Bullet Points: 7 Sinful Feats of Lust (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.

Seven new feats based on the classic sin of lust, to make villains more interesting and let PCs express their own sins with panache. This is the latest in a series of products to celebrate the "Summer of Bullets" event!

The feats included are:

  • Brazen (Sinful): The way you act, dress, and move takes others by surprise.
  • Lustful (Sinful): You have turned your enjoyment of sex into an art form… and a power.
  • Masochist (Sinful): You can satisfy your sexual urges by being hurt.
  • Sadist (Sinful): You can satisfy your sexual urges by hurting others.
  • Wanton (Sinful): You are always interested in amorous encounters, and as a result of wantonly accepting this sin into yourself its hard for others to resist you.
  • Wriggle (Sinful): You can distract creatures pressed up against you.
  • Writhe (Sinful): You are expert in maneuvering while in tight spaces.

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Nice lust-themed feats

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This pdf is 4 pages long, 1 page front cover (featuring the model Jenny Pousin in a rather erotic pose), 1 page SRD/editorial, leaving 2 pages of content for 7 lust-themed feats, so let's check them out!

The first feat, which is the prerequisite for a multitude of them would be
-Lustful: This feat enables you to seduce foes via diplomacy and use of your good looks and sexy wiles. If you indulge in carnal activities, you also get to experience an afterglow and add +1 to Con, cha or Dex-based checks, caster level or damage.
-Brazen: When wearing revealing clothing, you can add a bonus to initiative and cha-based checks.

-Masochist: When a crit is scored against you, when you're damaged while grappled, pinned, affected by a pain effect or helpless etc., you can gain the benefits of the lustful feat. You also get a minor bonus to concentration and endurance-based checks.

-Sadist: When you crit against a foe, when you damage a helpless target or use a pain effect on foes, you gain the lustful bonuses. Also, your pain effects and weapon damage are improved slightly.

-Wanton: Any effect to have you engage in carnal activities via magic, diplomacy etc. is considered as passing a simple message. Creatures that control you have to succeed a will-save to take an act that would cause you serious physical harm and get a massive bonus to talk others into following you to a secluded place.

-Wriggle: Distract a creature grappling you and inflict massive penalties on it. Better, teh effects stack depending upon your charisma - great design on this one!

-Writhe: +10 to concentration while being grappled.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to a 3-column landscape format and the pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length. I am generally wary of lust-themed material, as it often devolves into being cheesy. These feats don't, though. While I did enjoy the presentation of them, all but wriggle and wanton felt a bit on the weak side. There's also a minor pet-peeve of mine: While lustful feats are not evil per se, they draw upon the deadly sins and Masochist and Sadist both have the feat-type, making them both tainted. I've written it before and I write it again: I'm sick and tired of the "BDSM is evil" sentiment and representation thereof in RPGs and while THANKFULLY the feats don't require the characters to be evil, the taint of lustful feats leaves a slightly sour tinge in my mouth, though not one half as bad as I've seen in other publications over the years. Generally, I'd consider this collection to be well worth the low price of admission and thus my final verdict will clock in at a solid 4 stars.

Endzeitgeist out.


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7 Sinful Feats of Lust sees the return of Jenny Pousin to the covers of SGG product...I mention this purely because I imagine there will be a few fanboys, and girls, who buy this product for the picture, lol. And why not? Anyone who has ever grabbed a Bullet Point before will recognize the format instantly, and if you haven't...MY GAWDS MAN, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!?!?! OK, sorry...will try to control myself, seriously, won't happen again....

So, 7 feats, starting with the interesting Brazen, which grants a bonus to Cha and Init. Checks as long as you're dressed inappropriately enough, lol. Interestingly enough, the feat, as it is written, will not grant a female wearing the notorious “Fantasy Female Armor” any benefit at all, as the feat comes with a specific list of what one may wear while utilizing this feat. Lustful takes us down the path of that language everything speaks, sex appeal. Affect Diplomacy checks without even having a spoken language to work with, as well as gain a bonus of choice (simply to relate that “after glow” people tend to bask in after partaking in...yeah.

Masochist allows you to tap into the power that comes from enjoying the pain, giving you a bonus based upon the HD of the creature hurting or affecting you. While Sadist takes us the other direction, giving you bonuses based on the creatures you are hurting. Both of these feats require you to have Lustful, and is separate from whatever bonus you may already have going there or will gain from this feat, and stacks.

Wanton gives mechanics to those out there that literally seem to ooze sexuality, and bring it out of those around them. OK, any guy who has ever played flag football with a girl on the opposing team understands this next feat perfectly, and why its dangerous...Wriggle lets you distract those you are grappled or pinned by. Writhe goes right there with wriggle, letting spell casters take a bonus to a concentration check to cast while pinned or grappled.

This one ends with a full descriptor for the sinful feat type, in case you have not picked up any of the other sin inspired bullet points, and does a fairly good job of explaining the concept of these feats not being limited to the more evilly aligned characters.

Obviously this style of product is skating on an edge, and there are playgroups out there that are not mature enough to have this type of material made available to. There are also plenty of groups for whom this type of material is not their cup of tea, and that is fine as well, that is one of the beautiful things about the Bullet Points, if you aren't interested in the material, you can simply not buy one.

