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Gothic Grimoires: The Necrotic Verses
Publisher: Legendary Games
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/28/2013 04:18:27

This pdf is 1 8 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/SRD, 1 page introduction of what this is, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 4 pages of content, so let's check this out!

This pdf introduces us with one new grimoire, i.e. one of the cool books pioneered for PFRPG by Legendary Games - the book contains thus a book with an extensive background history that allows access to a variety of a special powers - at a price. Tomes like this can damage the mind of those reading them and this homage to Erich Zann's story (with an appropriate twist) contains not only an interesting background story, but also a couple of spells - if you dare brave these deadly pages.

The true meat of this pdf, though, would be the 9 new masterpieces: -The Dance of Empty Moons can slow and maze its listener by sending them to what is obviously a nod towards the court of the King in Yellow.

-Dead Man's Frolic allows you to use fascinate and suggestions on the undead and even nauseate/entangle them.

-Masque Macabre: Twist a glamer into a frightening and disturbing mask that makes you more intimidating and add a sickened condition to those hit by your fear-effects.

-Mordant Coda: This one is GENIUS: Not only does it allow you to countersing haunt-effects and allows you to damage them, it also makes it possible for you to banish haunts into your instruments and carry them to other locations! Pure, storytelling genius and solid rules to supplement them - Awesome!

-Music of the Spheres: Enthrall others with the night sky for prolonged time and have them look for the sky. Also implant curse-style compulsions in a single being.

-Opus of the Golden King: Clearly pointing towards the King in Yellow, this opera is a combination of mad hallucination and up to 7 consecutive different effects - glorious!

-Pnakotic Fugue: In direct comparison, this is almost simple - almost: You can designate a given creature and make it appear as an alien being, affecting them as per song of discord and inciting them to either attack the nearest or the "alien" creature.

-The Scare Chord greatly enhances your intimidating prowess and your fear-dependent DCs.

Conclusion: Editing and formatting, as I've come to Expect from legendary Games, is top-notch: I didn't notice a single glitch. Layout adheres to Legendary Games' gorgeous two-column standard that immediately draws you into its gothic and disturbing appeal - glorious. Speaking of glorious: The full-color artwork of the grimoire is GORGEOUS and can rank among the finest pieces out there. Kudos and again, two thumbs up - especially at this price point! Furthermore, the pdf comes with a printer-friendly version and is FULLY bookmarked -kudos for going the extra mile, even at this length.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you one of the best, if not the best collection of bardic masterpieces out there for PFRPG. This is a glorious little pdf, full of cool ideas, doing unique things with the masterpieces and steeping them in intriguing, evocative lore that will result in an appropriate feeling of dread and knowing, gibbering chuckles by aficionados of the mythos. Rules-wise, the crunch expertly supplements the stellar fluff, resulting in yet another easily given 5 stars + seal of approval for this excellent little pdf by legendary games.

Endzeitgeist out.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Gothic Grimoires: The Necrotic Verses
Publisher: Legendary Games
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 12/16/2012 10:20:01

Packed into but four pages (the other four being filled with a fancy cover, the credits and an introduction explaining what it's all about, and a page of adverts for other Legendary Games product) here is a wealth of material designed to support and enhance one of Paizo's Adventure Paths. As explained in the introduction, they have chosen not to mention just which Adventure Path (so as to avoid even suspicion of using Paizo's intellectual property) but as I am GMing the one in question at the moment, it's not too hard to guess. ('Carrion Crown' if you really want to know!)

So, what's there? The background notes explain that The Necrotic Verses was written by a brilliant but probably quite mad young bard, apparently after he lost patience with a fellow who listened unmoved to several of his performances. On challenging this churl to show him something he didn't know, the fellow played a simple sequence of notes that haunted the bard for the rest of his days...

Spooky enough for you? The poor bard ended his days in an insane asylum that was obliterated by a falling star, allegedly summoned by his ravings. The work presented here was pieced together after his death from fragments of his work and other materials, several people claiming authorship of parts or the whole but with little evidence to support any claims.

Characters studying The Necrotic Verses may develop obsessions of their own, or have the opportunity to learn spells not usually available to bards. Much of the material is downright strange and complex, as are the obsessions that unwary readers may develop, all carefully explained in terms of rule mechanics as well as atmospheric flavour text.

The work also contains nine masterpieces which bards may study and perform (if they dare!). Each has specific effects but learning them comes at a cost - generally loss of feats or spells already known. Perhaps there's not room in the poor bard's head for all of them. Once learned, however, you may perform the piece whenever you dare to gain the stated effects.

Beautifully presented, you may wish to consider using the printer-friendly version onscreen as well, as the fancy background makes it a bit sluggish to page through. A minor carp for an outstanding and original supplement.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thanks for the positive review! I'm glad you enjoyed this product and hope that you and anyone else who found this product appealing check out the upcoming issues of our Gothic Grimoires line, in addition to our other Adventure Path Plug-Ins for this AP (or all of em!). Jason Nelson Publisher, Legendary Games
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