View Full Version : D&D 3.x Other Building a Gundam (in 3.5 mechanics)

2014-10-23, 01:37 PM
Any ideas on how to go about building a Gundam within the 3.5 mechanics? How would you do it?

I imagined the pilot/engineer being a gnome, for the sake of small, so the Gundam wouldn't have to be too big (though that may be the point of Gundam...) or at least the size comparison is noteworthy. Probably want to be an artificer, too. But Wizard may work better, depending on the build.

How about a suit of armor, with permanent Enlarge Person and/or Bull's Strength, Wand component/container of some sort, some flying spell...

Or something with the Living Construct subrace and mind-control enchantments (since they're not immune). Then all the Warforged components would be usable.

What about Homunculi? Golems?

I suppose what I would consider a "Gundam" would be a larger machine/suit, it's pilot fits inside, has some firepower, can wield a weapon, can fly, provides AC bonus, and ideally has some form of intelligence of it's own (maybe even power to corrupt the pilot [as in Wing, with the Zero]).

Just a fun idea to play with! I love creative uses of the printed materials.

2014-10-24, 02:03 AM
Build it under d20Modern (or, rather, d20Future) rules, then convince your GM to let you have it as a Wondrous Item :-) (d20F Mecha rules aren't considered that good, unfortunately, but still).

Then, apply usual D&D treatment for the Intelligent Items, that with Ego score and the possibility of the item taking control of the character.

2014-10-24, 03:56 AM
Some tech:

Engineer (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?114229-Base-Class-The-Engineer-3-5-PEACH)

Warforged Compendium (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?252385-Warforged-Conglomeration&p=13708074#post13708074)

Mecha rules (http://www.minmaxboards.com/index.php?board=138.0)

Generator (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?211379-3-5-The-Generator-a-steam-punk-machine-warrior-Base-Class)

Iron man (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?258113-PF-The-Invincible-Iron-Man-Base-Class)

Machine Mistress (http://www.ruleofcool.com/smf/index.php/topic,730.0.html)

Instrumental Golems (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showsinglepost.php?p=11586066&postcount=17)

Mad organist (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showsinglepost.php?p=11554625&postcount=16)

Machinist (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?262484-3-5-Machinist-I-put-some-steampunk-in-your-swordsage)

Pathfinder also has golem armor, which essentially could function like a gundam of sorts.

2014-10-24, 09:16 PM
Which PF book is that in?

2014-10-27, 12:44 AM
Uhhh, maybe UM?


2014-10-28, 03:01 AM
The problem with Construct Armor in Pathfinder is that it has to be the same size as its creator. So it's more Iron Man than Gundam. There is an epic artifact called the golem armor (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/epic/magicItems/artifacts.htm#golemArmor) in 3.5, which basically turns your character into an iron golem. Then there was the Mighty Servant of Leuk-O, which was originally an artifact from 2E, and received a 3.5 update on WotC's site here (http://archive.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/dnd/20061020a). Either of those might be worth looking at, though neither is something an ordinary PC would be able to build.

-Edited since I forgot you were looking for 3.5 rules, not Pathfinder-

2014-10-28, 11:35 AM
Since no one seems to have brought this up yet, one of the winning entries in the base class contest for 3.5 was basically a whole class that revolves around owning and piloting a mecha.

Mecha Ace (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showsinglepost.php?p=17549854&postcount=16)

It does everything that most mecha really need and fits in all of the crieteria you need. If you don't feel like using the class, instead, consider treating the character who uses the mecha as having "virtual" levels in that class simply to guage the level how how effective and power the mecha is and treat it as seperate from his actual character levels with an investment of gold or the like to determine the scaling the mech receieves.