Everyman Minis: The Skinsuit Ritual (PFRPG) PDF

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This installment of Everyman Minis includes: 1,000 words discussing the Skinsuit Ritual, a horrifying new occult ritual that transforms a helpless victim into a wearable disguise.

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

5/5

This installment of Everyman Gaming's minis-series clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let's take a look!

Okay, so first things first: This is an occult ritual. I assume that you have Occult Adventures on hand (If not...why?? It's literally one of the best books Paizo has ever made!) and thus know how occult rituals work.

All righty, so, the ritual herein would be a level 8 and represents an evil polymorph effect. As befitting of a proper ritual, the materials required are delightfully exotic: Living steel buttons? hag's hair twine and boiled calamus root, licorice and lilacs? A sewing needle made from keketar bones? HECK YES, this breathes flavor in the components/focus line - big time. So, backlash is deadly - the ritual causes the hapless caster's skin to slough off...oh, and if you botch it, you may well be transformed by the 4d6 Cha drain into a doppelgänger. The primary caster also develops a delusion, fugue and mania pertaining the ritual's target...so risky, yes.

The main draw here and what makes this AMAZING, though, would be the in-depth description of the ritual itself - basically, you sew the buttons on the target...and then things get icky...you see, you transform the target, LITERALLY into a skinsuit you can wear. Yes, dear readers - that actually means that we get a potentially more concise version of the ritual employed in Second Darkness back in the day...and we actually get a polymorph effect that lasts longer than a combat...oh, but one word of warning for the potential evil-doers out there - one button amiss...and your disguise falls.

Still, seriously, if you're a GM and can't weave a glorious plot from this, then I don't know how to help you. This is seriously amazing and inspiring.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no glitches. Layout adheres to Everyman gaming's two-column full-color standard and the pdf comes with a nice piece of art by maestro Blackmon. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.

Alexander Augunas delivers big time here: This ritual is amazing, flavorful and inspiring - even if you do not play PFRPG and e.g. prefer OSR or DCC, the pdf provides some seriously delightfully twisted inspiration. I love this. It's a perfect example of how amazing a ritual can be - 5 stars + seal of approval. Get this asap!

Endzeitgeist out.


A creepy little treasure

5/5

A Creepy Little Treasure

We all like getting something big and impressive in our third party material, right? But sometimes we can forget that the little things can be pretty good too. Well, 'good' may be a relative term with this particular PDF, but many a GM will find it of fiendish use.

This PDF is seven pages long, with a cover, credits, introduction, three pages for the OGL, and one for the ritual proper, but what a ritual it is. On recurring complaint is for polymorph magics that can last for more than a brief fight. That is partly remedied by works like Inner Sea Intrigue and the Spymaster's Handbook, but there is still room for more. There's also a desire in many corners for more and better occult rituals as introduced in Occult Adventures. I happen to be one of these people myself. In this PDF the reliable and inventive author Mister Augunas has met that need very effectively.

The ritual is simple. It allows the caster to use some weird and hard to find components to turn a living physical creature into a wearable costume of themselves. It doesn't kill them, unlike a similar spell from the aforementioned Inner Sea Intrigue. They are alive and aware, just unable to do anything about it. If the garment is put on the wearer can transform themselves into the original being as with the greater possession spell. This effect lasts as long as the garment is worn.

Also, being an object, the transformed creature no longer ages or suffers the other limitations of mortal flesh. Though the suit itself can be damaged or destroyed, with the results of such actions clearly spelled out. If the 'suit's' hit points are reduced to 0 it returns to a garment. Nothing is said about the effect on the one wearing it. This sounds like a great way to set up a nasty surprise for PCs in a fight. They 'kill' their opponent and surprise! Their true enemy only now stands revealed!