So, final thoughts on this collection of sin...hands down excellent. I know a few players I want to put these feats in the hands of, sit back and watch them terrorize their fellow players, lol. Another 5 in the chamber Owen, well done!


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This is awesome to see, considering I made the scale bikini that Jenny's wearing on the cover there.

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Seven new feats based on the classic sin of lust, to make villains more interesting and let PCs express their own sins with panache. This is the latest in a series of products to celebrate the "Summer of Bullets" event!

The feats included are:
Brazen (Sinful): The way you act, dress, and move takes others by surprise.
Lustful (Sinful): You have turned your enjoyment of sex into an art form… and a power.
Masochist (Sinful): You can satisfy your sexual urges by being hurt.
Sadist (Sinful): You can satisfy your sexual urges by hurting others.
Wanton (Sinful): You are always interested in amorous encounters, and as a result of wantonly accepting this sin into yourself its hard for others to resist you.
Wriggle (Sinful): You can distract creatures pressed up against you.
Writhe: You are expert in maneuvering while in tight spaces.


I just picked this up earlier on RPGnow, and I enjoy it, but why is there one picture used for the front cover in the ad and another for the actual product? I'm not complaining, they both look great, but it seems odd to me.

Paizo Employee Starfinder Design Lead

That's a fine and reasonable question. It has to do with the overwhelming preference our patrons have expressed for landscape layout for this kind of product, vs. how much room we have for layout, vs requests we have received from one of our vendors to have no landscape cover images.

This solution was the fasted and easiest for our Bullet Points, and we've actually been doing it for a while.


Review up here and at DTRPG. You handled some delicate subjects with expert hands there Owen...very well done.


I have to agree with KTFish7; this one is VERY well done when compared to how this is usually handled in RPGs.

And am I alone in thinking that Masochist and Sadist would be great feats for a worshipper of Zon-Kuthon?

Paizo Employee Starfinder Design Lead

Thank you both for the feedback and kind words. I ran this by a few people and that did seem to be the general consensus, but you never know until you release a book into in the wild, so to speak.

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huh the actual cover art. Looks just a bit different than the preview image.

Paizo Employee Starfinder Design Lead

Dark_Mistress wrote:
huh the actual cover art. Looks just a bit different than the preview image.

That's true of all out new Bullet Points. It's a result of a balance between matching various vendor needs for portrait cover images, and our patrons stated preference for landscape layout for BPs.

Of course that means cover image content is a bit different, as well.

Dark Archive

Never noticed till now.


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

Paizo Employee Starfinder Design Lead

As always, thanks for the review End!


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I was talking about 7 Sinful Feats of Lust with another gamer on Deviant Art ... gave him this link ... and just realized I never left you a comment Owen (BAAAAAADDDD jenny! Need a spanking for THAT one!) ... so here goes: I LOVED this one and YES I KNOW that makes me an obviously naughty gamer! duh!!!!! Well I am considering having my GM kill off Valka so Ican take a character with a few of those Feats! ;) ... Kiddin I wouldnt do that to Valka she seriously kicks ass!! But maybe a one time character at a convention Owen? :)


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Interesting and useful given how much political intrigue my games have. I do have one question though.

Lustful states that it applies to creatures of Int 2 or higher. Is that a typo, or is it actually intended to work upon animals rather than just sentient creatures (i.e. Int 3 and higher).

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Jenny Poussin wrote:
But maybe a one time character at a convention Owen? :)

I assure you, I'd be more than happy to support your desire to play a character with Lust feats. :)

Paizo Employee Contributor; Developer, Super Genius Games

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Laithoron wrote:
Lustful states that it applies to creatures of Int 2 or higher. Is that a typo, or is it actually intended to work upon animals rather than just sentient creatures (i.e. Int 3 and higher).

I think it's safest if I just say "It's not a typo."


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Haha, well-put. Thanks for the quick reply.


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Any chance we are going to see the other 4 sins "feated" out?


Would love to see them as well, though I think our chances are slim due to Shattered Star being done and all...


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I still have every intention of releasing them. All are partially written. And the whole line continues to sell well for us. to be honest, it's just hard to prioritize over my work as a Paizo developer, my duties as host of RPG Superstar, my work as a Green Ronin developer, my work as the rogue Genius Games publisher (rather than writer), and freelance work I do for other companies.

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But I DO plan to get to them.


Owen KC Stephens wrote:

I still have every intention of releasing them. All are partially written. And the whole line continues to sell well for us. to be honest, it's just hard to prioritize over my work as a Paizo developer, my duties as host of RPG Superstar, my work as a Green Ronin developer, my work as the rogue Genius Games publisher (rather than writer), and freelance work I do for other companies.

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But I DO plan to get to them.

Awesome News! ^_^


Owen KC Stephens wrote:

I still have every intention of releasing them. All are partially written. And the whole line continues to sell well for us. to be honest, it's just hard to prioritize over my work as a Paizo developer, my duties as host of RPG Superstar, my work as a Green Ronin developer, my work as the rogue Genius Games publisher (rather than writer), and freelance work I do for other companies.

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But I DO plan to get to them.

hi there sorry to make the evil necromancer but the other sins still are in project ??

because I have already lust,glutony and pride but need the other for a new campaign where my player will be a champion of each sin, I can make something but result will be by far under what you have done for the other.

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