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When my Armageddon Clock is complete, no-one will ever again laugh at me!

Playing a Knight

The Gadgeteer builds things, then activates those things so as to use them to solve problems. Often using them in combat, in fact. It has quite a few recipes, and can have a bundle of things active at any one time, so is sort of a problem solver (much like a rogue or utility wizard), but is likely to stick with a few main shticks for many encounters.

Making a Gadgeteer

Alignment: whatever you like Starting Age: as the Rogue or something Starting Wealth: I don't actually care

Alignment: Whatever you like. Machinery can be made by people actually allied with Mechanus and Mad Scientists alike, and guns don’t care whether you're good or evil when they shoot you dead.

Races: Tinker Gnomes and races with lots of access to metals tend to produce the most Gadgeteers, but you sometimes get the odd Orc or Bugbear who slaps together unstable devices from scrap left on the various battlefields of D&D land.

Starting Gold: 6d6 x 10 gp (210 gold).

Starting Age: As Fighter.

Table: The Gadgeteer

Hit Die: d8

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special Blueprints
Fort Ref Will Daily Charged
1st +1 +2 +2 +0 Gadgetry, Coax Device 1 2
2nd +2 +3 +3 +0 Invention 2 2
3rd +3 +3 +3 +1 Evasion 2 3
4th +4 +4 +4 +1 Good Gadgets 3 4
5th +5 +4 +4 +1 Invention, Duct Tape 4 4
6th +6 +5 +5 +2 Confuse Magic Device 4 5
7th +7 +5 +5 +2 Specialty Field 5 5
8th +6/+1 +6 +6 +2 Greater Gadgets 6 6
9th +6/+1 +6 +6 +3 Invention 6 7
10th +7/+2 +7 +7 +3 Crafted Companion 7 7
11th +7/+2 +7 +7 +3 Rapid Rebuild 8 7
12th +7/+2 +8 +8 +4 Giga Gadgets 9 8
13th +7/+2 +8 +8 +4 Invention, Percussive Maintainence 9 9
14th +10/+5 +9 +9 +4 Specialty Field 9 10
15th +10/+5 +9 +9 +4 Command Magic Device 10 10
16th +10/+5 +9 +9 +4 Galactic Gadgets 11 11
17th +10/+5 +9 +9 +4 Invention, Throw a Spanner At It 11 12
18th +10/+5 +9 +9 +4 Stronger, Faster, More Expensive 12 12
19th +10/+5 +9 +9 +4 Cybernetic Soldier 13 12
20th +10/+5 +9 +9 +4 The Grand Contraption 13 13

Class Skills (Skill Points::6 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
Appraise (Int), Bluff (Cha), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Disable Device (Int), Jump (Str), Knowledge (Any) (Int), Search (Int), Spot (Wis), Abuse Magic Device (Cha),

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the gadgeteer.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Gadgeteers are proficient with all simple weapons and any weapons built as a Gadget. Gadgeteers are proficient with light and medium armor but not shields, as well as any armor built as a Gadget.

Gadgetry (Ex): The Gadgeteer is able to create Gadgets. As he gains levels, he learns more blueprints (according to the table). Some are "Daily" - the preparation involved means they are set up at the beginning of the day (requiring an hour in total) and then once used, are unavailable for the rest of the day. Others are simpler, and can be used essentially at will, as long as they are charged (covered in the item description). Making multiples of the same thing does not allow more uses, for reasons unknown.

Devices can be handed to other people to use, however they are not automatically considered proficient (anyone with "All Martial Weapons" proficiency should be considered proficient with weaponlike Gadgets), and the Gadgeteer must continue to maintain the items (as part of his "pool" of Gadgets) for them to continue functioning.

Any save DC is 10 + half level + Int modifier. Anything that scales with level uses the character level of Gadgeteer.

