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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #90 on: September 23, 2012, 09:14:43 PM »
Indeed! Still looking for a number 3 (and a 4, if sufficient interest exists).

Mike, either option's fine with me. We can work on reflavoring spells later when you've settled on what you want him to do.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #91 on: September 23, 2012, 09:39:11 PM »
So 7th level, fast feats, no rela magic, people are basically human regardless of actual origin choice.
Is that correct?

Im thinking either a Monter hunter type(think Vayne from Lol) Or a Mist Dancer or sorts.
Or something else, what is nailed down party member wise?
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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #92 on: September 23, 2012, 09:54:01 PM »
So 7th level, fast feats, no rela magic, people are basically human regardless of actual origin choice.
Is that correct?

Im thinking either a Monter hunter type(think Vayne from Lol) Or a Mist Dancer or sorts.
Or something else, what is nailed down party member wise?

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #93 on: October 24, 2012, 10:14:58 PM »
Gatac, I'm going to bow out of this one for now. I've had the character mostly ready for a couple of weeks now, but can't find the time to put down finishing touches and put him on the forum due to workload and other obligations, which of course doesn't bode well for my participation here.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #94 on: October 24, 2012, 11:21:18 PM »
I don't suppose, with MikeS bowing out, recruitment would be open?  Ever since picking up the PDF, I've dreamed night and day of playing in a Fantasycraft game.  Well, most nights and most days.

If it is open, would you be willing to help out a new guy with character creation?  My experience with the system consists of having read the book a few times.  Well, most of the book.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #95 on: October 25, 2012, 12:37:08 AM »
Sure can do. What's your character concept?

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #96 on: October 25, 2012, 11:14:04 AM »
Yeah, recruitment is open. Of course, I'm also willing to help with character building, but Mr. Anderson here has the superior Rules-fu, so heed his advice. :)

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #97 on: October 25, 2012, 02:14:39 PM »
Neat!

I have two character ideas, depending on what the GM feels would be the best fit for the campaign.  They're in many ways opposites of each other.

The first idea I had was for a grizzled, blood and guts style samurai.  He's been in many a battle, and feels that the ideals of Bushido have little place in the thick of melee, where you're trying to kill the other guy, and the other guy is trying to kill you, both by any means.  He'd be more than a touch cynical, and he wouldn't think too much of courtiers.  He'd almost certainly be played by Toshiro Mifune.

The other idea I had would be for a younger, privileged samurai.  This character could still be an excellent swordsman, but he's never been in battle.  He'd be fairly comfortable in a court setting, although still a touch naive, mostly in that he wouldn't understand the stakes that people are playing for.  Ideally, he'd have little concept of money, and little understanding of the lives of common people.

Would one of these characters fit better than the other?  Let me know what you think!

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #98 on: October 26, 2012, 10:31:42 AM »
He'd almost certainly be played by Toshiro Mifune.

You can stop right there. Sold! :)

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #99 on: October 26, 2012, 09:16:19 PM »
He'd almost certainly be played by Toshiro Mifune.

You can stop right there. Sold! :)

Ok!  That's what I'll do, then!

I'll work on getting background and description up pretty soon.  Mechanical stuff, as I mentioned, I'll probably need more than a few pointers.  The human traits "Grizzled", "Ruthless", and "Stern" all seem like fair fits.  Maybe "Cunning", as it's not just fighting, but clever fighting that characterizes him.  Lots of levels in soldier.  How viable is it to be able to use several different sorts of weapons?  I don't see him using a katana primarily; instead something more like a nodachi, ono, or tetsubo.  Any mechanical suggestions towards these goals would be much appreciated.

Anyway, background!  As I said, should be up soon.  After I sleep.  Sleep is fairly important.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #100 on: October 26, 2012, 10:57:05 PM »
Very viable! As a Soldier, you have plenty of weapon proficiencies and combat feats to use however you wish. As for Talent, I'm fond of Cunning on pretty much any build; for a Mifune-style guy, I think Stern also works nicely. Just for variety's sake, I would very much like a character built around a tetsubo! That sounds like a Great Club, mechanically, to me - obviously you'll want the Club feat chain, which will let you switch up subdual and lethal damage, easily knock out standard characters and sweep people off their feet easily - so in computer game parlance, you may not have the most DPS, but you're good at crowd control. :) A Soldier build will be good at this with its added durability - add stuff like the Charging feats to quickly close the distance, and you'll be like a madman hurling himself into the middle of the fight and knocking everyone aside, leaving the dazed and confused survivors for your squishier teammates to pick up.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #101 on: October 27, 2012, 01:54:00 PM »
As promised, here is the non-mechanical stuff!

