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    Monstrous Bloodlines for Sorcerers II [PFRPG]
    Publisher: Purple Duck Games
    by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 03/18/2013 04:57:38

    The second installment of Monstrous Bloodlines is 9 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page (and a bit) SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let's check out these new bloodlines!

    This time, the bloodlines are WEIRD with a capital "W" - the first being the Couatl-bloodline that nets access to minor divine magic, a weak poison, telepathy and rainbow-hued wings. Nice!

    The second bloodline is the eidolon-bloodline (who may not multiclass as summoners) and, let me spell this out: This is the COOLEST bloodline I've read so far for PFRPG. The bloodline nets you access to evolution points - you may spend these points and maintain these evolutions for 1/2 character + cha-mod rounds. Versatile, smart and glorious - and well worth the low asking price for this one alone. We also get a nice list of available evolutions for convenience's sake.

    And then we get another supremely cool bloodline I never thought I'd see - the poets of the underworld, Flail-Snail-blooded sorcerors that come with a VERY interesting ability: Spell specifically targeted at the sorceror has a 10% + 5% chance per level to be warped. Spell failures and rebounds are possible - for beneficent and hostile magic, making the ability change the overall playing experience, which is interesting indeed. You may also exude sticky or slimy slime to modify terrain and entangle foes etc. AWESOME! What author Perry Fehr has done with this one is GLORIOUS.

    The Flumph-bloodline is also interesting, featuring a cool, interesting background to explain the origin of the bloodline. Ability-wise, sorcerors get access to a spray of stench, acidic flesh and the ability to fly slow, but with perfect maneuverability, culminating in interesting high-level abilities to combat aberrant threats.

    The Phoenix-bloodline is more conventional/what you'd expect - fire-touches, flame resistance, and flaming wings. The issue the bloodline had at first has been cleared up.

    The Pugwampi-bloodline is also interesting: At first level, they may force foes to roll twice a d20 and take the lesser result. The ability does not work for characters that have a luck bonus and now the bloodline has been stripped of its ambiguities, it works rather well!

    The final bloodline is the Time bloodline and its abilities are unconventional: These sorcerors may shunt targeted creatures into the future, taking them temporarily with touch attacks (that thankfully allow saves) into the future and thus out of the combat for some seconds. The bloodline also gets a more powerful mirror image that always is hit instead of the sorceror - powerful, yes, but also damn cool and something no other bloodline has done. Nice! The final abilities are not that exciting, though the option to negate damage done by a single foe slain by you is cool! This bastard has killed all of your adventuring companions? As long as you manage to defeat the adversary, you may unravel him from time and get them all back. Also: Can you see the narrative potential not only for this, but also for the repercussions of the foe being unraveled from time? NICE!

    Conclusion: EDIT: The pdf has been updated to feature excellent editing and formatting, now lacking any obvious glitches. Layout adheres to PDG's no-frills two-column standard and the cover-artwork (the only one) makes flumphs actually look hardcore. Nice. The pdf is fully bookmarked, a neat feature at this length.

    If I didn't know any better, I wouldn't believe that the same author that did the imho rather mediocre first book also made this second Monstrous Bloodline-pdf. Perry Fehr has REALLY found a stride in this pdf - NONE of the bloodlines are boring, every one features at least one, often more unique and smart signature abilities. The Eidolon, Flail-Snail and Flumph-bloodlines are just awesome and the Time bloodline also rocks hard. In fact, I consider these bloodlines to rank among the best released by ANY publisher out there. Yes. They are that good. And now, with the glitches I complained about in my first iteration of the review purged, thisis a glowing 5 stars + seal of approval recommendation - these bloodlines are interesting, smart and will result in unique playing experiences. Give them a try! Endzeitgeist out.



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    Monstrous Bloodlines for Sorcerers II [PFRPG]
    Publisher: Purple Duck Games
    by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 03/11/2013 02:31:59

    An eclectic mix indeed... sorcerers who trace their powers back to some of these have what can only be described as a very interesting family history!

    First up are the coatl. It is quite hard to imagine just how one of them might even want to become involved with mortal beings, but rather than anything tacky it is proposed that when a mortal does a favour to one and receives a feather in return whereby the coatl can be summoned and the coatl later dies, the feather disappears and an image appears on the mortal's skin - and that's when the influence enters the bloodline. Neat, as are the powers this ancestry confers on our budding sorcerer, including telepathy and irridescent rainbow wings.

    A weird one next, the eidolon. In forming close associations with summoners, it is not implausible that those capable of such acts might breed with their companions... but the descendants who take up sorcery cannot even dabble in summoning themselves - the resulting paradox leading to an implosion that ingulfs the incautious one. Such sorcerers become more like Outsiders themselves as they gain levels.

    Next and more mundane, the flail snail. OK, who'd really want to admit to a gastropod in your family tree? The results are slimy... Rather more strange, the flumph. The sorcerer becomes a bit odd too: able to emit stench and becoming rubbery. Hmm... Perhaps more inspiring would be to trace your bloodline back to a phoenix, with flight and fire powers as the result.

    Another ancestor you might be reluctant to talk about is a pugwampi. One of said race's prevalent powers is causing bad luck, and so do the sorcerers descended from them. Finally, and rather strange, is the time bloodline, gained by an ancestor having messed around with the orderly flow of time. Perhaps this is the nearest a Pathfinder character can come to being a Time Lord...

    Some entertaining ideas to conjure with here.



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