“From the Arcana Archive” by Mage Hand Press
Mages, Wizards, Bards, Warlocks, Clerics, Druids, and all other practitioners of the arcane and divine winds! Ever wanted a bit more oomph in your invocations? Need more pizazz in your illusions? Extra mojo in your enchantments? Then I have a book for you!
“From the Arcane Archive” by Mage Hand Press is an OGL supplement for DnD 5th edition and it is the closest you will ever come to a real life wizard’s tome. This book contains hundreds of spells for all the casting classes in DnD 5e, plus a few more custom classes including Mage Hand Press’ own creation the Shugenja.
This book is a wonderful supplement and helps add a lot more utility and, dare I say, humor into 5th edition’s repertoire of a 1000 evocation spells that deal fire damage. Jokes aside, it does help fill a hole that I feel is left by the published WotC material and adds greater depth into spell casting.
One of the nicest things about “Arcane Archive” is that it not only includes spells for the traditional fantasy setting but they are forward thinking enough to add futuristic spells (tailored for Mage Hand Press’ Dark Matter setting) as well as a Renaissance tag for an era that includes rudimentary firearms and a larger scientific presence. These give a lot of flexibility to the GM who wants to create a game that isn’t pigeonholed into a particular setting. Personally I think the futuristic and renaissance tags are good resources for adding spells to my homebrew steampunk world.
Here are some interesting spells from the Archive (click to enlarge):
This spell is bananas, I love it. Hack a friend apart, hide them in your shopping bag and infiltrate the evil castle like a Trojan horse. Just make sure you do it in less than an hour!
Consecrated Armor is a good lower-level armor spell and honestly it is good to see something besides mage armor. A solid example of the useful spells in this book.
A novel situational spell. Not something that would come up too often in a traditional setting but certainly very effective if you are in a place with lots of water based foes.
A little meta here but this is a fantastic cantrip. Good damage and scaling, but more importantly it just looks like it is fun to use.
A nice and fun alternative to Tiny Hut. This spell has a lot of character and the imagery that comes along with it makes me smile. This may seem a weak spell for 5th level but the HP max increase and charm immunity are very valuable effects.
There is a lot more to this book than I could ever put in digestible review. What I can assure you is that this book contains something for everyone. Games set in forgotten realms, spell jammer, modern urban fantasy, steampunk, and futuristic settings will all find this book useful. There are utility spells, damage spells, and just weird and fun spells in here. This is an incredible work and a benefit to any 5e player or DM.
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