Just use the advancement line? Fair enough. So should we start with Small and 2 HD (or drop to 1HD)?
So, it looks like Improved Natural Attack (like a tiger, except for bite instead of claw) and possibly augmented critical?Wikipedia said:Pound for pound, the Marsupial Lion had the strongest bite of any mammal species living or extinct; a 100 kg (220 lb) individual had a bite comparable to that of a 250 kg (550 lb) African Lion and is thought to have hunted large animals such as diprotodonts and giant kangaroos. It was the most specialised marsupial carnivore to have ever existed and had extremely strong forelimbs, with retractable claws, a trait previously unseen in marsupials. It was also armed with sharp carnassial teeth that could tear large chunks of meat off its prey, powered by very strong jaw muscles. In this it differed from placental carnivores which possess 'canine' teeth. Its strong forelimbs, retracting claws and incredibly powerful jaws mean that it may have been possible for it to climb trees and perhaps to carry carcasses to keep the kill for itself (similar to the leopard today).
I'm just curious, but is there a half-even/half-odd suggested guideline somewhere, or is that just your personal preference?freyar said:Let's use the smilodon's stats but make half of them odd. So Str 15, Dex 18, Con 11, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 6?
Yeah, that's the odd thing about trying to cover these with a single stat block. Maybe we'd be better off not starting Small and expecting size advancement to cover the various types. Perhaps we should do like the big cats, and stat one out for each size, where the ability scores don't follow the usual size advancement rules. Thoughts?demiurge1138 said:It strikes me as strange that its Dex is higher than its Str. I'd always imagined Thacyleo as a big bruiser.
Hmm, I guess I thought the standard array was three 10s and three 11s, though now I look in the SRD it doesn't actually say that. Well, chalk it up to preference, then.Shade said:I'm just curious, but is there a half-even/half-odd suggested guideline somewhere, or is that just your personal preference?
I note that most official creatures do follow that formula, but not all.