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Flaming Crab Games, erm, "proudly" introduces the first tome in the Bosco's Spell Compendium series. Here, the bizarre wizard Bosco creates variants of classic 0-level spells:

  • Acid Stache (Acid Splash)
  • Berate Water (Create Water)
  • Disrupt Dead (Disrupt Undead)
  • Fillet of Frost (Ray of Frost)
  • Financed Diplomacy (Enhanced Diplomacy)
  • Most Sound (Ghost Sound)
  • No Direction (Know Direction)
  • Open Clothes (Open/Close)
  • Prancing Lights (Dancing Lights)
  • Respect Magic (Detect Magic)
  • Stable Eyes (Stabilize)
  • Stage Hand (Mage Hand)
  • Suspect Poison (Detect Poison)
  • Unwitting Good Guy (Unwitting Ally)
  • And one more! Wow!

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

*****

This little FREE pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2.5 pages of SRD, 1 page odd drawing, 1 page variant cover, leaving us with 3.5 pages of content, so let's take a look!

Beyond the obligatory spell-list by class (including Shaman), Bosco's spells have a peculiarity: The spells herein can be used for spell failure equivalents - each spell herein has the base spell in parentheses. If the spell has a target, there is a 33% chance it targets the caster, 34% - 66% targets a random creature, 67%-100% means the original target is subjected to the effect. The pdf suggests a 50% chance for casting the Bosco variant accidentally when failing via concentration, UMD, etc..

Acid Splash receives a cosmetic reskin - an acidic moustache you fire at the opponent. If you botch Create Water, you find yourself instead casting Berate Water - to which water elementals may take offense. There is also the Disrupt Dead spell, which deals damage to neither the living, nor the undead - only the dead, which thereafter also get the severely dead "condition". This one made me laugh so hard... Throwing frozen filets at foes is pretty hilarious, though the half bludgeoning/cold damage doesn't work that well with 1d3 - what if you roll a 1? Gaining a Diplomacy-bonus for a 10 GP-bribe.

Okay, what really made me laugh was Most Sound: It allows you to create...bingo, most sounds. But if you cast the spell, you must roll a d4 - the result determining what sound you can't make. So if you needed a tap-dancing walrus, a hummingbird humming the word "bird", a goat imitating an elven noble or the sound of an ice-skating dragon, you may well be out of luck. What about instantly forgetting where North is from your current position? There also is a spell that can only target characters with 0 or less HP, fixing their eyes and stopping them temporarily from squirming.

Similarly hilarious: Suspect Poison. My players have this spell due to years of traumas at my sadistic GM-style: You begin to suspect that a creature, object or area is poisonous. You can guess the type of poison, but it may or may not be accurate. A touch that may intrigue inebriated creatures that would be attracted to your type. You can also make good guys feel bad for themselves or cause very short-lived bursts of guilt.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are very good, I noticed no significant glitches. Layout adheres to Flaming Crab Games' two-column full-color standard and the pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience.

Alex Abel's Bosco-Compendium is not only free, it's hilarious. There are not that many funny RPG-books out there and the spells herein are well-balanced, fun and with the exception of some minor hiccups, awesome. This pdf actually made me laugh out loud at my table and is an inspired, awesome, little book. Better yet, it's FREE!!! So yeah, there is absolutely no reason not to download this fun, awesome little supplement - final verdict? 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.


Fun and free - what are you waiting for?

*****

This product is 10 pages long, of which 5 are devoted to the cantrips and orisons in question - and lordy, what spells they are! After a brief suggestion on how to use these spells in your game, we get groupings of the spells by class (always a nice gesture), then the spells themselves.

Since this is free and you should pick it up anyway, I'll just try to lure you in by saying that the presentation is hilarious, sprinkled liberally with descriptions sure to make you chuckle. It's an enabler of shenanigans, perfect for those who don't take their worlds too seriously, and again - you can't go wrong with a price of 'free'.

What are you waiting for? Download this now!


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Thanks a ton, Liz!

As usual, we're giving away copies of this product for the first ten people that request a PDF in the product discussion! Amazing, right?! ;)

But, semi-seriously, this product was a silly and fun project for us to work on. If we get some good feedback, we'll be making punny versions of the other 9 spell levels! Hopefully you guys don't cringe TOO much while reading this!


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Ok. This thing is bloody hilarious!


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Hey, I’m too poor to pass up free material — silly or not! ;-D


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Hello!

I'm interested in the PDF (a little research into your products before I start writing for the Dragon's Hoard). Sounds hilarious!


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Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Pfft.

Also, I know this is a joke product, but:

Spoiler:
Financed Diplomacy doesn't have Spell Resistance in bold. The same is true for Open Clothes, Stable Eyes, Touch of Intrigue, Unwitting Good Guy, and Vaunted Fey Aspect.

Also, despite the text of the spell, Vaunted Fey Aspect still has a range of personal, and can thus only be cast on yourself.


White Templar wrote:

Hello!

I'm interested in the PDF (a little research into your products before I start writing for the Dragon's Hoard). Sounds hilarious!

Uh oh! Hopefully this silly free product doesn't scare you aware!

Luthorne wrote:

Luthorne Pfft.

Also I know this is a joke product, but:

Thanks for pointing that out! The product will be updated soon to fix that typo!


Woot! Two reviews in one day! Thanks, El Ronza! Even it's a silly free product, it still deserves some love!


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It may be silly, but the laughs alone are worth it! Working on Advanced Archetypes now :-)

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Considering that my father's name to my kids is "Bosco," this is going to confuse my son immensely. For that alone, I thank you.


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


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

Thanks for the review! I'm glad you didn't find it tooo ridiculous.


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If anything, this pdf made me chuckle and want more - there's no such thing as "too ridiculous" or "too gonzo" as far as I'm concerned as a reviewer - as long as the underlying mechanics don't suck (which they here don't) I appreciate weirdness. :)

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