I am suggesting a few changes to make the swashbuckler a bit more than i-am-a-gunslinger-with-a-rapier-instead-of-a-gun
-> Fighter training: A swashbuckler counts his level as fighter level for qualifing for feats.
Obviously, for being able to get weapon specialization and stuff.
-> Swashbuckler's weaponry: At first level a swashbuckler gains the weapon focus feat. Each weapon with which a swashbuckler has the weapon focus feat counts as a light weapon for qualifing for other features of the swashbuckler class.
At the moment the swashbuckler is not very versatile with weapons or styles. This could help him a lot, because now there is a possibility of seeing a swashbuckler as an elvish-elven-curved-blade-dancer or a jackie-chan-like-quarterstaff-swinging-combatant.
-> Nimble (Ex): At 3rd level, a swashbuckler gains a +1 dodge bonus to AC while wearing light or no armor. Anything that causes the swashbuckler to lose her Dexterity bonus to AC also causes the Swashbuckler to lose this dodge bonus. This bonus increases by 1 at 6th level and for every four levels beyond (to a maximum of +5 at 18th level).
Only bumping nimble one level up, because only getting bravery on one level and nimble and cool new deeds feels very disproportioned.
Any ideas for a deed to make bad one-liners to confuse opponents?