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#1 With a Bullet Point: 7 Stupid Weapon Designs
Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 05/04/2012 14:27:06
All of the #1 with a Bullet Point products are short and to the point, they come with a big idea and then the mechanics to implement it.

7 Stupid Fantasy Weapons: and they are, as you would expect from an April’s Fools product, such as: the two-handed Greatwhip! The Bastard Club! The iron clad Battle Lute! Need an insane signature weapon for a character, one of these might just fit.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
#1 With a Bullet Point: 7 Stupid Weapon Designs
Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
by Joshua G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/09/2012 12:10:46
Having picked this up in a handful of Bullet Points I was missing to finish out my collection, I will admit, I grabbed it purely as a matter of completion for the series. I was however, rather pleased and amused once I actually sat down and looked over the weapons. Now, when I say pleased and amused, it was not because I couldn't wait to try these weapons out, no, it was because of the hilarity of the product, and the realization that in just a few short weeks, I will be able to give out a few choice weapons as April Fools Day gifts to my players. What pray tell makes these weapons so amusing? Well, read on:

How about the Bastard Club, or the insanely impractical Extended Pike; useful only in attacking foes 35-40 feet away, and then only if you can get it to stop wobbling enough to aim it, lol. I honestly don't know which was funnier the Glaive-Guisarme-Bec-de-Voulge (for the player who wants EVERY polearm option) or the Star-Chucks (think multiple nunchuck type batons on long chains tied to your wrist, ala bracelet style).

Now, granted, for true cool factor, or even actual usage, there might not be any gems here. But what is here is exactly what Owen stated in the title, really stupid weapon designs. And sometimes, to really make your NPC's more memorable than usual, they need a Spiked Codpiece, or a Battle Lute.

I personally am hoping this turns into an annual event, as every now and then, we need a good laugh.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
#1 With a Bullet Point: 7 Stupid Weapon Designs
Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/01/2011 13:44:15
I can sympathize with the sentiment behind Super Genius Games’s newest product line. Sometimes you really just want to ignore the flavor text and get straight to the new rules, so see where you can add them into your home game. In that regard, it’s also nice to see a line of short projects in this regard, since it lets them pitch ideas without worrying too much about them being viable enough to sustain a larger sourcebook. Case in point is the latest release: 7 Stupid Weapon Designs.

This three page product (opening, game rules, and OGL) presents seven weapons which are all fairly ridiculous. These are the bastard club (a really big piece of wood), the battle lute (a lute that you bash things with), the spiked codpiece (when yours just has to be bigger), the extended pike (a 40 ft. spiked pole), the glaive-guisarme-bec-de-voulge (every kind of weird polearm ever made all rolled into one), the greatwhip (a two-handed whip), and star-chuks (five nunchucks each attached to a wrist-ring).

It should be self-evident that these are something you’d never see in a serious game (inspired by anime notwithstanding). That said, all the necessary game rules are present such that you could use these if you were insane enough to; it mentions what their damage type is, if they’re martial or exotic, if they have reach or can be used to disarm, etc. There were one or two things that looked like errors (the small-size extended pike does less damage than the medium-size extended pike), but these were easily overlooked.

My biggest complaint about this product will probably be the same that other people have, though different in the specifics: that there were stupid weapon designs that didn’t make it into this book. Where’s the sword-bolas, for example? Or the crossbow that launches greataxes? Yes, it’s good to limit yourself to one page, but there were some contenders that should have been here. Your mileage may vary though.

Overall, these weapons may be stupid, but they’re stupidly effective if you want to go over-the-top in portraying your character.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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