Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Child PCs

  1. - Top - End - #1
    Halfling in the Playground
     
    MindFlayer

    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Venezuela
    Gender
    Male

    biggrin Child PCs

    Does the fact that a PC is a child affect her stats?
    As a roleplaying thing.

    Thanks

  2. - Top - End - #2
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    Chess435's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Lacey, Washington
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Child PCs

    That generally falls under Ask your DM. I'd personally have them apply PF's young template, possibly throwing them a bonus feat to partially offset it if I like their character idea.
    ^~Cody T.~^

    "I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant; it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are." - Mewtwo

  3. - Top - End - #3
    Titan in the Playground
     
    Flickerdart's Avatar

    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Pittsburgh
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Child PCs

    No. The lowest possible age category for anything but a true dragon is adult, and the game doesn't care whether you're 0 or 12 or 20 so long as you're still within the adult age category for your race.
    Quote Originally Posted by A_Moon View Post
    How many times, when the Fighter says "I draw my sword", did you just want to smack that cheating-optimizer in the face and say "No! You don't draw your sword! You draw Orcus!". When the Cleric says "I run away from Orcus!": "No! You run into Orcus! Rogue tries to hide? He hides behind Orcus! The bard in a tavern on the other side the town tries to order a drink? How about a nice frothy mug of Orcus?

  4. - Top - End - #4
    Dwarf in the Playground
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    incheon, south korea.
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Child PCs

    according to the rules, you can't have a "child" character.

    You can choose or randomly generate your character’s age. If you
    choose it, it must be at least the minimum age for the character’s
    race and class (see Table 6–4: Random Starting Ages).
    14 is the minimum age, and that's for a half-orc. but hey, it's a game. whatever makes it fun is great, so long as everyone agrees to it.

    if you're just looking for ideas to kick around with, maybe drop a stat point in everything but charisma until they hit the minimum age for their race?

  5. - Top - End - #5
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    molten_dragon's Avatar

    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    The State of Denial
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Child PCs

    As was pointed out, by RAW it's not possible to play a character who is not an adult, so there are no stats for child characters. That said, it wouldn't be too hard to just do a linear progression of stats down from the minimum adult age of the race to whatever you think they should be at birth. For example, if all stats are 1 at birth for a human, and adult is at 16, then their stats would need to up by roughly 2 points every 3 years to be at 10 by age 16. Or if you wanted to make it a little simpler, you could just make it that every physical and mental stat is reduced by 1 point for every 2 years you are less than 16, rounded up. So at 15 or 14 you'd have a -1 penalty to every score. At 13 or 12 a -2, and so on.
    If build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.

    If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    My Homebrew

  6. - Top - End - #6
    Dwarf in the Playground
     
    Griffon

    Join Date
    Feb 2011

    Default Re: Child PCs

    Reduce Person has rules for going down a size category, right? Is that a good starting point? I always joke with my buddy that his son will be a small-size critter until he breaks four feet. Not saying that's all you should do, heaven knows even smart little kids are really stupid, but it's a good place to start, maybe.
    ~Othar wanted me to know so that I would tell men that Othar the Storm-Rider had died well, and I had told him to keep a tight hold of his sword so that Othar the Storm-Rider would go to the feast hall in Valhalla where all warriors who die bravely go after death. These days, although I am old and feeble, I always wear a sword, so that when death comes I will go to that far hall where men like Othar wait for me. I look forward to meeting them.~

  7. - Top - End - #7
    Firbolg in the Playground
     
    Flumph

    Join Date
    Nov 2010

    Default Re: Child PCs

    I second the Young Template. Maybe slap on some mental penalties if the she's sufficiently young (I'm thinking ~8 years old for a human).


