This variant is designed specifically for campaigns that don’t offer a lot of “downtime” to the PCs. It unifies the rules for crafting items and creating magic items, while also replicating a character’s ability to come up with just the thing he needs for a specific task in the nick of time. It glosses over the realities of such work—tool kits, alchemical reagents, laboratories, long hours of toil, and the like—to keep the game moving along at an exciting pace. After all, fighting giants, demons, and dragons is generally a lot more fun than waiting for Mialee to finish crafting a new ring of protection.
To craft an item without spending the normal labor time, a character with the appropriate item creation feat can pay one-tenth the item’s market price in craft points (minimum 1 point). He must also pay material costs equal to one-half the item’s market price (this replaces the normal material cost for crafting an item). For a magic item, the character must also pay the normal experience point cost for crafting the item. Once the character declares that he is spending these craft points and gold pieces (and experience points, for a magic item), the item is automatically completed one day later (typically the next morning). Though this makes it appear as if the item was created “instantly,” the assumption is that the character has actually been working on it for a while, but only now got around to finishing it. For instance, Mialee might have been tinkering with Regdar’s sword for some time, but only now has finished improving its
enhancement bonus. The system simply assumes that characters are always working on various projects in their spare time, whether between forays into the dungeon, while on the road, or
even while gathered around the campfire after battling goblins in the Sunless Citadel. Thus, when the time comes, they simply spend the requisite gold and craft points, and the item is “finished” one day later.
Crafting nonmagical armor and weapons or simple items—tools, chests, saddles, and the like—doesn’t require a Craft feat. Anyone who helps with the creation of such an item
can contribute craft points at the normal rate. For nonmagical items, you must make a successful Craft check (using the DCs given on page 71 of the Player’s Handbook) to complete the item. For a masterwork item, use the DC of the item or of the masterwork component, whichever is higher. A
failed check means you waste one-half of the gold pieces and craft points required for the item, but you may try again as soon as the next day if you still have enough gold pieces and craft points to complete the item. Magic items require no skill check to complete.
You can reduce the amount of craft points required by in-creasing the amount of time you spend working on the item. For nonmagical items, reduce the craft point cost by 1 point for every 100sp of work you contribute to the item’s creation (see the Craft skill, page 70 of the Player’s Handbook). For magic items, each 8-hour day spent working on the item reduces the craft
point cost by 100.
Example One: A masterwork suit of full plate armor has a market price of 1,650 gp. A character with the Craft Armor feat could pay one-third of this price and make daily or weekly Craft (armorsmith) checks to slowly complete the suit of armor, or he could pay one-half of this price and spend 165 craft points to complete it one day later with a successful DC 20 Craft check. (A failed check at this point would cost him 412 gp and 82 craft points.) Alternatively, he could spend some days or weeks working on the item (making regular Craft checks), then finish it quickly by spending craft points equal to 165 minus 1 per 100sp of work he has already completed.
Example Two: A +2 longsword has a market price of 8,000 gp (not including the material cost of the masterwork longsword itself). Assuming you had the Craft Magic Arms and Armor feat (and didn’t have to make the masterwork longsword from scratch), you could either spend 8 days of time to craft the item, or you could spend 800 craft points to finish it “instantly.” (In either
case, you have to spend 4,000 gp in addition to the time or craft points.) If you wanted, you could save 200 craft points by spending two 8-hour days working on the item.
In addition to the primary crafter—who must have the appropriate Craft feat—up to three
assistants can contribute craft points to the creation of the item. Assistants who have the appropriate Craft feat contribute craft points at full normal value. For untrained assistants (those who don’t have the appropriate Craft feat), each craft point contributed counts as 1/2
point of assistance. The primary creator must contribute at least half of the craft points required to create an item. It doesn’t matter who contributes the gold piece cost that goes toward creating the item. Only the primary creator can contribute experience points to-
ward the creation of a magic item. For example, Regdar has 1,000 gp and a masterwork sword, and wants to help Mialee imbue the sword with a +1 enhancement bonus (turning it into a +1 longsword). This task would normally cost 200 craft points. Mialee must supply at least half of this, or 100. Regdar doesn’t have Craft Magic Arms and Armor, so he must spend twice as many craft points to achieve the same contribution. Assuming he’s the only assistant, he could contribute up to half the effort required to achieve the goal (100 craft points). Since his craft points only count for half value, he has to spend 200 craft points to contribute 100 points worth of value. When those 200 points are added to Mialee’s contribution, the gold pieces spent on materials, and the masterwork longsword, the process is complete. If Lidda (also untrained) assisted Mialee as well, the two assistants combined could still contribute no more than the equivalent of 100 craft points (half the total craft point cost). However, each would have to spend only 100 craft points (50 points of value each) to achieve this goal.
Gaining Craft Points
A 1st-level character has 100 craft points. With each class level gained, he gains a number of craft points equal to his new level × 100. A 2nd-level character can have as many as 300 craft points, and so forth, all the way up to a 20th-level character, who would have a total of 21,000 craft points (assuming he never spent any). Familiars or special mounts never gain craft points, regardless of their Intelligence or Hit Dice.
Item Creation Feats
Each time you gain an item creation feat, you gain additional craft points as noted on Table below. You don’t have to spend these craft points on items appropriate to the feat—you can spend them on any item.
|Craft Magic Arms and Armor||2,500|
|Craft Wondrous Item||1,500|
Talented Crafter [General]
You have an extraordinary talent for item creation.
Prerequisite: Any item creation feat.
Benefits: You gain 500 craft points, which may be used to
craft items of any kind.
Special: You may select this feat multiple times. Each time
you select it, you gain an additional 500 craft points.
A wizard may select this feat as one of her bonus feats gained
at every fifth level.