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Bullet Points: 7 Stupid Weapon Designs (PFRPG) PDF

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Sometimes RPG rules supplements seem to have as much world setting information as they do game mechanics. While solid world-building is a useful skill, you don't always need four paragraphs of flavor text to tell you swords are cool, magic is power, shadows are scary, and orcs are savage. Sometimes a GM doesn't want to slog through a page of history for every magic weapon. Sometimes all that's needed are a few cool ideas, with just enough information to use them in a game. Sometimes, all you need are bullet points.

#1 With A Bullet Point is a line of very short, cheap PDFs each of which gives the bare bones of a set of related options. It may be five spells, six feats, eight magic weapon special abilities, or any other short set of related rules we can cram into about a page. Short and simple, these PDFs are for GMs and players who know how to integrate new ideas into their campaigns without any hand-holding, and just need fresh ideas and the rules to support them. No in-character fiction setting the game world. No charts and tables. No sidebars of explanations and optional rules. Just one sentence of explanation for the High Concept of the PDF, then bullet points.

The High Concept: These are stupid designs for weapons, really suitable only for a product released on April Fools.

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Having picked this up in a handful of Bullet Points I was missing to finish out my collection, I will admit, I grabbed it purely as a matter of completion for the series. I was however, rather pleased and amused once I actually sat down and looked over the weapons. Now, when I say pleased and amused, it was not because I couldn't wait to try these weapons out, no, it was because of the hilarity of the product, and the realization that in just a few short weeks, I will be able to give out a few choice weapons as April Fools Day gifts to my players. What pray tell makes these weapons so amusing? Well, read on:

How about the Bastard Club, or the insanely impractical Extended Pike; useful only in attacking foes 35-40 feet away, and then only if you can get it to stop wobbling enough to aim it, lol. I honestly don't know which was funnier the Glaive-Guisarme-Bec-de-Voulge (for the player who wants EVERY polearm option) or the Star-Chucks (think multiple nunchuck type batons on long chains tied to your wrist, ala bracelet style).

Now, granted, for true cool factor, or even actual usage, there might not be any gems here. But what is here is exactly what Owen stated in the title, really stupid weapon designs. And sometimes, to really make your NPC's more memorable than usual, they need a Spiked Codpiece, or a Battle Lute.

I personally am hoping this turns into an annual event, as every now and then, we need a good laugh.



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