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Bear PC Sourcebook
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Richard M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/21/2018 11:52:34

Bear PC Sourcebook is a certified DM's Guild Masterpiece by the Going Last Tabletop Gaming Podcast!

I didn't know I needed this book. I'd been scanning through the list of new releases when this one hit me on a double-take. "Wait, that didn't say Bear NPC... what in the..." And I was hooked! What author Matthew Gravelyn has created is an incredible guide to playing an actual bear as your PC in any campaign. Not some kind of bearfolk race. Not an elf with a werebear personality. An actual 100% bear. Until I read this guide, I didn't know that's what I wanted! I also didn't know how complex that goal might be.

Gravelyn begins by outlining four different species of bears, both small and large, and giving them abilities that are varied enough that it doesn't just seem like some bears are just taller than others. Strangely, each type of bear gains hit points from their species, though this change helps differentiate them quite a bit. From the nocturnal Kodiak to the majestic Winter Bear, these bring every kind of bear to life.

When it comes to classes, Bear PCs need to pick one of the two presented in this book. Which makes perfect sense, as your Bear Warlock would be a strange choice. The Feral represents a dangerous, destructive bear that always remembers the ancient fury of its species. On the other hand, the Hunter allows players to create a bear focused on the wilderness, but a little more at ease with humanoids.

With a pile of perfectly thematic backgrounds, including Captured Performer and Local Legend, Gravelyn wraps up a guide that truly allows a player to embrace the great challenge of playing a bear in a campaign. This guide does such an amazing job at giving a player a completely organic experience, that I almost forget that I might need the magical background archetypes that are included on the final pages! Things like being cursed or polymorphed into a bear and having to live and learn in this new form. This guide is so immersive that I kind of forgot that those options might be needed!

This book is such a cool and intriguing guide to something I didn't know I needed: playing a true hero among bearkind. If that sounds like it might be your jam, check this out!

You can hear more of my thoughts about Bear PC Sourcebook on Episode 224 of Going Last!



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Bear PC Sourcebook
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Dylan F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/10/2018 23:01:20

Very well written and easy to follow! Can't wait to play as a bear in my next campaign XD



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Bear PC Sourcebook
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Seth M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/08/2018 08:27:36

Besides the occasional "it would be cool if" thoughts about playing an actual animal in 5e D&D, I never gave it much thought until I saw a chance to enter a small contest and win this PDF. I didn't think I'd actually win, but I mind immediatly started thinking of all the possibilites. When I did win, I couldn't wait to crack the book (or rather PDF) open and read it from start to finish. This is a really well thought out sourcebook. The author did an amazing job in making a bear something that people would want to play, even people who would at first be skeptical. The mechanics feel very balanced, the lore and backgrounds are creative and interesting, and the division between the two races and their respective subraces is something I never would have considered. Heck, I didn't even know a kodiak bear was an actual thing until I read this book! To the author: keep it up! I'm looking forward to more products from you.

PS: There are just a few grammatical and/or spelling mistakes, but that in no way turned me away from this awesome PDF.



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Glad you're enjoying it! Please feel free to send any suggestions or edits, no matter how small. There is contact information for me at the back of the book. Thanks!
Bear PC Sourcebook
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Ken C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/05/2017 22:23:20

This is very well written and the quality within shows the writer did his research well. The ability to be able to roleplay an animal companion in game as a player to level 20 will delight some players I no doubt (especially me).

A great read and will be looking for more from the writer, especially towards maybe roleplaying avids as bird companions, should he decide to expand on the line.



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