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The Artist is a variable effect caster class balanced against the versatility and power of Wizards and other 9 level caster classes. 

Combine a variety of effects to make spells up on the fly, but be warned, the generative act is taxing.  If you create too much too fast or Works that far exceed your own stamina you will be driven insane, sickly, or even die.

4 Archetypes based on the kind of Art you create await: Painters, Sculptors, Storytellers, and Dancers. 

Whether you want to be a Warholian master of defining "It" or a slapstick cartoonist sketching anvils into place over your foe's head, the Artist has a solid chance of filling the niche.

Included is a Chart to make it easy to track which effects your Works have applied.

In the coming weeks I will be trying to modify this scaling system of effects to create a workable Psionics to tide us over until an official release.  Please keep an eye out for it.

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Gage R July 27, 2020 3:49 pm UTC
Something I don't think you considered: You have a duration option of "Until Dispelled". You also have an option to grant immunity to one damage type. Do you see where I am going with this?
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Matthew C July 30, 2020 10:13 pm UTC
Thanks so much for your interest in this product! It was one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever undertaken.

It was considered thoroughly. Though it’s been a couple years I’ll try and explain the rationale.

This class is supposed to be on par with the versatility and power of the Wizard. I very specifically limited its burst damage capability and in exchange, amped its potential to narratively and magically resolve complex problems, have “imagination is the only limit” versatility in how it dealt damage, buff and debuff. I added in specific spell like abilities to subclasses to fill in classic Wizard schtick that I wanted to remain more limited (Teleport etc).

If your DM is comfortable with someone playing a PC that continuously drives themselves to the edge of death and madness to stack immunities on the party at lower level, that’s fine.

but as I recall the math on Flow of Ideas, you’d be risking madness on a daily basis as well as crippling...See more
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Gage R July 31, 2020 4:14 pm UTC
Correct me if I got the math wrong:

11 points by level 20
0 points in Execution (1 minute)
5 points in Concept (Until Dispelled)
5 points in Passion (chooses Immunity to one damage type for the work's duration)

Perform multiple works. Party now has immunity to everything.

Or did you mean that active works still count against the flow points? Because the wording is not all that clear in that regard (I have gone over it. Nothing I have seen indicates that this is the case). Because if that is the case, then that indeed would resolve the problem, and actually puts the capstone's nature in a new light.

You might what to clarify that part in any update. If that is indeed how it works, I can work it into my next game without issue.
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Matthew C July 31, 2020 6:42 pm UTC
If you’re the DM, I’d recommend just omitting that one line/effect if you’re uncomfortable with it. My now deleted previous response went into great detail for ways to work around nigh immortal PCs.

Flow of Ideas is intended to be a per work Limit. Limiting it to works in effect at once would be akin to making Concentration an action for casters.

The Artist does provide potent lasting effects at the cost of consistently high damage. Since combat is such a large focus of the game, more damage will consistently outweigh many other options and as I mentioned before, nova potential for this class is deliberately limited.

Here are some examples of things my players have done while consistently outdamaged by every other player.
-caused ashes from a funeral pyre to rise up as ash zombies and try to kill a tannarruk. 15ft cube of bludgeoning damage, 1 minute duration
-caused the warlock to shoot more Eldritch blasts from their eyes. Instant Single...See more
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Gage R August 01, 2020 1:48 am UTC
Ok, so in a way it really is game breaking if no rails are put into place. I can still live with that. Its a bit more effort, but to be fair the character intended to be the artist is under my (the DM's) control anyway. If someone else has the same problem as me, a proposed solution would be that the resistance and immunity buffs can only be in use for one work at a time. Thus you can grant the party immunity for the foreseeable future against a damage type, but if you want to grant immunity to another damage type, or grant immunity to others, the old work will first have to end.

Other than that one hiccup, I really like the class. The flexibility is very powerful in of itself, but the class cannot really specialize quite like the spellcasters can. The artist I notice also has some of the worst defensive capabilities of any class I have encountered, but that's a good balance to the fact that at higher levels the class is pretty much a glass cannon (Yes, a wizard's meteor swarm is stronger, but that...See more
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Matthew C August 02, 2020 6:56 pm UTC
You got it. Though I wouldn't undersell the Painter's Portrait feature or the constructs available to the Sculptor. I'm glad you like it and pls let me know what your experience at the table is like!
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Matthew C January 17, 2019 8:15 pm UTC
An update is coming for the Artist which will include the following:
- sidebar about readied actions. An Artist cannot ready an action to create a Work. If they wish to create one in response to something they must use enough points in execution to create it as a reaction. The standard limit of one work per Round still applies.
- the Storyteller medium’s Plot feature can only be applied once per short rest.
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Matthew C November 03, 2018 1:23 am UTC
Update coming soon:
-minor edits for spelling/clarity
-page 5: the Dreamer of Dreams feature requires a long rest before being used again.
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June 24, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
This is just MY opinion, but i feel like this class does extremely less than other classes. Like the subclasses are great, but the main feature of the class "Works of Art and the Flow of ideas" features are interesting, and the step in the right direction, but they are also very weak with very little reward. The fact that all of your "works of art" are a DC10 for dispel magic, and at the most damage you could do at level 15 is 45 (class level + [3*9]) force damage. Much less damage compared some other classes. (And you would only get that damage if you put all not all ready assigned points to passion).
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Matthew C June 24, 2018 8:05 pm UTC
Thank you again for your feedback!

The damage should be, over the course of a character's career, fairly high since it doesn't fluctuate and you can almost always choose type. That said, the charts stop at five because effects beyond that scope would have either become progressively more niche or just "spells" which the entire class was designed to sidestep, however, there's no reason you couldn't choose to assign more than 5 points to Passion if all you wanted was more damage, but I think that would be a little boring when those points can instead be assigned to Concept and increase their duration.

The Artist can do something that others can't, which is access higher level effects at lower levels (albeit at great personal cost). At the risk of going mad you could choose to try and paralyze a target at level 1, grant an ally or yourself permanent resistance to a single type of damage (until dispelled), etc.

Also note: the artist also doesn't have a Concentration...See more
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June 24, 2018 1:56 am UTC
So, I have a question. When you use your flow of idea points, are they gone? And if so, I don't think it is stated.
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Matthew C June 24, 2018 3:32 am UTC
Thank you so much for your purchase and feedback!

The Flow of Ideas is not points. It is a rating that represents the number of points you can safely assign to a work without losing points from your Wisdom and Con attributes.

So you can hammer out a Work every round, but if you put more points into a work than your Flow of Ideas rating, it eats away your wisdom and con as described.
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Matthew C June 23, 2018 7:01 am UTC
Minor edits upcoming- 1 man operation here, sorry for the inconvenience. No mechanical changes at this time.
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Matthew C June 22, 2018 5:26 am UTC
Feedback is always appreciated!
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Matthew C June 20, 2018 9:43 am UTC
Note: Purchase of this product will help fund the purchase of a wacom tablet so I can improve the quality of Art in all my products.
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