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It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye, then it's a critical hit!

There are many players and GMs out there who feel most role playing games are already quite lethal enough without adding insult to injury. This is obviously not the way we feel at Critical Hit Publishing. In fact, adding an additional layer of risk and lethality to combat can not only enhance the overall excitement of the game, but it can encourage role play in several ways. Firstly, role playing is enhanced by compelling players to consider alternatives to combat. After all, when there is a chance that a lowly orc could slice off a character’s hand in combat, they might want to think twice before simply slaughtering their enemy. Secondly, critical hits can often leave scars or even permanent maimings. It is much more interesting to have a character with an eye patch if you know exactly where and how the eye was lost. Such maimings can offer opportunities for characters to develop prejudices, fears, vendettas, and other personality traits that can become pivotal to the story. And thirdly, critical hits can inspire players to create meaningful descriptions of their actions in combat. So rather than simply saying: “I attack with my sword for 6 points of damage,” they might describe the swing, the look on their face or the face of their opponent, and the result. When the players really start to enjoy describing their scenes, even a massive fumble becomes a fun part of the story, and I guarantee that it will be discussed long after the game is over. “Hey, do you remember that time Borek broke his sword fighting that orc chieftain and he ended up killing him with just the pommel!”

The critical hit and fumble charts contain dozens of results ranging from minor inconveniences to instant death! The book also contains rules for healing critical damage, a new feat, a new spell, prostheses, and 10 magic items related to critical wounds.

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Rob D July 12, 2014 3:16 pm UTC
These are a lot of fun! A nice piece of artwork, followed by some flexible, fast charts. The descriptions make the effects quite clear, and they can be used in a variety of systems with ease. Every entry has some nice description, that is sure to add a lot of flavor to combat. Well worth the three bucks!
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This title was added to our catalog on July 11, 2014.