Bumping one time. Any advice/tips/stories about bloatmages? Good metamagic feats to combine with blasting spells so they don't just blast?
This was actually exactly the sort of character I was just in the process of making, down to the transmutation/evocation bit. Bloat seems really easy to control, honestly. Only bloat when you've run out of your normal pool. Level 1, only use it in the most dire of emergency. Level 2 and 4, use the limiting ritual for the ability to take the -1 on the roll, just in case. At all other levels, if you bloat from an empty pool, you might often end up sickened, but you'll never berserk. Honestly, I'd take Bloatmage to 10... 15 if I could. ^_^
Edit: Make sure to invest in some sort of flying chair, boots of levitation or some other sort of fatman-conveying device. Not only will you stylishly float in your throne of power, it will prove handy in many an adventuring situation. Also, don't be afraid to polymorph yourself into a more athletic form when you need to. You'll lose access to all your blood stuff, but it is easier to seduce countesses and crawl through sewer pipes. Both tend to come up for my wizards more often than I'd care to admit.