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    Tarot Trickster

    "There's nothing like pulling the wool over someone's eyes - especially when, every now and then, it's Fate Itself as your mark."
    - "Lucky" Valerie Valentine

    Tarot Trickster
    {table=head]Level|Base Attack Bonus|Fort Save|Ref Save|Will Save|Special

    1st|
    +0
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    +0
    |
    +2
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    +2
    |Nothing Up My Sleeve, All Aces, Card Toss

    2nd|
    +1
    |
    +0
    |
    +3
    |
    +3
    |Lady Luck's Kiss

    3rd|
    +2
    |
    +1
    |
    +3
    |
    +3
    |Suit Mastery (Clubs)

    4th|
    +3
    |
    +1
    |
    +4
    |
    +4
    |Deck Storm, Fortune's Cornucopia

    5th|
    +3
    |
    +1
    |
    +4
    |
    +4
    |Suit Mastery (Hearts)

    6th|
    +4
    |
    +2
    |
    +5
    |
    +5
    |Fate in the Cards

    7th|
    +5
    |
    +2
    |
    +5
    |
    +5
    |Suit Mastery (Diamonds)

    8th|
    +6/+1
    |
    +2
    |
    +6
    |
    +6
    |Cheater's Luck

    9th|
    +7/+2
    |
    +3
    |
    +6
    |
    +6
    |Suit Mastery (Spades)

    10th|
    +7/+2
    |
    +3
    |
    +7
    |
    +7
    |Gamble with Fate[/table]


    A flamboyantly dressed man in a bright cloak and intriguing hat stands on a street corner. For a crowd of astonished onlookers, he sets a deck of ordinary playing cards on the ground. With a flick of his wrist, a card leaps up from the top of the deck. He grins and reveals a ten of diamonds.

    "Someone here," he says dramatically, "is about to be very wealthy."

    He flicks the card at a peasant man, and it explodes into a shower of golden coins. The crowd claps, amazed.

    He gives away money for the whole show, but at the end of it, he's the wealthiest man there.

    Tarot Tricksters are a strange bunch of former spellcasters who take an intense interest in fate and luck as translated through the humblest of tools - playing cards and tarot decks. They give up their spellcasting ability in order to delve further into the strange magic of the cards, using them to bend fate, time, luck, and even the very world around them. Many come across as flamboyant braggarts, but most are actually fairly secretive individuals, not wanting to be bothered by the unwashes masses.

    Requirements
    In order to qualify as a Tarot Trickster, a character must meet the following criteria.
    Skills: Sleight of Hand 9 ranks, Profession (Gambler) 9 ranks.
    Feats: Quick Draw
    Spellcasting: Must be able to cast 2nd level arcane or divine spells.
    Special: A prospective Tarot Trickster must have his fortune told by an unbiased, truthful party before Lady Luck will bestow her blessings upon him.

    Class Features

    Hit Dice: D6

    Class Skills: Appraise (Int), Bluff (Cha), Craft (Int), Disguise (Cha), Forgery (Int), Knowledge (Local) (Int), Profession (Gambler) (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex).

    Skill Points Per Level: 2 + Intelligence modifier

    Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Tarot Tricksters are proficient with their own cards. They gain no new armor proficiencies.

    Nothing Up My Sleeve (Su): Tarot Tricksters can conceal small objects on their body, even if they have nothing to conceal them with, and draw them forth as a free action (as though drawing a weapon with the Quick Draw feat). Even if he does not possess one, a Tarot Trickster may draw a deck of playing cards in this fashion as a standard action that provokes attacks of opportunity. The deck vanishes in one hour.

    All Aces (Su): The Tarot Trickster is favored by Lady Luck, and gains a +4 luck bonus on all Perform, Profession (Gambler), and Sleight of Hand checks. Once per day, he can declare that he is using this ability and gain a +2 luck bonus on all rolls for a number of rounds equal to their class level.

    Card Toss (Su): A Tarot Trickster may draw a card from the top of any deck and throw it as a ranged weapon, dealing 1d6 points of slashing damage and a range increment of 5 feet and threatening a critical on a 20. This counts as drawing the card for the purposes of class abilities, decks of illusion, decks of many things, and other card-based items.

    Lady Luck's Kiss (Su): Starting at second level, the Tarot Trickster benefits from Lady Luck's favor, gaining a +2 luck bonus to armor class and Reflex saves.

    Suit Mastery (Su): Starting at third level, and every two levels thereafter (5th, 7th, and 9th), the Tarot Trickster gains mastery of a cetain suit of cards. Whenever he draws a card from a suit he has mastery over, a certain effect takes place depending on the card, as explained below.

    Suit Mastery Effects
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    Clubs
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    The Clubs are the suit of war and warfare, and the Tarot Trickster masters their arts first, at third level.

