Custom Class: The Binder

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Custom Class: The Binder
« on: March 30, 2014, 12:52:50 AM »
So guys, gals, and folks of non-binary gender persuasions I've been looking for feedback on a custom class I've been developing for a player who was utterly in love with the Binder class from 3.5 and who is interested in joining a DW game that I may be starting up in the near future.

My inspirations for the DW Binder are a combination of the Goetic rites you see in the Lesser Key of Solomon, the freaky unnatural spirits detailed in 3.5's treatment of Binders, a dash of lovecraft, and then a general seasoning of "caller up of dark and dangerous entities". Distinct from the wizard in that the Binder's power is very much externalized, and distinct from the Warlock in that the Binder gains power from control, whereas the Warlock gains power from surrender.

Let me know what you think. Of the moves, of the class in general, of it's power level compared to the other classes, how fun it seems it'd be to play, and it's thematic consistency. Also, if anyone wishes to assist me in writing a pithy introductory paragraph for the Binder, that would be most appreciated.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B97VUsWnBKEtMUd2d2F1TDU4QzQ/edit?usp=sharing













Re: Custom Class: The Binder
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 10:47:31 AM »
Interesting concept, and I like that you've clearly distinguished it from the warlock and wizard in terms of how they access their powers. However, I find that font (particularly the all-caps, but also the size of the font) almost unreadable - if you change it to Arial or Times New Roman 12 point I'll give it a read.
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Re: Custom Class: The Binder
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014, 06:12:33 AM »
Here's the link to the updated version in a font readable by humans. It's got some formatting/punctuation errors, so it isn't perfect but I'd still appreciate whatever rules/flavor related feedback you guys, gals, and folks of non-binary gender persuasions can give.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B97VUsWnBKEtOFVMeTFSREtHOGM/edit?usp=sharing

Re: Custom Class: The Binder
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2014, 01:11:25 AM »
Thanks John!

I think the tiefling racial move is great. I'm not a huge fan of the elf and human moves - in particular, I think the human move could reflect daring in a more interesting way. What if they modified Friends on the Other Side, so you can make a deal with a great and terrible entity instead of whichever vestige you happen to be bound to?

Also I'd recommend putting the vestiges after the advanced moves.

I love the microfiction that comes with each vestige. That was the best part of Tome of Magic and it's a real strength with your stuff too.

You might also want to check out an alternative approach: http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/109748/Vestige-Magic-Moves-and-Compendium-Classes-for-Dungeon-World

I hope you consider submitting this class to Grim Portents once you've finished it!
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