Everyman Minis: Bountiful Harvest Ritual (PFRPG) PDF

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This installment of Everyman Minis includes: 1,000 words detailing the Bountiful Harvest Ritual—a new occult ritual that enables communities to usher in tidings of good health and abundant harvest.
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5/5

This installment of the Everyman Minis-series clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!

In case that wasn’t super-obvious, let me spell it out: This occult ritual is basically one that is a representation of the Thanksgiving feast, minus the cultural baggage. It clocks in at 7th level and requires foodstuff and silverware galore and may only be cast during a harvest festival that must contain no less than 80 individuals. All foodstuff used must be locally-sourced within 12 miles of the ritual’s place of casting. The folks that partake in the massive feast get a supreme combination of powerful healing magics, ridding them of diseases and poisons and healing them. Cool: Higehr quality (read: More expensive) components can be used to add further, powerful curative effects to the ritual.

Beyond that, creatures partaking in the ritual get a 1-year lasting +4 morale bonus to saves versus disease, poison, emotion effects dealing with negative emotions (codified properly!). Upon completing the feast, any who partook become briefly and temporarily immune to a whole slew of negative effects. Additionally, the crops are blessed, granting better harvests…but there is a catch to these benefits: Once you have performed the ritual, you are expected to continue to do so! Failure to reproduce it in subsequent years will reverse the bountiful harvest, causing lean times to come, and kami or fey, for example, are liable to be antagonistic towards any participant who failed to attend a subsequent festival, creating a dependency of sorts and putting some serious potential stress on communities. This is clever, as it acts as a means to offset the significant benefits the ritual provides. That being said, I found myself wishing that it came with some variants for more sinister celebrations (wicker man, anyone?) or with a variant for e.g. coastal communities, focusing on fish, perhaps with a deep one-angle. That may just be me, though.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are very good, I noticed no significant issues. Layout adheres to Everyman Gaming’s two-column b/W-standard and the pdf sports, as always, a nice artwork by Jacob Blackmon. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.

Scott Beeh’s Bountiful Harvest Ritual is a fun mini-supplement that is worth checking out. The requirement for repetition once established makes for a potent drawback, particularly for adventuring folks, which helps to keep the powerful benefits in check. While it is a tad bit more focused than the concept necessarily warrants, I consider this ritual to be a nice addition to the game. As such, my final verdict will clock in at 4.5 stars, rounded up for the purpose of this platform.

Endzeitgeist out.



Am I alone in thinking that this ritual sounds like something that people would actually need and use in a campaign setting? I imagine it's more a tool for adventures/stories than something PCs will themselves use, but it still sounds great.

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Huh, how did I miss posting on this?!

Harvest is a time for celebration and giving thanks for life's blessings. In commemoration of these blessings, many cultures have developed unique traditions and rites for giving thanks for family, friends, and food. Adapt these time-honored traditions to your game with Everyman Minis: Bountiful Harvest Ritual! This new occult ritual by Scott Beeh allows GMs and players to hold a special rite of good tidings and thanks once a year during the harvest. But be warned—failure to perform the ritual annually can have dire consequences for the absent-minded....


'Dire consequences for the absent minded' -- as in, 'bring out the Harvest King' a la The Wicker Man? {i]Harvest is icumen in...[/i]

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Eric Hinkle wrote:
'Dire consequences for the absent minded' -- as in, 'bring out the Harvest King' a la The Wicker Man? {i]Harvest is icumen in...[/i]

Maybe! It’s designed to be very open-ended so the GM can use it to tell the story he or she wants.


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

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

Thanks, End!

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