    Numbered: If the Tarot Trickster draws a numbered card from the Clubs suit, add that number to his attack and damage rolls for the next round (including throwing that card with his Card Toss ability). He takes one point of untyped damage, ignoring damage reduction.

    Jack: The Jack of Clubs is a potent warrior, and it calls one for the Tarot Trickster. Whenever he draws a Jack of Clubs, he may choose to summon a Large Earth Elemental that serves him for one round per class level before returning to the Elemental Plane of Earth. If the Tarot Trickster chooses to summon the elemental, he takes 1d8 points of untyped damage, ignoring damage reduction.

    Queen: The Queen of Clubs is a vicious tyrant, getting her way through sheer brute force. Drawing her deals one creature of the Tarot Trickster's choice 1d6 points of force damage per class level, so long as that creature is within 30 feet of the Tarot Trickster. The Tarot Trickster takes 2d8 points of untyped damage, ignoring damage reduction, and develops a splitting headache, inflicting a -2 penalty to all attack rolls, ability checks, saving throws and skills checks for a number of rounds equal to their class level.

    King: The King of Clubs is a lot like his son the Jack, but his servants are rather more powerful. Drawing the King of Clubs allows the Tarot Trickster to summon a Force Golem (Monster Manual 5) that will serve him faithfully for one round per class level before returning from whence it came. The Tarot Trickster takes 3d8 points of untyped damage, ignoring damage reduction, and develops a splitting headache, inflicting a -2 penalty to all attack rolls, ability checks, saving throws and skills checks for a number of rounds equal to their class level.

    Ace: The Ace of Clubs hits foes where it hurts the most - their mind. A single being within 40 feet of the Tarot Trickster must succeed at a DC 25 Will save or be affected as though by feeblemind. The Tarot Trickster recieves 1d6 points of damage to their intelligence and wisdom scores.


    Hearts
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    The Hearts are a suit of love and comfort. The Tarot Trickster masters their arts at 5th level.

    Numbered: Whenever the Tarot Trickster draws a numbered Hearts card, they lend him some of their soothing touch. The Trickster may heal a single being within 30 feet of 1d6 points of damage per class level. In doing so, the Tarot Trickster takes a -2 penalty to attack and damage rolls for a number of rounds equal to his class level.

    Jack: The Jack of Hearts is a notorious rake, leaving behind a string of broken hearts and false promises. When the Tarot Trickster draws the Jack of Hearts, one creature within 30 feet is affected as though by charm monster (DC = 10 + Tarot Trickster's class level + intelligence modifier) as the victim falls madly in love with him for a number of rounds equal to his class level. The Tarot Trickster takes a -4 penalty to attack and damage rolls for a number of rounds equal to his class level.

    Queen: The Queen of Hearts is a lady of kind words and soothing touches. When she is drawn, a mass cure serious wounds effect affects all allies within thirty feet of the Tarot Trickster, including the Trickster himself. The Trickster is unable to make physical attacks for a number of rounds equal to his half his class level, rounded up.

    King: The King of Hearts is like his son the Jack, but he was an old hat at breaking hearts long before Jack was ever born. Drawing the King of Hearts affects one being within 30 feet of the Tarot Trickster as though by dominate monster (DC = 10 + Tarot Trickster's class level + intelligence modifier) for a number of rounds equal to his class level. The Tarot Trickster is completely unable to make physical or magical attacks (with the exception of those from his Suit Mastery ability) for a number of rounds equal to his class level.

    Ace: The Ace of Hearts is ultimate healing and self-sacrifice. When it is drawn, every ally within 30 feet of the Tarot Trickster is affected as though by a heal spell (caster level equal to the Tarot Trickster's character level), and the Tarot Trickster then takes 1d6 points of strength and constitution damage.


    Diamonds
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    The house of Wealth and Protection, the suit of Diamonds is the third a Tarot Trickster masters, at level 7.

    Numbered: The lowliest of Diamond cards, the numerical cards of this suit create fool's gold. When drawn and tossed gently, they explode into a shower of gold coins (1d30 coins). These coins dissapear after one hour per class level. The Tarot Trickster takes a -4 penalty to all charisma-based checks for one hour.

    Jack: The Jack of Diamonds is a noble knight that protects those he cares for. When drawn, he confers a deflection bonus equal to the Tarot Trickster's intelligence modifier on all allies within 30 feet, including the Trickster himself. This protection lasts for a number of rounds equal to the Tarot Trickster's class level. The Tarot Trickster recieves a -2 penalty to damage rolls and saving throws for a number of rounds equal to their class level.

    Queen: The Queen of Diamonds is a lady of great wealth and much luxury. Drawing the Queen of Diamonds produces a single flawless diamond worth approximately 500 G.P., which vanishes after one hour per class level. The Tarot Trickster takes a -6 penalty to all charmisma-based checks while the diamond exists.

