EZG reviews the Time Thief
This pdf is 10 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving 8 1/3 pages of content for the Time Thief, a class I should have reviewed a long, long time ago, so let’s remedy my oversight.
The new Time Thief base-class gets d8, 6+Int skills, ¾ BAB, good ref and will saves and no spellcasting. The basic signature ability of the Time Thief enables her to use slices of time, so-called time motes, to add a scaling bonus to rolls, a swift action or act in an surprise round. The basic pool is 3+ class level and additional usages of time motes are unlocked via the progression of the class, enabling her to lessen damage, use the motes defensively and even grant herself move actions. Every even level starting at second, the Time Thief also gets a temporal talent from a list of 9, which range from evasion or even steal the fate (i.e. penalize) an enemy.
The Time Thief has further options to customize the class in her usage of Aevum, e.g. offering the option to learn how to, like in the recent Prince of Persia games, rewind her personal time. High-level Time Thieves, of course, can learn powerful ways to deal with their enemies, be it the option to learn time stop or temporal stasis via Aevum. Where there are talents, there are advanced talents and the Time Thief is no exception – we are introduced to 8 advanced talents, including butterfly effect-like manipulations of the past, divination-like glances into the future and run between blinks of time, granting additional mobility.
The capstone ability Time Killer (Project Pitchfork, anyone?) sees her essentially immortal and freed of negative age effects and significantly expands her ability to use aevum and can spend it faster and use 2 of them per round.
The pdf closes with a whole page devoted to helping you integrate the Time Thief in your campaign and offers a great idea: Chronal necromancers who seek to reanimate dead timelines. Sold.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches, layout adheres to the three-column standard. The full-color artwork should be commended, as we actually get larp-style photos of a rather beautiful model who poses for the Time Thief in rather revealing, pseudo-oriental costumes without being gaudy or cheap – I like this experiment quite a bit. I really like modular classes that have a lot of options to choose from and the Time Thief serves as a prime example of excellent class-design. A complex concept that is hard to balance not only gets a balanced representation, but a rather cool one at that. To everyone who saw my personal top-ten-list of 2010 this will come as no surprise, my final verdict for this splendid class will be 5 stars and the Endzeitgeist seal of approval, my only criticism remaining that I’d love to see more love for the Time Thief and that there are no bookmarks.