Pathfinder Product Review - Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Book of the Damned Vol.3
Book of the Damned Vol.3
The Book of the Damned Vol.3 is Pathfinder's campaign source highlighting the origins, domain and lords of the Daemons. Daemons were particularly terrifying otherplanar beasts from way back in Advanced D&D 2nd Edition. Since that time they literally vanished from the RPG product line. They never reappeared in any of the 3.0 or 3.5 versions of the game although there were two books released that would have had me to believe they were planning on bringing them back.
TSR released two books, one based on devils and their realms and then one based on demons and the Abyss. The book of the Damned Vol.3 is literally what should have happened, but 4th edition happened instead and I don't know about you but I chose to ignore that series entirely.
With the help of my fellow gamers my group and I have accumulated nearly each and every 3.5 rule book. There was no way we were going to go through that again. Pathfinder is now the choice of those disenfranchised by Wizards of the Coast and their 4th ed. venture.
So, without further ado, my book review.
After reading the description of the product I was very excited. I wanted to bring Daemon's back to the game and finally this book would give me the quality background and game stats I would need. However, this is only a 62 page book with a 19.99 asking price. If you go to Paizo.com you will find a great option when considering buying any Pathfinder books. You may also purchase the watermarked PDF version of any book at the low cost of 9.99! This is a great boon. Especially when you are low on cash but need some new material for your game.
Is it worth the twenty dollar price tag? Sadly, I have to say that although i love the background material and the new politics of having the four horsemen be the rulers of Daemons this product is not worth $20. I would say though that is well worth the 9.99 as a PDF.
While the background explanations of where Daemons originated and what their true purpose is are extensive there is a clear lack of rules statistics. On the cover of the book, heck, its secondary title, it says Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I don't know about you but if I buy a book with that title I want stats for the Four Horsemen, or seeing as how they are near divine powers at least they could have added statistics for their avatars!
Now, there are stats for eight completely new and never seen before Daemons. Daemon relics and spells are there too as well as the explanation of soul as currency in the lower planes. All that is cool but being new to Pathfinder I was hoping for all Daemons in one book. How naïve of me, I know. Instead you will find the original daemons we all know and love from 2nd edition in the Pathfinder Bestiary Book 2. Bestiary Book 3 also has some a few new Daemons but the bulk of them are in the Bestiary 2. While you do not need that book to act on the material within the Book of the damned it would sure be helpful. Especially considering that some of the most prominent and powerful daemons are Bestiary 2.
Something else about this work also needs to be mentioned. If you are running epic adventures this work does provide some interesting campaign threads in case your characters find themselves in the plane of the Horsemen. However, you will find you have your work cut out for you since almost nothing from Pathfinder is given in epic form. While they have eliminated the limits imposed by Wizards of the coast as to how powerful a creature may become they do not provide any guidelines in any of these works for increasing their level/HD. In Bestiary Book 1 you will find a comprehensive guide for this, I hate to complain but why not place that info in any book that provides creature stats?
All in all I would recommend Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Book of the Damned Vol.3 as a great buy as a PDF for $9.99. In this respect I would give the book 4 stars out of 5. On the other hand as a $19.99 product I am sadly disappointed and would only grant 3 stars out of 5.
Thanks for reading and hope this helps in your decision making process in the future. If you have any requests for review on any 3.5 products let me know. Most likely I have that work within reach and can provide you with a comprehensive description and review.
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