I can sympathize with the sentiment behind Super Genius Games’s newest product line. Sometimes you really just want to ignore the flavor text and get straight to the new rules, so see where you can add them into your home game. In that regard, it’s also nice to see a line of short projects in this regard, since it lets them pitch ideas without worrying too much about them being viable enough to sustain a larger sourcebook. Case in point is the latest release: 7 Stupid Weapon Designs.
This three page product (opening, game rules, and OGL) presents seven weapons which are all fairly ridiculous. These are the bastard club (a really big piece of wood), the battle lute (a lute that you bash things with), the spiked codpiece (when yours just has to be bigger), the extended pike (a 40 ft. spiked pole), the glaive-guisarme-bec-de-voulge (every kind of weird polearm ever made all rolled into one), the greatwhip (a two-handed whip), and star-chuks (five nunchucks each attached to a wrist-ring).
It should be self-evident that these are something you’d never see in a serious game (inspired by anime notwithstanding). That said, all the necessary game rules are present such that you could use these if you were insane enough to; it mentions what their damage type is, if they’re martial or exotic, if they have reach or can be used to disarm, etc. There were one or two things that looked like errors (the small-size extended pike does less damage than the medium-size extended pike), but these were easily overlooked.
My biggest complaint about this product will probably be the same that other people have, though different in the specifics: that there were stupid weapon designs that didn’t make it into this book. Where’s the sword-bolas, for example? Or the crossbow that launches greataxes? Yes, it’s good to limit yourself to one page, but there were some contenders that should have been here. Your mileage may vary though.
Overall, these weapons may be stupid, but they’re stupidly effective if you want to go over-the-top in portraying your character.
[4 of 5 Stars!]