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Return of the Cleric/Fighter/Magic-User!

When I get on a “old-school multiclass concepts for Pathfinder” kick I generally do several in a row as ideas rattle around in my head. So far I’ve done the anruth (an old school druidic bard), cavalier-paladincleric/assassincleric/fighter/thief, cleric/ranger, druid/fighterfighter/magic-user/thief, illusionist/thiefthief-acrobat, as well as randomly acquired psionics, and even the fighter/illusionist at my patreon.

That doesn’t leave a lot of “legal” old-school combinations… but it DOES leave the dreaded cleric/fighter/magic-user!

When looking to combine the spell power of two of the most powerful spellcasters with the weapon and armor expertise of the fighter, there are two obvious places to begin – the magus, and the warpriest. Either makes sense as an opening class for a cleric/fighter/magic-user, but having built the druid/fighter off the magus yesterday I’m going to start with the warpriest this time.

A warpriest is a fine cleric/fighter, but obviously has no magic-user in it at all. It also has some things we can likely cut while still feeling fairly divinely-inspired and martial, which gives us room to expand its spell list and class features to include some wizardly material.

Cleric/Fighter/Magic-User

The cleric/fighter/magic-user is an archetype for the warpriest that also counts as a hybrid class of the cleric, fighter, and wizard classes.

Spellcasting: You cast spells drawn from the cleric and wizard spell lists. You cast cleric spells as divine spells, and wizard spells as arcane spells. You have access to all cleric spells of a spell level you can cast, but must add wizard spells to a spellbook as a wizard does. You begin play with a spellbook with all 0-level wizard spells, and a number of 1st level wizard spells equal to 1 + your Intelligence bonus. At each new class level, you can add any 1 wizard spell of a level you can cast to your spellbook. You otherwise learn new spells and scribe them into your spellbook as a wizard does.

Your Wisdom determines what level spell you can cast, your bonus spells, and the save DCs of any cleric spell you cast. Your Intelligence determines the save DC of any wizard spell you cast.

You can cast any spells you gain as a cleric/fighter/magic-user in armor without having to deal with arcane spell failure, but suffer normal ASFfor arcane spells you gain from other sources.

All your spells gained from this class (cleric and wizard) count as warpriest spells for purposes of other class features (such as fervor).

This modifies the cleric/fighter/magic-user’s spells.

Fight Smarter (Ex): A cleric/fighter/magic-user has learned to fuse his training with gods, spells, and fighting into a single art. At 1st level, you can add your Intelligence bonus, instead of your Strength bonus, to attack rolls and weapon damage rolls. When using a weapon that would normally only allow you to add half your Strength bonus to damage you may only add half your Intelligence bonus, but when using a weapon that would normally allow you to add x1.5 or x2 (or more) of your Strength bonus to damage, you can only add x1 your Intelligence bonus. (If your bonus to damage from Strength would thus be better than your bonus to damage from intelligence, you may use your bonus to damage from Strength.)

Additionally, treat your cleric/fighter/magic-user levels as fighter levels when meeting prerequisites for feats.

This ability replaces focus weapon and sacred weapon.

Domains and Schools: At 1st level you select one cleric domain granted by your god, and one wizard school. These have no effect on your spells per day, spells known, chance to learn spells, and so on. One of these selections is your primary selection, and the other is secondary. For your primary selection, you gain special abilities as if your cleric/fighter/magic-user level was your level in the appropriate class. For your secondary selection, you treat your cleric/fighter/magic-user -3 as your level in the appropriate class.

This ability replaces all minor blessings and sacred armor.

Bonus Feats: You gain a bonus feat at 3rd level, and every 3 levels thereafter, as a normal warpriest does. In addition to combat feats, you may select from any item creation or metamagic feat you meet the prerequisites for as bonus feats.

This ability modifies bonus feats.

Spell Combat (Ex): At 10th level, you gain spell combat as the magus class feature. You can use it with any light or 1-handed melee weapon, or with your deity’s favorite weapon. If your deity’s favorite weapon takes 2-hands, you can cast spells when wielding 2-handed it as if you had one hand free.

This ability replaces major blessings.

