By Thilo Graf
This pdf from Rite Publishing is 291 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 2 pages of advertisement and 1 page SRD, leaving a whopping 285 pages of content!
The compilation starts off with very extensive lists of the spells – the vast array of excellent spells provided so far by the 101-series. I did reviews for all of them, so my individual scores were:
- 101 0-level spells: 5 stars
- 101 1st-level spells: 4 stars
- 101 2nd level spells: 4 stars
- 101 3rd level spells: 3.5 stars
- 101 4th level spells: 4 stars
- 101 5th level spells: 4.5 stars
- 101 6th level spells: 5 stars
- 101 7th level spells: 4.5 stars
- 101 8th level spells: 4.5 stars
- 101 9th level spells: 5 stars
Apart from the content from the individual files, we also get additional content: the APG and UM get full support with Alchemist formulae, Inquisitor spells, Summoner spells and Witch spells and yes, even Magus spell-lists, providing a great support for the new classes and making sure they also get their share of the pie.
Editing and formatting are excellent, I didn’t notice any significant amount of hick-ups – quite a feat for a book of this length. Layout adheres to RiP’s old, rune-covered b/w-2-column standard and the artworks are stock and mostly repeated from the series, although I actually did notice some pieces I couldn’t recall encountering in the individual pdfs.
The pdf comes with extensive bookmarks, which is a necessity for a book of this length. Content-wise, the vast majority of these spells rocks and the added APG-support and UM-support as well as the hero-lab support provided make sure that this vast tome retains its usefulness.
However, that’s also where a part of my criticism falls: While spell-lists for the new classes are included, the entries of the individual spells don’t feature this information (i.e. they only read clr, sor/wiz etc.), which is a pity. While I realize that including this information in the spell-lists would have been a tremendous amount of work, I would have loved to see it nevertheless, as it would have felt like it integrated the support for the new books instead of adding it via appendices. The additional Hero-lab support, for everyone using the software, is awesome. By the way: If you have purchased all individual 10 101-spells pdfs, you can get this compilation for free by shooting an e-mail @ Rite Publishing – stellar support for the customers! So, how to rate this one? While the minor gripe I had is unfortunate, you still get more than 1000 spells for less than 20 bucks. Now if that is not an awesome bang-for-buck ratio, I don’t know what is. Add to that the high individual scores the component pdfs garnered from me and I’ll settle for a final verdict of 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 – excellent, almost perfect compendium of spells at an unbeatable price for the vast amount of content provided.
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