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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #360 on: March 11, 2011, 01:05:05 AM »
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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #361 on: March 11, 2011, 01:15:27 AM »
Thanks for the input all. Phrenic is great choice, but we won't be using psionics, and Spellwarped, I think, is a +3. I like the Primordial half-ogre idea; the back story would need a little revision, but I think the DM would go for it. Thanks again for the suggestions everyone, your help is appreciated immensely.

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #362 on: March 11, 2011, 01:53:14 AM »
Drat.  On the bright side, Arcane Dillitant is noted as being (Sp), so the 3.5 version (just found it in MM) would indeed apply to three spells per day... though not your highest level spells.  By level 16 it can only quicken 4th level spells, which is not so hot, but by level 20 it applies to 6th level spells (which is nearly your maximum).  So, obviously not nearly as good, but might be worth taking at high levels.

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Pretty sure you have to select the Sp when you pick the feat too,making it not a great idea.
Yeah. I'd go with Quicken Spell-Like Ability (Arcane Dilettante), so you could use it 3/day.
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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #363 on: March 11, 2011, 02:19:53 AM »
Pretty sure you have to select the Sp when you pick the feat too,making it not a great idea.

Arcane Dillitante is the Sp ability you pick for it, so you're good to go.  You just can't use it when you're duplicating spells of too high a level (which is annoying, but if you can get your caster level up the restrictions aren't too bad.  Bloodlines?).

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #364 on: March 11, 2011, 10:05:22 PM »
Cute. Mechanics-wise a half-orc Factotum isn't a good idea, but the back story gives it some nice flavor. That's why I'm looking for a low LA template to help offset the Int penalty. We aren't playing heavily optimized characters; we're going more for a story driven game.

If you insist on something that's an Orc, but works as a Factotum, go for that Orc-like race from Races of Destiny. They're Orcs, but with +1 LA, +2 INT, and some barely useful things.
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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #365 on: March 12, 2011, 01:57:09 AM »
Cute. Mechanics-wise a half-orc Factotum isn't a good idea, but the back story gives it some nice flavor. That's why I'm looking for a low LA template to help offset the Int penalty. We aren't playing heavily optimized characters; we're going more for a story driven game.

If you insist on something that's an Orc, but works as a Factotum, go for that Orc-like race from Races of Destiny. They're Orcs, but with +1 LA, +2 INT, and some barely useful things.
Or just reflavor a dragonborn dwarf or something.
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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #366 on: March 12, 2011, 06:38:45 AM »
Since ability types is always a fun topic, but important for Cunning Brilliance, I thought it might be important to note that the FAQ does address this saying "anything that lacks a clear supernatural element should be fair play."  While that's not clear cut on the joy that is spellcasting, it should cover all the other stuff that DMs might not be sure about, such as Sneak Attack.

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #367 on: March 14, 2011, 04:00:47 PM »
Much as I like SA, I prefer the 10-11 Fighter Bonus Feats. :D
And the Knight's Challenge, and Rogue Special Abilities.

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #368 on: March 15, 2011, 01:28:58 AM »
Yeah, Fighter Bonus Feats and Martial Maneuvers are my favorites for that sort of thing.

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #369 on: March 15, 2011, 01:47:56 AM »
Does it work with racial progressions?
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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #370 on: March 15, 2011, 01:58:30 AM »
It says "standard classes" which means base classes.  So, no.

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #371 on: March 15, 2011, 02:07:41 AM »
It says "standard classes" which means base classes.  So, no.

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To be anal-retentive about it, 'standard classes' has no actual RAW meaning...
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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #372 on: March 15, 2011, 03:49:50 AM »
Actually it does.  PHBII makes it clear.  The DMG uses the terminology too, IIRC.  Check out PHBII page 4, 5, and 31.  It's unclear whether an ACF or variant still counts as a "Standard Class" but I suspect that class variants (like the Cloistered Cleric) are not standard... not sure though.

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #373 on: April 20, 2011, 02:24:28 PM »
I have a question about an epic factotum.

What are the class abilities ?

For the arcane spells, does the factotum access to the 8th, 9th, 10th spell level ?

Can a factotum do a research on a epic spell ?

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #374 on: April 20, 2011, 08:24:03 PM »
I have a question about an epic factotum.

What are the class abilities ?

For the arcane spells, does the factotum access to the 8th, 9th, 10th spell level ?

Can a factotum do a research on a epic spell ?

To answer these: It was made during a time when they discontinued the Epic class rules. As such, it has no class features beyond 20th level.

So no, they can't research Epic spells. They can't qualify for the Epic Spellcasting feat.


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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #375 on: April 30, 2011, 09:43:20 PM »
The book is dirtier than the movie.
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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #376 on: May 05, 2011, 11:42:24 PM »
Are there any specific magic items which are really useful for factotums?
That was somewhat misleading on my part. Think of it as self-confidence, self-image, the ego, and other such things, not people skills. Someone with a low Charisma who goes insane is probably suffering crippling self-doubt or has a skewed perception of him/herself (or, given the power of the entities in the Cthulhu mythos, an accurate perception of his or her place in the universe).

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #377 on: May 06, 2011, 02:48:07 AM »
Are there any specific magic items which are really useful for factotums?

Open up your MiC to a random page. 40% of the time, you will find an item on that page that a Factotum can make decent use of.


Joking aside, Staves. Especially custom ones.


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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #378 on: May 06, 2011, 02:54:10 AM »
I have used the MiC trick before, no joke.

thanks. aside from immovable rods, i am running out of ideas. I will be looking at staves then, any in particular?
That was somewhat misleading on my part. Think of it as self-confidence, self-image, the ego, and other such things, not people skills. Someone with a low Charisma who goes insane is probably suffering crippling self-doubt or has a skewed perception of him/herself (or, given the power of the entities in the Cthulhu mythos, an accurate perception of his or her place in the universe).

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Re: The Factotum's Handbook
« Reply #379 on: May 06, 2011, 04:01:04 AM »
I have used the MiC trick before, no joke.

thanks. aside from immovable rods, i am running out of ideas. I will be looking at staves then, any in particular?

If you can get custom ones, do so. Otherwise, look for ones that have spells mentioned in the Wizard Handbook, or at the start of this handbook (since you can't prepare more than one of each, redundancy is good).

Rod of Surprises (MIC), Robe of Useful Items (DMG), Feather Token (Tree, DMG), and Rod of Ropes (CM).


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