Level Up (A5E) Steampunkette's Writing Requests

Steampunkette

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Going back through the tier 1 Arcane Knight powers and rewriting my Binding Strike into something a little different... Does this feel too strong as a low-tier Maneuver to anyone?
Warding Flourish (2 points)
1st degree Arcane Knight action
With a mystical flourish of your weapon you briefly create a weak shield of force around a nearby ally. Any creature that attempts to enter the threatened area of your target must make a Strength Save or be unable to enter your target’s threatened area. On a successful save, the threatened area is instead treated as difficult terrain.
It is meant to be a maneuver you use to explicitly protect an ally, so it deals no damage. But I can't think of a single movement-denial ability available at low-levels which has this kind of defensive power. Sanctuary makes it hard to hit the target, sure, but this can make it difficult to just move -past- someone. Then again, it is 2 points so it'll take half your exertion just to do it once at level 1...
 

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tetrasodium

Legend
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Going back through the tier 1 Arcane Knight powers and rewriting my Binding Strike into something a little different... Does this feel too strong as a low-tier Maneuver to anyone?

It is meant to be a maneuver you use to explicitly protect an ally, so it deals no damage. But I can't think of a single movement-denial ability available at low-levels which has this kind of defensive power. Sanctuary makes it hard to hit the target, sure, but this can make it difficult to just move -past- someone. Then again, it is 2 points so it'll take half your exertion just to do it once at level 1...
What about warning strike? 1 point 1st degree mirror's glint speed=0
 

Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
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What about warning strike? 1 point 1st degree mirror's glint speed=0
It's close, for sure. And provides no saving throw, and shuts the target down completely, and it uses a reaction...

I shall tentatively mark it good for now and continue working on the 2nd and 3rd degrees.

Basically: Both the Arcane Knight and the Eldritch Blackguard are going to be doing lots of battlefield control with their maneuvers. Movement denial, difficult terrain, forced movement, some personal movement as well with the Knight advancing while the Blackguard's movement options are largely retreating...

Trying to do two ways to do the same thing to make for crazy cool Marshalls and Fighters in particular.
 

Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
Supporter
Just had a whacky idea I wanted to share for an Arcane Knight maneuver:

You start to swing your weapon at empty air, then teleport to your target to finish the strike. If you teleport more than 15ft, the attack is made with advantage.

All it needs is a Nightcrawler "Bamf" sound effect.
 

Not sure how redundant this is, but two things I've seen people bring up again and again over my time on this board are some sort of 'gish' arcane/martial class (as hybrids of the other major roles seem to exist) and a folkloric-flavored witch class (roughly, a rural wizard who focuses on debuffs and charming and has potion-making, minor healing, and shapechanging abilities).
 

Corinnguard

Adventurer
So. I'm going to try a new writing process for Gate Pass Gazette articles and I could use your help! Yes. You!

Morrus casually mentioned wanting to see spells which inflict Strife. An hour and a half after reading it I had 8 spells for inflicting different levels of Strife mainly to single target but two of them are -powerful- AoE abilities. I'm currently working on the Arcane Knight maneuvers and planning out an Occultist style maneuver set to go alongside it so you can do either a bright and colorful Knight or a dark and conniving Blackguard.

My intention is to just straight up write as many articles as I can, fully proofed and edited, ready for release. Then submit the pitches for them to the GPG. Anything that doesn't get a mark for the GPG, I'll release myself. Either here on the forums, or on my own Patreon.

So where do you come in?

Ideas. Give me things you'd like to see in A5e. Things you'd like to play. Spells, Feats, Heritages, Backgrounds, Cultures, Destinies, Archetypes, the works. Even just general or fairly specific "Themes" you'd like me to flesh out into game mechanics and writing that can be provided.

And with those themes? Don't feel like you have to be bound to a specific aspect of A5e. My first article for the GPG involves both Backgrounds and a Destiny, so if you feel like something could be described as multiple aspects of a character, don't hesitate to point it out!
What about material involving a planar origin? So far the material in A5e covers stuff you might find on any world within the material plane. But what if there is something about your character that hails from another plane of existence?

Take heritage, for starters. While there is a Planetouched heritage in A5e, it usually involves something from the planes visiting the material plane and interacting with someone of a mortal heritage. However, the reverse could happen too. Someone from the material plane visiting one of the planes and then siring a Planetouched individual who was shaped by that plane in some fashion.

Then there is Culture. Imagine growing up on some other plane other than a material plane world. ;)

Yes, I am talking about a Planescape theme for A5e's GPG. ;)
 

Steampunkette

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Not sure how redundant this is, but two things I've seen people bring up again and again over my time on this board are some sort of 'gish' arcane/martial class (as hybrids of the other major roles seem to exist) and a folkloric-flavored witch class (roughly, a rural wizard who focuses on debuffs and charming and has potion-making, minor healing, and shapechanging abilities).
Trust me when I say: I love Gish. It's why I did the Psychic Warrior combat maneuvers and why I'm doing both the Arcane Knight and Eldritch Blackguard maneuvers, currently.

