Wednesday, August 03, 2011

canonical to-do lists for Basic/Expert magic-users

I drew the following lists up as sort of a bass ackwards way of answering the question "What is this magic-user up to?"

1st level
Join a band of up to 11 like-minded Mediums, perhaps accompanied by your master (MU3)
Join a Basic NPC party
Serve as apprentice to a Magic-User of 7th to 10th level
Travel to the newly-built tower of a MU 11+ to become their apprentice
Serve as a Retainer to a PC
Serve as retainer to a minor Noble (F3)

2nd level
Join a Basic NPC party
Serve as apprentice to a Magic-User of 7th to 10th level
Lead up to 30 Bandits.
Travel to the newly-built tower of a MU 11+ to become their apprentice
Serve as a Retainer to a PC of at least the same level

3rd level
Take on up to 12 first level apprentices
Join a Basic NPC party
Serve as apprentice to a Magic-User of 7th to 10th level
Serve as a retainer to a Fighter of 7th to 10th level
Lead up to 30 Bandits
Travel to the newly-built tower of a MU 11+ to become their apprentice
Serve as a Retainer to a PC of at least the same level

4th level
Join an Expert NPC party
Serve as a retainer to a Fighter of 7th to 10th level
Lead up to 30 Bandits
Serve as a Retainer to a PC of at least the same level

5th level
Join an Expert NPC party
Serve as a retainer to a Fighter of 7th to 10th level
Lead up to 30 Bandits
Serve as a Retainer to a PC of at least the same level

6th level
Join an Expert NPC party
Serve as a retainer to a Fighter of 7th to 10th level
Lead up to 30 Bandits
Serve as a Retainer to a PC of at least the same level

7th level
Join an Expert NPC party
Lead up to 30 Bandits
Serve as a Retainer to a PC of at least the same level

8th level
Join an Expert NPC party
Lead up to 30 Bandits
Hang out with Nomads
Serve as a Retainer to a PC of at least the same level

9th level
Join an Expert NPC party
Join a band of Brigands
Join a band of Pirates
Lead up to 30 Bandits
Serve as a Retainer to a PC of at least the same level
Make some magic items

10th level
Join a band of Brigands
Join a band of Pirates
Join a band of Buccaneers
Lead up to 30 Bandits
Serve as a Retainer to a PC of at least the same level
Make some magic items

11th level
Join a band of Brigands
Join a band of Buccaneers
Lead up to 30 Bandits
Serve as a Retainer to a PC of at least the same level
Make some magic items
Build a tower, attract d6 apprentices

12th level
Lead up to 30 Bandits
Serve as a Retainer to a PC of at least the same level
Make some magic items
Build a tower, attract d6 apprentices

13th level
Lead up to 30 Bandits
Serve as a Retainer to a PC of at least the same level
Make some magic items
Build a tower, attract d6 apprentices

14th level
Lead up to 30 Bandits
Serve as a Retainer to a PC of at least the same level
Make some magic items
Build a tower, attract d6 apprentices
 
Looking at this stuff reminded me of the fact that under B/X rules magic-users of up to 3rd level are still considered apprentices. And I also learned that such an apprentice could have up to 3 different masters.  They could start out with an intitial 3rd level instructor who teaches them the basics of the craft.  Then either the master dismisses them ("You've learned all I can teach you.") or the apprentice wises up and leaves.  They then seek out a travelling MU of 7th to 10th level in hopes of learning more.  But then they hear a bigwig wizard is setting up a new tower, so they head out to learn from them instead.  Or maybe their first instructor leaves for an opportunity to learn from a higher level master.  Imagine showing up to a shiny new tower and having to compete with your old tutor for a spot!