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Bullet Points: 10 Feats of Fear and Fearlessness (PFRPG) PDF

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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.

Bullet Points are 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: Feats that allow characters to mitigate the effects of fear and benefit from successfully resisting fear effects. This is the latest in a series of products to celebrate the "Summer of Bullets" event!

The feats included are:

  • Centered Emotions: As long as you can call upon your ki, you are protected from fear.
  • Consummate Professional: While you are focused on an opponent, you are protected from fear.
  • Dauntless Fury: Your anger protects you from fear, and may even spur you on to more rage.
  • Divine Courage: As long as you can feel the connection to your deity, you are protected from fear.
  • Eldritch Courage: As long as you still have a spell memorized, you are protected from fear.
  • Fearless Familiarity: While you are within a favored terrain, you are protected from fear.
  • Forbidding Form: You can take on a horrific aspect.
  • Song in Your Heart: As long as you are still able to sing, you are protected from fear.
  • Strong Foundation: You can grit your teeth and concentrate on the courage you possess to apply it against other mind-affecting abilities.
  • Unshakable Bravery: The training you have received protects you from fear.

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Osirion Contributor

Feats that allow characters to mitigate the effects of fear and benefit from successfully resisting fear effects. This is the latest in a series of products to celebrate the "Summer of Bullets" event!

The feats included are:
Centered Emotions: As long as you can call upon your ki, you are protected from fear.
Consummate Professional: While you are focused on an opponent, you are protected from fear.
Dauntless Fury: Your anger protects you from fear, and may even spur you on to more rage.
Divine Courage: As long as you can feel the connection to your deity, you are protected from fear.
Eldritch Courage: As long as you still have a spell memorized, you are protected from fear.
Fearless Familiarity: While you are within a favored terrain, you are protected from fear.
Forbidding Form: You can take on a horrific aspect.
Song in Your Heart: As long as you are still able to sing, you are protected from fear.
Strong Foundation: You can grit your teeth and concentrate on the courage you possess to apply it against other mind-affecting abilities.
Unshakable Bravery: The training you have received protects you from fear.

Osirion Contributor

Obviously I'm sad to see Atamis strongly disliked this PDF, and I'll happily replace it with any other Bullet Point the reviewer would like. (Atamis, feel free to PM me if you'd like to take me up on this offer.)

As factual points -- the feats do not make you immune to frightened and panicked effects, they downgrade such effects to shaken (as noted by the asterisk, which was included exactly because I didn't want to explain the same mechanic nine times). Not every feat depends on you have an expendable class-based resource available (Consummate Professional, Fearless Familiarity, and Unshakable Bravery do not), and not all the feats even deal with frightened and panicked conditions (Strong Foundation does not).

That said yes, nine of the ten feats include an element of fearlessness, all designed with the same game mechanical device to ensure both balance and simplicity. Of the 838 words used for just the feats themselves, only 274 are taken up to cover how each feat allows a class to (under its own, unique circumstances) avoid being more frightened than shaken. The other 67% of the product covers the additional impact of the different feats of Fear and Fearlessness. Given that Bullet Points promise "One Page," and the feats in this one takes up two pages, even if you only count 67% of it as worthwhile you still get more than the promised amount of totally different abilities.

I think John Halpin did a fine job in his first product with us, and I'll stand by this design choice.


And reviewed here, on DTRPG and sent to GMS magazine. Cheers!

Osirion Contributor

As always End, thanks for the review!


You're welcome! It might interest you that I've just submitted a batch-review (i.e. ALL of them) of the non-spell-feat BPs that introduce new feats to Nerd Trek.

Osirion Contributor

Endzeitgeist wrote:
You're welcome! It might interest you that I've just submitted a batch-review (i.e. ALL of them) of the non-spell-feat BPs that introduce new feats to Nerd Trek.

Why yes, that is relevant to my interests...

:D

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