Occult Options, Issue #1: Binder Secrets
By Alexander Augunas
Dive even deeper into the shadowy world of Pact Magic with everyman gamer Alexander Augunas! Best known for his work on Radiance House's Pact Magic Unbound series, Occult Options 1 provides players with other a dozen new binder secrets that allow occultists to stay one step ahead of their unbound peers. Within you will fine gems such as:
- Aspect secrets, a new type of binder secret that allow occultists to swap their constellation aspects for even more powerful abilities
- New alteration secrets that allow an occultist to enhance their major granted abilities with new and exciting powers.
- Binder secrets that allow occultists to identify bound spirits and remove pact maladies.
- And much, much more!
Delve even deeper into the world of pact magic with Occult Options 1, today!
Publisher's Notes: Designed for use with Pact Magic Unbound: Grimoire of Lost Souls, by Radiance House
Alexander Augunas is pretty much Mr. Pact Magic for PFRPG and, much like Dreamscarred Press’ take on psionics, he is right as the pulse of his subsystem of magic. That being said, I do consider this pdf slightly less than it could have been. The secret-types help provide distinct benefits and the complexity of the wording required for them goes beyond what one would usually have to execute with feats and similar pieces of crunch. It is my pleasure to report that the wording of these abilities flows well – a requirement for this complexity. For yes, this took a lot more time than one would assume to reviews, mainly due to the significant amount of looking up of abilities and their finer interactions I needed to do.
That, and occultists have quite a few abilities with a cooldown – tweaking these can have pretty massive repercussions. Balancing especially the metamagic-like secrets is pretty hardcore and yes, this pdf does have some “OMG, how great is that?”-feats that can truly change the flow of battle. That being said, the pdf also sports a couple of feats I’d consider filler and the favored enemy + max damage combination is pretty nasty and could use some nerfing – guaranteed max damage, even with a 10-round cooldown just doesn’t gel with me and enforces an unnecessary frontloadedness of the binder. One final note – this pdf takes the binder and makes the class, balance-wise, more like a caster. Which isn’t bad, but it’s a change of focus you should be aware of in case you’re playing a low power/magic campaign. So how to rate this? Well, i consider this pdf to be a good addition to the Pact Magic-rules, but not one I can unanimously recommend. Hence, my final verdict will clock in at 4 stars.