Originally Posted by starship1
this is for a new player, who loves the idea of having all the illusions.
Throw on some Shadowcraft Mage and you're good. Check out the Shadowcraft Mage Handbook
to get some background on that, but keep in mind it's fairly limited by the player's knowledge of what evocations and conjurations he can emulate.
If you're going to use Nightmare Spinner, you may as well include Dread Witch from Heroes of Horror. Get the feat Dreadful Wrath (PGtF) or Frightful Presence (Draconomicon p106) and learn Aura of Terror (SpC) for greater effect. Maybe check out the Fear Handbook
for more information on that, but stacking fear effects can quickly get out of hand. I'd definitely include some Prestige Bard
to get Inspire Awe and Doomspeak if you're doing that.