From the threads here, "sampire" would seem to be the current flavor of the month. I remember a long time ago when the tank mage was a popular template, and I'm thinking of building one now. His skills would be something like: Race: Human 120: Swords, Parry, Resisting Spells 100: Tactics, Magery, 80: Eval Int, Meditate He'd primarily be a fighter, but magery would offer a lot of flexibility for general adventuring. Carrying a shield would allow an extra slot for various enhancements. Both the shield and weapon would of course have the spell channeling and faster casting properties (FC to cancel out the FC-1 of spell channeling items). Any suggestions or ideas?