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    Ampersand: Sneak Attack

    http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x...ramp/20080222a

    An article revealing the Rogue. I'll post my impressions later, first I'm going to read cthe article.

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    Never mind. I found a copy....
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    Never mind. I found a copy....
    Rogue

    "You look surprised to see me. If youd been paying attention, you might still be alive."

    CLASS TRAITS

    Role: Striker. You dart in to attack, do massive damage, and then retreat to safety. You do best when teamed with a defender to flank enemies.
    Power Source: Martial. Your talents depend on extensive training and constant practice, innate skill, and natural coordination.
    Key Abilities: Dexterity, Strength, Charisma

    Armor Training: Leather
    Weapon Proficiencies: Dagger, hand crossbow, shuriken, sling, short sword
    Bonus to Defense: +2 Reflex

    Hit Points at 1st Level: 12 + Constitution score
    Hit Points per Level Gained: 5
    Healing Surges: 6 + Constitution modifier

    Trained Skills: Stealth and Thievery plus four others. From the class skills list below, choose four more trained skills at 1st level.
    Class Skills: Acrobatics (Dexterity), Athletics (Str), Bluff (Cha), Dungeoneering (Wis), Insight (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Perception (Wis), Stealth (Dexterity), Streetwise (Cha), Thievery (Dexterity)

    Build Options: Brawny rogue, trickster rogue
    Class Features: First Strike, Rogue Tactics, Rogue Weapon Talent, Sneak Attack

    Rogues are cunning and elusive adversaries. Rogues slip into and out of shadows on a whim, pass anywhere across the field of battle without fear of reprisal, and appear suddenly only to drive home a lethal blade.

    As a rogue, you might face others preconceptions regarding your motivations, but your nature is your own to mold. You could be an agent fresh from the deposed kings shattered intelligence network, an accused criminal on the lam seeking to clear your name, a wiry performer whose goals transcend the theatrical stage, a kid trying to turn around your hard-luck story, or a daredevil thrill-seeker who cant get enough of the adrenaline rush of conflict. Or perhaps you are merely in it for the gold, after all.

    With a blade up your sleeve and a concealing cloak across your shoulders, you stride forth, eyes alight with anticipation. What worldly wonders and rewards are yours for the taking?

    ROGUE OVERVIEW

    Characteristics: Combat advantage provides the full benefit of your powers, and a combination of skills and powers helps you gain and keep that advantage over your foes. You are a master of skills, from Stealth and Thievery to Bluff and Acrobatics.

    Religion: Rogues prefer deities of the night, luck, freedom, and adventure, such as Sehanine and Avandra. Evil and chaotic evil rogues often favor Lolth or Zehir.

    Races: Those with a love for secrets exchanged in shadows and change for its own sake make ideal rogues, including elves, tieflings, and halflings.
    Creating a Rogue

    The trickster rogue and the brawny rogue are the two rogue builds, one relying on bluffs and feints, the other on brute strength. Dexterity, Charisma, and Strength are the rogues most important ability scores.

    Brawny Rogue
    You like powers that deal plenty of damage, aided by your Strength, and also stun, immobilize, knock down, or push your foes. Your attacks use Dexterity, so keep that your highest ability score. Strength should be a close secondit increases your damage directly, and it can determine other effects of your attacks. Charisma is a good third ability score, particularly if you want to dabble in powers from the other rogue build. Select the brutal scoundrel rogue tactic, and look for powers that pack a lot of damage into every punch.

    Suggested Feat: Weapon Focus (Human feat: Toughness)
    Suggested Skills: Athletics, Dungeoneering, Intimidate, Stealth, Streetwise, Thievery
    Suggested At-Will Powers: Piercing Strike, Riposte Strike
    Suggested Encounter Power: Torturous Strike
    Suggested Daily Power: Easy Target

    Trickster Rogue
    You like powers that deceive and misdirect your foes. You dart in and out of the fray in combat, dodging your enemies attacks or redirecting them to other foes. Most of your attack powers rely on Dexterity, so that should be your best ability score. Charisma is important for a few attacks, for Charisma-based skills you sometimes use in place of attacks, and for other effects that depend on successful attacks, so make Charisma your second-best score. Strength is useful if you want to choose powers intended for the other rogue build. Select the artful dodger rogue tactic. Look for powers that take advantage of your high Charisma score, as well as those that add to your trickster nature.

    Suggested Feat: Backstabber (Human feat: Human Perseverance)
    Suggested Skills: Acrobatics, Bluff, Insight, Perception, Stealth, Thievery
    Suggested At-Will Powers: Deft Strike, Sly Flourish
    Suggested Encounter Power: Positioning Strike
    Suggested Daily Power: Trick Strike

    Rogue Class Features

    All rogues share these class features.

    First Strike
    At the start of an encounter, you have combat advantage against any creatures that have not yet acted in that encounter.

    Rogue Tactics
    Rogues operate in a variety of ways. Some rogues use their natural charm and cunning trickery to deceive foes. Others rely on brute strength to overcome their enemies.

    Choose one of the following options.

