Star Log.EM: Temporal Thing (SFRPG)
This Star Log.EM-installment clocks in at 8 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 3 pages of SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?
This one begins with a summary of the [aging] descriptor and how these effects interact with equipment and durations. This is in so far relevant, as the pdf offers two spells that are available at spell levels 1 – 6, both of which are available to the mystic as well as the legacy full-caster classes from the Starfarer’s Companion and the Witch legacy class. The first of these would be alter age, which has a 1-round casting time and does pretty much what it says on the tin, with duration governed by spell level. Baleful alter age is the offensive version of the spell, with close range, and the higher spell levels allow for the modification of the targets by more age categories and increases durations. These do use the excellent rules from Star Log.Deluxe: Aging Rules, in case you were wondering.
The creatures within this book would be the Large temporal thing Ketzer (At CR 7; as an aside – “Ketzer” means “Heretic” in German) and the Huge temporal thing Omazar (CR 15). These critters use the expert array, and their touch is a natural attack that resolves vs. EAC. Damage-types are properly codified, and targets hit are affected by baleful alter age. (As an aside – there is a “see page $”-reference left here.) Nonliving targets and constructs instead take damage due to the ravages of type – or are healed. Unique and cool: When affected by an effect with a duration of 1 round or longer, these beings treat a round as 1d6 rounds instead. The omazar’s tweak on the aging touch attack also ahs the cosmetic “see page $” glitch, and erroneously refers to itself as ketzer. On a mechanical side of things, the critter can spend a Resolve Point to also age the target successfully affected by the age-regression mentally. The ability also misses an italicization, and both critters have some snafus regarding their SP and ability DCs, and the references to baleful age alteration lack DCs.
Editing and formatting are okay on a rules-language level; on a formal level, this has a few more glitches. Layout adheres to the two-column full-color standard of the pdf, and the pdf has a nice artwork for the temporal things. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
Alexander Augunas’ temporal things are per se really cool, but also uncharacteristically rough around the edges and in their details. The spells presented are really cool, though. As such, I consider this to be a mixed bag – my final verdict will clock in at 3 stars.
You can get these critters here on OBS!
You can get the excellent aging rules here on OBS!