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Herbal Alchemy
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
by Jeffery c. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/21/2021 02:39:15

This product is amazing and one of my favorite takes on alchemy not just in Savage Worlds but in any RPG. Serrano and Sutcliffe have knocked it out of the park with this product. I think they've created an Arcane Background that is equally at home in a High Fantasy setting and a low or even no-magic campaign.

To give a quick overview of the system:

Herbalists gain access to 3 powers from a limited list and use the new "Herbalism" skill. The way this AB stands apart form other Arcane Backgrounds is in how it acquires Power Points each day. Every morning, they must make a skill check to gather ingredients, with the resulting roll providing a pool of PP that represents their haul. Most impressively, they can continue to build up their "supply of herbs and ingredients", or Power Points, before deciding to spend them crafting potions. This magic is the magic of flashy meteor showers or instant transformations. Each potion takes time to craft and has a hard limit on how much PP can be spent on a single potion.

Again, I can't overstate how much I love the ideas contained in this short PDF. It's inspired, and will appeal to those players that are looking for a character that brings a unique flavor and approach to the table. 5 out of 5 stars and I desperately hope this isn't the last product we see this dynamic duo create for Savage Worlds.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Wow, thank you so much for your review, Jeffery! This is certainly not the last product you'll see from this "dynamic duo." We have more in store, so stay tuned.
Herbal Alchemy
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
by Cornelius W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/13/2020 13:00:58

A short and fast set of alternative to going the full Weird Science + Artificer route for low-powered alchemy. You could even put both in your setting for different kinds of alchemy. I tried it and liked the results. Jenn and Kristian understand Savage Worlds quite well and it shows once more with this supplement.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thank you, Cornelius! We are very grateful and appreciative of your praise for Herbal Alchemy. We hope our future products continue to be as well received as this was.
Herbal Alchemy
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
by David A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/20/2020 15:35:35

This is a must have in your SWADE toolbox. It'll fit perfectly into any fantasy game, be it low or high. The great thing is, I could find room for this in most post-apocalyptic games, any kind of modern fantasy, and even some sci-fi games.

The contents are written with an even hand and an expert eye on the rules.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thanks, David! We appreciate the compliment greatly. That sort of versatility is exactly what we had in mind when we designed Herbal Alchemy. Glad it showed through and is so helpful to you and your games.
Herbal Alchemy
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
by Cyril R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/20/2020 14:49:34

Well designed, easy to understand, directly usable. A very good take on low-power Hedge magic. Well streamlined, very in line with Savage Worlds philosophy. Oh sure I would have wished to discuss buying off ingredients on the market, but it's already great as it. Just one page but well worth 1$! Thanks for the product.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thanks as always, Cyril. That's a high compliment coming from someone with more than a few successful SWAG products of their own. Buying from a market was something we considered, but we felt it would be too prescriptive for a setting. We're working on our own setting where this will likely be possible, so you can look forward to some discussion of that idea when we've released it.
Herbal Alchemy
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
by No N. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/20/2020 14:35:55

I think this is an excellent Alchemy Arcane Background. The way you can stockpile Power Points creates great flavor, but is balanced by how the Powers are actually activated. I'm very excited to use this since I've been looking for a good Alchemy AB for some time and this one really scratches that itch! I like it even more than the one in the Fantasy Companion!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Glad this suits your needs, "No N." We hope it ended up scratching that itch real good! (That feels like a weird thing for me to say.)
Herbal Alchemy
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/20/2020 13:53:53

A very concise application of the concept. But still quite versatile, which is true to the Savage Worlds style. This Arcane Background can be used for a variety of concepts from a nature-focused herbalist to a laboratory-bound alchemist. Short, sweet, to the point. Definitely worth the purchase!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thank you, Michael! We definitely designed it to be versatile, and we're glad it shows. The number of points acquired, the list of powers, etc. are all intended to be tunable to the setting and the characters.
Herbal Alchemy
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
by Jan J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/20/2020 09:17:39

This is an interesting combination of a unique variant of Arcane Background and a low-power item creation. I like it, it might be useful in many fantasy settings.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thank you, Jan!
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