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Class Acts: Witches
Publisher: Fat Goblin Games
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/05/2013 09:41:57
The witch is one of those rare Pathfinder classes that follows a very clear thematic element without being necessarily bound to specifics. Yes, we all know witches ride broomsticks, and chant “bubble bubble toil and trouble” over cauldrons, but beyond that it’s less about concrete actions and more about the theme of those actions.

For Pathfinder, that usually takes the form of the witch class’s hex ability. While very expansive, there are still many different hex abilities that a witch can use to cause wrack and ruin for her foes…such as those written in Abandoned Arts’ Class Acts: Witches book.

Four pages long, with a page for the cover and another for the OGL, the book nevertheless packs eighteen new hexes into its remaining two pages. Of these, thirteen are normal hexes, and five are major hexes – I was slightly surprised to find no new grand hexes here, but c’est la vie.

The hexes themselves are surprisingly evocative, without sacrificing playability. The abeyance hex, for instance, curses a specific area, damaging everything within it; the heartstone hex grants a witch greater defenses (on their saves) and protection from disease; the last laugh major hex allows a dying witch to lay a debilitating (but not necessarily unbeatable) curse on an enemy, etc. There are many hexes here that, while not necessarily “signature” abilities of classical witches, are highly reminiscent of their powers – who but a witch could not only scry a creature through a cauldron, but affect it by pouring in magic potions (via the scrying cauldron hex)?

Sometimes great things come in small packages; if you want to give your witch character some new abilities that seem like they should have been there from the beginning, pick up Class Acts: Witches!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Class Acts: Witches
Publisher: Fat Goblin Games
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 11/06/2012 20:10:34
4 pages with 1 page for the cover, 1 page for the OGL and the rest the bulk of the new class material. Obviously one I am very interested in. This one has 18 new witch Hexes. All of them look good and I'd love to try them all out. Scrying Cauldron is one of my favorites, very witchy.
There is no art, but really it doesn't need any. Perfect for under a buck really. In all cases if there is a class you like get the "Class Acts" for it and the "Archetypes".

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Class Acts: Witches
Publisher: Fat Goblin Games
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/19/2012 02:45:04
This pdf is 4 pages long, 1page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving 2 pages of content for 18 new hexes, 5 of which are major hexes for the witch, so let's check them out!

Abeyance is the first hex and it is already an interesting one - by pronouncing a curse on an area, you reduce unattended objects to half hit points (netting them the broken condition) and make structures appear more fragile, whither plants and strip corpses of their flesh and turn bone to dust - essentially the quintessential curse effect known from fairy-tales. And much like this curse, it can be broken, the affected structures, objects etc. regaining their former glory. AWESOME! "But this is not too useful in combat!" So what? This hex is iconic, can work as a great roleplaying catalyst for players and even determine some nice tactics and add a more pronounced distinctiveness to a witch's arsenal. Two thumbs up!
With "Bewitch", you can pile a dominate on your charm-hex and "Dance with the Dead" is also rather stylish: Granting you Perform (dance) as a class skill, it lets you detect undead at will while dancing and even command mindless undead and later animate them as part of your dance. Seeing how much enamored I am with the concept of the Danse Macabre, this hex is right up my alley and the dance restriction keeps the witch from spamming annoying amounts of detects, while still being useful - well done!

Where the Doom Hex first looks like a cheap duplication of the doom spell, it has a nice caveat - once the target creature is damaged, its wound turns accursed, necessitating a caster level check to heal it. Again - cool and a nice design choice. Why then there's a hex that just mimics the alter self-spell without any additional cool effect, I don't know.

Mostly for NPCs (or players of Fire Mountain Games Way of the Wicked) is the "Evil presence-hex, which makes you detect as a cleric/(anti-)paladin for purposes of detect spells and stuns or nauseates those do-gooders trying to sniff you out. That ought to teach them detecting all the time...

The Heartstone Hex, taking an Andersen-trope, creates a stone that not only grants you a bonus on saves, but into which you may also transfer diseases you catch -cool! If you're more into spreading pestilence yourself, take the "Pestilence" Hex, which not only empowers your disease-spells, but also makes beasts affected by your blight contagious.

The "Pinch" Hex can also be considered iconic - deal 1 point non-lethal damage (unless you have nails...) as a touch attack and potentially transfer touch spells as part of the pinch. Granny told you to clean the bath... In direct comparison, the ability to create dancing witch lights that fascinate the onlookers feels almost bland - almost: Lead them into the swamp, come to me...

The Major Hexes are nothing to be laughed at either, especially the "Last Laugh" hex, which lets you place a sickening curse upon those who reduce you to -1 hp and which has to be chipped away at slowly by the afflicted. When you bluff via the new "Lure" hex and try to tempt others with something they desire, you may roll two dice instead of one and take the better result. With "Torment", a witch now may enter a creatures mind as per detect thoughts, but also heap the shaken-condition on them for the duration - another staple of fiction, well-converted to rules.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are very good, I noticed no significant glitches. Layout adheres to the 2-column standard with a parchment-like background and the pdf has no artworks or bookmarks, but needs none of the latter at this level. The Class Acts-pdf by Daron Woodson have been a mixed bag for me so far - great designs alongside some filler and minor problems. It is with the utmost pleasure that I can announce that this installment of the Class Acts series is AWESOME. While there are some hexes herein that are not up to the coolness of the others, most of the content herein is simply awesome and iconic. In fact, the rules and ideas used are often not only viable options, but rp-catalysts in their own rights. That being said, there still are some hexes that don't hold up to this standard (e.g. yet another cauldron-scrying hex), but these are relatively few and far in-between, making this pdf mostly a winner. My final verdict will, gladly, be 4.5 stars, just short of the full 5.

Endzeitgeist out.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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