I got this game a long time ago and am finally getting around to trying it out. I decided to to make a bunch of guys to try, but one of the ones I was most excited about is a Halfling Feyspeaker (Druid) that I named after my premie daughter (because she is so tiny too!) because I thought being able to transform looked pretty cool. I decided to leave the strength penalty because the ability to turn into a bear or whatever should more or less compensate for it when I need to melee and I figured I’d mostly just be using ranged weapons and spells anyway. But did I miss something?
I can’t seem to find any slings for some reason. I get not being able to use a crossbow (mechanical parts) and longbows (martial weapons), but what the hell is unnatural about a shortbow? (I know, actual rules say no, so I can’t really blame Owlcat for this.) Everything left is affected by strength AND size, so even if I go the dart route, I can only do 1-2 damage (1d3 for size and -1 for strength). Why even bother? So, I’m supposed to burn a Feat to be able to stay out of harm’s way then? Seems kind of excessive considering no other class has this problem.
Fine, I’ll just use Orisons. Wait, what? Seriously?!? Not even ONE damaging Orison? I have a 20 Charisma, so I did start with 3 first-level spells, but am I expected to rest after EVERY combat? Once I am out, I am screwed. Even a Wizard has more battle stamina at this point because they can cast Cantrips and use crossbows; without my pet, I wouldn’t even make it out of the starting area, much less to a point where I can actually defend myself.
Did no one play test this class? Not having slings? Fine. Not having damage Orisons? Okay. Not having BOTH? How does that even happen? This can’t be intentional, right? Here is an easy fix: just give druids shortbow proficiency; it’s not really inconsistent thematically and should take maybe 5 minutes to change.
Until then, I suppose I’ll just have to play a different character because they have taken a fun character idea and made it probably the worst possible build in the game.
(Note: I haven’t gotten far in this game yet, but other than this issue, I think it’s pretty great so far! I’m very much looking forward to the next one. I just hope they don’t miss something so obvious next time!)