I recently started running a Pathfinder campaign with some friends. Two of the players are pretty experienced, two are brand new, and this is my first time DM'ing.
One of the new players is playing a monk. I warned her that monks are underpowered and that she end up feeling like she isn't contributing, but she isn't interested in any other class.
The other experienced players and I want her to have fun, especially since she is new to rpg's. They don't mind house ruling whatever to bring her more in line with the others in the party (which are, btw, a cleric, magus, and an investigator). They are somewhat optimized, but not to the degree of being fully min/maxed.
I've considered dropping more/better gear for her specifically (other players have already told me that they're cool with this). The problem with this approach is that it may get obvious to her that I'm showing favoritism and I don't necessarily want to do that. She is determined not to use any monk weapons, unarmed only.
It occurred to me that if I would just house-rule that monks get Dex to damage automatically and let her re-roll her stats, it may help her a lot.
I'm specifically wanting to address melee damage. The player is new and still learning how to contribute to the party in ways other than just hitting things, but for now I want to give her a boost in damage so that she's not discouraged while she is trying to figure out her role. Are there better ways to do this other than my suggested house rule?
Has anyone tried this, and would it potentially break anything? I want her to be comparable to the other players but not outshine them too much. Would it be better if I also made it cost her a feat? I'm asking because I don't have any experience with the monk class.
Also, the best solution is one that helps her damage without making her do something different or memorize new rules, this will likely turn her off. She's mostly interested in hanging out than in the game, and already has a hard time remembering the rules that already apply ("Perception check, that's a d20, right?")