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Return of the Druid/Fighter

Yep, we’re back to doing old-school multiclass concepts for Pathfinder. There aren’t a lot of classic “old school” multiclass combinations left I haven’t addressed, having done the anruth (an old school druidic bard), cavalier-paladincleric/assassincleric/fighter/thief, cleric/rangerfighter/magic-user/thief, illusionist/thiefthief-acrobat, as well as randomly acquired psionics, and even the fighter/illusionist at my patreon.

But we haven’t done a druid/fighter.

You could emulate a lot of druid/fighter builds with the hunter, but that saddles you with an animal companion, and doesn’t give you any wildshape. Plus, we already have a magus, so a true hybrid 9-level caster/fighter seems in reach.

The Druid/Fighter (Strider)

A strider is a magus archetype that also counts as a hybrid druid/fighter class. The strider has the following changes.

Armor Proficiency: The strider cannot wear metal armor or use a metal shield. A strider who wears prohibited armor or uses a prohibited shield is unable to cast strider spells or use any of her supernatural or spell-like class abilities while doing so and for 24 hours thereafter.

Spells: A strider knows all spells of the spell levels he can cast from the druid and ranger spell lists, rather than the magus spell list. She treats this as the magus class list for purposes of what class features and magus arcana work with her spells.

Unarmed Arcana (Su): At 3rd level a strider can apply any magus class feature that she could apply to a held melee weapon to her unarmed and natural attacks. (Once she can shapeshift this includes using spellstrike with natural attacks, though she would need Natural Spell to complete the verbal and somatic components of spells while using wild shape.)

This ability replaces the magus arcana gained at 3rd level.

Wild Shape (Su): At 4th level, a strider can wild shape as a druid of the same level.

This ability replaces spell recall, knowledge pool, improved spell combat, improved spell recall, heavy armor, greater spell combat, counterstrike, greater spell access, and true magus.

Natural Weapon Master (Ex): A strider can apply any feat she has taken that normally applies to only one weapon or one set of weapons to any natural attacks she has that would have been legal selections for the feat.

This replaces the bonus feat gained at 5th level.

Woodland Ways: Beginning at 6th level, a strider can select the following druid class features as magus arcana: wild empathy, woodland stride, trackless step, venom immunity, a thousand faces, timeless body. The strider must have a class level at least equal to the level that a druid gains the selected ability, and treats her class level as her druid level for such abilities.

A strider cannot select any magus arcana that duplicates a spell from the magus or wizard spell list (unless it is also on the druid or ranger spell list), or that involves gaining additional spells known, regaining spells, or using spells from other class lists with magus class features.

This ability modifies magus arcana.

Starfinder: Make Some Noise

We continue our look at some of the weirder classic magic items, and how they can be updated to the Starfinder Roleplaying Game.

But first, an aside.

All Starfinder content offered here is third-party material provided under the Open Gaming License and the Starfinder Compatability License. It is not official. It is not available for use in Starfinder Society organized play. It’s not even in its final form. It’s just fun thought experiments that may, or may not, ever show up in a rogue Genius Games product someday.

Air-Horn of Interruption
Hybrid Item
Level: Varies (see text)     Cost: Varies (see text)
Bulk: L

Air-horns of interruption can be found at various item levels, from level 7 and up. They have the same price as the cheapest armor upgrade of the same level from the Starfinder Core Rulebook. When the air-horn is held, you can ready a standard action to use an air-horn of interruption to use against a creature when it next casts a spell. This is a purely defensive action, and the readied action preempts the target’s action if it attempts to cast a spell or use a spell-like ability. When the readied action goes off, you make a ranged attack against the target’s EAC. If your attack hits you do 1 point of damage, and the target loses the spell (and its spell slot). Once you have successfully caused a target to lose a spell with this device, it is immune to the air-horn of interruption for 24 hours.

More Star Magic

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Astra Arcanis I

Two new Starfinder Roleplaying Game spells! Both based on vehicles.

