Monday, November 18, 2013

Expanded Races: Granite Dwarves

Expanded Races looks to be another great little supplement for the castles and crusades system, brought to us by Christina Stiles Presents.
Created by Brian Boostra, Hal Greenburg, & Peter Schroeder
Edited by Christina Stiles
Art and Layout by Peter Bradly 

(Disclaimer: Once again, this with a lot of my mini reviews will be done in my usual gushing fanboy style.)

 Granite Dwarves is just six pages including cover, Acknowledgements, and OGL, which take up the first two pages. The four remaining pages are dense with information and a very good read.

Pages three and first half of four go into the "fluff" of the Granite dwarf race. Description, personality, racial affinity, and environment are all covered. The information given is colorful and at the same time to the point. The Granite dwarves are fleshed out enough for use as characters and NPCs, plenty of material for players and CKs alike.

Second half of page four starts into the "mechanics" of the race. With a large section devoted to racial traits and abilities. My impression after reading this was that "these are dwarves". These are the dwarves of the deep places I want in my game. From now on these are my dwarves, Ill be using the dwarf writeup in the PH for those that have chosen to live in the human lands and not of "true" dwarven stock.

Rounding out page four is the usual C&C racial information. Languages, size, movement, typical classes, attribute mods, and ability modifiers are all included.

On the fifth page is the "optional" section. As with the Fantasy races unlocked: Kobolds there is six racial traits that can be chosen, each replaces a set racial trait from the "stock" Granite dwarf profile. All six seem well thought out and interesting.

Next to the optional traits there are two examples of Granite dwarves. The two "typical" Granite dwarves are of a level one fighter and a level five cleric. Both could be used for a quick NPC or an adversary.

The last section of of page five is an "encounters with Granite dwarves" entry. This section will be most useful for CKs wanting to run Granite dwarves as NPCs or adversaries. This is the kind of entry you would find in a monster manual.

The sixth and last page is a bonus page of sorts. It seems the Granite dwarves have an adversary, The Frigid, goblins. This page has a full monster write up for these nasty little creatures who love the taste of Granite dwarf flesh. Also located on the page is two items of note., two magic items that seamlessly fit into the setting that would include Granite dwarves.

Expanded Race! Granite Dwarves is easily worth the 2$ price tag on Rpgnow.com. 
But there is more!!

Christina Stiles Presents & Arcana Creations team up to bring a bundle suitable for tundra terrains.
This bundle includes Expanded Races Granite Dwarves  and  A Trick on the Tain. For just 5.50$ on RPGnow.com

I'm really hoping to see more C&C goods from Christina Stiles Presents.
Now that I have been introduced to adventures from Arcana Creations I will be picking them up, Reviews incoming.

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