    If there's any chance of her reaching her rolled Starting Age mid-campaign, don't toss in a bonus feat. Playing as a child already has enough benefits (Small size, +4 Dex) to console someone doing it for RP-purposes.
    Last edited by Slipperychicken; 2012-10-15 at 08:59 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Emperor Tippy View Post
    By level 20 though, you aren't capturing a wizard. A character lives to level 20 by being the most ruthless, lucky, capable, and paranoid bastard around. A wizard is throwing around a 30+ Int score and has, entirely in character, planned contingencies for his contingencies. He may well be running around with flat out total immunity to harm, he does not walk outside without an entire bevy of defensive magics around him and enough magic items to buy himself a nation.

  8. - Top - End - #8
    Titan in the Playground
     
    Flickerdart's Avatar

    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Pittsburgh
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Child PCs

    It's a lousy starting point. Depending on the age, a child will not be anywhere near as dextrous as an adult, never mind more so. All the ability scores of a child will be substantially lower than an adult's. Strength and Consitution will probably reach parity long before everything else.
    Quote Originally Posted by A_Moon View Post
    How many times, when the Fighter says "I draw my sword", did you just want to smack that cheating-optimizer in the face and say "No! You don't draw your sword! You draw Orcus!". When the Cleric says "I run away from Orcus!": "No! You run into Orcus! Rogue tries to hide? He hides behind Orcus! The bard in a tavern on the other side the town tries to order a drink? How about a nice frothy mug of Orcus?

  9. - Top - End - #9
    Firbolg in the Playground
     
    Flumph

    Join Date
    Nov 2010

    Default Re: Child PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by Flickerdart View Post
    It's a lousy starting point. Depending on the age, a child will not be anywhere near as dextrous as an adult, never mind more so. All the ability scores of a child will be substantially lower than an adult's. Strength and Consitution will probably reach parity long before everything else.
    -4 to physical scores, -2 to mental scores, Small size?
    Quote Originally Posted by Emperor Tippy View Post
    By level 20 though, you aren't capturing a wizard. A character lives to level 20 by being the most ruthless, lucky, capable, and paranoid bastard around. A wizard is throwing around a 30+ Int score and has, entirely in character, planned contingencies for his contingencies. He may well be running around with flat out total immunity to harm, he does not walk outside without an entire bevy of defensive magics around him and enough magic items to buy himself a nation.

  10. - Top - End - #10
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    Invader's Avatar

    Join Date
    May 2012
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Child PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by Flickerdart View Post
    It's a lousy starting point. Depending on the age, a child will not be anywhere near as dextrous as an adult, never mind more so. All the ability scores of a child will be substantially lower than an adult's. Strength and Consitution will probably reach parity long before everything else.
    I wouldn't neccesarily agree with that. I was way more dexterous at 12 than I was at 22 or now that I'm 32.
    "The icy cold fingers of reason have choked the life out of this thread and despite all logic it keeps squirming", nope, it's dead.

    "Occasionally I'd just like someone to quote me in their signature"
    -Invader

    Epic threads with awesome revelations.

    Awesome Avatar by Kymme!

  11. - Top - End - #11
    Pixie in the Playground
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Child PCs

    In the d20 system I use we have these adjusments:

    Child (1–11): –2 to Str and Con; +2 to Dex; –1 Int, Wis, and Cha
    Young adult (12–15): –1 to Str and Con; –1 Int and Wis
    Adult (16–39): Base scores

    General idea is that kids aren't as smart or as tough and strong as adults but more dextrous, and preteens/early teens, while stronger and tougher than children, still aren't as much so as an adult, and still not fully mentally developed.

  12. - Top - End - #12
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Goblin

    Join Date
    Aug 2010

    Default Re: Child PCs

    That young template would make for some pretty terrifying swordsages. Base race whisper gnome, grab shadow blade and weapon finesse and dual wield daggers. Grab Faerie Mysteries Initiate too to take care of hitpoints and provide a dose of heavily implied creepiness.

    Anyway, kids are more flexible than adults, not necessarily more dexterous. I recommend just setting size to small and not applying any stat modifiers, just put your stats the way you think a kids stats should look and don't worry about it too much.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •