Bonus build points for human classes

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Joined: 2013-05-19 01:26
Bonus build points for human classes

I noticed that the Barbarian build from the Player's Companion has only a d8 Hit Die. I would like to create a Barbarian class with a d10 or d12 Hit Die, but spending those build points in Hit Die means he won't be able to pick Fighter Value 2. 

Since the demi-human races get extra build points in exchange for a lower class level limit, I thought why not give Humans the same abilty? So in my game I'm thinking that Human 1 throught Human 4 grants extra build points in the HD, Fighter, Arcane, Divine and Thief categories. I think Human 0 should give an extra proficiency. The costs can be:

Human 4 1600   4 build points

Human 3 1200    3 build points

Human 2 800    2 build points

Human 1 400    1 build point

Human 0 200.   1 proficiency


With this house rule, you can get a Barbarian with a d12 Hit Die and 2 points in Fighter with 1 extra proficiency for Human 2. It's simple to just tack on the better Hit Die and lower the class level limit accordingly.

So a Barbarian with Human 1 puts the extra point in Hit Dice and has a HD of d10, at the cost of lowering his level limit to 12. Or pick Human 2 and buy a d12 Hit Die, lowering the level limit to 11. In either case, you get the extra proficiency for Human 0, which should probably be a class proficiency.

The only real work you need to do after changing the Hit Die, lowering the level limit and picking a proficiency is to redo the experience point progression. Hit Die 10 Barbarians need 3000 XP to reach second level and Hit Die 12 Barbarians need 3400 XP to reach second level.


I appreciate any feedback or criticism.


Joined: 2017-01-11 22:48

I like this idea but I think I would perhaps lower the XP cost, at least the XP cost of human 0 which I think should be 0 XP if only so that the human classes can be used as is without having to alter their XP tables. Also, if they are spending additional build points, won't the additional build points increase their XP requirements? If a Barbarian is Hit Die 4, Fighting 2, Human 2 then wouldn't their base XP be: 2000 + 1000 + 800 = 3800 to reach 2nd level? Perhaps slightly lowering the XP across the board for human racial build points might be a good idea.

Humans are special in that they can reach level 14 in the standard game, 1 higher than a demihuman who is in a class with 0 build points spent on their race. To represent this, all humans should have a slightly altered level limit table which increases their level by 1, in otherwords, gain the Heroic Spirit ability which increases their maximum level.

Build Points Level Limit
4 9
3 11
2 12
1 13
0 14


Joined: 2013-05-19 01:26

Thanks for the feedback. I'll probably use your idea of giving them +1 level.

Joined: 2013-05-30 00:58

I'd recommend, rather than 1 Class Proficiency, giving Human 0 two General Proficiencies.   This would remove the problem of "disappearing proficiencies" that happen when 0th level humans (who have 4 General Proficiencies) become 1st level anything (who have 1 General, 1 Class, and Adventuring).     

Using my modification to your rule would leave 0th level humans getting 4 General Proficiencies (2 of which are for being Human 0), one of which should be Adventuring if they are going to go adventuring.  Then they would gain 1 Class proficiency and 1st level.

Joined: 2013-05-30 00:58

Also, there probably needs to be an alteration to your costing, or an extra rule that deals with the following potential problem:

Two players want to have what amounts to a Paladin-Cleric.  This can be done with 6 build points, due to overlap between the classes (1d6 HP, and a minimum of Fighter 1)  

One player takes a Cleric (1500 XP) pays 800 pts. for Human 2, and uses those additional Build Points to increase Fighter 1a to Fighter 2, and Thief 1, and then duplicates the trading things, etc. giving the Cleric the fighting ability and special powers of a Paladin.  Total 2300 XP

The other player takes a Paladin (1850 XP), pays 800 pt.s for Human 2, and uses those two build points to buy Divine 2 (and alter the Saving Throws, because Divine 2 precedes Fighter 2), giving the Paladin the divine spellcasting of a Cleric (2650 XP)

Two identical classes, two different costs.

Of course, if one just started with 6 build points, the cost would be 2350.   So either the cost of being human needs to vary based on Build Point use, or else a rule needs to be made "If a class can be achieved by two different methods, than the (less/more) expensive cost should be used."