Bullet Points: 5 Silver Weapon Magic Properties (PFRPG) PDF (based on
Rogue Genius Games
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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: Five magic properties for weapons made of alchemcial silver, to make your choice of weapon material matter more than just when bypassing DR. This is the latest in a series of products to celebrate the "Summer of Bullets" event!
The qualities included are:
Argentum: An argentum weapon grants its enhancement bonus to the wielder’s saving throws against disease, and caster level and skill checks made to remove or treat diseases.
Frostscale: A frostscale weapon may cause slashing shards of ice to attack his foes.
Mirrored: A mirrored weapon grants its enhancement bonus to the wielder’s saving throws against gaze attacks.
Scrying: A scrying weapon grants its enhancement bonus to the wielder’s saving throws against illusions.
Shapebinding: A shapebinding weapon grants its enhancement bonus to the wielder’s saving throws against transmutation spells.
This pdf is 4 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content for 5 new magical properties that can exclusively be added to silver weapons, making the material matter more than for bypassing DR.
It should be noted that the enhanced power of these properties comes at a slightly reduced damage. The materials are:
-Argentum: Healer's silver, these items help you cure diseases, not be afflicted by them and also can suspend the disease of foes and learn their respective natures.
-Frostscale: Etched with the symbol of a dragon, these weapons allow the wielder as a full round to make a melee attack against a foe at 25 ft. + 5 ft. per 2 BAB-bonuses that exclusively deals cold damage. Very cool!
-Mirrored: Temporarily disable gaze attacks with these nice toys.
-Scrying: Help against illusions and enable you to potentially even hit invisible foes.
-Shapebinding: Help against transmutation spells and temporarily suppress shapechanging of hit foes.
The pdf also provides a form of bonus content that enables an alchemist silver weapon to be made a subtype bane weapon against shapechangers.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to SGG's 3-column standard and the pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length. I really like the idea of this pdf to make material exclusive enchantments available and the execution, although not always wholly innovative (shapebinding, srcying and argentum using slightly similar mechanics), remain an excellent buy that provides enough innovation and nice content to warrant the low price. Now I'd love to see more in the style and once the basics have been covered, perhaps even ones for Rite Publishing's recently released "101 Special Materials and Power Components". My only gripe with them is aforementioned minor repetition and the fact that they are all similarly balanced, resulting in a final verdict of 4 stars.
OK, I'm going to ahead and state it...I know why the thumbnail covers for the Bullet Points now seem to have two covers, but it really sucks when the art for the preview on the site is awesome looking, and then that piece is not included in the actual PDF you get.
Now, back to business...This particular Bullet Point is 4 pages, with some very nice art pieces from Toby and Tamas...and of course there is that gorgeous Redpeggy cover that looked so great on the website...ok ok I'll stop harping about it, lol...maybe. Formatting follows the standard three column approach with embedded artwork, and deals with magic properties for silver weaponry. So, let us take a look and see what we see.
Argentum turns your weapon into the ultimate disease divining rod, letting the bearer of the weapon detect and suspend disease within his targets. All around an interesting idea, but I am left wondering why the ability to cast ice storm matters in the creation of this weapon...perhaps this is a copy/paste relic from the next offering, Frostscale. With a minor editing mishap of its own within the grammatical structuring, this weapon property puts some serious firepower at your disposal, in the form of ice that is. Mirrored is an excellent magical property for anyone facing gaze attack creatures, as it allows you to negate their gaze attacks by turning the attack back upon them.
Scrying weapons aid those fighting their way through illusions, and Shapebinding weapons not only help when dealing with trans-mutational magics, but have the added benefit of being able to lock shape-changers to one form for a time. As an added bonus Owen tossed in the Bane magic weapon quality for the alchemical silver weapons. There really isn't enough written up to tell you much more without giving it all away, so you'll have to read this one yourself. I can say that this entry gives us the largest amount of editing mistake, as an entire line is missing the spaces between words.
So, 6 for the price of 5, with more SpaG issues than I am used to seeing out of the SGG camp...now, there weren't that many, but we're only talking two pages of material here...from the guys who set the bar of excellence in the first place. So yeah, it matters. On the upside, Everything here is cool...yes, I was brief in discussing a few of them, but what can you say when Owen has already detailed the material in the synopsis for the product, lol. Settling on a 4.5 for a product that should have been a 5 due to the editing issues solely, and yes, I am rounding down.
5 Silver Weapon Magic Properties is a part of SGG's bullet points line and as usual delivers far more than just 1 dollars worth of stuff. Plus one bonus little treat...but I'm not spilling the beans here buy it your self to see.
Argentum: Silver sometimes used in detoxification now takes a more...direct approach to combating disease.
Frostscale: Ever had just that one opponent out of reach...but you didn't want to have to drop your sword a draw a bow just to have to pick it back up again? Well with this property you can "reach out and touch someone" with razor sharp shards of ice.
Mirrored: Want to attempt and recreate the fight against Medusa in clash of the titans? Well get yourself a mirrored sword and you can nearly do just that.
Scrying: The fighters new bag of flour when fighting invisible targets(or mirror shielded mates)
Shapebinding: Every shapeshifter's nightmare.
????: Oh right wasn't going to mention bonus content...just BUY IT.
Well that's all folks hope that helps.