ok, let me make sure i understand correctly...
1) most assasin attacks grant one or more study points.
2) study points grant an escalating power bonus to both hit and damage to the target you are studying when using most any attack
3) there are no upper limits to study points, simply repeating the pattern presented in the chart on pg 12
4) in addition, study points may be expended on a 1-for-1 basis for additional dice of damage.
thus... a first level assasing, who say, banks up 6 study points will score a +2 to hit and +4 damage on every attack vs his subject... AND con blow all 6 on a successful hit for +6d6 MORE damage.
you DO realize this means a first level assasin can unleash an attack dealing +10d6 damage PLUS weapon die, PLUS stats, PLUS magic, and/or consistently deal an ever-increasing amount of damage.
i mean... really? isnt this a bit much? i havent crunched out the numbers and compared with the assasins next of kin, the rogue... but my hunch tells me that the assasin quickly outpaces the rogue in damage output, since study points and their bonuses dont require combat advantage or a flank to work.
i find the mechanic novel, and i would LIKE to use it... but all i can see in my head is an assasin standing next to a solo monster going "oh yeah... well next turn itll do +10d6... nyah nyah"
i encourage others to voice their opinion on this one so ill post a little poll with this message and see what the masses think