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Bardificer - An Eberron-style Artificer based on the Bard class

Staffan

Adventurer
I have just uploaded Bardificer - An Eberron-style Artificer based on the Bard class to the downloads area.

Like many others, I was not happy with the artificer-as-wizard-tradition offered by Wizards of the Coast, because I thought it was too far off what the Eberron artificer was in 3e. So I made my own, based on the Bard class. Many of the class features mirror those of a bard - you could think of this as a bard subclass you'd take at level 1 instead of 3, and with the music flavor replaced by tinkering. I left some of the class features without descriptions because I couldn't be hedgehogged into writing some formula text that everyone already knows.

The spell list consists mostly of buff spells (flavored as creating short-term buff items), spells that deal with artifice (traps, locks, etc.) and healing (flavored as healing potions). I did not include much in the way of permanent item creation, as that is the province of the DM - mainly the Infuse Item ability that lets them bypass whatever spell requirements are made on item creation.

The big difference from the bard class is that the artificer does not have spells known - instead, he knows his entire spell list. On the other hand, this spell list is severely limited - although somewhat less so with the Magical Secrets class feature. Also, it's based on Intelligence instead of Charisma.

You can find the file here in the downloads section. Please use this thread for comments.
 

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JWO

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Looks good to me! Hard to give any real feedback without playtesting it. I don't really have any experience with Eberron either but it seems to have the flavour I'd imagine when I hear 'artificer'. I'm pretty interested in delving into Eberron as DM so I'll keep this in mind if I ever get round to it. It looks like it probably makes more sense than the official version WotC put out.
The only thing I don't like is 'Assisting trinket' but that's really just a matter of opinion. Something about how those two words sound together doesn't sit well with me. I guess it's tricky because you want to differentiate them from the regular trinkets characters get. How about 'minor trinket'? 'helpful trinket'? or something along the Magic or Arcane trinket route...
 

Staffan

Adventurer
Looks good to me! Hard to give any real feedback without playtesting it. I don't really have any experience with Eberron either but it seems to have the flavour I'd imagine when I hear 'artificer'. I'm pretty interested in delving into Eberron as DM so I'll keep this in mind if I ever get round to it. It looks like it probably makes more sense than the official version WotC put out.
The only thing I don't like is 'Assisting trinket' but that's really just a matter of opinion. Something about how those two words sound together doesn't sit well with me. I guess it's tricky because you want to differentiate them from the regular trinkets characters get. How about 'minor trinket'? 'helpful trinket'? or something along the Magic or Arcane trinket route...

I'm not married to the term, and I didn't consider the "regular" trinkets either - which, in retrospect, makes it a poor choice of names. Perhaps something like "Lucky charms"? But then I guess the class would be gnome-only...
 

JWO

First Post
I'm not married to the term, and I didn't consider the "regular" trinkets either - which, in retrospect, makes it a poor choice of names. Perhaps something like "Lucky charms"? But then I guess the class would be gnome-only...

Haha yeah!

How about 'Minor Artifice'? 'Magic Charm? 'Minor Charm'?
 

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