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Maphreal
2009-06-13, 04:21 PM
Hello all! I've been interested in making the 3.5 Drunken Master PrC from the Complete Warrior into a decent class, so I figured I'd write up a homebrew version and see what people think of it. I wanted to stick to the original class as much as possible, so for the most part I just beefed up existing abilities. I put any changes to the original abilities in italics, so they're easier to spot. Any criticism and suggestions would be much appreciated!

Requirements
To qualify to become a drunken master, a character must fulfill all the following criteria.

Skills: Tumble 8 ranks.
Feats: Dodge, Great Fortitude, Improved Unarmed Strike (or the monkís unarmed strike ability).
Special: Must be chosen by existing drunken masters and survive a night of revelry among them without being incarcerated, poisoned,
or extraordinarily embarrassed. (Removed silly monk requirements here)

Alignment: Any
Hit Die: 1d8

Class Skills:
The drunken masterís class skills (and the key ability for each
skill) are Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int),
Escape Artist (Dex), Hide (Dex), Jump (Str), Listen (Wis),
Move Silently (Dex), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Swim
(Str), and Tumble (Dex).
Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier

{table="head"]Level|BAB|Fort|Ref|Will|Special

1st|+1|+2|+2|+0|Improvised Weapons, Drink Like A Demon

2nd|+2|+3|+3|+0|Stagger

3rd|+3|+3|+3|+1|Swaying Waist

4th|+4|+4|+4|+1|Improved Improvised Weapons, AC Bonus +1

5th|+5|+4|+4|+1|Improved Drink Like A Demon, Greater Improvised Weapons

6th|+6|+5|+5|+2|Drunken Fists, Lurch

7th|+7|+5|+5|+2|Improved Grapple

8th|+8|+6|+6|+2|Greater Drink Like A Demon, For Medicinal Purposes

9th|+9|+6|+6|+3|Superior Improvised Weapons, Corkscrew Rush, AC Bonus +2

10th|+10|+7|+7|+3|Breath of Flame

[/table]

Drink Like A Demon - A drunken masterís body handles alcohol differently from other peopleís. He can drink a large tankard of ale, a bottle of wine, or a corresponding amount of stronger alcohol as a move action. Every bottle or tankard of alcohol he consumes during combat reduces his Wisdom and Intelligence by 2 points each, but increases his Strength or Constitution (characterís choice) by 2 points. A drunken master may benefit from a number of drinks equal to his 5 + half his Constitution modifier, rounded up. Do not count constitution points gained through Drink Like A Demon for this purpose.The duration of both the penalty and the bonus is a number of rounds equal to the characterís drunken master level + 3.


Improved Drink Like A Demon - At level 5 the drunken master may drink 2 drinks in the same action, and the Wisdom penalty is reduced to -1. A drunken master's Wisdom and Intelligence can't be be taken below 2 points with this ability, but still benefit from the bonus to Strength or Constitution.


Greater Drink Like A Demon - At level 8, the drunken master may drink 3 drinks in the same action, and may use Greater Drink Like A Demon once a round as a swift action. The Wisdom penalty is reduced to 0. The duration increases further to 1 hour, however the drunken master may remove the effects of all drinks by meditating uninterrupted for 5 minutes.


Improvised Weapons (Ex): While bottles and tankards are a drunken masterís preferred improvised weapons, he can use furniture, farm implements, or nearly anything else at hand to attack his foes. A drunken masterís improvised weapon deal an extra 1d4 points of damage with his unarmed attacks. Most improvised weapons deal bludgeoning damage, although some (a broken glass bottle, for example) would deal piercing or slashing damage. When a drunken master rolls a natural 1 on an attack roll while using an improvised weapon, that weapon breaks apart and becomes useless. All bonuses and abilities that apply to a drunken master's unarmed attacks also apply to a drunken master's improvised weapons, except for those with a reach greater than 5 feet. (Did this so improvised weapons are much more useful.)


Improved Improvised Weapons (Ex): A drunken master of 4th level or higher can use long improvised weapons (such as ladders) as reach weapons according to their length, and improvised weapons with many protrusions (such as chairs) provide a +2 bonus on opponentsí disarm attempts. Finally, large objects with broad, flat surfaces (such as tables) can be upended to become improvised tower shields.


Greater Improvised Weapons (Ex): At 5th level and higher, a drunken master wielding an improvised weapon deals an extra 1d8 points of damage instead of 1d4.


Superior Improvised Weapons (Ex): At 9th level and higher, a drunken master wielding an improvised weapon deals an extra 1d12 points of damage instead of 1d8.


Stagger (Ex): By tripping, stumbling, and staggering, a drunken master of 2nd level or higher can make a charge attack that surprises his opponents. This ability has two beneficial aspects: First, the charge need not be in a straight line, even though the character can still move up to twice his speed. Second, if a drunken master makes a DC 15 Tumble check before beginning a charge, his movement through threatened squares provokes no attacks of opportunity.


Swaying Waist (Ex): At 3rd level, a drunken master knows how to weave and bob during an attack, making him more difficult to hit. The character gains a +2 dodge bonus to Armor Class against any one opponent he chooses during his turn.


AC Bonus (Ex): At 4th level, a drunken master gains a +1 bonus to Armor Class. This bonus improves to +2 at 9th level.


Drunken Fists (Ex): A drunken master who attains 6th may bypass damage reduction with unarmed and improvised attacks. Under the influence of 3 or more drinks, the drunken master's unarmed and improvised attacks count as adamantine, cold iron, silver, and magic for the purposes of bypassing damage reduction.


