The past couple of nights, I've tried to do some tinkering with my Treasures, Serpents and Ruins house rules after the boys were in bed, but I've just been too exhausted to do much. Well, luckily, this afternoon they were playing some computer games then sword-fighting/sumo wrestling in the bedroom. I had some time, so I got on the computer and thought about the various half-formed ideas of the past couple unproductive evenings. And I got something sorted out (I think).
This is still in the works, and subject to change, but if any of my current players (like Dean or Justin) are reading this, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
I modified the idea I discussed several months ago and a couple weeks ago, and came up with lists of alternate classes for the Big Four character classes. I'd had some of these ideas already as ideas for backgrounds or alternate classes, but I rearranged them, added some more, added in classes/races from TSR-East (to have an all-in-one game document), and then did some more rearranging. In the end, it's very similar to the ideas in the first link above (from August).
Many of the alternates have both a human and a demi-human version. The big perk I give to humans in my game is "advantage" on hit die rolls, so they're more likely to get higher hit points. If the character chooses the human alternate, they get to keep that. If they don't, they get whatever demi-human perks. Or at least that's my thinking for now. I did consider earlier this evening to only allow the Survival ability (HD advantage) for the four standard options. Like I said, still mulling things over.
As they stand right now, it works like this. Roll for ability scores. Choose one of the four classes: Cleric, Fighter, Magic-User, Thief. If you meet the prerequisites and want a specific alternate class ability set, you can choose it. Or, if you like, you let fate play a hand and roll for a possible alternate class ability set. The Cleric, MU and Thief each have six alternates (well, technically a few more with human/demi-human options), so roll a 1d12. On a 1-6, you get the standard class abilities. On a 7-12, you get one of the alternate classes. The Fighter has ten alternates, so roll 1d20, with 1-10 being the standard Fighter and 11-20 each a variant option. If a character rolls, they have to take what they get, but they can have the alternate class even if they don't meet the prerequisites.
I haven't written up all of the alternates yet, but I have ideas for most of them in my head. Here are the lists:
Alternate Clerics: If the requirements are met, a player may select one of the alternate cleric types. Players may roll randomly to determine the type of cleric, which allows them to ignore the requirements. Roll 1d12:
1-6: Standard Cleric
7: Druid or Half-Elf Cleric
8: Exorcist/Onmyoji or Spirit Born Onmyoji
9: Paladin or Dwarf Cleric-Fighter
10: Shaman or Dokkaebi Shaman
11: Sohei or Tengu Sohei
12: Vampire Hunter or Half-Orc Cleric-Thief
Alternate Fighters: If the requirements are met, a player may select one of the alternate fighter types. Players may roll randomly to determine the type of fighter, which allows them to ignore the requirements. Roll 1d20:
1-10: Standard Fighter
11: Archer or Elf Fighter
12: Barbarian or Half-Orc/Koropokkuru Fighter
13: Dwarf Fighter or Gnome Fighter
14: Halfling Fighter-Thief
15: Knight/Hwarang or Dokkaebi Fighter
16: Martial Artist or Vanara Fighter
17: Ranger or Halfling Fighter
18: Samurai/Ronin or Tengu
19: Swashbuckler or Spirit Born Fighter
20: Weapon Master/Kensei
Alternate Magic-Users: If the requirements are met, a player may select one of the alternate magic-user types. Players may roll randomly to determine the type of magic-user, which allows them to ignore the requirements. Roll 1d12:
1-6: Standard Magic-User
7: Bard or Elf/Half-Elf Fighter-Mage
8: Enchanter or Faerie Mage
9: Geomancer/Wushi or Spirit Born Wushi
10: Illusionist or Gnome Illusionist
12: Xia or Vanara Xia
Alternate Thieves: If the requirements are met, a player may select one of the alternate thief types. Players may roll randomly to determine the type of thief, which allows them to ignore the requirements. Roll 1d12:
1-6: Standard Thief
7: Acrobat or Elf/Half-Elf Thief
8: Assassin or Half-Orc Assassin
9: Guildsman/Yakuza or Koropokkuru Thief
10: Halfling Thief or Gnome Thief
11: Ninja or Vanara Shinobi
12: Treasure Hunter or Dwarf Thief