Ring Side Report- RPG Review of Liber Arcanum

Product– Liber Arcanum

System– Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG

Producer– Cognition Pressworks

Price– PDF ~$10  here http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/139777/Liber-Arcanum

TL; DR– More wizard options than you can shake a wand at.  90%


Basics– Behold the Book of Secrets!  Liber Arcanum contains new wizard and elf player options for DCCRPG.  This book contains the expected new spells but also has patrons, new subclasses of wizard, magic items, and more.


Mechanics or Crunch– Here is where the book shines.  I love DCCRPG, and play it every other week.  But, Goodman Games doesn’t make many player options.  This book is an excellent addition to any player wizard.  It’s got an impressive amount of spells as well as new patrons that come fully fleshed out.  Every spell get’s several pages describing it in detail as well as giving all kinds of interesting flavor.  It’s an easy drop into any DCCPRG game. 5/5


Theme or Fluff- Theme is another home run for this product.  I’d expect, in book of spells and patrons, spells and patrons, but the book goes a little further by adding little story bits as well as art to draw you in. The arts not perfect, but it does a great job of telling a story.  Furthermore, the book even has a cosmology.  That is way more than I expected from a simple spell splat book. 5/5


Execution– Of the areas I review RPG products on, this is the one area where this product struggles.  Some white space would really help this product.  The first chapter adds lots of content, but it’s pretty text dense.  A few tables and some more art would have really helped break that up.  On the subject of art, this product’s are is ok.  It’s not bad, but it’s not as good as the core DCCRPG book.  That can take away a bit from the text, but overall, I’m just happy to see some art here. A little more space, some organization changes, and some art touchups would help this product make it over the top.  3.5/5


Summary– It’s always good to read some more DCCRPG.  Strange fantasy is always a crowd pleaser, as is this book.  It’s a massive 300 pages with lots of content ranging from the expected spells to the unexpected planer diagrams.  That’s pretty impressive from a third party publisher.  However, it’s not without its faults.  The art is a bit off in places and the font size and spacing could use a bit of work.  However, that doesn’t detract from the awesome content in this one.   A well done tome that should be found in any wizard’s library.  90%


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