There are those seminal moments in your gaming life, those times when something seems to fundamentally change right before your eyes. To me, the advent of D&D 3.0 was one of those, as was the introduction of ‘iconic’ characters for that setting. Still, it wasn’t unit I first laid eyes on the Epic Level Handbook that I realized just how incredible those iconic characters could be if taken to the upper levels of advancement.
I was so impressed, in fact, that I focused my attention on just how I could make an epic level campaign. It wasn’t long before I had created The Burning City [which I produced a full novel about] and later ran four other campaigns involving epic levels as well the final of which was run in a hybrid Pathfinder in 2010.
Still, if there are any D&D 3.0 players out there, you’ll fully realize that the Epic Level Handbook is fundamentally broken as a supplement, and once you play it there are dozens of things that must be ‘fixed’ by a good DM.
That said, I have to tell you that I was beside myself with glee when I saw that Paizo was producing a Mythic Adventures supplement for Pathfinder. This book, like the Epic Level Handbook before it, allows gamers and DMs alike the ability to ‘top off’ their characters to the ultimate height of all they can be.
It is filled with the same kind of incredible high level images of each of the Pathfinder iconic character, and unlike the WotC product from the early 2000s, the mechanical issues have been resoundingly resolved.
Honestly, I’m completely blown away by what I found within all 247 pages. This book is chock full of outstanding sample art, mythic prestige classes, mythic feats, mythic spells, mythic magic items, mythic monsters and even a very nicely developed adventure for mythic level characters.
On top of all this, there is a very well written section for the Game Master on how to run mythic level adventures with dozens of nice tips. And let me tell you from experience, you need some of these tips to keep the game quick and fresh.
In all, this is everything that the Epic Level Handbook hinted at and now taken to the polished level of excellence we’ve come to know and love from Paizo.
Mythic Adventures was written by gaming veteran Jason Bulmahn, is covered by the ever inspiring Wayne Reynolds, and retails for $39.99.
Gaming Rating: 4 [out of 5 stars]