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    Walking Dad's Houserules

    Gnomes have Wizard (illusion domain) or Sorcerer (fey ancestry) as favored class.

    Half-Elves choose one skill at first level. This skill is always considered a Class Skill.

    Half-Orcs are -2 Int or Cha. You are also proficient with the falchion.
    Barbarian: Use Berserker Strength. But let the ability activated at half HP (rounded down).

    Bard: Use the marshal.

    Cleric: Use spontanous casting for the cleric. Let the cleric retain his abilty to convert spells to cure/inflict. There is no Healing Domain. Make turn undead a per encounter ability.

    Druid: Use spontanous casting for the druid. Instead of an animal companion, he can choose one druid domain (druid domains: air, animal, earth, fire, plant, water, and weather). Use the Aspect of Nature wildshape variant.

    Fighter: Add the Bulwark of Defense (3rd), Armor Mastery(5th + 9th), Vigilant Defender (5th), (Improved) Shield Ally (7th + 13th) and Impetuous Endurance (17th) abilities from the knight class. Add profession as a class skill.

    Monk: Use the defender .
    Or, if you want to keep the "classic" monk:
    Add new light armor:
    Robe +0 AC -Max Dex -ACP 5%SF 30 ft.
    Special: This armor counts as unarmored for monk-ability purpose.

    Add to improved unarmed damage:
    For melee weapons you can use in flurries, you can choose to deal unarmed or standard weapon damage.

    Paladin: Make turn undead and smite per encounter abilities. Add a special effect (like:"blinding" = When you smite someone, roll 1d20 + 1/2 paladin level + Cha modifer. If you beat the enemies Fortitude Score: 11 + enemys Fortitude save modifier, he is blinded for 1d4 rounds. Undead are not immune to this!) for every time the character get an additional use. Erase the spellcasting ability and the mount. Add Knight's Challenge abilty from the knight as a supernatural ability.

    Ranger: Give fighter feats instead off spellcasting (one feat per spell level). No animal companion.
    ranger styles
    2 ranged hunt
    4 precise shot
    6 manyshot
    11 g. manyshot

    2 twf
    4 tw charge
    6 itwf
    11 gtwf

    2 mounted combat
    4 mounted hunt
    6 trample
    11 Ride by Attack

    2 mounted archery
    4 mounted hunt
    6 ranged hunt
    11 Ride by attack

    The Hunt
    Each round, the ranger moves 10 feet or more away from his old place by himself, he inflict 1d6 percision damage (creatures immune to critical hits are also immune to this damage). He adds 1d6 at level 5, 10, 15 and 20.
    instead of favored enemy. He can use this ability up to 30 ft away.

    Rogue: No changes. Can use UA variants.

    Sorcerer: Use the warlock, if you have Complete Arcane. If not, use the battle sorcerer (adding bluff to skill list and give a 30 ft ranged touch attack ("Arcane Blast") (1/2 caster level/d6 untyped damage) instead of the familiar)

    Wizard: Use Sorcerer casting for the wizard. Give him one wizard domain instead of the familiar.

    Use the easy skill mechanic (here )

    Use this Skill List for now. Changes coming soon!
    New Feats:
    Acrobatic Bluff (General)
    You can use your Acrobatics skill instead of your Bluff skill to feint and trick in combat . Your opponent opposes the attempt with Sense Motive or Acrobatics (whichever is better).

    All-out Attack (General, Fighter)
    Prerequisite: Base attack bonus +1.
    With an all-out attack, you ignore defense in favor of accuracy. Subtract a number up to 5 from your AC bonus and add the same number to your melee attack roll. You cannot more than double your attack bonus. The changes to attack and AC are declared before you make the attack roll and last until your next action.

    Elusive Target (General)
    Prerequisite: Dodge feat.
    You are expert at dodging and weaving around your foes, making you an elusive target while you're engaged in a melee. When you are fighting in melee combat, others attempting to target you with ranged attacks are at a -8 penalty rather than the usual -4 penalty for shooting into melee combat.

    Extra Smite (General)
    Prerequisite: Ability to smite.
    Each time you take this feat, you can use your ability to smite one more time per encounter than normal.
    Special: You can gain Extra Smite multiple times. Its effects stack. Each time you take the feat, you can use your smite ability one additional time per day.

    Finishing Blow (General, Fighter)
    Prerequisite: Base attack bonus +1.
    You can perform a coup de grace as a standard, rather than a full-round, action.

    Improved Demoralize (General)
    Prerequisites: Cha 13, Intimidate 1 rank.
    You can make an Intimidate check to demoralize an opponent in combat as a move action rather than a standard action.

    Prone Fighting (General)
    You suffer no penalties on your attack rolls for being prone, and opponents do not gain any bonus to hit you with melee attacks while you are prone. Opponents making ranged attacks against you still have -4 on their attack rolls. You can crawl at half your speed rather than the usual 5-feet per move action.

    Ride-By Attack (General, Fighter)
    Prerequisites: Ride 1 rank, Mounted Combat.
    When you are mounted, you can move both before and after you take a standard action, provided your total distance isn't greater than your mount's movement speed.

