Ok so I was reading one of the swashbuckler discussions over in general and particularly how one of the benefits of the swashie (over other choices) was their ability to dual class to mage, cleric, or fighter. So of course the first thing that came to mind was a whole party full of swashbucklers!
I chewed on this for a while then opened up a multiplayer game and started creating characters. In the end I settled on 5 swashbucklers and a Skald. Three humans to dual class to mage, cleric & fighter respectively plus two pure swashbucklers - a Halfling lock picking leader and a gnome trap finder with a half-elf Skald to sing of their exploits.
I didn't try to challenge myself restricting ability score rolls - just rolled each one until I got something I liked (not spending more than a few minutes on each.) I didn't really plan out the opening weapon & skill scores too much other than having each swashie place all of his thief points in one function to start out.
So here's the opening cast:
Rolandi Riverman M CN Halfling 17/19/16/10/10/18 (lock picker - leader) * Scimitar * TWS
Felicia Foxmere F CG Human 16/18/16/18/10/10 (detect illusion ->mage) *Staff *Shortbow
Norwood Pegason M TN Human 18/18/16/10/18/11 (set traps ->cleric) *Sling *Club
Marmon Soldshort M CN Gnome 18/18/16/12/10/10 (find traps) *Short sword *Short bow
Lindana Lightstep F LN Human 18/18/18/10/9/12 (stealth ->fighter) *Long sword *Crossbow
Seriana Songsteel F NG Half-elf Skald 16/18/16/16/10/15 *Halbred *Longbow
The party will play neutral but probably leaning more towards good and might even end up heroic (fame has it's charm after all). I suspect the early game may end up being fairly challenging since the swashies are limited to leathers and no one can wear a helm.
I am unsure when I want to dual class - my first thought was level 5 after the next swash bonus but I may decide to dual the cleric earlier or maybe the fighter so I can have a decently armored frontliner. Depends on how squishy they turn out to be in their leathers. (Skald song may prove to be a big help there)
Going to go with minimal reloads and probably put some sort of cap on them just to keep things a little more edgy.
Comments and/or suggestions welcome - these guys are not yet set in stone - I could swap my save back to MP and do some fine tuning or rework if I hear something interesting. Going to fool with them a little more today then won't get back to them until Sunday.