    King: The King of Diamonds is much like his son, but has greater power to call to his command. When the Tarot Trickster draws a King of Diamonds, all allies within 30 feet of him are affected as though by mage armor, shield and stoneskin, each lasting for a number of rounds equal to his class level. The Tarot Trickster recieves a -6 penalty to all damage rolls and saving throws for a number of rounds equal to their class level.

    Ace: The Ace of Diamonds calls forth the greatest wealth of all - a helping hand. Drawing the Ace of Diamonds deals the Tarot Trickster 1d6 points of Wisdom and Charisma damage and calls forth a Huge Earth Elemental to serve them faithfully for one round per class level.


    Spades
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    Spades are the House of Death, and the last a Tarot Trickster learns, at level 9.

    Numerical: Drawing the least of the Reaper's Cards, the Tarot Trickster bestows 1d4 negative levels upon a single living creature within 30 feet. The Tarot Trickster recieves 2d8 negative energy damage.

    Jack: The Jack of Spades is a ruthless assasin and murderer, and his cadre is known to leave more dead witnesses than live ones. When he is drawn, the Tarot Trickster summons 2d4 wraiths, which serve him faithfully for one round per caster level, returning from whence they came afterwards. Drawing the Jack of Spades deals the Tarot Trickster 4d8 points of negative energy damage.

    Queen: The Queen of Spades is a lady of shrouds and grief, and the Angel of Mercy. When drawn, she creates a circle of death effect (caster level is equal to the Tarot Trickster's character level) centered on the Tarot Trickster. Drawing this card deals the Tarot Trickster 1d4 points of constitution damage.

    King: The King of Spades is a lord of dripping blood and sharpened blades, a backstabber without equal. When the Tarot Trickster draws the King of Spades, it summons either 3d4 wraiths, 2d4 specters, or 1d4 dread wraiths, which serve her faithfully for one round per class level. Drawing the King of Spades deals the Tarot Trickster 5d8 points of negative energy damage.

    Ace: The Card of Death itself, the Ace of Spades slays a single living creature within 30 feet of the Tarot Trickster when drawn (no save). The Tarot Trickster recieves 1d6 points of damage to his strength, dexterity, and constitution scores when he draws this card.


    Deck Storm (Su) - Once per encounter, the Tarot Trickster may take a full-round action and throw one card at every enemy within range, rolling seperate attack rolls for each. This ability does not count as drawing the cards.

    Fortune's Cornucopia (Su) - Once per day, the Tarot Trickster may divine his own future through a tarot reading that takes one hour. At the end of this ritual, he draws two cards and recieves the highest value among the two as a floating bonus pool that can be applied in bits and pieces to any attack rolls, damage rolls, skill checks, ability checks, and saving throws as a free action that becomes part of the action. Numerical cards are worth the value on them, jacks are worth 11, queens 12, kings 13, and aces 14. This ability cannot be used in conjunction with Cheater's Luck.

    Example - "Lukcy" Valerie Valentine does her reading and flips up a Jack and a 7. She gains a floating pool of 11 points which she may apply in part or in whole to her rolls for 24 hours.

    Fate in the Cards (Su) - Whenever the Tarot Trickster benefits from his Suit Mastery ability, he gains a +2 luck bonus to all rolls until end of turn.

    Cheater's Luck (Su) - Once per day per point of intelligence modifier, the Tarot Trickster may, instead of drawing a card at random, draw any card he wishes out of his deck.

    Gamble with Fate (Su) - Once per day, when the Tarot Trickster would otherwise die or be destroyed, they can gamble with Fate Itself to avert their doom. The Tarot Trickster rolls a Profession (Gambler) check (DC 30) whenever he would be killed or destroyed. Success means that he may draw a single card from the top of his deck. If the card is anything but a spade, he takes no damage and the effect passes harmlessly by, doing absolutely nothing to him.

    A Note on Drawing Cards - A Suit Mastery ability without the word "may" in its description must be used. Simply drawing a card and doing nothing with it is a move action that provokes attacks of opportunity. What the Trickster does with the card is up to him after that - throw it, burn it, discard it. However, he cannot add it to his deck again unless he adds all other missing cards as well - Lady Luck doesn't like cheaters.


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    Wow! Not only was that awesome, I think I actually kinda understand Archeron now. If all the "intermediate" outer planes got that kind of treatment, I doubt there would be anywhere near as many critics of their utility.
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    Default Re: [PrC, PEACH]Nothing up my sleeve...

    Well, first things first. Merry Christmas, my friend!

    ...albeit a bit early.