Tanaka Masakazu

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Even before the disappearance of the Emperor, there were many parts of the Empire that did not share in the prosperity that many lords were fortunate enough to experience.  Tanaka Masakazu was born into such an area.  In the northernmost part of the mainland, largely lacking in farmland or other natural resources, the land was nevertheless contested by two local lords who both had little, and wanted what the other had.  Imperial displeasure could not stop the fighting; a visit from a magistrate would merely suppress the fighting until the magistrate's departure.  Masakazu's was eight years old when his father died in the fighting, and ten when his mother died in yet another battle, at which point Masakazu entered the household of his uncle, Tanaka Takaya.  It wasn't long after his coming of age at 15 that Masakazu was in his first battle.  He entered it hoping to make his family proud.  By the end of it, he was just trying his best to stay alive.

Over the next four years, the region continued to see increasingly violent, bloody battles.  The feud finally ended in mutual loss.  The enemy lord's castle was stormed, and the lord was put to the sword.  At the same time, however, Masakazu's lord had lost all of his heirs, and was an old man.  He managed to rule over the new land for just over a month before fever took him.  Masakazu took advantage of the opportunity to become ronin, more than happy to be his own master.

Over the next twelve years, Masakazu wandered, fighting as a mercenary, sometimes working as a bounty hunter.  The money has only grown better since His uncle managed to find a new lord; Masakzu still visits him from time to time, although they tend to argue over Masakazu's life choices.

Description:  Masakazu bears the marks of war in the form of many small scars on his face and his body.  His face can best be described as "fierce", with hard lines, a sharp nose, rigid jaw.  A life of travel often means he spends less time on personal appearance than others, so his hair is often a touch unkempt, and his beard is often a touch ragged.  A massive iron-studded club is secured to his back.  His armor is the only piece of equipment that shows regular signs of care, having inherited it from his father; even with the numerous dents and scrapes of constant use, it is well polished, it's deep red color still showing.

Disposition:  A scowl often appears on Masakazu's face, partially due to his cynical attitude towards the life of a samurai, and partially for show; most people prefer to hire an intimidating mercenary!  He often waits, evaluating before speaking, observing before acting, although when he does act, he commits fully to his action.  Underneath the rough exterior is a... rough interior.  Rough, but fair.  Despite his solitary wanderings, he enjoys being part of a group.  To his companions, he is loyal, and will do his best to see not just himself, but also them through any battles.  They will also discover that he has a sense of humor, often sarcastic.  He also has great sympathies towards those who have fallen on exceptionally hard times, and will sometimes help them for free.  Afterwards, he will implore them not to tell anyone; can't have his reputation ruined.


Let me know what you think, and if there's anything you'd like to be different.  I put in the uncle so that he wouldn't completely be a lone wolf who wolfs alone.

Now, to get working on that mechanical stuff...
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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #102 on: October 29, 2012, 01:33:43 PM »
Ok, I've started working on the mechanical stuff a bit.  I've got the bare bones so far.  It's at this point I could use a few suggestions.

For feats, the club tree and charging tree were both suggested.  Anything else I should totally get?  I sorta was leaning towards the Athlete skill package, since skill points are a bit dear as a soldier.  Lightning reflexes also appealed, as I was looking at things to use with my Melee Combat Expert, and finding little; lightning reflexes would perhaps get my reflex save high enough that I could manage to parry a few things that would hit me.

Anyway, I'd love some suggestions or critiques, and I'll keep plugging away in the meantime!

Character Sheet:

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XP 25,000
Stern Fighter
Soldier 8
Type: Medium biped folk, reach 1
Speed: 30 ft.

