DriveThruRPG Review – Tall Tales of the Snowshoe Halflings

One new arctic subrace and three new thematic archetypes for D&D 5e.

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Tall Tales of the Snowshoe Halflings adds a new arctic-themed Halfling subrace and three new subclass archetypes: The Huntmaster Fighter, Myth Domain Cleric, and Trailblazer Ranger.

The Snowshoe Halflings are a displaced people who have adapted to harsh snowy mountains over several generations, gaining a rich cultural heritage that’s far different than the jolly farmer clich√©. An entire page is dedicated to their new pantheon that has shifted to reflect their new home and livelihood.

This is a player-focused supplement, but I would have loved even more information on these tribal halflings, including sample NPCs and encounters. Not only could a player make a snowshoe halfling, but a DM running Rime of the Frostmaiden (or other arctic area) could include them in the setting.

Most of the brief 10-page supplement is dedicated to the three new class archetypes, all of which are thematically tied to the arctic halflings, though you don’t need to be a halfling to choose them.

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The Huntmaster Fighter is my favorite of the three. They’re better at mounting monsters, and when attacking with advantage can deal bonus damage by finding a foe’s weak spot, equal to the difference rolled between the two d20s. I’ve never seen the advantage/disadvantage dice used in such a way, and it’s an interesting idea. Later they can choose to forgo the damage to apply a saving throw debuff on the monster, or grant advantage to their allies.

The Trailblazer Ranger is all about keeping the fires warm – which also includes any creatures they’ve set ablaze! They can deal bonus fire damage, and in a macabre twist, allies within 10 feet gain temporary hit points equal to twice the fire damage. Gather around the burning kobold, kids!

The Myth Domain Cleric has a highly thematic level 1 ability, Chosen One. Once per Long Rest, they can regale their party with a story, designating one person as the hero. Once within the next 24 hours, that character can receive the benefits of the Bless spell without concentration or a spell slot expended.

It’s a fun idea and one in which could encourage some very fun roleplaying from the party. Unfortunately it’s squandered after level 1, with further level abilities simply granting +1 to spell-casting DCs, or adding WIS modifier to cantrip damage. I would’ve loved to see Chosen One expanded to include more spells, and/or multiple allies.

The supplement also includes a few arctic gear items and beasts, including the Snowshoe’s signature Telum spear and Malamute mounts. The product features an attractive layout with fantastic original artwork in a fun comic book style that brings the halflings to life in this short but solid supplement.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Myth Domain is boring after level 1.

The Verdict: The new arctic halfling subrace and survivalist class archetypes from Tall Tales of the Snowshoe Halflings are the perfect addition to Rime of the Frost Maiden, or any campaign in a rugged frontier.

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Author: roguewatson

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