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Short Pathfinder Reviews – Of Fae and Sins

3 November, 2013

Today we look at four short products for Pathfinder, one focused on the fae and three collections of feats each one built around a singular sin:

Folk Fey and Fair by Lee’s Lists comprises a new species, Fairblood, a prestige class, Knight of Frost Court, and two archetypes, one for the bard and another for the monk.  This is all framed by a brief introduction to the thirteen courts of the fae before moving into the mechanics of the product.  The Fairblood is the child of mortal and fae, gaining gifts from their fae parent one of which (Luck of the Fair Folk) seems a little over the top, unfortunately they are given no further support.  The Knight of the Frost Court, as one would expect, masters cold to be used as a weapon, but there are some oddities in the class construction such as gaining no resistance to cold until 5th level when they suddenly become immune and they can summon a blinding zone of cold, which they can make people immune to, which is enormously powerful and is given no limitation on the number of times it can be used.  The Knight is a good concept but it needs to be  rewritten to be playable.  The Mirror Court Student is a Bardic archetype which gives the bard more ability to manipulate emotions but with limited mechanical support for this idea (and some poor editing) makes it nearly unusable.  The Brawler of the Clawed Court trades flurry of blows for enhance, claw based damage and it is suppose to be more animalistic but it is not given sufficient support for that idea, which is unfortunate as it has some potential.  Overall, while there are some good and interesting ideas here, they need further development to be more than just ideas.

#1 with a Bullet Point: Seven Sinful Feats of Gluttony is a just what it says, seven feats, all keying off the Gluttonous feat, which allows the consumption of massive amounts of food and gaining minor benefits there from.  The other six feats build off that basic idea, expanding the limits and capabilities of the glutton  (best name ‘Feast Healing’), to the point where they can learn to consume even magic to feed their endless hunger.  It concludes with a brief discussion of the role of sinful feats in a game.  Useful for unusual character builds, but not the sort of feats you will be needing all the time.

#1 with a Bullet Point: Seven Sinful Feats of Lust as promised seven feats all building off the Lustful feat which allows for the projection of desire across language barriers and rewards the possessor for fulfilling their desires.  The other six feat focus said lustfulness towards various purposes, of which are mostly fairly obvious but Write (“You are expert in maneuvering while in tight spaces”) amused me.  It concludes with a brief discussion of the role of sinful feats in a game.   As lust and sex appeal can have a place in games these feat can be used for a variety of character builds, but not the feats you will often see most adventures take.

#1 with a Bullet Point: Seven Sinful Feats of Pride is just better than the rest, or maybe that is just the Prideful feat talking.  Those who are prideful want to be the best, but being treated as the best will be a close second, and their feats allow them to gain additional bonuses when they succeed magnificently and when others fail (though some cause penalties if the prideful fails to succeed which is a nice touch)  .It concludes with a brief discussion of the role of sinful feats in a game as they are not just for evil characters.   These feats are ones I can easily see being taken by player characters, many of whom have inflated ideas of their own self-importance, why not reflect that with an appropriate feat?

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

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