    Anyway, on to the class. Flavorful as usual, but a bit less mechanically sound than most of your other homebrews, probably because of the type of the need for the card flavor in the class. Still, we'll get to that later.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord_Gareth View Post
    Requirements
    In order to qualify as a Tarot Trickster, a character must meet the following criteria.
    Skills: Sleight of Hand 9 ranks, Profession (Gambler) 9 ranks.
    Feats: Quick Draw
    Spellcasting: Must be able to cast 2nd level arcane or divine spells.
    Special: A prospective Tarot Trickster must have his fortune told by an unbiased, truthful party before Lady Luck will bestow her blessings upon him.
    A good Bard class, I see, with a very nice and flavorful Special requirement. So far so good.

    Base Attack, Saves, and HD in line with the Bard. Alright.

    Skills...2 + Intelligence? For a Bard type class? First red flag. One of my main advantages is gone. I'd prefer to see 4 + Int at the bare minimum.


    Nothing Up My Sleeve (Su): Tarot Tricksters can conceal small objects on their body, even if they have nothing to conceal them with, and draw them forth as a free action (as though drawing a weapon with the Quick Draw feat). Even if he does not possess one, a Tarot Trickster may draw a deck of playing cards in this fashion as a standard action that provokes attacks of opportunity. The deck vanishes in one hour.
    Nice. Good flavor, not to powerful, and a neat trick.

    All Aces (Su): The Tarot Trickster is favored by Lady Luck, and gains a +4 luck bonus on all Perform, Profession (Gambler), and Sleight of Hand checks. Once per day, he can declare that he is using this ability and gain a +2 luck bonus on all rolls for a number of rounds equal to their class level.
    That's a pretty hefty bonus there, since it's to ALL rolls. I'd rather see this as a +4 bonus to one roll or a +2 bonus to one type of roll, or, my preference, a +4 bonus to one d20 roll once per encounter. You get Aces and win, but you don't keep drawing only aces. I see this as a one shot deal, but maybe that's just me.

    Card Toss (Su): A Tarot Trickster may draw a card from the top of any deck and throw it as a ranged weapon, dealing 1d6 points of slashing damage and a range increment of 5 feet and threatening a critical on a 20. This counts as drawing the card for the purposes of class abilities, decks of illusion, decks of many things, and other card-based items.
    Flavorful, but not to good, considering the card gains no enhancements to attack or damage, making it rather inaccurate and dealing rather low damage.

    Lady Luck's Kiss (Su): Starting at second level, the Tarot Trickster benefits from Lady Luck's favor, gaining a +2 luck bonus to armor class and Reflex saves.
    Cool. No problems there. This could actually begin at +1, increase to +2 at 6th level, and +3 at 10th level without any problems. Might also help with filling up that table a bit more.

    Suit Mastery (Su): Starting at third level, and every two levels thereafter (5th, 7th, and 9th), the Tarot Trickster gains mastery of a cetain suit of cards. Whenever he draws a card from a suit he has mastery over, a certain effect takes place depending on the card, as explained below.
    I can go over the individual effects more if you want (and I should, as there are some problems there), but there are some problems. First is the fact that the suits are mastered one at a time, but the deck is still complete...I'd prefer to see each added to the deck, rather than a chance of getting a card that does nothing. I'd also prefer to see a hand of sorts, so SOME degree of control is allowed. Also, some of the higher cards effects are WAY to good, as are some lower abilities, but I'll review that later tonight, when I have more time.

    Deck Storm (Su) - Once per encounter, the Tarot Trickster may take a full-round action and throw one card at every enemy within range, rolling seperate attack rolls for each. This ability does not count as drawing the cards.
    Um...1d6 damage to everything in range? I can think of many better uses for a full round action. Maybe cards should deal 1d6 or 1d4 damage per class level, like the Pyrokinetist's lash ability. I'll think more on that.

    Fortune's Cornucopia (Su) - Once per day, the Tarot Trickster may divine his own future through a tarot reading that takes one hour. At the end of this ritual, he draws two cards and recieves the highest value among the two as a floating bonus pool that can be applied in bits and pieces to any attack rolls, damage rolls, skill checks, ability checks, and saving throws as a free action that becomes part of the action. Numerical cards are worth the value on them, jacks are worth 11, queens 12, kings 13, and aces 14. This ability cannot be used in conjunction with Cheater's Luck.
    Nice, but a limit to the amount spent on any one roll should be instituted...something like 1/2 class level, to prevent insane abuse.

    Fate in the Cards (Su) - Whenever the Tarot Trickster benefits from his Suit Mastery ability, he gains a +2 luck bonus to all rolls until end of turn.
    Eh...just a repeat of a previous type of ability, and nothing to special at that. I'd rather see something more flavorful, or a least a little less universal. Maybe you treat a 19 as a natural 20, or a 1 as a natural 20, or something else unique.

