Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Sub-optimal character: Mounted Halfling Summoner

Let's face it, halflings have an enormous capacity for rpg cool.  See the DnD mini in the pic if you don't believe me...

I've been playing with my character's build for our upcoming Pathfinder game... and I decided to resist the urge to tweak myself an optimal character in favour of someone I wanted to play:

I've chosen a Halfling Sumoner.  For the sheer joy of riding around on my Eidolon shooting things with a longbow.  A small longbow.  Meanwhile my trusty steed, Snapper, will be using his combination of natural reach and "trip" on his bite attack - and AoOs - to keep the Enemy at arm's length.
I've taken Enlarge Person as a spell, more for the fun of casting it on the other party member - a monk - than any other particular reason.  Large monks have silly damage.  Here are my statblocks, courtesy of the very handy PCGen:


Male Halfling
Summoner 3

AC 18, touch 14, flat-footed 15 (+1 size, +3 Dex, +4 Chain Shirt (Small), )
hp 20 (3d8)+3
Fort +3, Ref +5, Will +4, +2 vs. fear

Speed 20 ft.
Ranged longbow (small) +6 (1d6/x3)
Melee spear (small) (two handed) +4 ((two handed) 1d6+1/x3)
Ranged spear (small/thrown) +6 (1d6+1/x3)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.


Str 13,
Dex 17,
Con 12,
Int 12,
Wis 10,
Cha 15
Base Atk +2; CMB +2; CMD 15
Feats Armor Proficiency, Light, Martial Weapon Proficiency (Longbow), Mounted Combat, Simple Weapon Proficiency

We'll see how he fares on Thursday night!


  1. I try to not play "optimized" characters. That simply limits your character choices.

    And how did he fair?

  2. I like to play non-obvious choices. My current pathfinder character is a half-orc who has taken a level dip in just about every Charisma based class there is.

    The summoner is an interesting choice for a halfling. I'd been contemplating doing something similar with a cavalier. Hope you kicked ass.

  3. My first PC for DnD (this was 4e, a couple of years ago) was a min-maxed rogue - I believe he had a dex of 22, somehow, and was totally geared towards dealing damage. He was dull. Plus, the DM "had to" make a conscious choice not to attack him so he wouldn't die due to poor HP.

    So now, I build my characters to be fun - 'cos that's why we play the game...

    Thanks for the interest guys, just so you know we kicked some ass and took some names! Eidolons are pretty useful as "pets" too - we were ambushed in the datk and he was the only one who could see our attackers, and ended up taking them out while we blundered around getting plugged with arrows.

    That was a fun encounter: we lost a few (half to three quarters of our) HP, and it was tense without being oppressive. Bite/reach/trip defence worked as planned, which was cool.

    Bring on next week!

  4. I'm doing something similar...with a light lance and the Master Summoner Archetype.


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