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A Somewhat Obscure but Semi-official Option The prestige class charlatan appears on pages 62-6 of Dragon #335. The Brilliant Gameologists' forum has a very short charlatan handbook that describes (but doesn't reproduce) many of the class's features. The gist of the class is that, instead of casting spells, the charlatan convinces folks that he cast spells, ...


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A wizard who lost their spellcasting still has wizard spells on their spell list and would not need UMD checks to activate appropriate scrolls/wands.


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You won't be an effective combatant on UMD alone. You just won't, not without substantial splat support. To be effective: Just build a mundane badass. You don't need to fight with Fireballs for people to think you are a big-shot magic-slinger. Display your badassitude by knowing things (accomplished with skill checks) and taking charge (accomplished with ...


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Being a caster-from-items isn't possible on any sort of realistic budget. Assuming that this is a character backstory concept and not literally the case, I would either play this as the wizard choosing to be level-drained back down to 1. As an intelligent "not a spellcaster" I can only recommend the Factotum from Dungeonscape. While it's not a pure ...


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An evaluation of being a Rogue depending purely on UMD. There's not really much to say except UMD check success rate. In regards to wands Level 1 wands will be your friend. Level 2+ wands will make you cry. Look into getting a staff. Feats Skill Focus (Use Magic Device) Magical Aptitude You must be able to make a DC 20 UMD check regularly, and this is ...


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Well I would say it depends on the circumstances. The Emperor has been ensconced on the golden throne for so long anyone alive will not have been around to have seen him DO anything. So why does he have a vendetta. Ultimately I think the difference comes from if he gets anything from it on the character sheet or is expected to do anything with it? If ...


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Find out why he has this vendetta, then through the course of the game have him uncover new information about what REALLY happened...it turns out is is not the Emperor that was behind the evil machinations that befell his family, it was the emperor's hated cousin/general/butler/some toady. Build the actual nemesis up with some nice backstory the players ...


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I think it has to do with this bit of background: You previously pursued a simple profession among the peasantry, perhaps as a farmer, miner, servant, shepherd, woodcutter, or gravedigger. Several of the defining events indicate that he may have expertise with said shovel as a weapon or as a tool of his trade (farming/mining/grave digging). ...


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I believe the most logical answer is that it doesn't make sense for his starting character to have a vendetta with someone so far out of his league. Most people tend to forget that even though RPGs do feature heroes, those heroes start off from somewhere really low (level 1). I'm going to look at this from a dnd-perspective, where your character would be ...


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Having a rich back story from a player is a bonus, really (just so long as it's not ridiculous); it can play right into your hands as a GM. For instance, this can allow you to give yourself a breather at times when you have no plan/plot laid out - pull the back story of one of the PC's into play. Isn't that just standard practice?... With the character ...


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I don't know RT and only roughly WH40k. That said I still want to propose the following: Talk to your player about how all-mighty the God-Emporer is. Talk about a common definition of "vendetta". Maybe you'll find that the player wants a target that will keep his character running forever. In this case "vendetta" may mean "my character blames the emporer ...


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There are only two situations in which it is ever appropriate to restrict a player's creativity (especially new players who might get discouraged) when constructing an origin story for their character in an RPG: The origin story gives a player a mechanical advantage over the other players. Example: My noble family is old, influential, and extremely ...


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Short answer; don't. Based on what you've said it's not that his character is a problem, just that his theoretical goal is untenable. Make it clear to him exactly what sort of trouble he'd be in for if he decides to have his character pursue that vendetta. Let him know it would be impossible (or almost impossible, depending on your GM style) to fulfill and ...


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"Hey, that sounds like a great idea for an epic game. We're actually going to be playing something more low key in this campaign, though. How about if you have a vendetta against (lower powered authority, but still powerful relative to the character and more fitting with the situation)? That would fit in really well this this other ...


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Definitely DO encourage the creativity and imagination of your players. Meanwhile, what to do about his character that doesn't fit your setting? Here are a few suggestions: Tell him you love his character, and want to have it as an NPC. Then inform him on the limitations of your setting, and work with him to try again. Be more flexible in your setting. ...


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Tell him where the problema lies. "Man, your character knows that the target of your revenge is maybe the most well protected guy ever. Do you really want to have such a target, that it might be justification for your partecipation to the story but can't be reached (at least not soon) or would you rather like to choose one of his menas your target?" Build ...


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There is a Kickstarter in progress currently for Backstory Cards by Tim Rodriguez. To quote from the campaign blurb: Backstory Cards help you and your friends create vibrant backstories for roleplaying games, no matter the system or genre. About Backstory Cards Backstory Cards blend your characters and setting concept into an intriguing ...


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I highly recommend the random background generator from Ultimate Campaign. There's several automated tools around to roll it up for you if you don't want to do it yourself. Here is one. For an example, I just gave it "Non-evil Dwarf Fighter" and got back: Dwarf Homeland Hills or Mountains Dwarf Parents Both of your parents are alive. ...


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Constrained Choices The first issue for new players is just getting them oriented to really basic things. A lot of roleplayers really get caught up on having lots and lots of choices, but this isn't actually useful for new roleplayers and often ends up confusing or making things harder to understand to start. For this reason, I suggest limiting their ...



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