    Cheater's Luck (Su) - Once per day per point of intelligence modifier, the Tarot Trickster may, instead of drawing a card at random, draw any card he wishes out of his deck.
    I'll say "Ace of Spades" and let you think if you really want that ability around even 1/day, let alone more.

    Gamble with Fate (Su) - Once per day, when the Tarot Trickster would otherwise die or be destroyed, they can gamble with Fate Itself to avert their doom. The Tarot Trickster rolls a Profession (Gambler) check (DC 30) whenever he would be killed or destroyed. Success means that he may draw a single card from the top of his deck. If the card is anything but a spade, he takes no damage and the effect passes harmlessly by, doing absolutely nothing to him.
    Nice capstone, and I love the flavor.


    In conclusion (for the moment), wonderful flavor, and many interesting abilities. But some things need to be a little toned down or made more unique, and the card system, while a good base idea, needs some perfecting to make it work. You're sacrificing a lot of your Bard or Sorcerer potential to get this class...shear randomness and sporadic effects aren't a good trade. This looks like a great idea, but you're not ready for play yet.

    That said, I do love the idea, and much of what you have. This is in no way a negative review, but I suspect that, knowing how I do this sort of thing, you probably knew that already.

    -Gid/The Djinn


    EDIT:

    I just remembered I had a class like this lying around from a few years ago...I'll dust it off and see if any ideas can be gotten from it for abilities, etc.

    Let's see...

    Re-roll (Su): Whenever a Gambler mundanely gambles; he has double the chance of winning (for example, the contestant wins if he rolls 1 on a d4. A gambler rolls 2d4 and takes the better of the two to represent his extraordinary luck).

    Last Chance (Su): A Gambler always has another trick up his sleeve. If a Gambler would take damage that would reduce him to 0 or fewer hp, he may flip a coin. If heads, he instead takes no damage. Once he is below 0, he takes damage normally. Nothing outside of divine intervention can prevent this effect or alter its outcome. (Sort of like your last one, although I'd prefer this one, even at a 50% chance, as it functions multiple times. That may also be just me.).
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    Default Re: [PrC, PEACH]Nothing up my sleeve...

    The Deck Mastery presents a problem - The Numbered Values for Clubs gain an enhancement equal to the number drawn, which basically means any card thrown has an enhancment of 2-10, which is really high (considering you only pay for mundane, or nothing at all thanks to the first class ability). I'd say make them gain an enhancement equal to the number drawn divided by two (rounded down), so a 2 means a +1 enhancement, a 5 equals a +2, and so on, and the +5 is the highest possible.

    And for clubs, 1d4 Negative Levels, no save or attack roll, whenever a number club is drawn (5/26 chance)? That's a bit much...
    If there's a rule, there's someone out there trying to figure out how to get around it just to piss off his DM.

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    Default Re: [PrC, PEACH]Nothing up my sleeve...

    By all means critique the individual effects and give me ideas for mechanics - this is FAR from perfect ^_^ Thanks for your critique so far!

    And Merry Christmas Gid ^_^


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    Default Re: [PrC, PEACH]Nothing up my sleeve...

    I think the only big thing I've seen that might be a problem and hasn't been covered in the other posts is the various 'backlash' effects that the character suffers. At the moment, several of them could be simply ignored by certain characters, at which point the class starts to become unbalanced.

    Just a quick 'you cannot be immune to the effects the cards inflict on you' would probably resolve that problem.

    I think that the Ace of Spades effect might be a little powerful, although I like the balancing 'you must use it when drawn' meaning that you can accidentally murder one of your friends, and the backlash is quite major (you might want to change the damage to ability burn, so characters are guaranteed to suffer for a bit after using it).

    It becomes even worse when combined with the Cheaters' Luck ability and a Cleric with access to Heal...

    It might be a bit better with some kind of hitpoint cap (more like Power Word, Kill but that probably still qualifies as too powerful).

    You could change Cheater's Luck to something that allowed you to draw several cards and pick which one to trigger. That could also be used with enchanted decks of cards like the deck of illusions(not the artifact ones though...). It would at least curb the one-shot the BBEG that can occur at the moment.

    This class is generally pretty good otherwise. And the flavour is great.
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    Default Re: [PrC, PEACH]Nothing up my sleeve...

    Okay...I was bored by life and intrigued by this and my old class, so I came up with some alternate card abilities...I'll just finish them up and post them, if that's okay with you (not that I'm insisting you replace them, but just to compare).

    I did go with consistent themes;

    Clubs--War
    Hearts--Healing
    Diamonds--Protection
    Spades--Death

    Numbers--Numbers (Group effects)
    Jacks--Twisted Interpretations
    Queens--Nurturing (Individual Buffs)
    Kings--Strength (Strong effects)
    Aces--Paragon (Effect that shows entire theme)

    EDIT: Hell, I just drafted a version of the entire class, as I've been known to do when confronted with something you've done (Paradigm Project, anyone?). Feel free to steal/ignore/question/discuss at your leisure.

