A few weeks ago my regular gaming group began a short-term, four week campaign. Our characters started at level 7 and at the end of each week we level up. This gave us a great chance to jump right into some of the new classes and give them a try.
By keeping just below the Paragon tier we’re at the heroic “sweet spot.” We’ve got a few powers and items to choose from on our turn, but we’re not bogged down with so many choices that it slows play. It’s been a fantastic ride (with one more week to go). I highly recommend trying this approach to gaming. But that’s an article for a different day. Today I want to again express my admiration for the character builder.
For the mini-adventure described above I choose to play a Barbarian. And since I had my brand new copy of Primal Power I thought it would be a good idea to try out one of the new builds. The character I made was a kick-ass, dual-weapon wielding, Razorclaw Shifter, Whirling Slayer Barbarian. The problem was that most of the powers I wanted were from the new book, and until today they weren’t available in Character Builder. So I improvised.
I started by using character builder to make my PC as best I could. I created custom elements for my Feral Might class feature and almost all of my powers. I was somewhat disappointed to see that the power cards character builder produced for custom powers all printed on the utility card template. I mean, I entered it in the encounter power slot so why not print it up on the red cards? Getting over that, I then copied the relevant details of the powers and I was ready to play. For the past three weeks I used a combination of materials already in character builder and material I had to write out by hand.
And then today, character builder was updated and Primal Power was one of the sources now included.
So after I finished installing my updated version of character builder I decided to load my level 9 Barbarian before leveling him to 10. I was also planning to remove the custom elements and replace them with the actual legal powers, complete with correct colour-coding and all the math done for me. When I loaded my Barbarian I was blown away.
Just when I thought character builder couldn’t make my life any easier, I made a fantastic discovery. All of those custom elements I created had automatically converted to their now-present, powers of the same name. I didn’t have to do anything to fix the character. He was already completely up to speed. Yesterday he was a level 9 “house ruled” character full of custom powers and today, after I installed the update, he was 100% legal.
I don’t know if character builder has always had this capability or if this is something that’s only come about with a recent update, but it’s friggin’ awesome. Wizards of the Coast, I salute you on a job well done. If it turns out that this is something that’s been around a while and I’m just catching up then I have one question for all my friends who also use character builder: Why didn’t you tell me about this earlier?
What other great secrets does character builder hold? If you’ve discovered something about character builder that you’ve found particularly useful or interesting, please share it with us.