I am in no way experienced in the ways and means of the Fighter class, but I have decided to create one following the release of the Purple Dragon Knight iconic. So I'd like to gather some feedback from experienced Fighter players on what will make for a good Fighter. Now granted, the Purple Dragon Knight offers some new options, most important of which is probably the ability to use Cha in place of Str for attack and damage (as well as adding 1/3 of your Cha bonus to Tactical DCs).
Here is a tentative plan for how I want to build my PDK. The concept is Hate-Tank/Off-DPS. Advice is welcome.
Str 14 +3 tome to qualify for Greater Two Handed Fighting
Con 18 +3 tome to qualify for Epic Toughness
Int 8 +2 tome at level 7
Cha 16 all level-ups here +7
Balance 7 ranks
Intimidate 23 ranks
Use Magic Device 11 ranks
H Exotic Weapon Proficiency: Bastard Sword
1 Power Attack
F1 Force of Personality
3 Weapon Focus: Slashing
F4 Great Cleave
6 Improved Shield Bash
F6 Power Critical
F8 Improved Critical: Slashing
9 Stunning Blow
F10 Improved Sunder
12 Improved Two-Handed Fighting
F12 Greater Two-Handed Fighting
F14 Shield Mastery
15 Improved Shield Mastery
18 Weapon Specialization: Slashing
F18 Greater Weapon Focus: Slashing
F20 Greater Weapon Specialization: Slashing
21 Epic Toughness
24 Bulwark of Defense
27 Blinding Speed
D28 Perfect Two Handed Fighting
As far as gear, I am looking at acquiring gear that increases Str, Con, and Cha as well as maximizing AC, PRR and Tactical DCs.
For Epic Destinies I am planning on using Legendary Dreadnaught with Brace For Impact and Legendary Shield Mastery from Unyielding Sentinel and Wild Weapons from Fury of the Wild.
For enhancements I will draw primarily from Stalwart Defender (capstone here), heavily from the Purple Dragon Knight racial tree, and dabbling in Kensai primarily to increase Tactical DCs.