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Bullet Points: 8 Dragonrider Feats (PFRPG) PDF

***½( ) (based on 2 ratings)

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Sometimes rules supplements read like the world-setting bible of frustrated novelists. 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 have time 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: Eight feats designed to augment the options and utility of dragonriders (from The Genius Guide to the Dragonrider).

The feats included are:

  • Draconic Focus
  • Draconic Fury
  • Dragon Warrior
  • Eldritch Link
  • Elemental Arrows
  • Fearsome Steed
  • Fuel for the Fire
  • Wings of the Rider

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Not Half Bad... but Not Half Good; Another Lazy Freebie

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Hello, again. I'm the Questioner, and I review free stuff.

Bullet Points: 8 Dragonrider Feats contains eight new feats for the Dragonrider class. This product looks and reads better than some of SGG's free offerings do (and the artwork on the front page is quite good), but the lazy errors and minimalistic presentation within these free products makes me reluctant to shell out any cash for their paid counterparts.

From the slightly-condescending opening paragraph that seems to be the standard page one "opener" for the Bullet Points series to the copy/paste typos on seemingly every instance of the Bullet Points' back page (like a missing period in the text: "All logos are the trademark of Super Genius Games All rights reserved."), Bullet Points: 8 Dragonrider Feats just comes across as lazy... start to finish. A copy/paste error spanning what seems to be an entire product line over the course of months or even years? Trivial as it is, the editor should have caught something like this by now. I've said it before and I'll say it again: professionalism and attention to detail are paramount.

CONTENT ANALYSIS:

Draconic Focus: A good feat (that probably should have been included in the Genius Guide to the Dragonrider) with only superficial problems. Haste needs to be in italics. Prerequisite lines don't need punctuation.

Draconic Fury: Another decent feat, if worded a tad awkwardly. This feat amounts to a fairly vanilla attack bonus, but it's got an interesting recharge mechanic.

Dragon Warrior: Yawn. Also, the last line should read "any feat that you qualify for."

Eldritch Link: Okay, I get it. We get a vanilla melee feat, a vanilla archery feat, a vanilla caster-ly feat...

Eldritch Link allows your steed to access your spell pool, and is nicely balanced by the fact that it prohibits you from casting a spell if your steed also does. Eldritch Link also features a couple sloppy typographical and grammatical errors. The first line here should read "on any round in which you have established..." and the last line should say "its own feats," not "it's own feats."

Also, this feat doesn't actually require you to have access to dragonrider spells... just spells in general. Given that the feat only works in tandem with dragonrider spells, these prerequisites should have been more specific.

Elemental Arrows: Another dull feat; and why doesn't this require Mounted Archery?

Fearsome Steed: Not bad. Technically, the last line should use the term "modifier" in place of the word "bonus," as the modifier in question isn't technically guaranteed to be a bonus. Furthermore, this feat doesn't require a single rank in Intimidate? Attention to detail, designers!

Fuel for the Fire: Oho! Finally, some inspiration. A great mechanic, and a cool concept. If only they could all be this good. This feat suffers from the same prerequisite problem that Eldritch Link does, however.

Wings of the Rider: Cool imagery. The flavor text suffers from a bit of weirdness in that it references "your eldritch link to your dragon" but does not require and has nothing to do with the Eldritch Link feat. The words feather fall should be italicized here, too. All in all, this isn't a bad feat, though. Wings of the Rider makes for three or four legitimately nifty feats out of eight.

As I said, this product reads better than some of SGG's other freebies, though (such as the Godling counterpart to this product, or the Megadungeon options linked below). Oddly, Owen K. C. Stephens seems to get lazier or farther off-mark over time. This product, unlike some of the more recent offerings, is almost formatted well in terms of both layout (only a single line of wasted space; everything almost lines up) and also in terms of the way feat prerequisite lines are written (an apparent Achilles' heel for Super Genius Games).

Reasonable price tag notwithstanding, Bullet Points: 8 Dragonrider Feats gets two stars and a yawn from this reviewer.

Happy gaming,
- The Questioner


Dragons...Under the Bullet

*****

offering up another freebie to help you understand why you want the rest of them.

This Bullet Point follows the standard format of the previous releases, in that it is a 3 page PDF:

-Cover/Intro page (with artwork flipped to the right side of the cover for the first time)
-New Material
-OGL

So, what do you get for the new material this time around? Glad you asked, the 8 feats presented in this Bullet Point are all designed to be used in conjunction with the Genius Guide to Dragonriders (yet another truly awesome piece of gaming goodness), and are as follows:

-Draconic Focus - 3 times per day, achieve easier focus with your steed
-Draconic Fury - Add Chr mod to attack roll, if successful add 1/2 Dragonrider level to DMG
-Dragon Warrior - While mounted, gain +1 bonus to attack rolls
-Eldritch Link - Your dragon may use your caster level to cast from your list of spells, using their own feats and abilities to determine the outcome
-Elemental Arrows - Enhance your ranged attacks with 1d6 additional damage of the energy type matching your dragon's breath weapon
-Fearsome Steed - If your dragon crits or uses breath weapon, it may make an Intimidate check against all foes within 30ft. who may have witnessed the display.
-Fuel for the Fire - Use your spell slots to enhance the breath weapon of your steed
-Wings of the Rider - Any great falls (such as leaping from the mount whilst in flight) are treated as under a feather fall spell as the rider gains translucent wings that allow one to slow their fall

Artwork for this release consists of 2 pieces, the cover image, a B&W piece by Joe Calkins and another B&W by Smith on the OGl page. Cover piece far outdoes the second piece of art, and makes for an excellent cover image to set the theme for these feats.

Overall, I'm giving this one a 5 for being a solid addition to the rules for Dragonriders, adding a handful of options to players and Gm's alike.



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