Starting at first level, you may pick from this list:

  • Flamethrower [Daily]: This device must be wielded in both hands to be used, and requires a Standard action to activate. This creates a 30' cone or 60' line of fire, dealing 1d10 Fire damage per level (Ref half). Those who fail the save catch fire. Additionally, the area is filled with thick smoke that causes Concealment and forces a Fort save to all in the area, against being Nauseated for one round due to choking. It dissipates after 1d4 rounds.
This also ignites any unattended flammable objects in the area.
  • Shotgun [Daily]: This device must be wielded in both hands to be used, and requires an attack action to activate. It can be activated twice before being used up for the day. Each activation deals 1d4 bludgeoning damage per level to a 20' cone (Ref half). Additionally, everyone within 30' must make a Fort save or be Deafened for 1 minute.
  • Mining Drill [Daily]: This device must be wielded in both hands to be used, and requires a Standard action to activate. It then lasts for one minute, though requires a Standard action to utilise each round. With a Standard action it can destroy an adjacent 5' cube of anything softer than stone, or deal 1d6 piercing damage per 2 levels (round up), ignoring material DR or DR/magic, to a target.
As a steam-powered device, this is quite noisy and grants a -10 penalty to Move Silently checks when activated.
  • Hover Pack [Daily]: This must be worn on the back, and requires a Swift or Immediate action to activate. it then lasts for one hour, causing the wearer to fall slowly (as Featherfall), and hover up to 20' above the ground (though only able to move up to 15' per round in a given direction).
  • Dynamite [Daily]: This device is small enough to be carried or stored in a pocket, and requires a Swift action to activate. Three rounds later, hopefully with the user nowhere near it, it explodes in a 50' radius spread. This deals 1d10 Fire/Sonic damage per level to all in the area, Ref half, and anyone who fails the save is knocked prone. Additionally, it specifically affects all objects and structures in the area (including individual 5' cubes of terrain), dealing double damage and ignoring Hardness less than that of Steel.
  • Extend-O-Fist [Daily]: This device is worn like a glove, and uses rocket fuel to launch off. It allows you to, with a Swift action, make a Ranged Attack out to 50' that deals Bludgeoning Damage to foes (2d6 for a Medium character). Additionally, foes are shoved back 15' unless they pass a Fort save.
  • Helper [Charged]: This Construct resembles a snake or centipede, is Tiny sized, and crawls along after you with a Move speed of 20'. Spending a Full Round action winding it up powers the brain enough to allow it to take cover, make attacks of opportunity, and make Aid Other attempts (Str 8 Dex 12 Int 10, has no skill ranks but a BAB equal to the creator's). It reaches out 5' and its Bite/Sting/Slam attack deals 1d4-1 damage, +1 per 3 levels. It can also carry half a dozen potion-sized objects, and when charged up, can understand commands and hand them to/use them on people, or even fling them at enemies.
  • Shock Staff [Charged]: This device can be wielded in one hand, and has reach. It requires a Move Equivalent action to charge up by winding, then holds the charge for up to a minute or until used. A melee touch attack activates it, dealing 1d6 Electricity damage per 2 levels (round up) and requiring the target to make a Fortitude save. If they fail the save, they are Dazed for 1 round.
  • Glider [Charged]: This device can be folded up to take little space, but must be worn in the Cloak slot to be used. It is effectively charged by any rush of air, so any time you would want to use it, it is going to be charged anyway. This causes the wearer to slowly fall instead of plummeting to their death, at the rate of 10' per round, but they may also move up to 20' per round in any other direction except for up.
  • Launch Boots [Charged]: These bulky boots must be worn on the feet (duh), and require the user to move 30' or more in order to charge, at which point they remain charged until used, which requires a Move action. Doing so launches them up to 50' in the air (this can be adjusted on use in 10' increments so as to only go, say, 20' up). The jumper may move as far forward as upward. The fall afterwards is treated as though 10' less for the purpose of working out falling damage.
  • Harpoon [Charged]: This weapon must be wielded in both hands to activate. it requires a Full Round action to fully wind up, and can then be activated at any time with a Swift action, firing out to 60' away. It deals 1d6 piercing damage per level, and if it deals any damage (after DR/Hardness), sticks in firmly, requiring a DC 20 Strength check to remove. A cable attached can be wound up as a Move-equivalent action, allowing the user to either pull himself towards the landing point, or drag a target towards him with an opposed Strength check.
  • Steam Spray [Charged]: This weapon must be wielded in both hands to activate. It requires one minute to charge up, but will then boil away happily for up to 8 hours or until used up. Charging it provides 3 activations, each one requiring a Standard action. Doing so creates a 20' cone of steam, dealing 1d4 Fire damage per level (Ref half) but also really cleaning the targets, though they may not appreciate it. Failing the save causes a -2 morale penalty to attacks and a -4 morale penalty to AC for 3 rounds.
  • Wind-up Flare Lantern [Charged]: This device may be freely worn on the shoulder or even on top of a helmet, but takes a free hand to activate or adjust the settings. Winding it up for one minute provides a charge to keep it providing light (as per a Light) spell for one hour or a Daylight effect that even reveals Ethereal/Incorporeal creatures for 10 minutes. At any time a Standard action may be used to end this effect, suddenly using up all the remaining power in one flash. This forces all in 50' to attempt a Fortitude save or be rendered Blind for 1 round per level. Those warned may cover their eyes with a Reflex save.
  • Proximity Detector [Charged]: This device takes up no slot, whirling around the wearer. If it is moderately windy (enough to potentially knock a lightweight travelling hat off a head or lift a summer dress), this requires no charging at all, otherwise it requires the use of a Swift action every turn to turn a crank that helps the wheels spin.
Using sonar echoes, it grants Blindsense out to 15' and Trapsense to the wearer.

