|Purple Dragon Knight|
Hello everyone and Happy New Year 2017!
I may from time to time add a thread or two devoted to the martial classes, hence the ominous thread title, which suggests there may be more to come. By all means feel free to add threads named in a similar manner - this is for ease of tracking down the road.
My first thread relates to the old staple that was the Gauntlets of Ogre Power. Please bring it back. I don't care if it doesn't stack with the belt (or perhaps partially stacks i.e. if you have no belt, you're treated as STR 18, if you already have a belt, it adds +2...) ...BUT please... bring it back.
This won't make a smidgeon of a difference on the relative power level of a fighter vs. wizard, but this will go a long way in making the fighter, paladin, ranger, and other martial classes more enjoyable, as you are no longer slave to pumping STR up that much, which may result in other higher stats. Various builds could be possible with a comfortable STR 18 - you won't have the best damage, but you'll be able to qualify for most feats with it, and if you've upped INT to 13 (DEX to 15, CHA to 13) you now have more options down the road.
Also, such an item could be really cool for clerics, who could regain a little bit of melee luster when the oh-so-rare occasion presents itself - not to talk about the elusive wildshaping druid or polymorphing wizard too... look! I can put those gloves on before going smashy smashy, and lo and behold! I can be wise and smart again! (respectively! :P)
2nd edition didn't have to worry about stats in terms of feat prerequisites, so maybe also firm up language for such an item as well, making it plain and simple that you can qualify for STR feats with that item on. Pathfinder added some much needed verbiage on the temporary vs. permanent wearing of magic items, but perhaps it's time to relax a bit about 'no longer qualifying for feats' if you say, lose your pants (and the belt of STR that was holding those up!)
Just some randomized thought outputs in the eve of 2017. ;)