Good analysis. I need to think some more of what I expect to do with the character, and check out some more templates. Characters I have played are Melee-Pally/Dexxer, ScribeMage w Necro/SS, and Miner w some Combat skills. Completely different thought processes. I had started working the Music and Disco, having seen a Disco/Archer template that looked fun. I just came back and thought about 'Bard/Tamer', and Tamer/TreasureMapper. You got me on the masteries. I thought they sounded cool, and knew I needed real skill for them. I did not really consider what I was supposed to DO
with them and in what kind of a build. I am really out of my element with this stuff. Seems so much easier to plan a caster, or a melee toon. Or perhaps I just think so, since I know more about that stuff. I have never used a Mage Weapon, or wrestle. I thought every template with Tamer, used Vet, especially now with 2 sec bandies for pets with it.
I did see (or think so) that templates were quite different for taming a GD vs Fighting with one. Heck, a Bard/Tamer or Tamer/Bard, may not even be what I wanted. I can see there is much I do not understand about combat with pets. I thought you needed to Disco something first, to tame the harder and tougher mobs, and also to have better dmg or effect on things you wanted to harm (Disco, then next move) perhaps I did not understand what I read. Definitely sounds like I should keep the Bardic skills and character separate from some kind of Tamer / X build. For a Bard/X :
- Find some fun (killing things) template to use the Barding I have now on stones = (Music 100, Provo 90, Disco 86.5)
- Possible things to mix with the above are Mysticism, Archery, 90.
- Necromancy 93.2 and SS 85.7
- Mace Fighting 100
I mentioned the Magery, but it is already 120, and adjusting it is not happening. Never again
I DO have 2 open slots on him, having stoned off Lockpicking and Cartography. He still kills spawn (most of it) on lvl 6 and 7 Maps fine. Not sure how to fit Music + X onto him for Tmaps. Would Peacemaking be helpful to my EV's, or would it just wear off and then I have a pissed off wyrm chasing me down ? For now, the EV's hold aggro pretty well, the exception being Minotaurs. I have not yet fought a changeling.
I think it was Poo's Disco/Archer build for dungeoning that I had read about, but I do not recall the build specifics. Kind of at a loss now for which direction to go. I already have a Tmapper, and I am working a Champ/Spawn and Peerless character. I want to build this 3rd character for dungeon crawling in general, and also specifically to hunt in Shame and the like. It is fine to borrow skills using stones, but I am not dropping ones I worked. In general I think Resist Spells, blows. I use petals, apples, and heals. I had it up to 120 on my Pally, would still get poisoned, and it does nothing for DD spells. Do not see the point anymore. But I do not think that is what you meant about no defenses.