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Swashbuckler Character Class for D&D and AD&D

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This pamphlet was intended to add flavor to any campaign without creating overpowering skills or mechanics. Very often, new classes are game breaking and I have sought to avoid this.

Initially, the plan was to create one section for Basic D&D and another for AD&D. Since the Swashbuckler does not require extraordinary abilities, nor do they have level dependant skills, I was able to combine the two.

It had occurred to me to give the Swashbuckler some of the skills of thieves, paladins, monks and acrobats but these characters are not the type to engage in professional level skills. They are more charismatic enablers, they don’t develop useful professional skills, they capitalize on other people’s skills.

I would encourage DMs and players to play towards the humorous aspects of Errol Flynn shenanigans. Many times, this style of play revolves around the needed belief in success rather than the actual outcome. Swashbuckling success features going to Plan B, then C and D and so on.

This product contains two files, the character class description suitable for D&D and AD&D, plus a set of 6 pre-generated characters. 

 
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Kai B August 20, 2019 11:40 am UTC
I remember both the player's guide to thieves and the guide to fighters having swashbucklers included - the sooner more the trickster kind à la Zorro, the later more the soldier kind à la D'Artagnan ...
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Phil V August 20, 2019 4:39 pm UTC
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I was always jealous of my friends with AD&D 2.0. Back in the day, we had no effective internet and figuring out where those brown Complete books were supposed to go was confusing and expensive. Sometimes they seemed to work with AD&D 1.0, but other times they didn't. It didn't help that Dragon Lance muddied the waters by, for the most part, working with AD&D 1.0 and 2.0.

The Swashbuckler class presented here is geared to OSR and AD&D 1.0. As compared to the Complete series of books (Complete Fighter, Complete Thief, etc.), this version of the Swashbuckler has many lacks. He is not exactly a fighter and completely lacks any thieving abilities.

It is a totally different take on the fun loving, Errol Flynn type character. Like the 2.0 Fighter/Swashbuckler, they out style an opponent as opposed to outclassing them with combat skills. There are new and interesting mechanics for them, which I felt does not diminish thieves or fighting men. Combat wise they can match thieves,...See more
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