That's all very simple and provides a nice nasty way for evildoers or sufficiently ruthless PCs to make their very own 'people suit', but it's the unmentioned possible complications of the ritual beyond all of that which make this so much fun to use. Like the very hard to gather components. Hard enough that, say, maybe some random useful adventurers can be used to get them? Given that the skinsuit does not age or change with time, who is to say that a seeming immortal foe your PCs meet time and again and who has a history in the setting isn't really some poor victim of this ritual worn by one successor after another? They don't even have to be humanoid – the ritual can be cast to create a skinsuit out of any corporeal creature. And of course there is the simple paranoia factor of realizing that someone you thought you knew was really a foe all along. Who else could be merely a skinsuit covering an enemy? Your patron? Your lover? The queen?

Even a failure of the ritual opens the way for potential adventures. It does things to the primary caster. The least of these is to give them an insanity focused on the intended victim as well as the power to do something about it. Suffice to say that in a campaign with this ritual dopplegangers may have a truly grisly origin.

There you have it. This is short and sweet and for the price tag the potential it offers anyone willing to allow occult rituals in their game is amazing. If this is what can be expected from Mister Augunas the Everyman Minis line is going to be an amazing series. I give it five stars and gladly recommend this one to everyone.


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So I heard you wanted creepier occult rituals....

Thanks, Chris and Rick!


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I want

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Elorebaen wrote:
I want

I'm glad! Making products that people want is good for business. ;-)


I just bought this one and gave it a review. Man but is this ever one great and creepy ritual! I love how it can work in so very many different types of campaigns -- horror and intrigue being the most obvious, but even more combat-heavy ones can see this one benefiting certain characters. Like, say, some physically weak character who wants to mix it up with the fighters.

You did one heck of a job with this one, Mister Augunas!

But I do have one question, who is performing the ritual in the cover art, and who is it being done to? Neither of them appear to be human or any of the other races I'm familiar with.

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Thanks, Erik! Weird and creepy but surprisingly useful is a specialty of mine. ;-)

Eric Hinkle wrote:
But I do have one question, who is performing the ritual in the cover art, and who is it being done to? Neither of them appear to be human or any of the other races I'm familiar with.

So, weird answer.

Basically, the cover image wasn't designed to 100% *be* the Skinsuit Ritual. Its a picture of a bunch of wayangs performing a "dark ritual." The picture itself was drawn for the Dynastic Races Compendium, but I thought that it was a near perfect fit for the Skinsuit Ritual. (Because, I mean, "thing" bound on alter with a knife for cutting the buttonable bits? Pretty much perfect.)

But while this wasn't commissioned specifically to BE the Skinsuit Ritual, I imagine that the wayang(s) are performing it on a gnoll—maybe a particularly small / young one that they captured for some reason. (I'd guess the gnolls raided the wayangs, and the little one got captured during the attack and is about to be the instrument of the wayangs' revenge. That the wayangs would consider an eternity trapped as an inanimate object especially cruel punishment fits all the better.)


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Minor typo I noticed:

Spoiler:
...the target transforms back into a creature, abet
one that is being possessed by the wearer...

Should be 'albeit', I believe?

Either way, cool occult ritual!


Alexander Augunas wrote:

Thanks, Erik! Weird and creepy but surprisingly useful is a specialty of mine. ;-)

Eric Hinkle wrote:
But I do have one question, who is performing the ritual in the cover art, and who is it being done to? Neither of them appear to be human or any of the other races I'm familiar with.

So, weird answer.

Basically, the cover image wasn't designed to 100% *be* the Skinsuit Ritual. Its a picture of a bunch of wayangs performing a "dark ritual." The picture itself was drawn for the Dynastic Races Compendium, but I thought that it was a near perfect fit for the Skinsuit Ritual. (Because, I mean, "thing" bound on alter with a knife for cutting the buttonable bits? Pretty much perfect.)

But while this wasn't commissioned specifically to BE the Skinsuit Ritual, I imagine that the wayang(s) are performing it on a gnoll—maybe a particularly small / young one that they captured for some reason. (I'd guess the gnolls raided the wayangs, and the little one got captured during the attack and is about to be the instrument of the wayangs' revenge. That the wayangs would consider an eternity trapped as an inanimate object especially cruel punishment fits all the better.)

Thanks for the explanation. Poor gnoll!

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Eric Hinkle wrote:

Thanks for the explanation. Poor gnoll!

