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« on: October 30, 2011, 06:46:10 AM »

Well you may have read or replied to this topic http://brilliantgameologists.com/boards/index.php?topic=13457.0. Well it went off a success opening my DM's eyes to the world of optimization for spellcasters. But now he has challenged me to do the same thing with a melee build. Core Books and d20srd. Level 10 starting level. Going to run to level 12. Have no idea how I'm going to pull this off. Figured id go back to where i got the advice for the spellcaster.
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2011, 07:08:52 AM »

Good fucking luck.
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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2011, 07:15:17 AM »

Human Cleric (Strength domain)

Half Orc Barbarian
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2011, 07:37:20 AM »

ELF Fighter
Attributes:

12 Str
16 Dex(16+2 racial
14 Con(14 -2 Racial)
14 Int
14 Wis
8 Cha

Fighter(OPEN) 1 Weapon Finnesse, Education
Fighter 2 Imp Weapon Familiarity
Fighter 3 Weapon Focus(Elven Courtblade)
Fighter 4 Weapon Specialization(Elven Courtblade)
Fighter 5
Fighter 6 Knowledge Devotion, Improved Unarmed Strike
Fighter 7
Fighter 8 Superior Unarmed Strike
Fighter 9 Versatile Unarmed Strike
Fighter 10 Melee Weapon Mastery(Slashing)
Fighter 11
Fighter 12 Combat Reflexes, Robilars Gambit
Fighter 13
Fighter 14 Combat Expertise
Fighter 15 Greater Weapon Focus(Courtblade)
Fighter 16 Overpowering Attack (PHB II)
Fighter 17
Fighter 18 Greater Weapon Specialization(Courtblade), Weapon Supremacy(Courtblade)
Fighter 19
Fighter 20 Sense Weakness

You will need to do your own equips, but I would start with something like a Large sized Elven Courtblade
*not my original build

edit: A non-core wouldnt be as hard. Some of those feats are probably not core but what ever   its straight fighter so thats pretty core only haha
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2011, 08:22:30 AM »

Non spellcasting melee?  No casty casty at all to do the melee thing?

http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80415

Use the PHB/DMG/MM1/SRD version of that.

Otherwise, if you can get SOME spellcasting but he is like, 'no full casters', try being a Psychic Warrior, perhaps?

Of course a PHB/DMG/MM1 Druid would be better at 'getting melee done' than that... focus on animal companion, wild shaping, and summoning.
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2011, 08:31:36 AM »

Non spellcasting melee?  No casty casty at all to do the melee thing?

http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80415

Use the PHB/DMG/MM1/SRD version of that.

Otherwise, if you can get SOME spellcasting but he is like, 'no full casters', try being a Psychic Warrior, perhaps?

Of course a PHB/DMG/MM1 Druid would be better at 'getting melee done' than that... focus on animal companion, wild shaping, and summoning.

That is a no to the druid. Did that last game. Might be able to get cleric. I doubt it. But its a possibility. But if it starts to look like the focus is shifting from melee to casting nope.
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2011, 09:05:48 AM »

Yeah I was gonna say Psychic Warrior also.

If you're stuck with nothing else, I would suggest dipping Barbarian 1/Cleric 1 (Time/Travel) and then straight up Fighter 8. Get a permanent Enlarge effect.  Wield a reach weapon.  Take Standstill and Combat Reflexes, Deep Impact optional.  Should be good enough if he is sticking to Core Only.  See if you can be an Orc or something with LA like a Minotaur.  i think those will be some of your better options in a Core+SRD only environment if you HAVE to be "Non-caster."
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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2011, 10:25:27 AM »

A Cleric with access to Divine Power does well when the buff is up.  Having the Strength domain would of course make things better.  If it wasn't for the fact that I don't think any deity has a favored weapon with reach, I'd say War domain would be the second option to get a reach weapon other than the longspear.

Not having access to spells/psionics of course makes things more difficult.  Still, even two levels of Fighter can get a Knock-Down build going.
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