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    Tarot Trickster

    "There's nothing like pulling the wool over someone's eyes - especially when, every now and then, it's Fate Itself as your mark."
    - "Lucky" Valerie Valentine

    Tarot Trickster
    {table=head]Level|Base Attack Bonus|Fort Save|Ref Save|Will Save|Special

    1st|
    +0
    |
    +0
    |
    +2
    |
    +2
    |Nothing Up My Sleeve, All Aces 1/encounter, Card Toss, Suit Mastery (Clubs) [Hand of 1]

    2nd|
    +1
    |
    +0
    |
    +3
    |
    +3
    |Lady Luck's Kiss +1

    3rd|
    +2
    |
    +1
    |
    +3
    |
    +3
    | Suit Mastery (Hearts) [Hand of 1]

    4th|
    +3
    |
    +1
    |
    +4
    |
    +4
    | Fortune's Cornucopia

    5th|
    +3
    |
    +1
    |
    +4
    |
    +4
    | Suit Mastery (Diamonds) [Hand of 2], All Aces 2/encounter

    6th|
    +4
    |
    +2
    |
    +5
    |
    +5
    |Trust in the Cards, Lady Luck's Kiss +2

    7th|
    +5
    |
    +2
    |
    +5
    |
    +5
    | Suit Mastery (Spades) [Hand of 2]

    8th|
    +6/+1
    |
    +2
    |
    +6
    |
    +6
    |Royal Flush

    9th|
    +7/+2
    |
    +3
    |
    +6
    |
    +6
    |Suit Mastery (Jokers) [Hand of 3], All Aces 3/encounter

    10th|
    +7/+2
    |
    +3
    |
    +7
    |
    +7
    |One Final Ace, Lady Luck's Kiss +3[/table]


    A flamboyantly dressed man in a bright cloak and intriguing hat stands on a street corner. For a crowd of astonished onlookers, he sets a deck of ordinary playing cards on the ground. With a flick of his wrist, a card leaps up from the top of the deck. He grins and reveals a ten of diamonds.

    "Someone here," he says dramatically, "is about to be very wealthy."

    He flicks the card at a peasant man, and it explodes into a shower of golden coins. The crowd claps, amazed.

    He gives away money for the whole show, but at the end of it, he's the wealthiest man there.

    Tarot Tricksters are a strange bunch of former spellcasters who take an intense interest in fate and luck as translated through the humblest of tools - playing cards and tarot decks. They give up their spellcasting ability in order to delve further into the strange magic of the cards, using them to bend fate, time, luck, and even the very world around them. Many come across as flamboyant braggarts, but most are actually fairly secretive individuals, not wanting to be bothered by the unwashes masses.

    Requirements
    In order to qualify as a Tarot Trickster, a character must meet the following criteria.
    Skills: Sleight of Hand 9 ranks, Profession (Gambler) 9 ranks.
    Feats: Quick Draw
    Spellcasting: Must be able to cast 2nd level arcane or divine spells.
    Special: A prospective Tarot Trickster must have his fortune told by an unbiased, truthful party before Lady Luck will bestow her blessings upon him.

    Class Features

    Hit Dice: D6

    Class Skills: Appraise (Int), Bluff (Cha), Craft (Int), Disguise (Cha), Forgery (Int), Knowledge (Local) (Int), Profession (Gambler) (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex).

    Skill Points Per Level: 4 + Intelligence modifier

    Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Tarot Tricksters are proficient with their own cards. They gain no new armor proficiencies.

    Nothing Up My Sleeve (Su): Tarot Tricksters can conceal small objects on their body, even if they have nothing to conceal them with, and draw them forth as a free action (as though drawing a weapon with the Quick Draw feat). Even if he does not possess one, a Tarot Trickster may draw a deck of playing cards in this fashion as a standard action that provokes attacks of opportunity. The deck vanishes in one hour. Additionally, a Tarot Trickster can perform minor magic tricks with a deck of ordinary cards, causing them to disappear, change color, turn into a shower of coins, or any other effect that could be duplicated by a Prestidigitation spell. Such effects wear off after 1 hour, often upsetting those left with a few scraps of shredded card instead of a nice pile of cash.

    All Aces (Su): The Tarot Trickster is favored by Lady Luck, and gains a +4 luck bonus on all Perform, Profession (Gambler), and Sleight of Hand checks. Additionally, once per encounter, as an immediate action, the Tarot Trickster may re-roll a single d20 roll. He may use this ability 2/encounter at 5th level, and 3/encounter at 9th level.