If its any consolation, we'll be giving those poor gnolls their time in the sun next month! It was tough, but I managed to come up with a few alternate racial traits for gnolls, plus a couple racial feats. ;-)


Alexander Augunas wrote:
Eric Hinkle wrote:

Thanks for the explanation. Poor gnoll!

If its any consolation, we'll be giving those poor gnolls their time in the sun next month! It was tough, but I managed to come up with a few alternate racial traits for gnolls, plus a couple racial feats. ;-)

Oh, really? You're doing for gnolls what you did for kitsune and samsarans? I'm looking forward to it!

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Eric Hinkle wrote:
Oh, really? You're doing for gnolls what you did for kitsune and samsarans? I'm looking forward to it!

No, its an Everyman Mini. If it's popular I'd consider doing a full expansion, but I'm not convinced its necessary. Villain Codex has a VERY good writeup on the gnolls, and I don't know that there would be a whole lot else I could bring to the table about them that would be new and interesting.

Instead, its designed to be some new content to go along with the 0-Hit Die gnoll rules from the Advanced Race Guide.


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Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS, etc.

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Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS, etc.

Thanks, End! Glad it was precisely your flavor of creepy occultism. :D


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It's GLORIOUS, Alex! Seriously makes me wish you'd get to write more horror material!

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
It's GLORIOUS, Alex! Seriously makes me wish you'd get to write more horror material!

BwuhahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Yuletide Terror is coming!


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Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS, etc.

Great review as always, End! You gave a better description using a third the words I did; that's something I have to work on.

An this one is so nasty. To me one of the creepier aspects is that the person you're wearing is, technically, still alive.

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Eric Hinkle wrote:
Endzeitgeist wrote:

Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS, etc.

Great review as always, End! You gave a better description using a third the words I did; that's something I have to work on.

An this one is so nasty. To me one of the creepier aspects is that the person you're wearing is, technically, still alive.

They're alive, but not aging, and they're only conscious when they're being worn. It's the absolute most horrible thing ever! :D


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Thanks for the kind words, Eric - I did love your review for this ritual, just for the record! I'm not sure if my description is actually better than yours, but I'll gladly take the compliment and reciprocate - you're doing a great job, man!

And yes, being CONSCIOUS is pretty much one of the aspects that drive home how nasty this is! Damn, Alex, have I mentioned that you REALLY have this flavor down to a T? The Focus-items alone *breathe* Occult ritual. Very, very amazing!


I agree with you, End, and thanks for the not completely deserved praise. I'd love to see Mister Augunas do some more occult rituals for the Everyman Minis line, especially if they're as deliciously creepy as this!

Heck, was just looking at Rite Game's 1001 Spells the other day, saw their Find True Love spell, and immediately flashed on some horrid ideas for how to combine using that spell with this ritual.


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Would LOVE to see more of these rituals in this line, or perhaps even a book dedicated to Occult Rituals.

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Elorebaen wrote:
Would LOVE to see more of these rituals in this line, or perhaps even a book dedicated to Occult Rituals.

While we don't have a dedicated book to Occult Rituals, we do have a bunch spread out in some cool places.

Paranormal Adventures has about five rituals that are themed around paranormal phenomenon and cult classic rituals, including a few inspired by Hocus Pocus and Fable 2.

Childhood Adventures has several that are themed around childhood urban myths, such as one designed to basically be the Bloody Mary myth.

Everyman Minis: Bountiful Harvest Ritual and Everyman Minis: Occultic Singularity Ritual was designed in a similar vein to this one. The Harvest Ritual is designed to emulate your standard-fare "harvest ritual" from things like Scooby Doo on Zombie Island and The Wickerman, while the Occult Singularity Ritual is designed to help GMs create a "One of Us" cult similar those found in various creepypasta. (Note that the Occultic Singularity Ritual was written by the master of creepiness, Clinton Boomer.)

We also have a new occult ritual coming out soon for the new year!


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Thanks for the info! Looking forward to the new ritual. I already have PA, but haven't looked in a few months, and I will be picking up the others. Thank you!

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