19 August 2011

Re-assignment: Charisma

You know, I always START with D&D. But I have to "fix" this or that, and end up with something that isn't quite D&D anymore.

Others have mentioned shifting the Prime Requisites around, so it's nothing new. But in setting details for my Fractured Ways campaign, I ended up doing it for three of the four "Sacred Four" human classes, with only Fighters staying with Strength.

As Friar Dave did, my Clerics have Charisma as their PR. Wisdom never seemed very well defined, and I always thought that, despite what they might say, the true goal of any Cleric is to gain new converts. That sounds like a Charisma requirement to me.

Not only does this give Charisma a clearer purpose to Clerics, it now makes sense to use the Adjustment (positive or negative) for the one unique ability Clerics have; Turning. So, in my Fractured Ways campaign, the CHA Adj. applies to both the 2d6 roll to affect the Undead, but also to the 2d6 roll to determine HD affected.

Wisdom? Given it's amibiguous nature and nebulous effect, has been dropped for now.


  1. The only downside I would see is that, while other classes might need to split good score between their prime requisite and charisma, which governs henchmen, clerics do not.

  2. First, let me say thank you for being the first-ever-commenter-on-a-blog-that-I-spend-far-too-little-time-on.

    And you're right, Clerics would gain a class advantage with Retainers.

    In fact, that may be a better justification as to why I gave CHA to Clerics than I'd thought of. They SHOULD be better at attracting more Retainers (codified by the rules) and followers (generated by in-game events but modified by the CHA Adjustment).

    Archers, whether a Class or a Fighter troop-type, have the "class" advantage of acting earlier in the combat sequence than other melee Fighters. With this change, Clerics would then have the Class advantage of improved henchmen mechanics, which is in-line with the "Converts to the Faith" idea that originally inspired me to change their PR to Charisma.

  3. @Matt: Let me also say that your blog has recently (before your comment here) become one of my "hot sheet" blogs to read. Your Dante-inspired Hell Preview posts have me intrigued. Fine work, sir.