But.

As I'm intending to submit all these materials to the Gate Pass Gazette for a shot at publication before doing so, myself, I am trying to aim for what the GPG Guidelines are. Which, unfortunately, includes "No Classes at this Time". Classes often dramatically exceed the 2,000 word count size of your typical article, occasionally coming in at 9,000 words with archetypes and spell lists included.

There may come a time in the next year or three when they open the floor for new classes. And you can bet your bottom dollar I will try to put a Gish into the mix.
What about material involving a planar origin? So far the material in A5e covers stuff you might find on any world within the material plane. But what if there is something about your character that hails from another plane of existence?

Take heritage, for starters. While there is a Planetouched heritage in A5e, it usually involves something from the planes visiting the material plane and interacting with someone of a mortal heritage. However, the reverse could happen too. Someone from the material plane visiting one of the planes and then siring a Planetouched individual who was shaped by that plane in some fashion.

Then there is Culture. Imagine growing up on some other plane other than a material plane world. ;)

Yes, I am talking about a Planescape theme for A5e's GPG. ;)
An Extraplanar Cultures article? I could see that... Though with a 2,000 word limit I managed to do two Backgrounds and one Destiny, so it would probably be a bit. Mmm... Constrained.

Maybe a series..?

This is quickly becoming a "Release your own book" thing... I'm kinda here for it.

Lemme get through to August, see where we are, and build up from there.
 

Corinnguard

Adventurer
Trust me when I say: I love Gish. It's why I did the Psychic Warrior combat maneuvers and why I'm doing both the Arcane Knight and Eldritch Blackguard maneuvers, currently.

But.

As I'm intending to submit all these materials to the Gate Pass Gazette for a shot at publication before doing so, myself, I am trying to aim for what the GPG Guidelines are. Which, unfortunately, includes "No Classes at this Time". Classes often dramatically exceed the 2,000 word count size of your typical article, occasionally coming in at 9,000 words with archetypes and spell lists included.

There may come a time in the next year or three when they open the floor for new classes. And you can bet your bottom dollar I will try to put a Gish into the mix.

An Extraplanar Cultures article? I could see that... Though with a 2,000 word limit I managed to do two Backgrounds and one Destiny, so it would probably be a bit. Mmm... Constrained.

Maybe a series..?

This is quickly becoming a "Release your own book" thing... I'm kinda here for it.

Lemme get through to August, see where we are, and build up from there.
I am fine with the Extraplanar stuff being doled out as a series for the GPG. (y)
 

Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
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Yeah... yeah... the Blackguard is going all in on positioning and Press the Attack. This is going to be one -aggressive- combat tradition that winds up retreating in a puff of smoke when they get in over their head...
 

Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
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The Cruel Weight of Magic is now complete. 13 vicious spells meant to hamper your party's capabilities or empower your villainous spellcasters by using their own, or someone else's, hit dice. Coming in at 1,996 words it sure is a buzzer beater!

Eldritch Knight is down to 4th and 5th degree maneuvers (2022 words, already, so I'm gonna be taking a loss on this one already!) and I'm trying to figure out how to format the Concept Winnowing Phrases...
 
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Steampunkette

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honestly i'd just love to see anything western or victorian themed (or space themed, but we're already getting the voidrunner's codex so i guess that itch is gonna get scratched real well). equipment, backgrounds, anything. a more martial focused artificer subclass would also be cool. maybe even put them together...gunsmithing artificer subclass?
... so here's a thought...

Artificer Subclass with access to Combat Maneuvers in the same way Arcane Knight gives Fighter some Spellcasting.

Biting Zephyr and Mist and Shade would be pretty great for an Artificer.

Also: Evil Magic and the Mystic Combat Traditions are ready to go live on my Patreon if they're not taken by the GPG this month. Blood and Spirits, Outcast Allies (Heritages and Cultures for Goblinoids), and the more combat-capable Artificer are now on my burners...

Still need to set aside time to make a Journey supplement for new terrains, encounters, and boons. Thinking I might aim for a sort of comedic style for that one. "Mirthful Misadventures".
 


Steampunkette

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What about spells that cause some strife to the caster… perhaps because they are a little bit better. Perhaps some rare spells.
Right now the "Cruel Weight of Magic" includes 3 spells which sacrifice the caster's Hit Dice to increase the damage of their spells...

Well. Sort of.

The first spell sacrifices your hit dice.

