Sunday, March 16, 2014

Leveling Out the Thief

For some odd reason, thief advancement in B/X slows down at higher levels. The best comparison for thief advancement is the cleric; the cleric starts at 1500 xp for level 2 and doubles the requirement each level until level 8 (100,000) when progression then moves to 100k per level thereafter, capping out at 700,000 for level 14.

Therefore, since the thief starts lower and has lower thresholds, his advancement at higher levels should also be lower than the cleric’s. If we keep the same basic formula, but set his terminal increase at 80k per level, we end up with the following advancement: 1250 for level 2, doubling every level thereafter until 8 (80,000) at which point it becomes 80k per level thereafter, capping out at 560k for level 14.

This means that a thief at 560k has earned level 14; at the exact same xp threshold: a cleric is level 12; a fighter is level 11; a magic user is level 10; a dwarf is level 11; an elf is level 9; and a stoutling has been level 8 for a while…