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Everything You Know About Critical Hits is Wrong…

With 600 critical hit and fumble effects, Laying Waste presents a slick system to maximize the enjoyment of critical hits and fumbles in the Pathfinder RPG or any OGL d20 systems. This system replaces the standard critical hit and fumble rules, adding realism and balance to combat, while still being simple and elegant enough to use with ease.

Players and GM characters are actually rewarded for *all* of their threat rolls and for their level of skill with weapons! Critical hits will add a very fun element to the game now, rather than simply making combat go faster by doing huge amounts of damage. It is even possible to receive lasting wounds from particularly terrible fights, the sort of thing to show off over tavern ales and campsite fires.

The emphasis of this product is fun however, and not sheer destruction. While the possibility exists for horrific maiming and wicked injuries, clerics also have ways to treat such injuries and it will take a very honed and practiced sword hand to deal the most grievous of blows. Within the 166 pages are over 100 feats, 16 new martial archetypes and a plethora of optional combat rules to add to your games.

Now get your crit together and enjoy LAYING WASTE upon your enemies now and for years to come! This book is a must-have for every gaming table.

From the talented minds of Brian Berg, Clinton Boomer, Brian Boonstra, Creighton Broadhurst, Rick Cox, Thilo “Endzeitgeist” Graf, Hal Greenberg, Adam Meyers, Jason Nelson, James Olchak, Tom Phillips, John Reyst, Rachel Ventura, Jim “Drawmij” Ward, and Mike Welham.

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James S January 18, 2023 10:35 pm UTC
Do ye think this will work for Starfinder?
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James S July 11, 2021 8:00 pm UTC
When is the 5th Edition Compatible one coming out?
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William O August 23, 2019 2:36 pm UTC
Question, how does one determine what damage type to use when weapons that deal multiple types of damage simultaneously (such as firearms, morningstars, and the most common natural attacks) score a critical? I know Laying Waste isn't exactly new and cutting edge, but it seems like a fairly big hole in the ruleset.
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Chris T December 07, 2016 11:39 pm UTC
Is this suitable for 5E?
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Rob T March 04, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
$15 gone. Although the description says "any d20 OGL systems" there are DCs of 40+, many references to WILL, REFLEX, FORTITUDE, etc. References to "BAB", and other things strictly Pathfinder. References to many, many non 5E or SRD spells (Black Tentacles as an example). Although it CAN be adapted, I find myself SEVERELY disappointed that I have to do extra work for each effect herein and I certainly DO NOT recommend this for 5E users. Boo! It should not be said it can be used with d20 systems when it is seemingly unique to Pathfinder or perhaps 4th Edition D&D. I found this severely limited and am upset to have paid so much for it. I came upon this item by searching 5E OGL on
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Brian B July 17, 2014 10:54 am UTC
Also, anyone who enjoys this should also check out TPK's Ultimate Gladiator.
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Brian B July 17, 2014 10:54 am UTC
It's broad enough to serve for any d20-based game. Lasers and bullets could deal piercing damage, etc.
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Angus C July 17, 2014 10:52 am UTC
Does it cover non-fantasy genres such as Sci-fi or Supers?
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