Originally Posted by dextercorvia
Pick your favorite school and go Spellgifted for it. Then take Practiced Spellcaster for a feat. That offsets the penalty from both Spellgifted and Wild Mage.
^^ Pretty much this. I had a really fun Wild Mage that I loooved. They're not crazy OP, but with Practiced Spellcaster + Spellgifted makes it so you always cast at your CL or more. Beg and plead your DM to get you a Rod of Wonder just because it's crazy fun.
My WMage was a crazy old man (think Fizban from Dragonlance) in his 80's. If he rolled poorly on a knowledge check, he'd just make things up and tell his companions "Ahh, yes.... That's a slinderstack. Very resistant to fire...." Took a lot of Sudden Metamagic feats to go for the whole bursts of brilliance vibe.
Anywho. It's essentially a wizard with a boost to CL if you take the right feats. Optimize it as such (Batman).