Polymorph Vehicle (Technomancer 3)
Casting Time 1 full action
Range touch
Target One vehicle with an item level no greater than your caster level
Duration 1 hour/level
Saving Throw Fortitude negates (object)      Spell Resistance yes

You can transmute a vehicle (but not starship) into any other vehicle of a lower item level. The vehicle becomes a typical, “stock” version of the new vehicle, not one that has any special equipment or upgrades. The vehicle must be empty of all passengers and cargo to be affected by this spell. The vehicle retains any damage it had on it before you cast the spell, and if this damage would causes it to be broken or have 0 HP in its new form, the spell fails. At the end of the spells duration, the vehicle is restored of half the damage it took in its transformed form. When the spell ends (even if dispelled), it takes one minute for the vehicle to assume its original form, and any creature or cargo that cannot fit in the new form is ejected harmlessly at the end of this time.

Vehicle Link (Mystic 3)
Casting Time 1 standard action
Range touch
Target One creature and one vehicle
Duration 1 hour/level
Saving Throw Fortitude negates (object)      Spell Resistance yes

You forge an eldritch bond between one creature and a specific vehicle that creature is within. The creature gains an intuitive understanding of the vehicle and its control, allowing the creature to use Acrobatics checks in place of Pilot checks to operate the vehicle, and granting the creature a +2 circumstance bonus to all skill checks made in regards to the vehicle. Additionally, anytime the vehicle takes damage, the creature may opt to reduce the damage the vehicle takes by half, and apply that amount of damage to itself. The creature must make this decision immediately after the amount of damage done to the vehicle is determined.

More Star Magic

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Even More Star Options

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Drones In Disguise!

A new Drone Mod for the engineer class for the Starfinder Roleplaying Game

Transform (2nd level)

Your drone can become a vehicle that is within one size of its own size with an item level equal to your mechanic level -2 or less, or a vehicle with a size within 2 categories of its own size with an item level equal to your mechanic level -4 or less. While in this form is does not have access to any other drone abilities except its ability scores, and it can still take its own actions. You can modify weapons added to your drone so they can be used while it is in its vehicle form by paying 50% extra for any such weapon. Your drone can be driven normally while in vehicle mode, or choice not to allow a creature to drive it.

When your drone is in vehicle mode, if it acts like a normal vehicle the DC for Perception checks to realize it is anything other than a standard vehicle is 20 + 1-1/2 your mechanic level.

Your drone can assume only a single set vehicle form, selected when you pick this mod. Each time you gain a level, you can change what vehicle it can become. You can take this mod more than once, selecting a new vehicle for your drone each time.

Special: A stealth drone can select this mod at 2nd level, but cannot take additional options(such as selecting it more than once or have weapons that function in vehicle mode until) 8th level.

The Monday Bad Idea

The Monday Bad Idea!
A modern supers game, where most issues are handled by the International Forces.
But if they can’t cope with something, it gets passed up to the World Hero Emergency Network.
“So it’s not I.F., but W.H.E.N.”

BONUS Bad Idea!

“Sir, I’m writing the the Military Action eXtreme Intelligence mandate protocols, and they need a to define default super-agent team for class 1 incidents. Should I indicate the
National Emergency Veteran Executive Reserve?”
“We could, but let’s not go straight to our most experienced agent team in such cases. I think we’re better served with that protocol calling on the Legion of Advanced Tactical Experts first, whenever possible. ”
“Ah, so the M.A.X.I.M. is better L.A.T.E. than N.E.V.E.R.”

Starfinder Hybrid Item–Flashlight of Truth

Okay, while I am at Gen Con. let’s do one more quick, weird update of a classic magic item for Starfinder!

Flashlight of Truth
Hybrid Item
Level: Varies (see text)     Cost: Varies (see text)
Bulk: L

Flashlights of truth can be found at various item levels, from level 4 and up. They have the same price as the cheapest armor upgrade of the same level from the Starfinder Core Rulebook. A flashlight of truth can be shone directly into the face of a willing creature, or one that is bound, paralyzed, or helpless, as a full-round action. You gain a circumstance bonus equal to the flashlight’s level to all Sense Motive checks made against a creature you shine the light into in this way. Also, it functions as a flashlight that does not run out of charges.

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More Starfinder Magic and Hybrid Items

Just more random ideas for updates of some of the sillier classic magic items.

