This installment of the „Treasures of NeoExodus“-line is 4 pages long, with one page devoted to SRD/editorial and 1 page weapon cards, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?
The tale of these pistols is a tale of woe, of one brother betrayed by traitorous officers, framed for the selling of military secrets. Upon the execution, his brother took up these pistols and went of a dread rage, avenging the death of his kin. To this day, these +1 pistols that look so terribly common actually allow the wielder to spend all remaining git (at least 1) to enter essentially a gunslinger’s rage: This works just like a barbarian’s rage, but instead of str and con-bonuses, the wielder gets a massive +6 bonus to dex. The rampage lasts 1 round per grit point spent and can only be ended upon a successful will-save. Furthermore, upon completing the rampage, the wielder runs the risk of being subject to a geas to find and kill the nearest member of the Forger’s guild, whom he perceives in a red aura.
Editing and formatting are very good, I didn’t notice any significant glitches. Layout adheres to LPJr Design’s drop-dead-gorgeous 2-column full color standard for the NeoExodus campaign setting and the pdf comes in two versions, with the latter being slightly more printer-friendly, but no less awesome to look at. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
Author Adam Wells weaves a tale of woe and sorrow here and delivers a set of pistols that is iconic indeed – and, beyond its neat mechanics, offers quite a bit of storytelling potential: Think about PCs trying to find a forger and using the weapons to identify the target – only to need to restrain the wielder…
The best of weapons not only offer intriguing mechanics, but also storytelling potential – this is one of them and a neat example of what can be done with the format of the series – great story, great crunch, nice adventuring possibilities – 5 stars + seal of approval.
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