The last couple days I've been working on my OTHER new book (it's a little bizarre working on two books at once but it helps my "gamer ADD" to bounce back and forth between projects), and I've realized a couple things.
A) The classes I originally considered doing are probably not going to be the ones in the book, and
B) Regardless of whether "A" holds true or not, the Illusionist class will not be making an appearance.
Why no love for the illusionist class? Because it's already got enough love. Proctor and Goblinoid Games have already included a "B/X version" of the Illusionist in the Advanced Edition Companion. I already knew this, of course, but for whatever reason I wasn't thinking straight.
Labyrinth Lord is a retro-clone of B/X.
AEC adapts AD&D to B/X play.
AD&D contains the Illusionist class
Thus, there's no reason for me re-work the wheel.
After all, who am I to poach on Proctor's goods? My purpose in writing is NOT to spit in the eye of Goblinoid or say, 'hey, I can do this better than you.' Not only am I not interested in having the debate, I don't even care what the answer would be.
And as I said, that ain't my purpose. My purpose is to inspire people (if possible) and create books that would be useful for my own game and (hopefully) those of others as well. My purpose in writing these books is NOT to spit bile at ANYone...not even Wizards of the Coast, nor even 4th Edition "D&D."
I have a blog to do that.
So much as I fantasized about taking my own stab at an illusionist class (and publishing it!) I will restrain myself. After all, there ARE other fish to fry.
For example, I was bumming around the 'net this afternoon and I ran into this little piece of Old School goodness I hadn't seen before. Hill Cantons has been around a while longer than the ol' B/X Blackrazor blog, but this is the first time I'd stumbled across it...surprisingly just doing a Google search for "LL AEC." And, man, am I glad I did because found HIS post about the Mountebank class to be completely inspiring.
So much so that the mountebank is going in the book...in PLACE of the illusionist.
Now, I'm not a total rip-off plagiarist...um, I don't think I am, anyway. For example, my version of the mountebank is entirely thief derived and mechanical and does not gain the ability to cast illusionist spells (sounds a little too much like that damn 2nd edition bard for my tastes). But I freely admit that if I had not come across this entry, there would only be 11 new classes slated for my book, instead of twelve.
Hmmm...maybe I should post MY version, and let y'all tell me what you think. Personally, I feel it's pretty badass...but I understand not everyone digs on the same stuff as me.