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Bloodlines & Black Magic
by Matthew D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/18/2018 20:54:18

Hoo boy, there's a lot to unpack here. TLDR is that fans of modern fantasy, modern d20, or playing Pathfinder on a scale that keeps fear of the supernatural very real, this is the book for you.

The big thing that sticks out with this book is its size. Similar to some other Storm Bunny products, this book is incredibly extensive, clocking in at over 250 pages. Quite a bit of it is illustrated and tightly detailed, so you can expect to get quite a large bang for your buck. We've got a revised race system, some revised classes, a whole bunch of modern fantasy rules, and of course the oft-toted O7 rule system.

The O7 system (adapted from 3.5's old E6 rules) works great, creating a system of accelerated progression that makes characters feel powerful while keeping the dangers around them very real. The fact that the supplement offers a lot of details on how to accommodate a system of low-level gameplay into a high-fantasy game like Pathfinder is a nice touch. O7 is overall a very versatile, capable of being utilized in worlds far afield from the urban fantasy setting of BL&BM. I should mention, however, that the full alterations from O7 extend into the "Building your character" chapter of the book as well, so those wanting to utilize the full bevy of mechanics will have to check that chapter as well.

Now, let's get to the crunch itself. The first thing that needs to be talked about is the Bloodline system which replaces race, and I feel that this could be improved upon. Flavor-wise, the different heritages are all very distinct, with numerous lore tidbits being given for each and distinct flavor being established for every kind of character. The concept of custom-building bloodlin abilities through a point buy system is also fascinating. However, something that sticks out as distinctively lacking is the inability to customize ability score bonuses. This is particularly problematic when only one bloodline grants a strength bonus, a prospect which limits the number of viable strength-based builds.

The class list in this book is restricted, but this works to it's advantage. The open classes are Brawler, Investigator, Mesmerist, Occultist, Psychic, Slayer, and Spiritualist (although it seems implicit that Alchemist was supported at one point), seven classes which I feel do not get enough love. Many of them get new abilties at first level that suit the setting well, and the new archetypes for many of the classes are not only thematic but also fun to play. What's more, they are capable of being used in regular Pathfinder at low levels (high-level versions would be appreciated in future expansions should they occur).

In addition to bloodline and class, BL&BM introduces a third choice known as Careers. These determine your wealth and can grant a wide variety of potent non-combat bonuses if you progress enough in them (which is an entirely separate track from levelling up). It adds a modern aspect into the game without causing such rules to intrude on class functionality, and I could see quite a few games adapting it.

The system of feats and traits has received some revision in this book, and I feel that the changes are for the better. The use of a Tarot deck for deciding traits is darn creative, and the new and enhanced feats not only do a good job of making these options more suitable for modernized play but also more impactful on character concepts (Ability Training can actually boost your scores permanently, Demolition Training allows you to build and utilize all sorts of explosives, Weapon Proficiency feats now grant proficiency with multiple weapons every time you take them). Even better, these feats embrace creative strategic play, allowing the characters to utilize them in inventive combinations that offer a surprising amount of depth.

Equipment is also a consideration, and I feel that BL&BM does a good job of representing modern firearms in Pathfinder's ruleset. The sheer variety of weapons is impressive, allowing for players to customize their arsenal in some mechanically relevant ways. Armor, on the other hand, is less well-executed, with rules being ambiguous as to what guns (and melee weapons, for that matterr) can punch through what armor.

One final issue I have is that the PDF is poorly optimized and takes quite a while to load on my computer (a curse of the stylized design, I suppose). I'm hoping that this gets fixed up at some point.

Overall, there is a lot of good stuff here, and while some of it could use improvement I feel that there is more than enough fantastic content in this book to justify a purchase or run a campaign.



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Bloodlines & Black Magic
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Creator Reply:
Thank you so much for your review! We wanted to add so much more, but we were working with a tight budget and much bigger dreams. Our latest issue of Whispers & Rumors will address a few things. I plan to simplify and expand on the armor rules in the future (which could be streamlined some). All in all, we love reviews and look forward to making better games. Cheers, Jaye
Storm Bunny Studios: A Catalog of Ideas
by Dain N. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/09/2018 19:07:45

Good layout for what will be an expanding catalog document. The transition from one title to the next is clear based on, I assume, the publication's cover and inidivual background. Definitely works for the purpose it serves.



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Storm Bunny Studios: A Catalog of Ideas
by Duncan N. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/05/2018 07:27:17

It's a free catalog of products showing the wide vairety of settings put out by Storm Bunny. Even if you aren't interested in getting the products within, you may as a GM find inspriation for a unique setting or bit of storytelling within your campaign by previewing the variety of worlds they have on offer.



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Storm Bunny Studios: A Catalog of Ideas
by Ken M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/04/2018 01:43:00

Storm Bunny has always had some of the best art, so I pretty much always look forward to their catalogs. No exception here; the art is beautiful, and I have a weakness for Rhune (melding technology and magic). Looking forward to how the catalog evolves over time.



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Storm Bunny Studios: A Catalog of Ideas
by David B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/03/2018 13:52:58

ne of my favorite publishers! plenty of great stuff coming out this year



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Storm Bunny Studios: A Catalog of Ideas
by David H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/03/2018 08:53:43

I'm a fan of Mists of Akuma and was told to check out Storm Bunny Studios offerings. Downloaded the free catalog --- nice format! Reminds me of the glossy catalog pages they used to include with boardgames (Axis and Allies era!). Didn't know they had other settings -- definitely looking into!



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Storm Bunny Studios: A Catalog of Ideas
by nicholas M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/02/2018 18:39:02

The art and the settings are great. It'll be cool to see pf rules for rhune, and the Alessia setting is really cool - my wife loves the art. Good stuff!



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Storm Bunny Studios: A Catalog of Ideas
by Jesse B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/02/2018 13:10:52

Let me know what else the studio was doing and now I've got another RPG to check out.



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Storm Bunny Studios: A Catalog of Ideas
by Geoffrey G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/02/2018 12:38:31

This catalog does a good job of informing me and building excitement about Storm Bunny's forthcoming releases! Alessia seems particularly intriguing.



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Storm Bunny Studios: A Catalog of Ideas
by Thomas G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/02/2018 12:31:47

If there ever was a catalog which caught my interest, it's this one - just enough infos to tease me! Rhube, Black Magic and Shadowlands definiately are things I need to check out now! Those products look very intriguing!



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Storm Bunny Studios: A Catalog of Ideas
by andrew l. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/02/2018 12:18:26

as far as free PDF product teases go. This fits the bill.
Just enough info to make me look closer.

Mists of Akuma now has my attention!



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Storm Bunny Studios: A Catalog of Ideas
by Neal L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/02/2018 12:07:41

This got me excited for what's to come. Big fan of Rhune, and seriously looking forward to the Shadowlands finally seeing the light of day!



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Storm Bunny Studios: A Catalog of Ideas
by William J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/02/2018 12:05:19

This is a free and great looking product catalog for Storm Bunny Studios.



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Bloodlines & Black Magic - Episode 1: The Unloved Ones
by Shane C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/25/2018 15:21:28

i really liked this adventure its is a great introduction to the bloodlines and black magic. I think this would work rather well for new adult players to get into a modern setting.



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Bloodlines & Black Magic - Episode 1: The Unloved Ones
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Bloodlines & Black Magic: Character Journal & Grimoire
by Jonathan S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/25/2018 15:11:48

Great idea and a convienant way for players to keep track of all of their spells!



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