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    This is my first Home made class so I will not be surprised if it is worded horribly (mainly because I suck at the English language ) and or overpowered. However I would like to here some reviews as to how bad it actually is.

    Combat Sniper

    The orcs walked up the road towards the town expecting their normal living fee from the poor folks of the town. However this time there were 3 humans in the road. The biggest a man in full plate spoke first.
    “Turn around orc you will not be threatening this village today, or ever again.”
    The orc chief spoke back “What makes yous humans think you can stop us. We are far more then your puny party.”
    “Because I have a card up my sleeve orc.” At these words the Human raised his hand.
    “Was that mean Squishy?” Just as the chief said this three orcs behind him feel dead with arrows through their heads. “Was this trickery?”
    “No stupid this is an ambush.” As he finished his sentence three more orcs fell dead with arrows in their heads. “It looks like our odds are a little more even.”
    The orc raiding party was killed to the orc that day many of them to the invisible figure in the tree line 100 yards away from the path.

    A combat sniper excels at ranged combat and precise shooting. They will rarely fight a foe at close range when they can be just as effective at long range. A combat sniper relies on the ability to stay hidden long enough to get a devastating shot off that will cripple if not kill its intended foe.

    Hit dice: d6

    To qualify to become a Combat Sniper, a character must fulfill the following criteria:
    Base Attack Bonus: +3
    Skills: Hide 8 ranks
    Feats: Weapon focus (Any bow or crossbow), Point Blank Shot, Far shot

    The Combat Sniper class skills (and the ability linked to each skill) are
    Balance(Dex), Bluff(Cha), Climb(Str), Craft(Ghillie)(int), Disguise(Cha),Escape Artist(Dex), Hide(Dex), Jump(Str), Knowledge Nature(Int), Listen(Wis), Move Silently(dex), Search(Int), Spot(Wis), Survival(Wis)

    Skill Points per level: 6+Int modifier

    sneak attack
    If a Combat Sniper can catch an opponent when he is unable to defend himself effectively from her attack, she can strike a vital spot for extra damage.
    The Combat Sniper’s attack deals extra damage any time her target would be denied a Dexterity bonus to AC (whether the target actually has a Dexterity bonus or not). This extra damage is 1d6 at 1st level, and it increases by 1d6 every two Combat Sniper levels thereafter. Should the Combat Sniper score a critical hit with a sneak attack, this extra damage is not multiplied.
    Ranged attacks can count as sneak attacks only if the target is within 30 feet.
    A Combat Sniper can only sneak attack with a ranged weapon.
    A Combat Sniper can sneak attack only living creatures with discernible anatomies—undead, constructs, oozes, plants, and incorporeal creatures lack vital areas to attack. Any creature that is immune to critical hits is not vulnerable to sneak attacks. The Combat Sniper must be able to see the target well enough to pick out a vital spot and must be able to reach such a spot. A Combat Sniper cannot sneak attack while striking a creature with concealment or striking the limbs of a creature whose vitals are beyond reach.

    If a Combat Sniper gets a sneak attack bonus from another source the bonuses on damage stack.

    craft (Ghillie)
    At level 1 a Combat Sniper makes a ghillie suit This takes the body slot normal reserved for cloak/capes/mantles. In addition she is granted 1 free rank in craft (Ghillie).

    When a Combat Sniper enters new terrain (determined by DM) she may take 5 minutes to collect and add materials to her ghillie suit. This is represented by a craft (Ghillie) check with a DC 20 which receives a circumstance bonus of +2 each for having 5 or more ranks in Knowledge Nature and Survival. If the check is successful the combat sniper gains a +1 bonus to hide. If the Check fails she may try again but at a -5 to her role. For every 5 that this check exceeds 20 the Bonus is increased by +1 and reduces the penalty to hide after a snipping attack (as described in PHB p.76) by 5.

    A Ghillie suit does not work in terrain other then the one in which it was made. If the suit is not recrafted then you gain a negative to your hide check equile to the bonus the suit would give in the proper terrain.

    A Ghillie suit lasts for 1 hour/Combat sniper level. When the time limit on a suit is up she will have to craft a new suit or gain no bonus from her suit until she does.

    A combat sniper may never take 10 or 20 on this craft check unless they have the Combat Ghillie skill.

    Sniper shot
    The combat sniper of 1st level may make 1 attack that ignores the range limitation on sneak attacks as a full round action. The combat sniper may make 1 additional attack at level 4 and 8.

    focused shot
    A combat sniper of 2nd level may spend 1 full round observing a foe she can take no other action. The next ranged attack gains a +2 bonus to attack for every round spent observing the foe. If she is attacked and wounded she loses any bonus she would have gotten from rounds spent observing.

    Power Shot
    A combat sniper of 5th level may multiply her sneak attack damage by her weapon's critical multiplier when she succeeds on a critical hit with a sniper shot. However she may only multiply it by the additional strength damage she deals with her weapon.

    For example if she uses a long bow, crit x3, she will not gain any bonus because she does not deal any extra damage for a high strength. However if she uses a long composite bow with a strength rating of 2 she may multiply her sneak attack damage by 2, for 3 it would be multiplied by three. However you may never gain more damage then your critical multiplier and you can only gain extra damage if you benefit from the higher strength rating.

    Combat Ghillie
    A combat sniper of 6th level may take 10 on a craft check to make her ghillie even if stress or distraction would normally prevent her from doing so.

    Improved Vision
    A combat sniper of 6th level gains a +2 bonus on spot and search checks.

    A combat sniper may make an attack at 2 times the normal range increment of her weapon without any penalty.

    Dead aim
    A combat sniper of 8th level may make a sniper shot attack that is automatically a critical threat. She can use this ability her combat sniper level + her Int modifier per day. She may only do this 1 time per attack action.

    Fast sniping
    A combat sniper of 10th level may make sniper attacks as if they were normal attacks.

    hide in plain sight
    While in any sort of terrain the ghille suit was crafted in, a combat sniper of 10th level or higher can use the Hide skill even while being observed. As long as she is in the same terrain, a Combat Sniper can hide herself from view in the open without anything to actually hide behind.
    Last edited by crazedloon; 2007-02-27 at 06:02 PM.
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