Air-Horn of Opening
Magic Item
Level: Varies (see text)     Cost: Varies (see text)
Bulk: L

Air-horns of opening can be found at various item levels. They have the same price as the cheapest armor upgrade of the same level from the Starfinder Core Rulebook. An air-horn of opening can be pointed at any sealed or shut door, lock, or other closing and, when it’s loud sound is blasted as a standard action at the closure, magically opening it. The air-horn attempts an Engineering check to disable device with a total bonus equal to it’s item level +5. If an air-horn of opening fails to open a closure on the first attempt, it can never successfully open it.
An air-horn of opening can only be used twice per day. Alternatively it can can be used once as a full round action, which grants it an additional +5 bonus, but the item’s magic is then expended and it becomes mundane and worthless. An air-horn of opening can only function in a gas atmosphere, and only at a range of 15 feet. it can normally be heard 500 feet away, and if the sound from the air-horn cannot reach the opening for some reason, it does not function.

Torpedo Minisub, Folding
Hybrid Item
Level: 4     Cost: 2,750 credits
Bulk: 1 (see text)
At the press of a button this torpedo minisub (see Vehicles in Chapter 7: Equipment of the Starfinder Core Rulebook) folds, spins, and transforms its shape until it is down to a 1-foot cube weighing 10 lbs. It can only do this if it is empty of any creatures of cargo, and it takes 1 minute. When in cube form it can be placed in a large enough body of unobstructed water to support it, in which case it unfolds and expands back into a torpedo minisub over 1 minute.

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The First Starfinder Roleplaying Game Content Post!

So, obviously I’ve been thinking a lot about Starfinder-compatible material that could go up here. It has to be material I thought off on my own time (rather than while doing Paizo work), and that I honestly believe is not a good match for any Paizo product. Otherwise, I’d need to reserve it for Paizo. Also, it has to be based only on products already available to the general public or that a special accommodation was made for. (The existing RGG Starfinder-compatible products were written using advance materials Paizo made available to numerous third-party publishers—RGG included—otherwise RGG couldn’t have even begun work on Starfinder-compatible material until today).

That’s a fairly narrow path to walk, and I take the good-faith parts of it seriously. I’m pretty well the only person who knows what goes on in my head, but that just means I have to hold myself to the highest standard for this. My mental firewalls must err on the side of saving the best ideas for the company paying me specifically to guide rules design for the game, so anything that shows up here is going to be something built off a third-party-publisher’s rules, or too weird to wrongly themed for the official campaign setting, or entirely experimental.

Once place I think there’s some interesting design space is updating magic items and options from the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game to the Starfinder Roleplaying game. There are lots of ways to do that, and some of them aren’t the right tone for what the official campaign setting is shooting for. As an example of something I’m comfortable publishing myself, let’s look at the thing I call the “Weasel Gun.”

Pistol of Tricks

Name  Level  Price   Range Capacity Usage          Bulk    Special

Minor Gray     1          300 credits      20        1          L          (tiny weasel)

Standard Gray 3          1.5k credits     20        1          L          (tiny bat, rat, or weasel)

Major Gray     5          3k credits        20        1          L          (tiny bat, rat, squid, or weasel)

Minor Rust     7          7k credits        40        2          L          (small wolverine)

Standard Rust 9          14k credits      40        2          L          (medium boar, small eagle or wolverine)

Major Rust      11        25k credits      40        2          L          (medium boar, small eagle, octopus, or wolverine)

Minor Tan       13        45k credits      100      10        L          (medium bear or large rhino)

Standard Tan  15        90k credits      100      10        L          (medium bear or vulture, or large rhino)

Major Tan       17        180k credits    100      10        L          (medium bear, shark, or vulture, or large orca, rhino, or roc)

Pistol of Tricks Description

Pistols of tricks are magic uncategorized small arms that summon “trick monsters,” magic constructs that are designed to emulate the appearance and actions of animals. When fired, the magic device converts the energy of its battery into a temporary kinetic manifestation. These “trick monsters” attack whatever they are closest to when summoned. If you successfully hit a creature’s EAC when you fire, that creature is the exclusive target of the trick monster (even once the creature is dead or dying), and the trick monster seeks that creature out if it moves or hides. On a miss the trick monster scatters as a thrown weapon, and attacks the creature nearest to it when it arrives (determine randomly if it is equally close to multiple creatures).

