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Publisher: Rogue Genius Games
by Paco G. J. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 10/07/2011 14:37:36

This review was first published in GMS Magazine and was written by Thilo Graf.

This pdf is 7 pages long, 2/3 of a page front cover, 1 page editorial & SRD, leaving 5 1/3 pages fort he new hexes.

The pdf begins with a discussion on versatility and an elaboration on the Hex-concept before plunging us into 29 new hexes. Among the regular hexes, we have a balm that grants fast healing, incite rage or boost morale via her beautiful smile. While these are cool, there are some that stood out, at least to me: Familiar Growth lets a familiar grow temporarily to animal companion size, another Hex enables her to get Cat’s Eyes and a third one lets her grapple via unseen forces, e.g. entangling foes in rope etc. or even attack with her hair or drive enemies back with a terrible wail. Among the major hexes, I enjoyed a kiss that modifies the memory of its victims or even bind her hexes into runes that are activated via reading them much like explosive runes. The Grand Hexes, among of which we’ll find Kiss of Death, supernatural Allure etc.

The pdf closes with 4 new feats to enlarge and quicken hexes, add +2 to the DC of hexes or affect the same target twice in 24 hours.

Conclusion: Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. Layout adheres to the 3-column-standard, art is ok and the pdf has no bookmarks. Witches are an interesting class, as they are primary arcane casters and have to contend with wizards and sorcerers. Hexes as signature abilities serve to enforce a witch’s unique flair and subsequently, I consider any expansion to this aspect nice. However, the utmost care has to be exercised to emphasize the unique quality of hexes without watering them down. This is where this pdf comes in: Several very iconic qualities that made me grin with diabolical glee are introduced and smart actions on part of the players are encouraged via the hexes that depend e.g. on Kisses. Abilities that can be considered are “witchy” abound and none of the hexes felt like it was boring or useless. Subsequently, due to a lack of glitches and problems and due to the low price, I’ll settle for a final verdict of 5 stars.

Endzeitgeist out.



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