Talk:Militant Spellcaster (3.5e Alternate Class Feature)

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Is this overpowered? Should I also give them light armor proficiency, and allow them to spellcast in it with no penalty?The Dire Reverend 20:58, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

I'd say so. Compare to the duskblade (PHB2) or the battle sorcerer. Just the full BAB tells meleers "screw you" even in Tome games that use The Edge. Already giving them that is too much, no need to give them armor prof on top. At the very least I'd reduce it to medium BAB. --Ghostwheel 00:03, 15 February 2011 (UTC)
I'm with Ghost on the full BAB thing though, medium would be a better call. It's probably not overpowered per se though, no more than a regular wizard or sorcerer is, but it does step on toes and that's not particularly cool. More generally, I think the battle sorcerer already does most of what you're looking for actually, though you'd need to open it up to wizards as well. If you wanted to go a bit farther you could start with that chassis and remove the familiar in exchange for martial weapon proficiency, which seems a reasonable trade off to me (since it's basically a level 1 feat swap IMO). - Tarkisflux 00:15, 15 February 2011 (UTC)
One of the things I wanted is to keep full BAB. How should I go about that?The Dire Reverend 00:40, 15 February 2011 (UTC)
There's competing concerns here: power level and concept separation. If you are trying for a wizard balanced character, this is probably fine power level wise but somewhat lacking in concept separation (assuming you're not using tome combat feats and edge anyway, if you are this is basically unworkable for reasons along the same lines as the mystic theurge problem). I'm not sure what you even could give up to get a swordsman wizard without stepping on the melee guys toes though, so it may just be something you swallow in your games despite being a somewhat poor addition in general because it craps all over other guys' shticks. If you aren't trying to build a wizard level ACF, or don't mind backing down from that, you might have better luck with an ACF based on the ranger or paladin chassis, full BAB with half casting. You'd need to do some class features as well, but it covers concept separation better than the current setup and would better allow the tradeoff you seem to want.
What's so great about full BAB anyway? - Tarkisflux 00:56, 15 February 2011 (UTC)