July 24, 2021

Way of the Flagellant

Monastic Tradition
Comments from the Finger: If this looks familiar, it's because it's a redux of Way of the Wheel! And this will probably be the last redux post for a while, as our new book,

Valda's Spire of Secrets

is finally done! We're launching a Kickstarter for it starting on August 31st. Save the date, tell your friends. This is the Mage Hand Press Player's Handbook you've all been waiting for. We'll talk about it more in the coming weeks, but here's the elevator pitch: 380 pages, 10 base classes, 150+ subclasses. Get hyped.

Way of the Flagellant

The Way of the Flagellant teaches an extreme, sometimes heretical, view of asceticism: peace comes through suffering, purity through pain. Its practitioners shun all indulgences and embrace pain to harness their ki and isolate themselves further from the material world. As such, these monks often carry their eponymous flails and whips, both to use on themselves and their foes. Their pain is a mortal penitence and an act of focusing, letting them block out all else and manipulate their ki with expert intent.

July 7, 2021

Bone Knight Redux 2.0

Martial Archetype
Comments from the Finger: It's not deja vu! Thanks to some comprehensive feedback, we've decided to swiftly revisit the Bone Knight with yet another redux. Fingers crossed this one is flawless!

Bone Knight

A bone knight, or an osteoth, is a warrior that has undergone an agonizing transmutation ritual, granting them the ability to fully control their bones. Naturally, this power is hideous and disfiguring, but allows them to grow bone protrusions for weapons and armor, changing their skeleton’s size and shape at will. Mastering this ability is a feat of endurance and creativity, but results in a fighter whose most powerful weapon is not sheathed at their side, but sheathed within their flesh.
Many fighters believe the osteoth ritual is a mere myth, a flight of fancy traded around campfires, but the process is indeed real, preserved among moldering tomes and in the minds of deranged wizards. With some resourcefulness, the procedure can be replicated with the contents of any alchemist’s lab, with a generous fatality rate of nearly half.

June 23, 2021

Gastromancer

Arcane Tradition
Comments from the Finger: Before anyone asks, this is why I don't write subclasses on an empty stomach. Also, I'm actively trying to figure out how to make Flavor Blast a little more appealing as an option. Let me know if you have any ideas!

School of Gastromancy

Gastromancy, the oft-satirized subschool of food-related magic, is rarely taught to wizardly apprentices, for even masters of transmutation can be terrible at cuisine. However, gastromancy is a truly nourishing magic which spans all cultures, and is more akin to an art than an arcane tradition. Stereotypical gastromancers are thought of as monstrously fat and held aloft by magic, like great balloons in robes, but this is mostly a myth; wizards of this school are usually healthier than their contemporaries, owing to a healthy and balanced magical diet.

June 10, 2021

Force Missile Mage Redux

Arcane Tradition
Comments from the Finger: One of the all-time favorite wizards is back! The core mechanics didn't change too much, but things have been condensed and refined quite a bit.

School of Magic Missile

Magic missile is a staple wizard spell, well-loved for its versatility and unerring accuracy. As a missile magician, however, your fondness for the spell borders on obsession. Your studies focus entirely on this spell, exploring every rune in the spell’s composition and analyzing every aspect of its casting, resulting in new augmentations and greater power than ever before.

May 20, 2021

Temporal Trickster Redux

Roguish Archetype
Comments from the Finger: The reduxes just keep coming! This one rides on the back of all of the newly polished up chronomancy spells -- let me know what you think!

Temporal Trickster

Of the rogues who dabble in magic, only a few possess the aptitude to master chronomancy, the magic of time. These skillful dilettantes practice a variety of professions, for the ability to manipulate time is useful in all manner of roguish pursuits. With a flick of the fingers, a temporal trickster can freeze time, rearrange seconds, or leap into the future. 

May 12, 2021

Reincarnated Hero Redux

Sorcerous Origin
Comments from the Finger: Boom! More reduxes in preparation of the Next Big Book! We wanted this to be the best possible version of a sorcerer gish, and I think we're on the right track. 
Note that if you don't have access to the warmage's many Blade cantrips, you should just use Booming Blade and Green-Flame Blade at 1st level. (After Image at 3rd is in the Investigator, if you're wondering.)

Reincarnated Hero

Sorcerers gain their powers in mysterious ways that they seldom have control over. You are the reincarnation of a legendary hero, known to have slain many terrible foes. Being called back to life, whether by the gods, a very powerful mage, or a persistent curse on your soul, has left the indelible mark of sorcery upon you and awakened your ancient instincts for battle.