Coax Device (Su): The Gadgeteer can always take 10 on Abuse Magic Device and Disable Device checks, even if threatened, rushed or on fire.

Inventions (Ex): Any time the Gadgeteer becomes able to make an Invention, he may base it on anything he currently holds a blueprint to - at the time of gaining the ability (so they cannot be stored up for later levels to cash them all in for Galactic Gadgets). An Invention takes twice as long to build, but grants one of the following benefits when equipped, not counting as a magic item for the limit:

  • +1/3 levels Enhancement bonus to Int (round up)
  • +1/4 levels Deflection bonus to AC (round up)
  • +1/3 levels Resistance bonus to saving throws (round up)
  • +1/4 levels Enhancement bonus to all attack rolls (round up)
  • Damage Reduction 1/2 levels, overcome by Adamantine (round up)

Additionally it may be used twice per day if a Daily, or truly at will without charging if Charged.

Evasion (Ex): At third level, when a Gadgeteer makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, he instead takes no damage. A helpless Gadgeteer does not gain the benefit of evasion.

Good Gadgets: At level 4, the Gadgeteer starts to learn blueprints for Good Gadgets:

Duct Tape (Sp): At level 5, the Gadgeteer gains the ability to perform quick repairs on things. He may cast mending, make whole and repair light damage at will, with a caster level equal to his character level.

Confuse Magic Device (Su): At level 6, the Gadgeteer gains the ability to confuse magic items with an Abuse Magic Device check. If it possesses charges, adding +10 to the DC can activate the item without using a charge (this does not apply to single-use items). If it casts a spell that deals a type of damage, or grants protection against a type of damage, this can be changed for that use by adding +5 to the DC. It can be Widened or Extended by adding +5 to the DC as well. Finally, traps that use a magic form of detection are not triggered by the Gadgeteer.

Specialty Field (Ex): At levels 7 and 14, the Gadgeteer gains a specialty field. This is an area of expertise with the type of Gadget in question. The benefits depend on the field chosen:

  • Energy: all Fire/Electricity/Light damage dealt by Gadgets is Empowered (multiplied by 1.5)
  • Locomotion: any movement speeds or teleport ranges are doubled
  • Durability: any Gadget has twice as many HP and +10 to Hardness, which means fuck-all for ray guns but is awesome for steam tanks.
  • Efficiency: any non-instantaneous duration is multiplied by 1.5 (round up)
  • Destruction: all damage (except for Fire/Electricity/Light) dealt by Gadgets is Empowered.
  • Overcharge: any areas of effect are doubled in size.
  • Homing: Gadgets ignore soft cover and any Concealment less than total, and may re-roll failed Miss Chances.

