Purposed set of Spellcasting feats


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Focused Casting

Benefits: When casting a spell using both hands, you must have both hands free, you can treat your spell casting attribute (Charisma, Intelligence or Wisdom) as if it where 1-1/2 the original modifier.
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Attuned Focus

Benefits: When casting a spell that requires an attack roll you can use your spell casting attribute (Charisma, Intelligence or Wisdom) instead or your Strength or Dexterity modifier
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Attuned Ability (this may be a trait instead of a feat)

Prerequisites:Access to bloodline feats

Benefits: You can use you Charisma instead of any other attribute as a prerequisite for bloodline feats

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Focused Casting: Gaining a benefit for casting with two hands is an interesting idea. However, the benefit here is way too strong, even better than Greater Spell Focus. It's also not much of a downside since 9-level arcane spellcasters rarely need to carry stuff unless it's a rod or staff. Finally, your feat doesn't work as written. While casting a spell with a somatic component, you technically don't have two free hands. A better approach is saying you must use two hands for the somatic components of a spell in order to gain the benefit.

Attuned Focus: Should be "spellcasting ability modifier" not "casting attribute." Otherwise, not a bad idea for a feat.

Attuned Ability: This feels very vague and ripe for abuse.

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Souphin wrote:

Focused Casting

Benefits: When casting a spell using both hands, you must have both hands free, you can treat your spell casting attribute (Charisma, Intelligence or Wisdom) as if it where 1-1/2 the original modifier.

I like the idea behind getting a bonus for two-handed casting, but the benefit is just too strong. At mid-levels, I'm looking at somewhere around a +4 to DCs, Spell Resistance, and Concentration checks.

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Attuned Focus

Benefits: When casting a spell that requires an attack roll you can use your spell casting attribute (Charisma, Intelligence or Wisdom) instead or your Strength or Dexterity modifier
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This seems fine.

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Attuned Ability (this may be a trait instead of a feat)

Prerequisites:Access to bloodline feats

Benefits: You can use you Charisma instead of any other attribute as a prerequisite for bloodline feats

What does this mean? Are you referring to feats that bloodlines allow as bonus feats and have a charisma requirement? Or something else?

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Clarification ...

Focused Casting -- You are absolutely right about the 2 free hands, as written the wording should reflect that both hands are needed for spells with somatic components, and the feat should only effect spells with somatic components.
As far as being overpowered,
At lower levels a maxed out character would have a 20 ability score (+5 modifier) and this feat will only add 2 to that ability.
Mid-higher levels 11 you'd get 2 level modifiers and maybe a +4 attribute device making it 26 (+8 modifier) and this feat will only add 4 to that ability.
Epic tier when you add 5 from level and a +6 item and maybe wish +5 that makes 36 ability (+13 modifier) and this feat will add 6.
If this is too powerful then maybe a limit on uses per day or make the casting time, from standard action to full round action.

Attuned Focus -- I'll change the wording

Attuned Ability -- this is in reference to the bloodline feats that a sorcerer would gain. Example: At 7th level a Celestial sorcerer gains a bloodline feat from the class and dodge is on the list for that bloodline, usually that sorcerer would have to have a dex 13 but with this feat they can use their charisma to meed that prerequisite. This is only for meeting the requirement for bloodline feats.


On the one hanf, Focused Casting seems reasonable, but on the other it has the potential to be much stronger than other "similar" feats with almost no downside. I suppose my suggestion is that the casting time of the spell is increased from a standard acction to a full-round action. And Cyrad is right that you should work on fine tuning the wording. Try to use wording lifted directly from exist feat, rules, etc as much as you can. Piece them together and make modifications so that it does what you want it to.

For Attuned Focus, try "Choose an ability score when you gain this feat. When you cast a spell that requires a touch attack or ranged touch attack, you can use that ability score's modifier in place of your Dexterity or Strength modifier to determine your attack bonus.

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Souphin wrote:
Clarification ...

Focused Casting: Saying that it will only add 2 is not valid critique. Even at level 1 it's better than Spell Focus and Greater Focus combined. This is especially true if I'm an arcane caster and hardly ever wield a weapon anyway.

Attune Ability: I think this is fine, but the wording is off. The prerequisite should just be possessing a bloodline and the description should say something like "You can use your Charisma score in place any other ability score for the purposes of qualifying for bonus feats granted by your bloodline."

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Focused Casting: Yeah, that's too powerful. Greater Spell Focus gives you +2 and it has a feat tax, only applies to DCs, and only works for a specific school of magic. Even the fact it scales makes it too strong.

Attuned Ability: I think screwing with the feat requirements like that is a bad idea.

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Cyrad wrote:
Attuned Ability: I think screwing with the feat requirements like that is a bad idea.

The requirement will not change but the person having the feat will have an work-around for meeting that requirement. This already exist for the second part to swashbuckler-finesse

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