So I had put together another open subrace build a while back around the time I took a break or briefly returned from a break. Was wanting to get some input on it. It would be got a Smiter BG to try and drastically improve upon my original Open sub smiter. So it isn't fleshed out and math isn't all done on it but here is a brief overview of the idea.
1 Sorc/10 xDD/29 BG
The xDD allows for the open sub to hit the required stats w/o giving up too many stat point. It will have to give up DEX to be STR and CHA focused and it will suffer from low AB prior to the Greater Smiting STR bonus at level 41. xDD color would be largely irrelevant but I like Black and Red for thematic reasons. From looking over it the 10th xDD level only has to be taken prior to the first Greater Smite feat as it grants +2 CHA that is needed. Weapon choice is a bit limited as the race that works fro this is Tinker Gnome so with the small size and starting classes of Sorc and xDD your best options would be small simple weapons. I don't see fitting some common STR build options into it like OC/DC but I just have a slapped together roughed out build atm. I would also need to figure out the final numbers so I will try to post the rough draft in this thread later for some input before putting together a final build. I have been gone for some time so I am not up to date on things to know how classes and other things may have changed except for small bits I can pickup from server update info.
^like he said, tinker gnome. __________________________________
i don't think the RDD benefits really pay off enough to balance out the losses. +4 Str, +2 Cha, yet you effectively lose 2 str and 2 cha for going gnome (vs another base race). that alone is barely a net gain, basically +2 Cha in exchange for being small, which isn't really much of a benefit at all for a smiter that isn't a x2/PL reinc going for 2h rapier (+1AB/AC in exchange for using small weap..."mehh" not terrible I guess). on top of that, level planning is looking a bit annoying due to a few factors: a) 16BAB by L20; b) needing 13+ Str for PA/Cleave->BG, and relying on rdd +Str as an advantage, yet gnome's inherent Str (and cha) pen makes it a comparatively bigger waste of points to get Str (and cha) up in creation. well, at least the tinker gnome +2/-2 Int/Wis evens out.
playing around in notepad i came up with Str 14 Dex 8 Con 12 Int 10 (+2 gnome pts, and +2RDD Int should be solid amt. of skills, at least that's a plus) Wis 14 Cha 16
edit#235345: actually i forgot to apply tinker gnome changes too, that's just creation window stats. so really have to drop con and int for +2 more wisdom to still hit 14 after -2 pen. ouch. such a shame to waste all those creation pts tho...maybe better off just going great wisx2 in LL feats instead, not like having L3-4 spells gonna matter very much till then anyway. then it's tradeoff of +1dmg/AB(from x2great str--really don't skip BF for cleave->OC/DC imo) for +2 con worth of hp (in pre-LLs where it matters) and 63skillpoints, which should make up the difference anyway.
1 sorc power attack 2 rdd1 3 rdd2 cleave +2StrRDD(16) 4 rdd3 +1Cha(17) 5 rdd4 +2StrRDD(18) 6 rdd5 WF(light mace) 7 rdd6 8 rdd7 +1Cha(18) 9 rdd8(now have +6BAB for bg) GWF(light mace) 10 bg1 11 bg2 12 bg3 +1Cha(19) Div Might 13 bg4 14 bg5 15 bg6 ImpCrit 16 b67 +1Cha(20) 17 bg8 18 bg9 blind fight (well, listen gonna be bad till VoV/reinc/aug/PLs in whatever order soooooo...or if u wanna rely on C/C Listen w/no LSA, go great cleave) 19 bg10 20 rdd9 +1Cha(21)
just barely hits 16 BAB in time.
overall it's workable I guess. 7 base epic + 6 BG epic is 13 feats to play with, 10 greatsmite + 3 spares, the standard. tried a few diff feat progressions but unfortunately there's no real practical way to hit 25 Cha from levelup alone with enough time left over to take all 10 GS, without burning epic feats for Great Cha. Going higher start Cha results in issues pre-epic. Could drop Con ofc, and Int, 10 con open sub "Str" tank is lil weak tho, and I think the extra skillpoints at worst evens up with another potential +1 Cha to be gained from re-arranging creation stats. This is one progression I looked at (very painful but not many better options sadly)
This leaves you going into LLs without Prowess, not to mention the typical "non-reinc smiter" low Str, even after +10 from Great Smite unlocked. This build would be pretty fail to try levelling with, AB would be a joke. Due to gnome, rapier wit is a no go, although it would be hilarious to watch a x0 gnome 2h rapwit get pwned in LLs (jk, we've all seen it at least once I think, and it remains hilarious for about 2 spawns). Of course could just dump everything into Cha and abandon Str for that idea. Smites are going to really be crap with bare minimum Cha and -11 AB from class spread too (which is another inherent flaw in this class breakdown concept). Either way, due to being a Str-poor "str tank" while levelling, maybe reinc @40 from a "normal" Str sword/board bg. Anyway LLs looking rough too, can do Epic Prowess, LWF, LSA Tumble, +4, I'd do extend, Great Wis->15, x2Great Str I guess or OC/DC if you did great cleave earlier... LL stats into Str, can at least hit 40 base before 60 lel.
overall I don't really see this as something recommendable for newbie (fine for bored fun openrace experiment project i guess), at best it's basically an open sub human smiter w/ worse smite AB and worse weapon, or an open sub half-elf smiter with worse weapon, worse smite AB and no LSA Listen, but it's a funny concept. bonus points for being a dragon? hard to say which is fuglier, a dragon or a gnome... prolly best to leave open sub smiter (which will be trash no matter what honestly) to human or half-elf base. Gnome+non-divtank subrace stats just doesn't add up to a strong divtank candidate, with RDD +stats not really making up the difference after considering the extra hassle of carefully playing with BAB and feat breakpoints, and again the -11 smite AB ofc, and last but not least 8 base dex deserves an honorable mention--dex gonna be bad regardless for "open sub smiter" but 8 is going from bad to wors(t).
I just happened to stumble across an old file I had with the rough plan and yes Tinker Gnome is +6 so just need to pump enough into Lore on start to hit the requirement. Mostly this was something I had begun working on as an improvement to my Yuan-ti Smiter BG which I think this might succeed in doing. Your points are mostly what I saw when glancing over it that were my concerns but I might have to fully put it on paper and calculate final numbers to see if it is an improvement over my old build or not. It will definitely have the improvement of gaining BG spells but at what cost.