Exqueeze me? Druid? Mercykillers?

November 22, 2008 at 10:48 am
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Via Critical Hits, what is this I see? Why, it’s an Editorial Calendar!

All right, so if you’ve clicked that Critical Hits link or read the subject line here, you already know why I’m here, writing to you, dear blog. 

After reading the bard and barbarian playtests (more on those later?), I’m excited about the druid. I’m really curious to see which builds they put in. I heard that they’re going to have a shifter-based built. These are magical words that excite me.

Also, what the hell is this? Invoker? Dave pretty much says it all, except that he lies. He says we’ll find out “soon enough.” You’re not fooling me, Dave. December is, like, eleventy-billion days away!

Do you know what other magical words excite me? (There’s a whole list of ’em!) Here is one word that excites me: Mercykiller

I can’t remember if I’ve talked about how Planescape: Torment is my favorite video game of all time, and by extension that Planescape is my favorite D&D setting of all time. A case in point is the Factol’s Manifesto. This book reads more like White Wolf than D&D, given that most of the stuff in there has little to no crunch and is just pure setting.

This’ll degenerate into wank if I don’t get to the point soon.

So, yes, playtest. Mercykiller. I’m not sure that it’s a paragon path like Dave says, though. Paragon paths are fairly discrete in terms of what they do; I don’t see much need for long-term tuning. Consider also that all of the playtest articles on the table, with the exception of the Adventurer’s Vault 2, feature new classes.

I’m not saying it’s impossible. In fact, I’m probably setting myself up for disappointment. Still, a playtest article implies something a bit more meaty to me. Could the Mercykiller be some kind of divine striker, perhaps? THE MIND REELS.

  • My other guess was Mercykiller (and other factions) as a “Background” trait like they do in FR (i.e. free stuff). But another suggestion on EN World that I like the best is that it’s a multiclass-only “class” like Spellscarred was. Though hopefully if they do go this way, you can take a faction feat and still be multiclassed.

    Factol’s Manifesto is one of my favorite D&D books of all time, hands down.

  • Yeah, those are good guesses! But that also makes me wonder why they’d release it as a standalone playtest article, when up to this point what they’ve released for playtest as being pretty big.

    On the other hand, I can’t imagine that what they release from Adventurer’s Vault 2 that would compare to the complexity of a class. I’m guessing it’s some new category of experimental item, so maybe this’ll Mercykiller bit will be more on par with that.

    I actually bought a copy of Factol’s Manifesto in a used book store a year or two ago, along with a few other Planescape books. Unfortunately I didn’t buy all the ones there, and I’m still kicking myself.

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