|I need that statue.
One request I received was to see how OSE will handle the concept of races and class combinations. Instead of Race as Class, you can play a Drow Thief, or even a Drow Knight. I included the Drow specifically, because the Drow Race as Class was already released in a previous Kickstarter update, and you have this now to compare. It keeps the same abilities; Detect Secret Doors, Immunity to Ghoul Paralysis, Infravision, Innate Magic, Light Sensitivity, and Listen at Doors. Unlike the Race as Class, they get bonuses and negatives to DEX and CON respectively. You can also see that they have level restrictions, which do not exist in the normal classes. This gives the Race/Class combo a very classic feel that many people will recognize.
|Drow Knights sound amazing.
Let’s face it, INT while being Wizard’s primary attribute, does not do much for them. With these optional rules Wizards with a higher INT will get some real bonuses. First, wizard’s INT modifier will determine how many spells a wizard gets to have in their book at first level. Compared to straight BX, where you generally only get one spell, this can be a big advantage. Next, is wizards adding new spells to their books. Straight BX rules, the only way to get a new spell is to do research. Scrolls and other spellbooks were not an official source of new material. Spellbooks are considered coded, and no wizard can make sense of another wizard's code. Now, having a higher INT will allow wizards a higher percent chance to learn spells from these new sources. Cracking the code so to speak. I love this, I think anything that helps lower level wizards have a leg up is great in my book. I wrote an entire article on it a few months ago called Make Wizards Great Again about this very subject, check it out.
|Happy INT has a purpose for wizards.
Some people want to add a touch of realism to their game and Weapon Proficiency rules are just for that person. Can a Fighter realistically use EVERY weapon that they come across? With these rules, no. The system divides characters into 3 categories, Martial, Semi-Martial, and Non-martial. Each of these categories get different amount of starting Weapon Proficiencies, and different amounts of new Weapon Proficiencies as levels go on. If a person tries to use a weapon that they do not have a Weapon Proficiency for they will suffer a penalty, which is also based on the three initial categories. Also, optionally Martial characters can specialized in one specific weapon, and this gives them a permanent +1/+1 bonus with that weapon. To me, this helps the Fighter in the sense that they become the class that can use the most weapons, as they should, and can also specialize in one to get a good bonus. I might not use the whole system, but I am thinking about allowing Fighters one weapon to specialize in at 1st level, and get the bonus. Just to make them the bad asses in melee in keeping with their reputation.
|Bringing back a classic
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