Mythic Options: Mythic Rogue Class Features (PFRPG) PDF

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Being Mythic is Cool as Hell!

The rules from Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Mythic Adventures provide many options for upgrading a character to the realm of mythic heroes. However, while there are numerous mythic spells and a long list of mythic feats (and even more are available in Mythic Options: The Missing Core Feats), none of the rogue’s class features have mythic upgrades available. There are trickster path abilities that tie into some rogue abilities or common skills, but no upgrades for the rogue’s main abilities and talents themselves.

This is unfortunate, because many rogue characters focus much more on their core abilities and talents than on feats. Mythic Options: Mythic Rogue Class Features offers mythic upgrades for every rogue class feature and talent from the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook. It allows rogue characters to focus on classic rogue abilities such as uncanny dodge, skill mastery, and trap spotter, or select just a few such abilities to upgrade while adding the normal options of mythic feats and path abilities.

Author: Owen K.C. Stephens
Pages: 6

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

4/5

This supplement is 6 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 1/2 a page editorial/SRD, leaving us with 3 1/2 pages of content, so let's take a look, shall we?

After a short introduction, written in neat prose, we are introduced to mythic class features for the rogue, 6 to be specific. These work as either a 1st tier universal path ability or can be taken in lieu of a mythic feat. You need to have the non-mythic variant of such a class feature in order to take its mythic equivalent. Got that? All right! So what do we get here? Mythic evasion allows you to expend one use of mythic power to halve damage you receive - ANY damage you receive, but not further ongoing damaging effects. In direct comparison, mythic improved uncanny dodge, which adds half your mythic tier to your rogue levels for being able to be flanked purposes, pales. Mythic Sneak Attack allows you to automatically deal sneak attack damage to non-mythic creatures with each first attack in a given round. You may also extend one use of mythic power to apply sneak attack to a creature usually immune to sneak attack. Where I'm slightly confused here would be - does that mean the rogue could expend one use of mythic power to deal sneak attack to a foe when directly (i.e. non-flanking) attacking a mythic foe? What about mythic creatures usually immune to sneak attack? Some kind of clarification would be in order to make the ability work as precisely as it ought to. Searching as swift action, trapfinding aura... generally, I enjoy the ideas here.

We also are introduced to 15 mythic rogue talents -via mythic combat trick, rogues can easier meet feat prerequisites by adding mythic tier to prerequisite fighter levels for feats Better fast stealth, more bleed damage, dex-mod to damage instead of str-mod, treat narrow surfaces as regular terrain and disable traps VERY fast etc. Have I mentioned the option to deprive foes of AoOs for multiple rounds and even slow those hit by sneak attack? Free standing up for the rogue and adjacent allies also makes for a cool option. We also get 8 mythic advanced rogue talents that include better crippling strikes. Rather cool - +1/2 mythic tier to defensive roll-saves or 2 mythic power uses to use defensive roll in spite of having already used it. Extending dispelling attack to any spell on the target is also a rather fine option to have. However, one particularly irksome glitch has crawled in - the Mythic Opportunist advanced talent confuses opportunist and opportunity, making for an at first glance rather confusing read. On another note, Mythic Skill Mastery is decidedly LAME - when taking 10 with a skill the rogue has skill mastery for, they add their tier. Yawn? Mythic slippery mind is better - it lets you continue to try to slip from enchantments, albeit at increasing DCs.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are good, though not perfect. I noticed a minor glitch here and there, though nothing too serious. Layout adheres to RGG's printer-friendly 2-column standard and the artworks are thematically fitting stock. The pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience- commendable at such a small size!

Owen K.C. Stephens knows his crunch damn well and it reflects in here. A quick glimpse at mythic evasion would probably send a lot of people up the walls - but keep in mind - we're talking rogues here. Not exactly the most powerful class and especially in Mythic Adventures, a class that can use some amped up potential. So yeah, I do consider this a necessary, nice power-boost for mythic rogues, one that makes them more fun to use. However, balance between the respective abilities feels a bit off (mythic evasion and sneak attack vastly outclassing the other class features, for example -the others could have used a slight power upgrade), and some abilities herein could benefit from a bit of clarification and a slightly tighter wording. This does not make this damn fine little pdf bad, mind you, but it is enough to prevent it from reaching the very highest echelons. My final verdict will clock in at 4 stars - a good, almost required upgrade for the mythic rogue.

Endzeitgeist out.


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Scarab Sages Contributor

Thanks, Liz!


So, this has Mythic Sneak Attack, and it's different from the sneak-attack related options in MA?

Also, any chance of a Talented Mythic Rogue, with mythic versions of all 150 or so talents from that book?

Scarab Sages Contributor

While such a thing is certainly possible, I confess it's unlikely and wouldn't be happening any time soon in any case.

Part of the issue is audience. The talented classes only target folks willing to use rebuilt base and core classes. The Mythic stuff only targets people using Mythic Adventures. A combination of the two idea would only target folks who are using Mythic Adventures and are will to consider rebuilt base and core classes. And that group is likely to be smaller than the other two, likely by a big margin.

There's also a time question. I have core classes still to tackle for both talented and mythic class feature books. I'd like to focus on those until I have covered most of those classes. There's already requests in place for me to do mythic and talented versions of RGG's new classes. Adding a whole new line of things to work on that'll take similar time and commitment from me isn't feasible right now.

So probably not, and definitely not anytime soon.
Unless there's a huge hue and cry for it to happen now, of course. :D

Scarab Sages Contributor

Dungeon Grrrl wrote:
So, this has Mythic Sneak Attack, and it's different from the sneak-attack related options in MA?

Yes.


Reviewed first on Endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS and d20pfsrd.com's shop. Cheers!

Scarab Sages

As always, thanks for the review End!

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