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25th-May-2007 11:01 pm
Sir Black
I'm putting together a character for my campaign, and I wish to add the Fey-kissed template from the Book of Erotic Fantasy. (Don't laugh, it's a neat book!)

My problem is, I've never been able to figure out how to work out Level Adjustments. The DMG doesn't do a very good job of explaining it, in my opinion.

So, any of you guys know how to explain LA in a way that a dim first-time DM can grasp?

EDIT: The adjustment in this case is +1, by the way.
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26th-May-2007 03:11 am (UTC)
What d'you do, set this group to your pager or something?

Thanks, that makes much more sense.
26th-May-2007 03:14 am (UTC)
If the level adjustment is +1, it means your character is basically counted as being 1 level higher for purposes of leveling up. So a 1st level character with a +1 level adjustment needs to get to 3,000 total XP before gaining his/her 2nd class level. At this point, the other party members with no level adjustment will have 3 class levels, while your character will have 2 class levels and a +1 level adjustment. All of these characters have an Effective Character Level (ECL) of 3.
26th-May-2007 04:02 am (UTC)
Basically a level adjustment means that you have certain abilities because of your race that make you more powerful than the normal races. How much more powerful is measured in levels--for example, your race might be 3 levels more powerful, meaning that a character 3 levels higher than you has the same power level as you.

In your case, your race has a +1 Level Adjustment, meaning that your race is so much more powerful than the normal races that a character of a normal race needs to be a whole level higher in order to match you.

Mechanically, this means that your character should always be 1 level below the rest of the group, but will gain XP as if he were of the same level as the group. So while everyone else is 3rd level, you'll only be 2nd (but because of your powerful race, you should be equal to them). Thus you'll gain XP as if you were 3rd level (even though you really are only 2nd level). You are a second level character, but your effective level for the purposes of balance and XP is 3.

Note that this doesn't apply to stuff like your class level, your hit dice, when you gain feats, and so on. So while everyone else gains a feat at 3rd level, you're only second level so need to wait until they get to 4th level (and you get to third) to gain a feat.

Make sense?
26th-May-2007 08:08 am (UTC)
If you can, take a look at the Fey Heritage feats from Comp Mage. The first just boost your enchantment saves, but you can get invocation DC boosts, and even stackable cold iron DR in the others.
26th-May-2007 08:29 am (UTC)
You've gotten pretty a pretty good run down of it already. So this is more of a 'if you need to look it up some other time' kind of post.
For things like ECL, LA and so on, you're not looking in the right place if you're looking in the DMG. That stuff is in the MM.
(Or the SRD)

The only thing left to say is really, look out for racial hit die with your template (or monster race as character.) Some templates have them (such as lycantrope templates) and each racial HD adds another 'level' to the ECL of the character.
So ECL = class level + LA + racial HD.

It's an easy misstake to make, look at a template/monster races and only look at the level adjustement, missing the racial HD.
26th-May-2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
There are also rules for buying off Level ADjustments.

Which are highly advisable to do.

Case in point:
Most Level ADjustments (Whatever template, race, etc.) don't scale with character level. So, while the bonus stats, abilities or features may be very powerful at low level, they don't compare with class levels at higher character level.

For example, Druegar:
They have a worse Cha penalty, which (for this argument) is offset by immunity to Paralysis, Phantasms and Poisons.

Their better darkvision is offset by light sensativity.

So, for their level adjustment, they get some once-a-day spell like abilities and skill bonuses.

While the abilities are really nice at 1st, or 5th levels, at 10th level using a few spells once a day aren't that much of a improvement.

The rules for buying off levela djustments are at
28th-May-2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
And here I thought I was the only one who bought a copy of the Book of Erotic Fantasy!
You rock!
(Ok, that was somewhat unrelated to your post. Sorry about that.)
1st-Jun-2007 12:27 am (UTC)
I'm considering getting a copy for my best friend's bachelorette party. ::evil grin::
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