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    Are strongheart halflings unbalanced?

    strongheart halflings are from forgotten realms and basically they're the same as halflings except more courageous and stuff and in game terms they replace the +1 to all saves with a bonus feat.

    Depending on the time of day, this seems balanced or unbalanced to me.

    any thoughts?
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    oh whoops, this should really be in DND rules, but oh well.
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    If youre playing in the realms they only come from one area and have less options at level 1 for things like regional feats and equipment packages. If you aren't starting at level 1, the difference of 1 feat makes little enough difference. After all, it seems that lightfoot halflings are just assumed to have "Luck of Heroes". Mechanically, since saves are one of the most important survival gauges to a PC and the two races are therefore equivelent, there is no difference.

    At least, thats my opinion.

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    #1) First-level Only Feats

    the Strongheart Halflings can get two... and then just take Luck of Heroes later on... thus, comming out ahead.

    First-level Only Feats definatly brought more flavor back to playing a human.

    However... help prevent Stronghearts from out doing the Lightfoots by NOT allowing their "racial" bonus feat to be a First-level Only Feat.

    #2) PrC Prerequisites

    Strongheart Halflings can meet PrC Prerequisites faster than the Lightfoots, and take Luck of Heros later on if they so desire.

    #3) Luck Bonuses

    Luck of Heros provides a luck bonus.

    I am not sure whether or not this stacks with the bonuses provided with having a Luck Stone. If they do not stack, the Strongheart halfling can magically obtain the same benefits of the feat.

    However, I would let the bonus... that the Lightfoots get and the Luck of Heros feat provides... stack with any magical Luck bonuses.

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    Luck of Heros provides a luck bonus.
    Right. And the Lightfoot Halflings bonus is racial. Which means it stacks with Luck of Heroes or the Luckstone.

    The Luck of Heroes feat, granting a +1 luck bonus to all saves, is easily duplicated in a slotless item costing 5,000 gp... plus, the item can improve over time.

    Lightfoot Halflings are better if you want a bonus to saves, and Strongheart are better if you want to qualify for a PrC that takes a huge amount of feats (which is actually pretty rare). I'd say they are both pretty well balanced, personally.
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    Given that the bonus feat replaces +1 to all saves, and the save enhancing feats give +2 to one save, I'd say its balanced. Actually, IIRC and IDHTBIFOM, there's a feat in OA (one of the clan 1st-level-only feats) that does give +1 to all saves.

    Overall, I think its balanced, but slightly stronger than the standard lightfoot, due to increased flexibility.
    In all probability, that is. Which is a great relief to me personally.
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    Can't only HUMANS take Luck of Heroes? I'm pretty sure that's a fact.

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