Lurch (Ex): A drunken master who attains 6th level gains Improved Feint as a bonus feat even if he does not meet the requirements. The drunken master may also feint once a round as a swift action.


Improved Grapple (Ex): A drunken master who attains 7th level gains Improved Grapple as a bonus feat even if he does not meet the prerequisites.


For Medicinal Purposes (Sp): At 8th level, a drunken master gains the ability to convert a single alcoholic drink he has ingested into a single potion of cure serious wounds, as if he had just drunk a dose of the potion. To use this ability, the character must be under the effect of an alcoholic drink (see Drink Like a Demon, above). This ability can be used up to three times per day. It is a swift action that does not provoke an attack of opportunity. The caster level is equal to that of his class level. (So a level 10 drunken master would cure 3d8+10 points of damage.)


Corkscrew Rush (Ex): A drunken master of 9th level or higher can perform this maneuver, leaping forward and twisting his body in midair as he attempts to head-butt an opponent. When making a charge attack he can, in addition to dealing normal damage, initiate a bull rush (without provoking an attack of opportunity). If the bull rush attempt succeeds, the opponent is stunned unless she makes a Will save (DC 10 + the drunken masterís class level + the drunken masterís Con modifier). However, if the bull rush attempt fails, the drunken master lands prone in front of the opponent. (Changed to a constitution based DC, as it fits the class more I think.)


Breath of Flame (Sp): A 10th-level drunken master can ignite some of the alcohol within his body and spew it forth from his mouth as a swift action. This breath of flame deals 3d12 points of fire damage to all within the 20-foot cone, or half damage to those who make a Reflex save (DC 10 + the drunken masterís class level + the drunken masterís Con modifier). Each time a drunken master uses breath of flame, it consumes one drinkís worth of alcohol from within his body, lessening the penalty to his Wisdom and Intelligence scores and reducing the bonus to his Strength or Constitution score (characterís choice). (Changed to a swift action, since a drunken master can now potentially consume 9 drinks in a round, it seemed like it was open to exploiting as a free action to deal 27d12 fire damage in a round.)

The Dark Fiddler
2009-06-13, 05:35 PM
This has me very interested. I wish I could help more with balancing it, but I'm not good with that stuff, so yeah.

Love the concept though.

The only thing I can see is that Tumble is only a Class Skill for Rogues, Bards, and Monks (in the core that is, all I have access to is the d20 SRD). I'm not sure how Class Skills work, but it this a bit restrictive?

A non Bard, Rogue, or Monk would need to be level 16, minimum, and a Monk can have this by level 5 if they take the needed feats before then. Rogues and Bards will be higher (I think), but not as bad as the other classes without Tumble as a Class Skill.

Maphreal
2009-06-13, 06:18 PM
Whenever I DM, I am real flexible about requirements, as long as the player isn't uber dipping and it makes some sense RP wise. I see no reason why one couldn't lower the required amount of Tumble needed or just require a base fortitude save of +4. I'll leave it like it was for the moment, since it is all up to DM discretion anyways, and I can't really think of anything creative at the moment. Heh, perhaps Profession (Alcoholic)?

Cieyrin
2009-06-14, 09:37 AM
A non Bard, Rogue, or Monk would need to be level 16, minimum, and a Monk can have this by level 5 if they take the needed feats before then. Rogues and Bards will be higher (I think), but not as bad as the other classes without Tumble as a Class Skill.

Perhaps your understanding of how class skills work is a bit off, as those with Tumble as a cross-class skill would only need to wait till 13th to have the required ranks, as max cross-class ranks is Class level+3/2, so 13+3/2=8.

As for the improvement, all i saw was being able to drink more quickly and reach your natural limit (your Int score, probably your dump stat, at 8, limiting you to maybe 3 drinks before going into a coma at the 4th drink) and drunken fists, requiring you to be at the state of inebriation previously mentioned, with ridiculous amounts of DR piercing, which doesn't really improve the quality of what the PRC does. Maybe it's me but I just don't see the improvement, really. =/

Teln
2009-06-14, 09:57 AM
Didn't we just have this thread a couple days ago?

Maphreal
2009-06-14, 11:26 AM
Perhaps your understanding of how class skills work is a bit off, as those with Tumble as a cross-class skill would only need to wait till 13th to have the required ranks, as max cross-class ranks is Class level+3/2, so 13+3/2=8.

As for the improvement, all i saw was being able to drink more quickly and reach your natural limit (your Int score, probably your dump stat, at 8, limiting you to maybe 3 drinks before going into a coma at the 4th drink) and drunken fists, requiring you to be at the state of inebriation previously mentioned, with ridiculous amounts of DR piercing, which doesn't really improve the quality of what the PRC does. Maybe it's me but I just don't see the improvement, really. =/

Theres a few more improvements, such as Improvised Weapon damage stacking with your unarmed strikes instead of replacing, so you get any bonuses from unarmed damage, such as bracers of striking. Feinting is now a swift action (not a big deal, I know), BAB went up, and For Medicinal Purposes heals a good bit more and is a swift action. Also, I changed Drink Like A Demon to allow the drunken master to only benefit from 5 + half his base Con modifier, rounded up, and his abilities will no longer drop below 2 from using Drink Like A Demon.



Didn't we just have this thread a couple days ago?
I looked around for a similar post, didn't see one. Forgive me if this is a redundant thread.



So, anyone have any suggestions for the class?

Teln
2009-06-14, 02:09 PM
I looked around for a similar post, didn't see one. Forgive me if this is a redundant thread.



Here it is. (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114187)

EDIT: Yeah, you're forgiven.