Sword-Mage Collection [unofficial]

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Sword-Mage Collection [unofficial]
The Autarch folks can jump in, naturally, and I'm not offering any contest rewards or judgement, but I thought it might be a good idea to stop hijacking abpos' house rule post with contest entries or discussion.
  1. If you have a mixed fighter/mage class you would like to share, share it in this thread, so we can discuss and ooh and ah. It's fine with me if you have posted it elsewhere and just link to it here.
  2. If you would like, I am putting together a PDF, and I will include your class in it. Check the link for an example of what it will look like. A few specific notes on that:
    • Tell me you would like your class included, and what name you want it attributed to.
    • If there is an OGL resource you are drawing from, please let me know the copyright text to include.
    • I will copy edit (lightly), but I will not do developmental or substantive editing, or a heavy copy edit.
    • There is no art budget.
  3. I will also make an RTF available (less attractive format, and sans bookmarks, clickable links, and proper paging, but more accessible) of any classes I have permission to include in the document.
That's it: consider sharing your genius! Below is a list of the contest entries: Nike Air Max
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Thank you for agreeing to organize this!

You may include my entry in your compilation. An OGL declaration for the class would be the declaration from the ACKS Player's Companion (only), plus: "The Deathdealer", http://www.bythisaxe.com/ Author Charles Myers

http://www.bythisaxe.com/2013/02/the-deathdealer.html

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The file has been updated with the Deathdealer. Note that I made some small text edits: mostly conforming the initial acquisition of powers to a consistent third-person plural, and adjusting numerals and format to fit the document style.

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In the other thread, zapicm asked about limitations. Personally, I would restrict it to 4 build points and arcane casters. More than that, where's the challenge? Other races are fine, of course (a 4-point build of a thrassian mage, for example, might be very interesting).

Tywyll
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Here is my original Warden class which is a more traditional fighter/mage split. Mage 2, Fighter 1, HD 1

http://micahblackburn.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/house-rules-classes-warden/

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I've started putting together custom races and classes for my ACKS edit of "Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea".

Here is the Hyperborean race:

http://mutantsmagic.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/hyperborean-custom-classes/

And here is the "Half-Breed Spellsword" class:

http://mutantsmagic.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/hyperborean-custom-classes/...

(Nothing too novel, but I figured it fit the theme of the original post.)

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In Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers, "warlocks" are a kind if fighter/mage. Here is an ACKS-compatible version:

http://mutantsmagic.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/warlock-class/

Also, here is the full-blooded Hyperborean Spellsword to go with my half-breed class:

http://mutantsmagic.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/hyperborean-custom-classes/...

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Fantastic! Should we make this an Official Contest? Entrants can be from now until March 31st. All entries must be OGL. The winning entry will be judged by Autarch and will receive a playtest sneak peek at an upcoming Autarch product.
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This contest is a great idea. Please add my Sword Sorcerer into the running. http://www.autarch.co/forums/house-rules/new-classsword-sorcerer

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Tywyll, k-slacker, and abpos, would you also like your builds included in the PDF I put together?

abpos
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No problem. Use Sword-sorcerer for whatever. Starting to playtest soon. May have changes from lessons learned.

Thomas Weigel
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How should the credit and copyright read?

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A small errata to the deathdealer, from the author, and I've added the RTF.

Swordmages PDF
Swordmages RTF

I may be dropping the RTF idea. Converting the text down to something viewable in most RTF viewers was more of a pain than I'd expected. It might have been easier if I'd started with RTF and then done layout :-(.

At any rate, only two classes have been submitted for inclusion at present, but there are others linked in this thread. So far we've had quite a bit of variety: some that are excellent fighters, others that are strong casters with enough fighting to be dangerous.

zapicm
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I have one submission in mind. From there to paper there is a long way, but I will make it happen before the deadline.

As a bonus, I am thinking on incorporating the participating classes in the character generator. At this point there are no templates submitted for the contest, but if anyone adds that information it can be incorporated too.

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I have updated the original post with a list of each of the classes being put up for consideration. I will try to keep that up to date.

Tywyll
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Feel free to add mine to the PDF.

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Added, and thank you. I've credited you as Tywyll a.k.a. Micah Blackburn (from your blog name). If you would prefer something else, let me know.

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Nope that rocks. :-D

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Thomas Weigel
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Very nice! Would you like to have it included in the PDF collection?

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Go right ahead!

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What copyright should I put in for you?

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Taarkoth's fine

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Well crap. Rereading my PC I just realized I'd missed the line about Flesh Runes counting as 3 custom powers. Back to the drawing board.

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Okay! Edited the problems and still only a 4 point class! Woo!

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3cYUvVAQY4bUndJY3BjdUlleXc/edit?usp=sha...

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Google Docs won't let me cut and paste the text from the Thrassian Dweomerclaw, so it is not being included in the PDF, because I'm not going to retype that.

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Not a contest entry as it's just the barebones build notes, but I threw this together to see what a vanilla warrior-mage style class might look like:

Warrior-Mage

Base XP: 2725
HD d6
Fighting +2/3 levels
Styles: 2-Handed, Single Weapon
Armour: Broad (chain or lighter)
Weapons: Broad (any one-handed or two-handed melee)
Arcane: 1/3
1st level: Arcane Dabbling + Weapon Focus
4th level: Battle Magic
10th level: Arcane Striking

zapicm
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Time is running short, and that is the motivation I needed to start putting things together. This is my first custom class, so please let me know if there are any errors with the math. I have made a gnome 2, fighter 2, with 2 swaps.
http://zapicm.blogspot.com/2013/03/my-first-acks-custom-class-gnomish.html
I am not very familiar with the OGL, please add whatever is needed to share it.

Thanks.

abpos
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Just checked in to see how this was going, and noticed your status listed for my entry: "Will be in the PDF when I have appropriate copyright information."

Not sure what that means, exactly. Perhaps this is related to some quotes that I included from fantasy novels? If so, the sources are cited, and they are relatively short passages that should not require copyright. If that doesn't satisfy you, then just remove the quotes.

Thanks again.

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What it means is: how should I credit you in the PDF?

abpos
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Ah. Gotcha. Thanks. Just by username: "ABPos."

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Elf men are from Mars, elf women are from Venus. When the planets align, they are able to open portals to Earth, where they seek to prove themselves worthy of a mate.

Here's my Martian Spellsword class. It's pretty solidly based on the Elven Spellsword, but there are enough differences that it's worth posting here.

(Attribute me as Witness, please.)

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Apologies for not keeping up the PDF updates. I've been very busy the last week. I should have an update either tomorrow or Monday - it will include some fixed errors, and the new classes I was given permission to include.

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Update completed. After carefully checking, it appears I only had permission for five, and one of the five I couldn't acquire the text from, because Google Docs uses JavaScript to break browser functionality.

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Microsoft Word file for the dweomerclaw since Google Docs was being a poopy head:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3cYUvVAQY4bdFlKNkhzb1lheU0/edit?usp=sha...

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ARISE!

(thread necromancy; always wanted to do that)

http://www.bythisaxe.co/2013/06/the-magus.html

"A version of this class previously appeared as the Deathdealer, in response to an impromptu contest on the Autarch forums. I wanted a less specific, more flexible version of that class, and the Magus is the result."