Greater Gadgets: At level 8, the Gadgeteer starts to learn the blueprints for Greater Gadgets:

Crafted Companion (Ex): At level 10, the Gadgeteer may build a cohort, mount or familiar - a Construct with a CR at least 3 less than his level. As he levels, he may add to it, to keep the creature's CR up - or outright disassemble and rebuild into a new form. It takes 8 hours to construct. If it is destroyed, all he needs to do is repair it or build a new one.

Rapid Rebuild (Ex): At level 11, the Gadgeteer becomes faster at making things he is familiar with. As long as he has built something once in the past, he may rebuild it in half the time it would take to build normally (including his cohort), and can use a full round action to restore 150 HP to any Gadget or Invention.

Giga Gadgets (Ex): At level 12, the Gadgeteer begins to learn blueprints for Giga Gadgets:

Percussive Maintainence (Su): At level 13, the Gadgeteer learns how to fix (and damage) objects with a solid kick. With a melee attack that must hit the AC of the target, he may duplicate a Heal or Harm effect that only works on Constructs (ignoring any usual immunities to Heal/Harm or supernatural effects in general).

Command Magic Device (Su): At level 15. the Gadgeteer knows how to command magic devices that don't even belong to him: no Construct will ever attack him, even sentient ones, unless he attacks them first. Furthermore, with a DC (15 + CR of Construct) Abuse magic Device check, he may control it (as per Dominate Monster, except it affects the Construct despite immunities, and allows no save) for one minute, after which it cannot be controlled by him again that day.

Additionally, as a standard action he may activate a magic item somebody else is using or holding, from up to 50 feet away, as long as he is aware of it and targets it. This adds +10 to the activation DC. He may also make an Abuse Magic Device check as an immediate action (DC = base DC to activate) to prevent it from being used, wasting the attempt.

Galactic Gadgets: At level 16, the Gadgeteer begins learning blueprints for Galactic Gadgets:

Throw a Spanner At It (Ex): At level 17, the Gadgeteer learns how to affect Constructs at a distance. The Percussive Maintenance ability can work with any ranged attack, though actually throwing a construction tool gives a +5 Circumstance bonus to the attack roll.

Stronger, Faster, More Expensive (Ex): At level 18, the Gadgeteer learns how to make impressive golem bodies for people. With 24 hours and some amount of planar currency, he may transfer someone (even himself) into a body of iron, granting them the following benefits:

  • Type: Construct (Augmented (former type) as Subtype)
  • Leave BAB, HP, ability scores (even Con) etc. all the same
  • +6 Enhancement bonus to Strength
  • Double one movement speed
  • Damage Reduction 15/Adamantine
  • Natural weapons overcome DR and Hardness as though made of Adamantine (they are)
  • Not immune to Mind-Affecting Effects
  • Always counts as Exhausted (ignore the immunity to such). A full round action spent winding them up (they can do this to themselves) negates this for one minute.

Cybernetic Soldier (Ex): At level 19, the Gadgeteer adds pieces of gadgetry to himself to become a sort of cyborg. Don't think sleek Shadowrun stuff, he probably has a key in the back of his head. He gains the following benefits:

  • Immune to Mind-Affecting Effects
  • Medium Fortification
  • -3 Circumstance Penalty to all Int-based skills unless a standard action is spent winding up or whatever, which turns it into a +3 Enhancement Bonus for one minute.
  • Low-Light Vision and Darkvision 120 ft.
  • Always-on detect magic effect

The Grand Contraption (Ex): At level 20, the Gadgeteer wins the game.

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