Okay. As I guessed Vincent wasn't behind the class but was given the assignment by you.
True- but if his almost finacee Ms. Price's book is to believed REH tended to throw the sultry woman in to increase the chance of editors of the time to buy his material than literary value. Well, that and that absurb facination some guys have about out of control lesibans......
But as the consumer resistance here might prove as Howard as it may be a Temptress doesn't translate well in a vital part of a RPG system. RPGs like video games lend themselves to combat more readily than other aspects of fanatsy fiction- with the possible exceptions of magic, fantastic locales and political intrege as well.
In and of itself the Temptress class, while (IMHO) dangerously close to a prestige class, is not inherently flawed. However, IMHO, the execution of some elements of the class are. THe descriptions and elements of the class, combined with numerous pictures of partially-clad women give the impression that the whole class is designed as a lure for 13 year old boys. It seems to reinforce the women-as-sexpots stereotype as opposed to some of the better REH strong women characters such as Belit or Red Valeria. Thats the real shortchanging.
It too cliche. And its not even REH-ish.
Sure, whips were in some REH stories, but were they ever used in combat (not that I recall, although I might of missed it)? The whip is out of place, and it undermines the attempt to make the class serious. A barbarian uses an axe to fight. Barbarian-> needs to fight -> learns axe. On the other hand, the Temptress is a "face" character, not combat oriented at all, so where would the impetus be to learn such an otherwise odd weapon as the exotic whip ?
Considering the picture that accompanies the description, are you telling me this seriously ? Lets assume you are, and consider the class for a moment. Am I _really_ supposed to believe that in the Hyborian age, an age of violence where the veneer of civilization rubs thin, that we have beautiful women who scamper about naked in the woods ? With whips ?
Many scientists, Einstein among them, believe in God. Moreover it would be very unscientific to express that god doesn't exist if you can't proove his existence (or inexistence).Yogah of Yag said:"respect without criticism is called worship."
...and worship is for those weak minds who cannot fathom Science.
If you ever look at OGL Ancients (from Mongoose) on ancient Greece and Egypt, there are only 2 warrior classes, most of the rest having d4 basis. There is the "courtesan" class that is like Conan's temptress but has a more social role.Raven Blackwell said:But as the consumer resistance here might prove as Howard as it may be a Temptress doesn't translate well in a vital part of a RPG system. RPGs like video games lend themselves to combat more readily than other aspects of fanatsy fiction- with the possible exceptions of magic, fantastic locales and political intrege as well.
Which is why I don't work for this business or in a 'professional' matter. Creativity to me is a form or Art not Commerce. Plus I never would like to put in a place where I couldn't say no to a assignment I found distasteful.
It is always about the money, isn't it? 8)
In a world dominated by men, I have my doubts that beautiful women would scamper around playfully in the woods. After all, if the temptress is a force of opposition to the male dominated society, where is the impetus to indulge in such a male fantasy role such as the nymph ?