The Malefactor (PFRPG) PDF

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“Fate is for those too weak to determine their own destiny.”—Exerpts from the memoir of Talitha Shadowtongue, tiefling doom herald

Total Party Kill Games is proud to announce The Malefactor, a new class sourcebook for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Damned fate… cruelest destiny… bad luck… these are philosophical concepts that many know, but few are able to truly explain or prove. If destiny is pre-determined, inevitable and unchangeable, is there any hope for we mortals to set our own paths? What of those that seem to be damned by fate, always at the mercy of a higher power? Is there any hope for us at all?

It is rumored that some mortals can choose their own fate by selecting the correct paths as they walk through life. Others think that all of life’s events are predestined. There are rumors of those who understand fate’s cruel whims and can free themselves and no longer be slaves to that harsh mistress. I can tell you those rumors are true…

I have lived through perils that would kill even the most steeled warriors. I have slain many a fool that thought to prey upon me. I have danced with fate itself, and taken the lead. What was once my misery is now my salvation, and your damnation. I am an accursed, a doomgiver—I am a Malefactor.

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Some children begin life cruelly afflicted. Soon after birth, they and their families are beset by random misfortune, injury, and loss. Frequently they are abandoned by their communities for being born under an inauspicious sign, or sacrificed to allay curses seemingly brought down by dark Gods. In reality, the birth of these unfortunates was attended by intangible chaos-spirits known as Yla (EE-la). While the Yla are not inherently evil, they are prone to destruction, and ignorant of the pain and misfortune that they cause those whom they bond with. Sages do not know what causes the Yla to seek out an individual, but as of yet, no known spell or prayer can separate them from their chosen. Many afflicted by these spirits live lives of sorrowful destitution, sometimes taking their own lives in misery.

A choice few however, realize that while their affliction cannot be suppressed, it can be commanded. Whether through study or epiphany, these few learn to channel and command the devious spirits that surround them, turning their hardship into a powerful weapon. These few are known collectively as the Malefactori.

In order to preserve their own lives, they willingly bring misfortune and woe to those around them. They are dangerous to their allies and even more so to their adversaries. A Malefactor that has mastered the ability to transfer his own ill fate to others is truly a dangerous opponent...

This sourcebook comes complete with a killer new class and abilities, archetypes, feats, favored class options and the complete stats for the iconic succubus spawned tiefling on the cover—Talitha Shadowtongue. Additionally, we have bundled the entire class and content in a self-extracting Hero Lab file for your use. Enjoy!

Original Concept by Brian Berg
Written by James Olchak, Brian Berg and Rick Cox.

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Shadow Lodge

This product is currently the #5 hottest small press item on DriveThruRPG, and the #22 overall in the top 100. Thanks for all the support, and we hope you love it.

The Malefactor has also been reviewed by DriveThruRPG featured reviewer Shane O. at 5/5 stars!

"The malefactor base class is incredibly well-constructed both in terms of its theme and its mechanical execution. While there are a few places, mostly in the expanded material, where one or the other falls a little flat, as a whole this book offers an incredibly innovative new class for your Pathfinder game. It’s deserving of each and every one of its five stars."

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

Way to go TPK veterans, Brian and Rick!

And a BIG CONGRATS to RPG Superstar 2012 alum (and fellow Top 4-be), James Olchak!

Nicely done, gentlemen.

Shadow Lodge

The Malefactor continues to rise! Now #4 on the hottest small press on DriveThruRPG and #17 overall in the top 100!


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I've now posted my review here as well.

Shadow Lodge

The Malefactor is a unique new class for the Pathfinder RPG that deals with curses and bad luck. The Malefactor not only inflicts them, but are themselves cursed and have learned to malign those around them with strife to lessen their own misery. Not only is the Malefactor a fun character to play mechanically, but their cursed nature makes them excellent brooding heroes and antiheroes for roleplaying purposes.

Have you ever wanted to cause ill luck and misfortune to everyone around you simply by standing in their presence? Ever wanted to cheer when others roll a natural one? How about becoming immune to cursed items? What about having the ability to draw curses and hexes into yourself and possibly even devour them? How about ignoring your own “cursed” die rolls? How about creating cursed magic items by touch? What about causing unfortunate mishaps to your enemies in combat? The Malefactor can do all of this and much, much more.

Shadow Lodge

Now the #1 Pathfinder category item on DriveThruRPG!

Grand Lodge

Just got this a couple of days ago thanks to the sale on DriveThru.

Got a question on Foolschant. It doesn't look at all powerful. Is this not a typo. You force the caster to make a concentration check at 5 + spell level or 10 + spell level if you use dread escalation. Why? I'd do better to stand in front of them and have them cast defensively at 15 + double spell level or hit them with an acid arrow 10 + half damage dealt + spell level. Or maybe I'll send a few gold and use a tanglefoot bag for 15 + spell level.

It should at least double what it says. Any caster worth their salt should be able to laugh at that ability by 3th level.


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

Shadow Lodge

Thanks so much for the reviews Alzrius and Endzeitgeist. We have many more exciting things on the way this year.

Shadow Lodge

Now updated to include a very fun introduction by Gary McBride, Publisher for Fire Mountain Games, and author of 'Way of the Wicked.'

Grand Lodge

TPK Games wrote:
Now updated to include a very fun introduction by Gary McBride, Publisher for Fire Mountain Games, and author of 'Way of the Wicked.'

So there's an updated version? Is it on DriveThru yet?

And I'm still hoping for an answer on Foolschant.

Shadow Lodge

It should be updated on DriveThru instantly. Paizo has some lag time. As for an answer on your question, I emailed the team to see their thoughts. If it's an issue, we'll change it for sure. Thanks Kevin!

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TPK Games wrote:
It should be updated on DriveThru instantly. Paizo has some lag time. As for an answer on your question, I emailed the team to see their thoughts. If it's an issue, we'll change it for sure. Thanks Kevin!

Actually, the lag time is in the email being sent. Once the files are updated, they are available immediately. :)

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

I may have missed it in skimming the reviews, but is there a way for allies in the malefactor's party to resist her aura that causes a penalty to saving throws?

Shadow Lodge

They can't make a save to resist or anything of that sort, but there are some feats that allow the Malefactor more control over their auras and whom it affects.

Shadow Lodge

The Malefactor has now been awarded the Copper Best Seller award on DriveThruRPG! Thank you all for the support. We really love this product and are pleased that everyone else has too. Thanks again, we can't do it without the fans!


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OK....so very very late the party on this one, but review is finally up, and this is an awesome book to say the least.

Shadow Lodge

This product recently hit the Silver Seller Sales award on DriveThruRPG as well! For all who have purchased the Malefactor and are looking for more, there will be a follow-up supplement (More Malcontent) coming out in April.

Silver Crusade

Anything more on the release date for More Malcontent? I have a player chomping at the bit waiting for it to be released as he fell in love with the Malefactor, but wants to see more options for it.

Shadow Lodge

Hey, speaking of... More Malcontent is available now!


Are you guys going to be at Gameholecon, or is that just the artists?


Bump!

Shadow Lodge

I will be GameholeCon along with a couple other folks from our team. We have an exhibitor's booth there and are running a couple games. I believe I'm doing a panel on third party publishing as well. Feel free to stop by and say hello!

Shadow Lodge

For those of you who enjoyed this class, check out our latest, 'The Ultimate Gladiator!'

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Still one of my favorite classes.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Are there any supplements that expand on this class?

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber
Dale McCoy Jr wrote:
Are there any supplements that expand on this class?

YES

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