Friday, May 13, 2022

OSR Review - The Centaur Race By James Mishler & Jodi Moran Mishler From James Mishler Games For Your Old School Campaigns

This booklet contains all the information you need to create a centaur player character for Labyrinth Lord or Advanced Labyrinth Lord (and is easily adaptable to other OSR systems). Details include both a centaur race and a centaur racial class, as well as information on creating centaur bands and camps. 12 pages (6 pages of content)."

The Centaur Race By James Mishler & Jodi Moran Mishler is a racial PC class for 
Labyrinth Lord or Advanced Labyrinth Lord  has just about everything a DM is going to need to pull of a party of centaurs into their OSR games. Before we proceed let's look deeply into the Centaur race a bit; "Centaurs are a sylvan race of forest and meadow. They tend to be atavistic and live in primal harmony with nature, abiding with dryads, nymphs, satyrs, treants, and other woodland folk and creatures. They tend to eschew contact with non-sylvan, non-fairy races, preferring to live in woodland and meadows in the wilds. Generally, males are wandering warrior-hunters while females are gatherers and gardeners who tend to the young. Males are also known for being wild and violent, especially when confronted with anything from the outside world; they sometimes raid settlements, especially for wine, which they consume with much gusto and little tolerance, making them even more troublesome" Centaurs have all of the standard choices available from Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Magic user, & Ranger. The B/X Racial class for Centuars is solidly done & there's more then enough bones on here to flesh out these dangerous demi humans. The centaur in question lives two hundred years and is able to pick up a wide variety of skills from scholar to brawler the centaur is easily one of the most underrated demi human races in old school gaming. 
Why do I say dangerous?! Because in mythology there are two protraits of centaurs one is the wise scholar & teacher. The other are the lusty, violent bands of roving pillagers who tear across the Greek countryside. The Centaur Race By James Mishler & Jodi Moran Mishler does a good job of balancing these two portrayls of the mythological race. And there's the third pop culture style pull of the centaurs which is as the stoic guardians & members of the Fairy races in old school fantasy. All of these are encompassed by 
The Centaur Race By James Mishler & Jodi Moran Mishler  From James Mishler Games. Centaurs shouldn't be used lightly in old school campaigns they can be the source of adventure or as the foils for quests as well. Centaur settlements can if used correctly wreck & easily destroy an old school party of adventurers. The Centaur Race is a good solid addition to OSR games & for a dollar its a no brainer. 

The Centaur Race By James Mishler & Jodi Moran Mishler  From James Mishler Games Is Available Here 

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