    Two-Weapon Charge (General, Fighter)
    Prerequisites: Two-Weapon Fighting, base attack bonus +6.
    You can attack with both hands as part of the charge action.

    Unbalance Opponent (General, Fighter)
    Prerequisites: Dex 13, Dodge
    You are skilled at keeping opponents off balance. Choose the target of your Dodge feat normally. That opponent's Strength does not apply to melee attack rolls to hit you, but does still apply to damage.

    Changed Feats:
    Extra Turning (General)
    Prerequisite: Ability to turn or rebuke creatures.
    Each time you take this feat, you can use your ability to turn or rebuke creatures one more time per encounter than normal.
    Special: You can gain Extra Turning multiple times. Its effects stack. Each time you take the feat, you can use each of your turning or rebuking ability one additional times per day.
    some feats taken from various ogl products, for fair use only

    Hunt Feats:
    Mounted Hunt (General)
    Prerequisite: Mounted Combat feat, The Hunt ability.
    You can use the The Hunt ability while mounted. Only one attack each round gets the damage bonus.

    Ranged Hunt (General)
    Prerequisite: Point Blank Shot feat, The Hunt ability.
    The range you can use your The Hunt ability increases by 30 ft.
    Special: A character may gain this feat multiple times. Its effects stack.
    coming soon
    Changed Domain powers

    Gain electricity resistance 5.

    Gain acid resistance 5.

    Gain fire resistance 5.

    Gain cold resistance 5.

    You can use goodberry once per day as a spell-like ability.
    Add Knowledge (nature) to your list of cleric class skills.

    You do not receive penalties on Spot & Search check due to natural weather.
    Survival is a Cleric class-skill for you.
    Receive a +2 bonus on all weather-related Survival checks.
    Hit Points, Dying
    Use the new death and dying rule
    Try It Now!

    If you want to try out a version of this system in your current game, try the following house rule. Its not quite the 4th Edition system, but it should give you an idea of how itll feel.

    1) At 0 hp or less, you fall unconscious and are dying.
    Any damage dealt to a dying character is applied normally, and might kill him if it reduces his hit points far enough (see #2).

    2) Characters die when their negative hit point total reaches -10 or one-quarter of their full normal hit points, whichever is a larger value.
    This is less than a 4th Edition character would have, but each monster attack is dealing a smaller fraction of the characters total hit points, so it should be reasonable. If it feels too small, increase it to one-third full normal hit points and try again.

    3) If youre dying at the end of your turn, roll 1d20.
    Lower than 10: You get worse. If you get this result three times before you are healed or stabilized (as per the Heal skill), you die.
    10-19: No change.
    20: You get better! You wake up with hit points equal to one-quarter your full normal hit points.

    4) If a character with negative hit points receives healing, he returns to 0 hp before any healing is applied.
    In other words, hell wake up again with hit points equal to the healing provided by the effecta cure light wounds spell for 7 hp will bring any dying character back to 7 hp, no matter what his negative hit point total had reached.)

    5) A dying character whos been stabilized (via the Heal skill) doesnt roll a d20 at the end of his turn unless he takes more damage.

    Streamlined HP. Good BaB Classes use d10, medium d8, poor d6. Barbarians gain 1 bonus HP each level.

    Characters of level 1 and 2 start with more HP:
    max HD + (3x Con mod) + 6
    If your 2nd/3rd class uses d8 add 1 HP, if it uses a d10 add 2 HP.

    Let your players regain all hit points after an 8 hours rest (why not, the wizard regained all his spells, too)
    Don't roll saves, but roll against them (here)
    Last edited by Walking Dad; Friday, 23rd May, 2008 at 10:40 PM. Reason: domain changes

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    other ideas:

    clerics only one domain?

    ancestry feats for sorcerers (similar to wizard domains)

    wizards not choosing a domain gets "Easy metamagic feat"

    unified skills known: 2+int, 4+int, 6+int, but smaller skill list

    Canny Defense (General)
    When unarmored and unencumbered, add your Intelligence or Wisdom score as a dodge bonus to your AC. Choose which bonus applies when you acquire this feat. This is in addition to the standard dodge bonus granted by your Dexterity. You lose your Canny Defense bonus while wearing armor or carrying more than a light load.
    Last edited by Walking Dad; Thursday, 3rd April, 2008 at 09:10 AM.

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    Excellent choice using Midnight's defender!

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    Taking the PHB II Knight and splitting him up between the core classes is simply brilliant!
    I'm definitely stealing a lot of this stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gansk
    Taking the PHB II Knight and splitting him up between the core classes is simply brilliant!
    I'm definitely stealing a lot of this stuff.
    I'm still recruiting a playtest. See my signature!

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    Nice houserules. If not for 4E and my currently running game, I'd crib a lot of stuff from them. But changing everything mid-game is usually frowned upon in my group, and the summer games are going 4E, probably.

    But like it a lot, most of it.

    Cheers, LT.

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    Added Feats section. New Skill list coming soon!

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