It’s been a busy week in the DDOGamer email box. First Tloboc offers to create free-to-play character builds for anyone who asks for them. In the article, I mention four specific builds that I think would work well for first-time F2P players.
Then – whoa, twice in one week – another incoming email This one from Steiner Davion, containing versions of those exact four builds. Steiner Davion, a.k.a. “Tim”, is a DDOCast reporter and sometime DDOGamer contributor. He is apparently having a prolific week.
Let’s take a look at the builds!
In the arcane role, I suggested a bard/sorceror mix. Tim proposes a Bard6/Sorceror18 Halfling caster with Spellsinger and Fire Savant enhancements.
Level 20 True Neutral Halfling Male (14 Sorcerer \ 6 Bard) Hit Points: 152 Spell Points: 1420 BAB: 11\11\16\21 Fortitude: 10 Reflex: 14 Will: 24 Abilities Base Modified Strength 10 10 Dexterity 14 15 Constitution 12 12 Intelligence 12 12 Wisdom 10 10 Charisma 16 25
Exactly the kind of idea I was suggesting. Self healing, heavy nuking, some bard songs to help out (a little). A playable build that requires no Turbine Points, tomes, or past life feats.
Here is the complete Character Builder file: F2P Bard/Sorceror
In the melee role, I suggested a halfling tactical fighter with the Dragonmark of healing. Let’s see what we got:
Level 20 True Neutral Halfling Male (20 Fighter) Hit Points: 287 Spell Points: 0 BAB: 20/20/25/30/30 Fortitude: 16 Reflex: 8 Will: 7 Abilities Base Modified Strength 16 24 Dexterity 11 11 Constitution 14 14 Intelligence 13 13 Wisdom 8 8 Charisma 8 8
Nice, looks like a little dude (or dudette) that will hit hard and still have the ability to pull back and heal himself (or herself) fairly effectively. I note that Tim borrowed from all of the fighter enhancement trees to add to tactical capabilities. The full Character Builder file is available here.
For the Divine role, I suggested a pure cleric, but one that mixes the ability to hit with the ability to heal. Mixing enchancements from the Radiant Servant and Warpriest trees, that is exactly what Tim sent:
Level 20 Lawful Good Human Male (20 Cleric) Hit Points: 255 Spell Points: 1560 BAB: 15/15/20/25/25 Fortitude: 14 Reflex: 6 Will: 19 Abilities Base Modified Strength 10 10 Dexterity 10 10 Constitution 14 14 Intelligence 12 12 Wisdom 16 24 Charisma 12 12
Almost as many hit points as the fighter but aided by an essentially infinite pool of self-healing. This is probably the build that a brand new player should try first. Very survivable! Full Character Planner file here.
Finally, the one that looks to me like it would be the hardest to play in terms of survivability, but the most fun in terms of challenge and capabilities, the rogue/wizard.
Level 20 True Neutral Human Male (14 Rogue / 6 Wizard) Hit Points: 168 Spell Points: 410 BAB: 13/13/18/23 Fortitude: 7 Reflex: 18 Will: 8 Abilities Stats Modified Strength 12 12 Dexterity 16 24 Constitution 12 12 Intelligence 16 18 Wisdom 8 8 Charisma 8 8
This Assassin/Eldritch Knight is focused more on roguing and less on wizarding; a tough character to solo. But totally rewarding if you can pull it off. Here is the Character Planner file.
Thank you Tim for taking the time to plot these out.
And to any of you who are seeking first-time builds, well, here you go. And welcome to DDO! Ah, if only I could be a first-time DDO player again.
🙂 😀 🙂