STR:   16
DEX:   16
CON:  12
INT:    12
WIS:   14
CHA:   10

Vitality: 104
Wounds: 18

Melee Attack: 11 = 8+3

Unarmed Attack:  11 = 8+3
Ranged Attack:  11 = 8+3


Fortitude save:   5 = 4+1
Reflex save:        5 = 2+3
Will save:            8 = 6+2

Defense: 20 = 10 + 5 (class) + 3 (dex) +2 (Armor use 2)
DR:  =
Resists:

Initiative: +8 = 5 (class) + 3 (dex)

Action dice: 4d6

Lifestyle: +2
Panache: 2
      Appearance: +1
      Income: 20s
Prudence: 0 (15%)

Legend: +4

Origin Abilities:
•Grueling Combatant: Each time an adjacent opponent attacks you and misses, he suffers 2 points of subdual damage.
•Light Sleeper: Sleeping is never a Terminal Situation for you.
•No Pain: You ignore the first fatigued or shaken condition you gain in each scene.
•Unbreakable: Each time you suffer attribute impairment, it decreases by 1 (minimum 0).
•Melee Combat Expert: You’re considered to have 2 additional Melee Combat feats for any ability based on the number of Melee Combat feats you have.

Class Abilities:
Armor Use II: You gain a +2 bonus to Defense while wearing armor and receive a 25% discount when purchasing armor.
Killer Instinct: You inflict 2 additional damage with proficient attacks.
Fortunes of War I: You gain Damage Reduction 1. During dramatic scenes, this DR increases to 2.

Skills: Total = Ranks + Attribute Modifier + Misc
• Athletics        +14 = 9 + 3
• Haggle*              +10 = 8 + 2
• Intimidate       +11 = 9 + 2
• Notice             +7 = 5 + 2
• Resolve             +9 = 11 + 1
• Sense Motive*  + = 8 + 2
• Survival            +7 = 5 + 2

Feats:
• Armor Basics

Stances:

Interests:

Proficiencies:

Advanced tricks:

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #103 on: October 29, 2012, 04:15:28 PM »
Alrighty.

You have 4 class and 5 level based feats (due to the fast feats quality) to play with.

Club B/M/S eats 3. I'd also take Polearm Basics for the ridiculous DR its stance gives you against most ranged attacks (at this point, a minimum of 6 thanks to MCE). That's your class feats out of the way.

If you want skill points, you're locked into Basic Skill Mastery and Talented as your 1st & 2nd level feat choices to get the most efficient use out of your 'free' skill point; given your write-up I'd go with Officer (Intimidate/Tactics) as it heightens your scary dudeness and compensates for not having as many ranks in Tactics.

That in turn suggests the style feat Glint of Madness to take advantage of your buffed Intimidate checks. And since you're playing with clubs, Crushing Mastery also seems a natural (thus upping PB's DR to 7). It's worth holding off on the final feat until discussing with Gatac what your supernatural freebie feat is going to be.

Proficiencywise, you've got 10 out of the gate + another 3 due to level. Two go on getting the blunt forte, and I'd probably drop another 2 on the unarmed forte, Edged is a given, and Armoured Assurance a natural trick to pick up. Since you're using a great club the Overpowering Strike, Toppling Swing, and Retribution tricks are all must haves, along with Mix-Up (Threaten). Ragged Wound & Salt the Wound are a potent combo. And I'd be tempted to add in either the hurled or bow proficiency for a little ranged versitility.

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Re: [Recruiting] Shinobi
« Reply #104 on: October 29, 2012, 08:31:20 PM »
Question on the legacy items:

I thought the original intent was to have a race heritage and legacy feat here that represent the gradual unlocking of power. I didn't take the heritage feat earlier, but instead took Mr. A's Gempukku Ceremony feat to represent the item.

I see now that Mr. A took both the Gempukku Ceremony and the Heritage and Legacy feats. Do those all represent your item, Mr. A?

Gatac, what do you suggest for the Legacy level feat? Should I just pick a Legacy, or should I pay for the corresponding Heritage feat in addition? Or are we paying for both of those feats, and only the initial Heritage feat (for which I chose Gempukku) is free?