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.
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.
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.
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!