May 12, 2018

Rockstar

Roguish Archetype
Notes from the Nails: it's Eurovision 2018 tomorrow! Who are you voting for?

Rockstar

With their ultra-cool look, lavish lifestyle and legions of adoring fans, it is no surprise that everyone wants to be a rockstar. Of the lucky few who do make it, most are charming rogues who leverage their superior charisma to the maximum, overpowering everyone in the room by sheer force of presence.
     All rockstars are involved in the music business, but not all play rock music: it is entirely possible for a pop diva, legendary producer, or multi-talented celebrity to possess the hallmarks of this archetype.

Hero with a Guitar
When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you gain proficiency with the disguise kit and one musical instrument of your choice.

Stage Presence
Also at 3rd level, your flair and personal magnetism is so strong that people around have trouble focusing on anything else. You can use your bonus action to force a hostile creature within 30 feet of you that can see you to make a Wisdom saving throw (DC equals 8 + your Charisma modifier + your proficiency bonus) or be unable to target creatures other than you with attacks, spells or other abilities until the start of your next turn.
     You can use this ability a number of times equal to your Charisma modifier and regain all expended uses when you finish a long rest.

The Power of Rock
When you reach 9th level, your fame (or infamy) is sufficient for you to overawe people simply by projecting the star power that dwells within you. If a creature succeeds on a saving throw you imposed on it or wins a contest against you, you can use this ability to reverse the result.
     Once you use this ability, you can't use it again until you finish a long rest.

Trash the Set
By 13th level, your reckless abandon knows no bounds! As an action, you can wreck stuff up in a 15-foot radius around you, making the area into difficult terrain for everyone other than you. A 5-foot square feet of wreckage can be cleared as an action.

Encore
At 17th level, you save the best for last. At the end of each round of combat, after each creature in the turn order has acted, you can take one additional action. This action is not considered to be part of any turn; hence abilities that can be used 'on your turn' or 'once per turn' cannot be activated; nor do you get any additional movement, bonus actions, or object interactions.

19 comments:

  1. Sorry for the late post, everyone! I missed Friday by a few minutes.

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    1. That Foreplay was a Long Time coming, but this Rock and Roll Band bard is Smokin'. I have More Than a Feeling that the party will be lucky to get some Peace of Mind with this guy around.

      Alright I'm done. I failed my WIS save vs the urge to reference.

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    2. I've always thought that the rockstar would be a warlock thing with the whole deal with the devil to become insanely talented thing.

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    3. But we've /done/ that warlock already. It was about Jazz.

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    4. Yeah, and for me, the classic 'frontman' is a suave rogue who gets by on their wits rather than someone who sells their soul for power. It also works better for popstars (this archetype is supposed to represent both).

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  2. Wait, so this isn’t a Bard? I’ve been bamboozled.

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    1. Ha hah, I got you!

      It'd be called College of Rock if it was a bard. But no, the whole point of these musical subclasses is that normally, if you wanted to play a musician, you basically have to be a bard. I'm asking the question "what if *everyone* wants to be a musician?" And assigning a genre of music to each base class. I've also got a non-musical bard in the works. ;)

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    2. Yes. Yes please. All the musical subclasses!

      Also, please don't forget about your homebrew classes with that ;)

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  3. Cool idea, but I feel it maybe be kind of weaksince so many of its abilities focus on calling attention to the character while not necessarily making so it is an advantage if you do so, especially for a usually stealthy class like the Rogue. I'd turn it around so that maybe when you taunt the enemies into attacking you like the lv3 ability you could sneak attack him without advantage, or maybe you could call attention up to yourself and concede the sneak attack benefit to other character in the party while doing so, making yourself as bait. Maybe this is just the power player hidden inside me speaking but I also think it add much to the flavor of the classe, while making more useful in battle.

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    1. I hear what you're saying, but I think you've got too narrow a conception of the rogue class. It's surprisingly easy to make a tanky rogue in 5e and there's absolutely nothing to say a rogue has to be sneaky at all (you can always get Sneak Attack if you're fighting alongside an ally).

      This subclass is all about battlefield control. It pulls attacks to itself, creates difficult terrain, and can auto-succeed on contests (such as shoving, grappling and disarming). So it definitely complements a less stealthy playstyle - it prefers to work with its other bandmates as a team, as well as being the face in social encounters. I'd call that a refreshing change of pace!

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    2. Well I feel you, of course there are builds that can be done likethat, but I think that the Rogue has less resources in is class to make up for a tank class, I thought for this class that the ideal would be more like the role that Tracer plays in overwatch, a quick, squishy character whose function is to stray attention and be ellusive, attracting fire but not really taking any, while dishing out some damage back and allowing her teamates to strike back and take objecties. Thats why I suggest the thing where the rockstar taunts and loses its sneak attack for another character to use (thinking of it I think i didn't made myself very clear on that one). About the stealth part tho it was just an example, I like the idea of a very flashy Rogue, like the Swashbuckler for example.

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  4. Gotta say the artwork is kinda frightening but glam rock awesoe, it seems to me to be a combo of a drag queen dwarf + Ziggy Stardust.

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    1. For something truly frightening, thinking of playing as a Chibi dwarf (http://www.handbookofheroes.com/archives/comic/style#comments) Rockstar Rogue. Subrace stats in alt text. Grants +1 CHA and the friends cantrip.

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  5. A pink haired, dwarf, glam rocker, with what appears to be a flamethrower keytar. Did I somehow end up in a Shadowrun game?

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  6. "Rogues are silent and deadly assassins, let's make them play KISS music!" still cool though.

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    1. That's the other group the image reminds me of. mix of paul stanley's starchild and ace frehley's spaceman. Think of statting up the tribute band Mini Kiss as dwarven rockstar rogues.

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  7. My guesses for the next music archetypes:
    Techno Wizard
    Beatbox Sorcerer
    Reggae Druid
    Power Metal Barbarian

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    1. Given that I've spoken about upcoming musical archetypes both here (on the ranger post) and on the discord, I don't think you get any points for guessing the techno wizard and metal barbarian.

      What *would* be impressive is if you can figure out which one will be published next.

      Especially because I don't know myself!

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