Star Log.EM: Isekai Characters (SFRPG) (Priority Reviews)
This pdf clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
So, what is an “isekai”? Well, put simply, isekai characters are those hailing NOT from the universe/reality in which SFRPG takes place, but rather from our own world.
The pdf kicks off with the isekai theme: The theme knowledge lets you choose up to 3 Starfinder RPG products; these must be legal at your table, and the GM needs this list. You can’t choose an adventure, but gain a special Intelligence-based class skill called RPG Lore, which you can use to Recall Knowledge to identify creatures in the chosen products; you also get an untyped +1 bonus to such checks, and your theme-based ability-adjustment may be freely selected. Minor nitpick here: Personally, I’d base the selection on number of pages instead of product number, as the ability as written rewards choosing thick books over pdfs. At 12th level, 3 additional books may be chosen.
At 6th level, we have the ability to take 10 on any d20 roll or check due to your knowledge of the law of averages, with the ability refreshing after spending Resolve to regain Stamina. At 18th level, 1/day when succeeding on a RPG Lore check, you regain 1 Resolve.
The pdf also provides the isekai avatar archetype, which requires that you take aforementioned theme. The archetype replaces the 2nd-and 6th level class features. Second level nets mechanics application, which nets you a +1 insight bonus to RPG Lore, which increases a5th level, every 4 levels thereafter and 20th level by +1. As a move action, you can choose a creature or challenge within 30 ft. and use RPG Lore to identify it, gaining a +1 enhancement bonus when dealing with you, including AC, saves, etc. This improves to +2 at 7th level. The 6th-level class feature nets you an isekai advantage, with skill DCs defaulting to 10 + 1.5 times class level, and saves defaulting to 10 + ½ class level + class key ability modifier. 6 isekai advantages are provided, and if the adventurer wants, they can forgo the class features at 9th, 12th and 18th level for another isekai advantage.
One lets you use law of averages 3 times and with a +1 bonus to the result before requiring Resolve expenditure to regain Stamina to use it again; we have a bonus feat. Additionally, we have to option to spend Resolve to reroll failed checks, or force rerolls of adversaries – interesting here that this has no range or line of sight caveat for the offensive application; this might be an oversight. The ability is kept in check by the Stamina-replenishing caveat to regain its use. There is also an option that lets you dabble in class features for a kid of gestalt-lite (minor nitpick: typo “bonsu” should read “bonus”), and we have a +2 improvement for an ability score of your choice, which doesn’t stack with personal upgrades. This may be chosen multiple times, stacking up to +4. The final advantage lets you use mechanics application as a move or swift action, if you choose, but still no more often than once per round.
Editing and formatting are good on a formal and rules-language level. Layout adheres to the series’ two-column full-color standard, with nice artwork. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
Alexander Augunas’ isekai are a neat concept, whether you dabble in old-school sword and planet themes or full-blown gonzo; they may not be for every table, but I considered them to be pretty neat. If anything, the concept and isekai advantages have plenty of potential for expansions, and I think that the out-game knowledge should be based on page count; otherwise, the ability prioritizes big books over larger ones. When all is said and done, I consider this to be a good file, well worth a final verdict of 4 stars.
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If you enjoy Alexander Augunas’ cool designs, please take a look at Eversaga RPG, his upcoming game – what I’ve seen so far is absolutely awesome!
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