Trick monsters remain for 1 round, plus 1 round per 2 levels of the pistol of tricks that summoned them. It attacks at the end of your turn each round, and can flank or move but doesn’t make combat maneuvers or tack actions other than melee attacks and movement. A pistol of tricks can normally only maintain a single trick monster at a time, so firing a second time ends any previously summoned trick monsters. On a critical hit, the pistol of tricks actually summons two trick monsters of the same type, that attack the same target.

Each pistol of tricks lists which trick monsters it can summon and the size of each. Trick monsters can be targeted by anything that can target an animal or magical construct. You select from the available trick monsters with each attack. The trick monster summoned by a pistol of tricks has game stats based on the level of the weapon used to summon it, as follows:
BAB: Level    Melee damage: 1d6/2 levels (minimum 1d3)

EAC: 9 + level           KAC: 11+ level          Saving Throws: ½ Level

Move: 30 feet + level*           HP: 5 x level  Perception: Level

*Additional movement only counts in +5 ft. increments. So a trick monster goes from 30 to a 35 ft. move when fired from a 5th level weapon, to 40 ft. when fired from a 10th level pistol, and so on. Terrestrial creature have a land speed, flying creatures a fly speed with average movement, and aquatic creatures a swim speed.

Thus the trick weasel of the 1st level Least Gray Pistol of tricks (the iconic “Weasel Gun”) is:
Size Tiny
BAB: +1         Melee Damage: 1d3
EAC: 10         KAC: 11         Saving Throws: +0
Move: 30 Feet            HP:Perception: +1

There are lots of other magic items that get weird and interesting if you consider updating them to a high-tech science-fantasy campaign world. Is a belt of dwarvenkind now an ancient relic, and is there a belt of veskkind to go with it? Should there be a spacesuit of useful items? Eyes of the star eagle?

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Gen Con Schedule

I’ll be at Gen Con! Here’s what my schedule looks light right now.

WEDNESDAY

I come in before noon. I have a few informal things planned, but you might be able to catch me someplace (like the Omni hotel lobby) if you want to.

THURSDAY

I’m open most of the day! I might try to Meet and greet hour someplace, if folks express interest (and yes, that would be a good time to have me sign stuff).

I mysterious disappear around 7pm, and likely for the rest of the night.

FRIDAY

I’m on several seminar panels!

Starfinder 101

11am   Location: ICC room 212

Introduction to the new Starfinder RPG. Learn the story of the Starfinder universe, what you need to start playing, & where to begin your own character’s legend.

Starfinder Rules Q&A

12pm   Location: ICC room 212

An up-close look at the rules of Starfinder, including differences between the Starfinder & Pathfinder rules. Ask questions & discuss the philosophy behind the Starfinder game system.

ENnies  (6pm)

I’ll be at the ENnie Awards! A great time to meet a lot of your favorite game designers, especially those with products up for awards!

SATURDAY

More seminars!

Starfinder Rules Design workshop

10am   Location: ICC room 212

Participate in a hands-on workshop focused on rules design in the Starfinder universe & assist in developing original rules from concept to execution.

Designing Starfinder Aliens

12pm   Location: ICC room 212

Learn the secrets of monster making & everything that goes into creating a truly terrifying foe.

Secrets of the Pact Worlds

1pm     Location: ICC room 212

Come explore the inner region of space in the Starfinder universe. Learn about Absalom Station & discover alien species.

Starfinder – The Digital Tools Horizon

2pm     Location: Crowne Plaza Victoria Stn B

What does the digital destiny of Starfinder look like? Leading companies answer your questions & outline their visions of the future!

I mysteriously disappear again in the evening. 😀

SUNDAY

Currently wide open!

This is the OTHER day I might schedule an open meet-and-greet, if there was interest.

MONDAY

I fly out in the afternoon, and I suspect I’ll watch the Moon eat the Sun from the airport.