Out of the Martial Mayhem bundle we have the Sword Shield, a soldier of staunch dedication to holding the front lines with his mighty shield. Evan asked me to take a look at this puppy, and I was very excited to, however - I felt like something was lacking from what I had imagined. It felt more like a glorified feat rather than a class, with a lot of the abilities not really standing out to me as something epic and amazing that plants its shield upon the battlefield.
However, that is not to say I didn't enjoy this archetype, I think it has a lot of potential. What I would suggest is go all out - go big, go epic, go intense and powerful. I feel like the two big places where the archetype falls short is the Shield Bash and Shelter of Iron abilities, as I think those could be a lot more powerful. I also dunno if the shield on the first page is technically allowed since I don't recall seeing it in any of the DMG stock image bundles. So overall, I think this supplement has a little way to go until it is totally ready - the potential is there, I think it is just falling short.
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