    Card Toss (Su): As a standard action a Tarot Trickster may draw a card from the top of any deck and throw it at a target within 30ft. The attack is a ranged touch attack that deals 1d6 points of slashing damage per class level, overcomes damage reduction as if it were a magic weapon, and threatens a critical on a roll of 20. This counts as drawing the card for the purposes decks of illusion, decks of many things, and other card-based items.

    Suit Mastery (Su): Starting at first level, and every two levels thereafter (3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th), the Tarot Trickster gains mastery of a certain suit of cards. He gains a special deck of cards containing only those suites he has mastered. Once per round, as a swift action (or as a free action if using Card Toss), he may draw a number of cards from the deck equal to of less than his hand size and select one of them, triggering the effect related to the card drawn. When using this ability, he must select a card. After choosing, he shuffles the cards back into the deck. The table of effects is detailed below. Save DCs are equal to 10 + the Tarot Trickster’s class level + the Tarot Trickster’s Charisma modifier.
    Suit Mastery Effects
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    Clubs
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    2-10 of Clubs: All allies within 30ft gain a Luck bonus on their next damage roll this round equal to the number drawn and a Luck bonus on their next attack roll this round equal to half the number drawn (rounded down).

    Jack of Clubs: A single target within 30ft is panicked for 1 round/class level (Will negates)

    Queen of Clubs: A single target within 30ft deals an additional 10 damage with all attacks for 1 round/level.

    King of Clubs: A single target within 30ft takes 2d6 bludgeoning damage/class level and is stunned for 1d4 rounds (Fort reduces to 1)

    Ace of Clubs: All enemies within 30ft take 2d6 bludgeoning damage/class level (Reflex half) and are dazed for 1 round.


    Hearts
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    2-10 of Hearts: All allies within 30ft gain Fortune Points equal to the number drawn and a Luck bonus on their next saving throw this round equal to half the number drawn (rounded down). The Fortune Points function as temporary hit points, but do not stack with themselves; the higher value overwrites the lower.

    Jack of Hearts: A single target within 30ft is dominated for 1 round/class level (Will negates)

    Queen of Hearts: A single target within 30ft may, once per round, treat a single saving throw it rolled as a success. It may declare the use of this ability after it learns whether the save was a success. It gains this ability for 1 round/level.

    King of Hearts: A single target within 30ft regains 15 hp/class level. Undead take this much damage (Fort half).

    Ace of Hearts: All allies within 30ft are healed 10 hp/class level and may make an immediate saving throw against any effect upon them.


    Diamonds
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    2-10 of Diamonds: All allies within 30ft gain damage reduction against the next attack to hit them equal to the number drawn, and a Luck bonus to their armor class against the next attack against them this round equal to half the number drawn (rounded down).

    Jack of Diamonds: A single target within 30ft can take no actions for 1 round/class level, but is immune to all effects, both beneficial and harmful, for the duration of the effect (Will negates).

    Queen of Diamonds: A single target within 30ft gains immunity to weapon damage for 1 round/level.

    King of Diamonds: A single target within 30ft is immune to all harmful effects for 1 round. Any ability or attack that would deal damage or bestow an effect upon the target rebounds upon its initiator (the attacker is allowed a saving throw, if applicable, to ignore or reduce the effect).

    Ace of Diamonds: All allies within 30ft are immune to the all unwanted effects (including damage) for 1 round.


    Spades
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    2-10 of Spades: All enemies within 30ft take negative energy damage equal to the number drawn and take a Misfortune penalty to Constitution equal to half the number drawn (rounded down). The Misfortune penalty functions as Constitution damage, but does not stack with itself; the higher value overwrites the lower.

    Jack of Spades: A single corpse within 30ft animates with half its original Hp and fights for you as if dominated. After 1 round/class level, it dies again.

    Queen of Spades: A single target within 30ft cannot be reduced to 0 hit points or below for 1 round/level. After this duration has expired, they fall to -1 if they would have reached 0 during the duration.

    King of Spades: A single target within 30ft gains 1d6 negative levels (Fort reduces to 1)

    Ace of Spades: A single target within 30ft must make a Fortitude save or die instantly. A successful save results in 2d6 negative energy damage/class level damage and stuns them for 1 round.


    Jokers
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    Joker: A single target within 30ft must make a Will save or be subject to the Insanity spell.

    Joker (watermark): All enemies within 30ft must make a Will save or be affected as if by the Insanity spell for 1d4 rounds.


    Lady Luck's Kiss (Su): Starting at second level, the Tarot Trickster benefits from Lady Luck's favor, gaining a +1 luck bonus to armor class and Reflex saves. This bonus increases to +2 at 6th level and +3 at 10th level.

