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Review – The Sensitive prestige class (for Pathfinder)

29 August, 2010

The Sensitive prestige class is very well-written and it is perfect for a gothic horror campaign but may prove difficult to fit into other sorts of game.

The Sensitive: a ghostly prestige class for your gothic horror fantasy game -Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Edition– is a 7-page PDF (four pages if you remove the cover, credits and OGL page) for the Pathfinder RPG written by Talon Dunning and published by Fantastic Gallery.

The layout is a standard two-column with clear charts.  The art is public domain 19th century black and white illustrations and the layout is attractive and though the background -while fitting the mood- makes it less easy to read.  However, a clean text only file is also provided.

The Sensitive’s powers are triggered by a traumatic encounter with a ghost or similar spectral being.  The Sensitive gains the ability to sense emotional echoes and spirits and later to disrupt and control spirits.  It is a beautifully thematic set of powers and very focused on dealing with ghosts and spirits.

An example Sensitive, Madame Dumont, is included and she a good character with several potential plot hooks (though it would have been helpful to have had her husband Lord Jacob Dumont statted out as well).

While the concept of the class and its powers are superb, they are very narrow.  My concern in a campaign would be that the Sensitive prestige class is too much about their interaction with the spirit world.  It seems they should have access to a slightly broad set of additional skills, perhaps some increase to caster level (as spellcasters seem most likely to take this path).  A few supporting feats, magic items and plot hooks would all have been welcome.

Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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