Friday, August 7, 2009

The Kensei


Today I am offering up the Kensei class. This class is based heavily on the duelist from Dragon #73. I have taken the same liberties that OA did and allowed the Kensei to favor any weapon (not just the sword). For some inspiration, check out the Samurai trilogy starring Toshiro Mifune (based on Miyamoto Musashi).

The class can be found here, or on my download links on the sidebar. I hope to follow this up soon with specialized rules for dueling and schools (dojo).

9 comments:

  1. Very nice. The favored weapon makes perfect sense of course, but the life-saving parry and the improved armor class really give the character the feel of someone who doesn't need armor and can do unique things, simply because they are just that good.

    Did you consider any kind of "Ki Strike" when you designed the rules, or is that something you used / might use for another custom class?

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  2. Thanks Badelaire. I am not a fan of "ki strikes" so much. I have largely ignored them to be honest (wasn't a fan of them in OA either). I have no plans to use them, but this rules set is very lite, so they are easy to add in if you have the notion.

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  3. No worries Mike. I think the class as is makes perfect sense, and given the low "modifier bloat" of S&W, the fact that the Kensai has a +1 hit/damage with their favorite weapon makes every hit a "Ki Strike" of sorts.

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  4. Interesting stuff, though I think the armour class bonus from dexterity and wisdom is a bit on the high side when combined.

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  5. Matthew: Yes it can get high, but then if you are only rolling 3d6 in order the odds are against you (the best you can get would be equivalent of o-yori) and it will never be magical. :)

    You can always rule it as one or the other instead of both (take the highest stat if you wish).

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  6. Probably, I will just opt for a static +1 AC, rather than granting a bonus based on another attribute. Good stuff, though!

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  7. Nicely balanced, a great addition to the range of options.

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