Here is a rough draft of my Reference Samurai build that I hope to contribute to the Guide to the Builds. My idea was to build a very standard Samurai (Human, Order of the Warrior) and show how the class features might work together in practice instead of giving an optimized build.
Any advice is welcome, especially from those that have actually played a Samurai. Comments from actual experience with a high level Samurai are more likely to make it into the guide.
One quick note as I give this a glance: I think your color-coding of Intimidate and Mobility chains is the opposite of what you said it is.
Thanks for this.
Thanks - I've made the fix. I've been running the numbers and am finding that while the base Intimidate build is probably sufficient for CR=APL or CR=APL+1 encounters I don't think the Intimidate modifier is enough to reliably hit CR=APL+3 encounters. Still thinking about what to do about that, either take out the intimidate chain or buttress it with something else.
Another thing I just caught, you mention picking up Weapon Specialization in your 8th level writeup, but it's not in your listed feats. Older version of he build, maybe?
Thanks again - the build I played had weapon specialization but in the end I didn't think the two extra damage was worth spending a feat on.