page included that said what specifically was used from each source so that people can then see what they liked and possible seek out the original source for more similar ideas. There have been a few books that have feats and options to expand upon this list, but they all pale in comparison to the new familiar types this book offers.


I do like it much better then the Mongoose book Familiars: Other races such as drow, kobolds, orcs and so on are covered as well. This is the last chapter covering specific familiars.

Taking things to the next level wheels out the required Prestige Class. Not only that, Familars will give lots of ideas to both the DM and Player. Sunday, 21st September, The most recognisable logo here is, perhaps, the ENWorld one. There are even a few cursed items here as well.

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Dweomercraft: Familiars

Troll Lords also has a book on Familiars coming out and I can only hope that that one is a as good as this one. I thought they were constantly stoned on eucalyptus and not sure if that effect passes onto their ‘master’!

The Role Playing Game. I don’t mind elemental familiars though – a dancing flame or puff of soot could well dweomercract that alien touch I want to give some of famioiars spell casters. These unique creatures are often glossed over and ignored, until now. There’s a lengthy Section 15 at the end with many third-party sources cited. This book takes a class feature, the acquisition of the familiar and the familiar itself, and greatly expands upon it.

Artwork-wise, the book is decent too, with lots of almost portrait-like images of wizards and their familiars. The only prestige class in the whole book is here; the Magebond is a character who has a very strong bond with her familiar allowing them to share magical energies.