The second spell steals the hit dice of a creature that just hit 0hp.

The third spell allows you to sacrifice up to 12 hit dice to deal 12 hit dice worth of damage to your target and steal up to 12 of theirs (half damage on a save and you steal no hit dice).

But once you've got hit dice in your pool you can use them to empower other spells (Or even get a free cast)
 


Faolyn

(she/her)
Going back through the tier 1 Arcane Knight powers and rewriting my Binding Strike into something a little different... Does this feel too strong as a low-tier Maneuver to anyone?

It is meant to be a maneuver you use to explicitly protect an ally, so it deals no damage. But I can't think of a single movement-denial ability available at low-levels which has this kind of defensive power. Sanctuary makes it hard to hit the target, sure, but this can make it difficult to just move -past- someone. Then again, it is 2 points so it'll take half your exertion just to do it once at level 1...
It's similar in concept to the Interception (o5e) or Protection (LU) fighting styles, but a bit more powerful because you're preventing movement. I think 2 points works well.
 

Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
Supporter
Hit on a new article idea while working on VRC material:

Intrepid Reporter archetype for the Scoundrel Class.

With the idea of structuring the article as the Intrepid Reporter (And her Camera Drone companion) finding secret and rare technology in a military research station that she broke into. Sort of an Artemis Zin character, for those of you who played Wildstar.

Artemis_zin.jpg


A Scoundrel that gets a built in companion, like Beastmaster but a flying camera robot, so the article would include both the archetype and an NPC statblock with some variable options...

But also some "Magic Item Equivalents" for sci-fi tech that are taken from the military research station. Prototypes in some cases, by the Intrepid Reporter (Because still a scoundrel)
 

GuyBoy

Hero
Hit on a new article idea while working on VRC material:

Intrepid Reporter archetype for the Scoundrel Class.

With the idea of structuring the article as the Intrepid Reporter (And her Camera Drone companion) finding secret and rare technology in a military research station that she broke into. Sort of an Artemis Zin character, for those of you who played Wildstar.

Artemis_zin.jpg


A Scoundrel that gets a built in companion, like Beastmaster but a flying camera robot, so the article would include both the archetype and an NPC statblock with some variable options...

But also some "Magic Item Equivalents" for sci-fi tech that are taken from the military research station. Prototypes in some cases, by the Intrepid Reporter (Because still a scoundrel)
Never played Wildstar but like the idea here.
The companion could even be “something” liberated by the reporter from the military research station; possibly a drone as stated, but variant could also be a badly-treated animal with genetically-mutated intelligence. Lots of possibilities.
 

Micah Sweet

Legend
Hit on a new article idea while working on VRC material:

Intrepid Reporter archetype for the Scoundrel Class.

With the idea of structuring the article as the Intrepid Reporter (And her Camera Drone companion) finding secret and rare technology in a military research station that she broke into. Sort of an Artemis Zin character, for those of you who played Wildstar.

Artemis_zin.jpg


A Scoundrel that gets a built in companion, like Beastmaster but a flying camera robot, so the article would include both the archetype and an NPC statblock with some variable options...

But also some "Magic Item Equivalents" for sci-fi tech that are taken from the military research station. Prototypes in some cases, by the Intrepid Reporter (Because still a scoundrel)
I'm not familiar with the Scoundrel class. Where is it from?
 

Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
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Never played Wildstar but like the idea here.
The companion could even be “something” liberated by the reporter from the military research station; possibly a drone as stated, but variant could also be a badly-treated animal with genetically-mutated intelligence. Lots of possibilities.
Oh, yeah? Kinda. I just mean the article would be written like the reporter exploring the secret military research station.

The Intrepid Reporter archetype will get a drone just 'cause they need the roving camera to do reports and find stuff. But once you've got a drone there's, like, various things you can do with a drone. A Reporter and their Camera Man, with the camera man played by a drone.
I'm not familiar with the Scoundrel class. Where is it from?
vrc_cover.jpg


I've been fortunate enough to work on the VRC a little bit, and the Scoundrel is one of the classes still in progress. So far the Scientist and Psion have been released for playtesting and review.
 

Micah Sweet

Legend
Oh, yeah? Kinda. I just mean the article would be written like the reporter exploring the secret military research station.

The Intrepid Reporter archetype will get a drone just 'cause they need the roving camera to do reports and find stuff. But once you've got a drone there's, like, various things you can do with a drone. A Reporter and their Camera Man, with the camera man played by a drone.

vrc_cover.jpg


I've been fortunate enough to work on the VRC a little bit, and the Scoundrel is one of the classes still in progress. So far the Scientist and Psion have been released for playtesting and review.
Ok, cool. I didn't know there was a third new class. Can you tell us anything about it (concept at least)?
 

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