PRODUCT REVIEW: Critical Hit and Fumble Decks

Posted: October 10, 2012 in Pathfinder, Table Top Gaming

Back in June, fueled by birthday gift-cards, I picked up some of Paizo’s Game Mastery line decks for use in my Pathfinder game.  To date I have only really used the Critical Hit and Critical Fumble decks.

In play they don’t slowdown the flow of the crunchy bits of combat too much, as everyone tends to get very excited when a player rolls a 20 or go dead silent when a 1 comes up. The cards also tend to be a good equalizer against opponents that might otherwise out class the PCs. On the flip side when the main big bad of your story gets access to the critical hit deck it can add a real feel of danger for the PC on the  business end of the card.

Both sets of cards have a list of special effects depending on the weapon type being used at the time. Often the effects are dramatic or humorous, sometimes both! On the whole I think both are a fun addition to the game. Are they necessary? No, but they do add a new flavor to the game especially if your players roll a lot of critical hits or fumbles.

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