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#1 With a Bullet Point: 6 New Exotic and Martial Swords

publication date: Jun 12, 2012
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Sometimes rules supplements read like the world-setting bible of frustrated novelists. While solid world-building is a useful skill, you don’t always need four paragraphs of flavor text to tell you swords are cool, magic is power, shadows are scary, and orcs are savage. Sometimes a GM doesn’t have time to slog through a page of history for every magic weapon. Sometimes all that’s needed are a few cool ideas, with just enough information to use them in a game. Sometimes, all you need are bullet points.

#1 With A Bullet Point is a line of very short, cheap PDFs each of which gives the bare bones of a set of related options. It may be five spells, six feats, eight magic weapon special abilities, or any other short set of related rules we can cram into about a page. Short and simple, these PDFs are for GMs and players who know how to integrate new ideas into their campaigns without any hand-holding, and just need fresh ideas and the rules to support them. No in-character fiction setting the game world. No charts and tables. No sidebars of explanations and optional rules. Just one sentence of explanation for the High Concept of the PDF, then bullet points.

The High Concept: Six new types of swords, based on weapons from the real world (and using their common real-world names, making it easy to find pictures of them with an Internet search), to expand a campaign’s options for unusual characters or distant cultures.

The following swords are included:

  • Cinquedea: Light martial melee weapon
  • Executioner’s Sword: Two-handed martial melee weapon
  • Estoc: One-handed exotic melee weapon
  • Kampilan: One-handed exotic melee weapon
  • Manople: One-handed exotic melee weapon
  • Swordstaff: Two-handed exotic melee weapon


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