|Sam Polak RPG Superstar 2012 Top 8|
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I've been working on a first level investigator for a Pathfinder Society game, and I can't figure out how to contribute when we have to fight something. As a reference point, one of my most successful pathfinder field agents is a bard with no strength or dexterity bonus.
I see there's been plenty of discussion already about the investigator's lack of offensive capability at low levels, but due to the investigator's heavy reliance on tools, it's difficult to compensate with equipment. Proficiency at my role cracking traps and locks requires thieves' tools (30 gp), and brewing my extracts requires an alchemist's crafting kit (25 gp), so over a third of the character's starting wealth is devoted to tools of the trade that don't provide anything beyond proficient use of my class features. That's money my comparably skillful bard spent on alchemist's fire, holy water, and alkali flasks. The ability to identify a monster is great, but my bard can do that and inspire courage and cast spells on other creatures.
Of course, this is all just speculation until I put it to the test. The game is scheduled for tonight, so I'll post a real playtest report as soon as I
die get the chance.