It's been a long time since I've worked with the D&D ruleset and the things I used to know aren't coming back to me so readily. Recently I've spent a good amount of time researching the character I want to make but I still have some questions and I'd like some advice in general.
My plan is to make a level 18 Ranger/level 2 Rogue, for the purposes of being able to disarm traps and pick locks when I play solo. (Though I might only put one level into Rogue since I was going two levels for Evasion, which the Ranger gets at nine, and a level 19 Ranger has a few more spell slots available.)
This was the idea for my starting ability scores (32-point build):
Str: 13 (would raise to 14 using my level 4 ability point)
Con: 13 (would raise to 14 using my level 8 ability point)
Int: 14 (the +2 modifier ensures I can raise Disable Device and Open Lock each level, usually at the expense of Listen. But from what I've researched it seems Listen isn't that important?)
There are a few variations to this build in my head (less Int for more Str or Con, less Dex for more Str) but overall this is what I'm looking at.
The reason I chose this build is because Dex builds are what I'm used to and what I usually enjoy playing. But I was wondering if this was the best option for a Tempest Ranger. So finally we're getting to my actual question.
Would a Str-based build be a more viable option for a Tempest? I know I need Dex for my Rogue skills, but I'm thinking that with more Strength I wouldn't need to take Weapon Finesse which means I would technically have a wider variety of weapons to dual-wield since WF only applies to light weapons. And of course there is Bow Strength to consider.
This would also free up a feat. As it is I'm thinking of not getting Tempest 1 until level 9. I'd like to take Toughness as my starting feat and as a Half-Elf I'm taking the Dilettante: Barbarian feat so I can take Barbarian Toughness on top of Racial Toughness for a healthy HP boost early on.
It's a crime that I've gone so long without playing around with these rules. In terms of gaming it's one of my favorite things. I love discussing it, so if I have a good thing going let me know .. or if this is just the dumbest idea ever let me know that too. Your advice/criticism is really appreciated. Thank you for your replies.