    Artful Dodger: You gain a bonus to AC equal to your Charisma modifier against opportunity attacks.
    Brutal Scoundrel: You gain a bonus to Sneak Attack damage equal to your Strength modifier.

    The choice you make also provides bonuses to certain rogue powers. Individual powers detail the effects (if any) your Rogue Tactics selection has on them.

    Rogue Weapon Talent
    When you wield a shuriken, your weapon damage die increases by one size. When you wield a dagger, you gain a +1 bonus to attack rolls.

    Sneak Attack
    Once per round, when you have combat advantage against an enemy and are using a light blade, a crossbow, or a sling, your attacks against that enemy deal extra damage. As you advance in level, your extra damage increases.
    Level Sneak Attack Damage
    1st10th +2d6
    11th20th +3d6
    21st30th +5d6
    Rogue Powers

    Your powers are daring exploits that draw on your personal cunning, agility, and expertise. Some powers reward a high Charisma and are well suited for the trickster rogue, and others reward a high Strength and appeal to the brawny rogue, but you are free to choose any power you like.
    Deft Strike
    Rogue Attack 1
    A final lunge brings you into an advantageous position.

    At-Will ✦ Martial, Weapon
    Standard Action
    Melee or Ranged weapon
    Requirement: You must be wielding a crossbow, a light blade, or a sling.
    Target: One creature
    Special: You can move 2 squares before the attack.
    Attack: Dexterity vs. AC

    Hit: 1[W] + Dexterity modifier damage.
    Increase damage to 2[W] + Dexterity modifier at 21st level.


    Piercing Strike
    Rogue Attack 1
    A needle-sharp point slips past armor and into tender flesh.

    At-Will ✦ Martial, Weapon
    Standard Action
    Melee weapon
    Requirement: You must be wielding a light blade.
    Target: One creature
    Attack: Dexterity vs. Reflex

    Hit: 1[W] + Dexterity modifier damage.
    Increase damage to 2[W] + Dexterity modifier at 21st level.


    Positioning Strike
    Rogue Attack 1
    A false stumble and a shove place the enemy exactly where you want him.

    Encounter ✦ Martial, Weapon
    Standard Action
    Melee weapon
    Requirement: You must be wielding a light blade.
    Target: One creature
    Attack: Dexterity vs. Will

    Hit: 1[W] + Dexterity modifier damage, and you slide the target 1 square.
    Artful Dodger: You slide the target a number of squares equal to your Charisma modifier.


    Torturous Strike
    Rogue Attack 1
    If you twist the blade in the wound just so, you can make your enemy howl in pain.

    Encounter ✦ Martial, Weapon
    Standard Action
    Melee weapon
    Requirement: You must be wielding a light blade.
    Target: One creature
    Attack: Dexterity vs. AC

    Hit: 2[W] + Dexterity modifier damage.
    Brutal Scoundrel: You gain a bonus to the damage roll equal to your Strength modifier.


    Tumble
    Rogue Utility 2
    You tumble out of harms way, dodging the opportunistic attacks of your enemies.

    Encounter ✦ Martial
    Move Action
    Personal
    Prerequisite: You must be trained in Acrobatics.

    Effect: You can shift a number of squares equal to one-half your speed.


    Crimson Edge
    Rogue Attack 9
    You deal your enemy a vicious wound that continues to bleed, and like a shark, you circle in for the kill.

    Daily ✦ Martial, Weapon
    Standard Action
    Melee weapon
    Requirement: You must be wielding a light blade.
    Target: One creature
    Attack: Dexterity vs. Fortitude

    Hit: 2[W] + Dexterity modifier damage, and the target takes ongoing damage equal to 5 + your Strength modifier and grants combat advantage to you (save ends both).
    Miss: Half damage, and no ongoing damage.

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    Oh, so crunchy and delicious...

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    Wow! This is crunchtastic!!!

    Hit Points at 1st Level: 12 + Constitution score
    Hit Points per Level Gained: 5
    A little lower starting hp than I predicted, but my HP per level prediction was RIGHT ON THE MONEY!!!

    Who called flat hp per level and strikers getting 5 per level?? Huh? Me!! BAM!!

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    Fixed HP per level.

    The gods finally listened to our prayers.

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    Awesome, awesome stuff. Quick summation of what look like the highlights:
    1 - Int doesn't affect your amount of trained skills.
    2 - Con only affects healing surges and 1st level hitpoints, not subsequent levels.
    3 - Dmg is a LOT lower than it was in 3.x - only 5d6 sneak attack damage at Epic Tier? Sounds like that Pit Fiend is a lot more powerful than the haters assumed.
    4 - Seems like AC is generally going to be lower than Reflex defense (see the extra abilities available in the one power, which is identical to the other except the one with more options targets Reflex instead of AC)
    5 - Combat Advantage looks to be a significant new term - it clearly replaces flanking (and flat-footed?), and powers the Rogue's Sneak Attack. I wonder what affect it has for other classes?

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    The weapon proficiencies are positively eloquent. As are the skills. And the powers as well. This is damn suave. I just want to know what [W] is.

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    I wonder if rogues also get bonuses when using the Horadric Cube?

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