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Organizational Question

Description: Picking the best feat layout

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Organizational Question

Post by Snorb » Mon Feb 28, 2022 1:00 pm

This one's a unique question in that it doesn't ask about mechanics; instead, I'm asking about organizing part of my ongoing m20 project, Microsty Star.

Specifically, one of the character specializations you can choose when you reach 2nd level is the Esper; the main benefit you get for becoming an Esper is that you gain access to Esper magic, which I'm choosing to represent as feats (which you get at every odd level, just like in Pathfinder 1e.) The problem is, of course, what's the best way to actually organize them in the feat list? I've got a few options.

  • Option 1: Each feat is named for a spell, and is in alphabetical order with the rest of the feats.

Flaeli
You have learned the Esper fire magic spell, Flaeli.

Prerequisites: Esper specialization

(words words words about Flaeli mechanics here)

This is the easiest way to do it, but there would be no real indication that these feats are Esper magic beyond the flavor text.

  • Option 2: Each feat starts with the words 'Esper Magic,' and each is in alphabetical order with the rest of the feats.

Esper Magic: Medice
You have learned the Esper healing magic spell, Medice.

Prerequisites: Esper specialization

(words words words about Medice mechanics here)

How I have them currently laid out in my document; it calls out that these are specific to a certain character type, and keeps everything neat and tidy-ish. My main problem is there's twelve Esper Magic feats, so I have a whole big block of them in my document outline between "Esper Defense" and "Faster Healing."

  • Option 3: Put the Esper magic feats in a new subsection in the document.

What I think makes the most sense. Only real drawbacks are that I'd have to make a new subsection in my document and make the current feat list subsubsections (one of the benefits of doing this in LaTeX) and if I put a "You must have the Esper specialization to take any of these feats" callout at the head of the subsection instead of in the feats' bodies, players might miss it.

  • Option 4: Just tag the Esper magic feats but keep them in alphabetical order.

Tandle [Esper Magic]
You have learned the Esper lightning magic spell, Tandle.

Prerequisites: Esper specialization

(words words words about Tandle mechanics here)

How I think 3.5 and Pathfinder 1e do it? One second.

Okay, I'm back, and yes, I really did just check the 3.5e and PF sections of d20srd.org. And both of those SRDs have them listed and tagged just like they are in this option. This might be best to keep continuity with how those SRDs list their feats.

  • Option 5: Put the Esper magic feats in the Esper specialization writeup.

This is probably my least favorite option, because that would make that writeup much bigger than the others.

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Re: Organizational Question

Post by quaffeine » Wed Mar 02, 2022 11:05 am

First off, if the presence of "Esper" implies this is an m20 Final Fantasy-inspired game, I can't wait to see it.

Second, I'm struggling with some questions of presentation myself at the moment, so I'm curious to see how this shakes out.

But asked for a preference, I'd go for either 3 or 4, and the latter only if you're planning on tagging some/all other Feats as appropriate.

P.S., what do you use in terms of LaTeX templates for these?

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Re: Organizational Question

Post by Snorb » Wed Mar 02, 2022 11:20 pm

I asked one of my friends in my D&D group, and he suggested option 4, so I definitely think I'd go with that (mostly because another specialization is going to get some specific feats.)

And you're close, quaffiene-- this is actually Phantasy Star inspired! (Specifically, it uses the three main character classes from Phantasy Star Online, with specializations being the seven (surviving) party members from Phantasy Star II and the Espers from Phantasy Star IV.)

As for LaTeX, I'm actually using Overleaf, which is pretty much like the Homebrewery website, except it generates LaTeX documents instead of 5e-appearing Markdown documents! It's a little bit of a learning curve compared to Markdown, but it's neat to use!

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Re: Organizational Question

Post by quaffeine » Mon Mar 07, 2022 1:40 pm

Awesome, definitely let us (or at least me) know when it's available! I'm also interested in the balance it looks like you're trying to strike between simplicity (m20) and crunch (e.g. progressive Feats), as I have a project where I'm trying to do the same thing.

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