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I am going way overboard on planning out the next 20 levels for my artificer, most of which I am sure I'll never see. But I do have one query for when I hit level 3. What is your stance on the Item Familiar feat? Source 7i
I have an interest in it because it is the only way I know of to increase the rate at which xp is gained, which is of interest because I expect to be spending a fair amount of my xp crafting stuff. Hopefully I'll be able to use that to keep pace with everyone else rather than steadily falling behind.
The reason I ask, is because those things have horrible balancing issues. If the Dungeon Master never threatens the character with the loss of the Item Familiar, then the bonuses that can be gained from the thing are game changing, far more powerful than one should be getting from a single feat.
If on the other hand the Dungeon Master does cause the loss of the item familiar, a master that invested in the thing is worse off than he was before he took the feat, potentially to the point that they'd want to reroll the character, and there's no good way to recover from the loss.
Also wanted to know what kind of campaign pace I can expect. Even with the feat that reduces crafting time, higher end items take months to complete. In a fast paced campaign, like my 5E game, that means I'd have a hard time keeping up with demand after we graduate past minor items.
EDIT: Also, we spoke before on the subject of the rule allowing magic items to be improved rather than only replaced in regards to the other 3.5e game. You said you'd think about it. Given that the answer is going to affect me pretty seriously either way, I'd like to know.
I should note, that even if you override the default rule and say no, I have a rather compelling reason to ask for an exception with Bastion. Unlike other characters, he cannot simply take off his armor and replace it with something that has a better enchantment.
Edited: daishain on 18th Apr, 2017 - 7:22pm