A New Class

I’ve started feeling a bit guilty about not getting into posting regularly… I mean, I have this D&D blog, and people like Zak and Jeff are posting every other day, and I haven’t managed an average of once a fortnight. It’s probably a bit stupid to start getting a posting itch, given that I’m about to enter study week.

So, given that it’s 1:30am, and I have to finish an essay in the morning, here’s an alternate B/X class that I haven’t really playtested:

Battle-Mage
Optional class for B/X or Labyrinth Lord
Requirements: STR 9, INT 9
Prime Requisite: STR
HD: d6
Maximum Level: None
Battle-Mages may wear leather armour or chain mail, may use shields, and use any one-handed weapon (including a bastard-sword), but not ranged weapons. They save and attack as a Cleric of their level. They gain an additional attack per round when they reach Level 10.
Battle-Mages can cast spells as a Magic User of 1 level below their current level. They keep spells in a spellbook and prepare them each morning just like Magic Users, but have their own spell lists to choose from.
Upon reaching Level 9, a Battle-Mage can set up a mercenary band, and attract 2d6 lower-level Fighters and/or Battle-Mages, who will work with the Battle-Mage in return for mentoring.
Spells:


L1:      Detect magic
           Magic Missile
           Protection from Evil
           Shield
           Sleep
L2:      Detect Evil
           Levitate
           Phantasmal Force
           Detect Invisible
           Mirror Image
L3:      Dispel Magic
           Fire Ball
           Haste
           Hold Person
           Lightning Bolt
           Protection from Normal Missile
L4:      Charm Monster
           Confusion
           Polymorph Others
           Polymorph Self
           Wall of Fire
L5:      Animate Dead
           Cloudkill
           Hold Monster
           Telekinesis
           Feeblemind
L6:      Anti-Magic Shell
           Disintegrate
           Project Image
           Stone to Flesh
           Move Earth
L7:      Grasping Hand
           Delayed Blast Fireball
           Magic Sword
           Power Word Stun
           Statue
The Battle-Mage Class Advancement
Lvl
XP
Title
HD
Spellcasting
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
1
0
Skirmisher
1d6
2
2200
2d6
1
3
4400
3d6
2
4
8800
4d6
2
1
5
17600
5d6
2
2
6
35200
6d6
2
2
1
7
72000
Sorcerer
7d6
2
2
2
8
100000
Battle-Master
8d6
3
2
2
1
9
150000
Battle-Mage
9d6
3
3
2
2
10
200000
Battle-Mage
+1
3
3
3
2
1
11
320000
Battle-Mage
+2
3
3
3
3
2
12
470000
Battle-Mage
+3
4
3
3
3
2
1
13
550000
Battle-Mage
+4
4
4
3
3
3
2
14
630000
Battle-Mage
+5
4
4
4
3
3
2
1
15
740000
Battle-Mage
+6
4
4
4
4
3
3
2
16
850000
Battle-Mage
+7
5
4
4
4
4
3
2
17
960000
Battle-Mage
+8
5
5
4
4
4
4
3
18
1070000
Battle-Mage
+9
5
5
5
4
4
4
4
19
1180000
Battle-Mage
+10
5
5
5
5
4
4
4
20
1290000
Battle-Mage
+11
6
5
5
5
5
4
4
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