Today, I’m bringing back another old subclass of mine that I totally forgot to do. The still unpublished WotC artificer is a pretty good addition to the game… save for the fact that it has no tinkerer subclass. Tinkering is the core concept behind the entire artificer fantasy – and it needs a specialization of its own.
So, read on below for more of the Tinkerer Artificer!Tinkerer Artificer
You can also find the PDF version here.
The Tinkerer is your classic magitech character – crossbows, robot guardians, and magical armor abound. It’s all about devices with this one, tinkering and making little doo-dads that may turn out explosively more powerful than they originally appeared to be.
One thing to note – the original WotC artificer gives a mechanical guardian at 6th level. This subclass includes an alternative to that feature, which I think allows for the artificer class to better fit its class fantasy. The alternate feature doesn’t have to be used with non-tinkerer artificers, but is required for tinkerers to use (otherwise things get weird and redundant).
- Do you like crossbows? I hope so! Choose from a list of mechanically enhanced crossbows for your character to use!
- And of course you’ve got to have a friend, or a giant mechanical construct of your very own, right from the get go!
- Magitech armor seems like icing on the cake, but is more about ensuring you don’t get smashed into icing by your own creations!
- Finally, you can trick out both yourself and your mechanical friend with a variety of magitech gadgets!
- This one hasn’t changed too much from when I posted it last, though I have swapped out the elemental damage crossbow bolts for Chromatic Armor. The change gives the subclass a bit of balance between offensive and defensive abilities, which it was sorely lacking before.
- Otherwise, I’m pretty happy with this. It’s come a long way from the first iteration (which featured cantrip-mimicking robots, of all things), and it feels much tighter and more on-theme than before. That being said, I haven’t really played much Eberron or other magitech in D&D, so maybe I’m missing something.
Let me know what you think!