    Fortune's Cornucopia (Su) - Once per day, the Tarot Trickster may divine his own future through a tarot reading that takes one hour. At the end of this ritual, he draws two cards from his deck and receives the highest value among the two as a floating bonus pool of Luck Points that can be applied in bits and pieces to any d20 roll as a free action (even if it is not the Tarot Trickster’s turn). The Tarot Trickster may apply this bonus after determining the outcome of the result. Numerical cards are worth the value on them, Jacks are worth 11, Queens 12, Kings 13, Aces 14, and Jokers 20. The bonus applied to any one roll cannot exceed half the Tarot Trickster’s class level. If unused, the points vanish after 24 hours, or if the ritual is performed again.

    Example - "Lukcy" Valerie Valentine, a 7th level Tarot Trickster, does her reading and flips up a Jack and a 7. She gains a floating pool of 11 Luck Points from which, over the next 24 hours, she may subtract up to 3 points at any time to increase a d20 roll by an equal amount. Once she has used up those 11 points, she must perform the ritual another time to accrue additional points.

    Trust in the Cards (Su) - Whenever the Tarot Trickster opts to draw only one card with his Suit Mastery ability, he gains a +2 un-typed bonus to AC and all saving throws until the end of his next turn.

    Royal Flush (Su) – If the Tarot Trickster uses his Suite Mastery ability and draws no card lower than a Jack, than he may select two cards rather than one, and have both take effect immediately.

    One Final Ace (Su): A Gambler always has another trick up his sleeve. If a Tarot Trickster is affected by an attack, spell, or ability that would reduce him to 0 or fewer hp, he instead draws a single card from his deck. If the card is a Diamond or a Heart, he ignores all effects of the attack. If the card is a Spade or a Club, he suffers the full effect of the attack. If the card is a Joker, the Tarot Trickster ignores all effects of the attack, and the attacker suffers the effects instead (the attacker is allowed a saving throw, if applicable, to ignore or reduce the effect).
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    Default Re: [PrC, PEACH]Nothing up my sleeve...

    My major issues is with the Hand wording - specifically, that they can choose not to take an effect. The PrCs abilities were designed sort of like a deck of many things - SOMETHING must happen if you draw. You called on Lady Luck, now she is going to answer.

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    Default Re: [PrC, PEACH]Nothing up my sleeve...

    I'll have to re-download it, but certainly!

    Also, I did alter that part of it yesterday...having an effect is now mandatory.

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    Default Re: [PrC, PEACH]Nothing up my sleeve...

    Great class, flavour and everything. I think both versions have their pros and cons, though I am leaning toward Djinn's version a bit more, especially in the suit mastery effects. While Lord_Gareth's effects are more exciting and powerful, the drawbacks and the Intelligence-based DC threw me off. There has to be a reason for a bard to want to sacrifice Spell-casting and his music and enter into this class, and making the DC Cha-based works well, even if the effects are toned down a bit. But that's fine, since the main attack the class is gonna use is card toss anyways.
    Speaking of card toss, I like the way Lord_Gareth handled it better, even though the 5-ft range is a bit daunting to people. I understand the logic, but D&D is all about supernatural stuff (and most of the class' abilities are supernatural anyways) so having a 30-ft range is not surprising at all. Further, I wouldn't want to trigger AoOs every time I wish to attack with my cards (you don't see Gambit throwing his cards at melee range for one [not taking into account the fact that he also attacks with his staff]). Also, a 5-ft range would make Deck Storm rather useless, since you don't have enough range anyways.

    One last thing, Fortune's Cornucopia is my favourite ability (had to look it up though XD). Very flexible!
    I hope this class gets finalised soon, would love to try it out in a game

    Edit: Forgot to mention my gripe about changing Card Toss to a Ranged Touch Attack and making it a standard action. What's wrong with making cards your weapon? I'd drop the damage progression to 1d6/ 2 class levels, make the ability an attack action and keep the 30ft range.
    Now we've opened up a new can of worms to play with. Dual-Wielding Card Master for example. Now that would be nice :D

    Edit 2: Maybe you should make it possible to enhance the deck of cards like any other weapon. Otherwise, where would the Trickster's money go to?
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    Default Re: [PrC, PEACH]Nothing up my sleeve...

    The example at the end (about the tarot reading) is wrong. The number should be 18 not 11.

    I'd love to try playing this, but really to play it on a PbP board you'd have to roll a d52 and build a table... just because it's difficult to trust people when you can't actually see what's in their hands.
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    Default Re: [PrC, PEACH]Nothing up my sleeve...

    Nope...it's the "highest value between the two." Not an additive thing. Easy to miss though.

    As to PbP...yeah...that would be fairly difficult. Still, I believe forum rollers can handle strange dice, and, technically, you could also do it much easier with a d13 and a d4 (at least up until Jokers are added in my rewrite).
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