A design paradigm common among RPGs, a Class is an archetype summing up the abilities and role the character will play as well as binding unique mechanics together in one package.

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How can I deal with character classes and builds so specific they don't fit in with the group?

This is a problem I've been having in general so far as a Game Master; some character classes seem to be designed not for party play, but to be "loners" and shine only in specific situations. Some ...
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Balancing Spellcasters; Spontaneous Casters versus Prepared Casters

So ask any optimizer and they'll almost always tell you the same thing: in 3.5 classes that prepare spells are better than spontaneous spellcasters. It's generally not thought of as even a contest. ...
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What are the literary influences of the D&D Bard?

Can anyone tell me what sources, in literature, film, etc. inspired the Bard class for Dungeons & Dragons? I'm familiar with the Celtic Bards of history and legend, but the modern D&D Bard ...
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How to help my low-level spellcaster PCs feel more useful

My party right now consists of a pair of incredibly optimized characters (a half-orc fighter and a ranger/scout), one fairly well optimized character (a swashbuckler who's thinking about mutliclassing ...
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Finding alternatives to rogues in campaigns

In a nutshell, I'm looking to join a game, but it seems that the type of character that I play often (rogue), has been done by everyone else in the group. Are their any other classes or sub-classes ...
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What's the difference between a Ranger and a Scout?

Apparently the Complete Adventurer contains rules for a new base class, the Scout. Can anyone explain, at a high-level, what is the difference in character concept between a Ranger and a Scout? When ...
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How do you create a new D&D 4E character class?

I'm a somewhat experienced game designer, yet creating a 30-level character class for Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition intimidates the hell out of me. Where do I start? Is there a list of kinds of ...
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Bard removed from D&D 4.0. Reasons? [closed]

Are there any officially stated reasons why the bard was removed from 4.0 main class roster ?
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Shapeshifter Villain travelling with Party

Where to start? First of all, I'm planning on running a Homebrew Pathfinder campaign of my own. I've already got the plot laid out and ideas for various NPCs. The problem is I'm running into an issue ...
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How do you encourage players to leave classes behind?

I have veteran players of class-based RPG systems joining my GURPS 4e campaign. I am having trouble consistently during character creation in getting these folks started. They are all hung up on the ...
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What's so bad about Seeker anyways?

I remember being unimpressed about playing a Seeker, and the handbook certainly regards them as a challenge, What core mechanic is such a poor fit? Are there any standard remediations (choice of ...
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What is wrong with the Truenamer?

I have seen a lot of people say that the Truenamer does not work (such as this answer placing Truenamer at the bottom tier) or that it's terrible. As far as I can read and see, though, it seems to be ...
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Are there Race/Alignment restrictions for classes in the PHB?

I'm looking through the PHB and I notice that none of the Classes explicitly state an Alignment or Race limitation. There is flavor text, but there is nothing that looks like a rule. I see some stuff ...
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Most levels of Cleric recommended?

There are classes in 3.5 that, in the view of the optimization community, simply fail to continue to deliver value after a certain point. For example, the monk class: the first two levels have a lot ...
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What abilities can change a class dominant stat in Pathfinder?

I noticed some abilities allow you to change the main stat used by a class, like: Sorcerer: Empyreal version of the Celestial bloodline: use Wis instead of Cha (Ultimate Magic) Sage version of the ...
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What classes other than Rogue can initially train in Thievery?

My gaming buddies and I are about to start up a second group to play D&D 4e with, and I'm looking for a class to replace the rogue to freshen things up a little. The only problem is that Thievery ...
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How to fix sorcerors getting shafted by spell point variants?

Using the spell point variant, sorcerors lose a lot of their strength in comparison to wizards (and druids and clerics, but let's stick to arcane for now). They are left with 249 points at 20th level ...
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Pelor's Blackguard (4e)

We're just starting a campaign, and a player wants to create a very distinct character... a Pelor's Blackguard. Yes, a PELOR Blackguard. Is that possible to create Blackguard that follows Pelor in 4e? ...
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What is the hardest character to play as from low to high level?

So mages at low levels are pretty pathetic but they grow up to be pretty dangerous. Most Fighter classes are pretty balanced from bottom to top. So my question is what is the hardest class to play as ...
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How should we choose classes as a new group of three players?

we're planning to start a new dnd campaign with my friends and we're a little worried about what class to choose. The group will include three players so we cannot fill all roles. What combination of ...
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A fantasy game with a good Noble class?

I'm looking for a system, class based preferably, which allows me to play a noble (i.e., the son of a lord baron, etc., forced to adventure). I am looking for something along the lines of SW Saga's ...
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What exactly are Prestige classes, and what purpose do they serve?

What exactly are Prestige classes, and what purpose do they serve? Are they, in any way, better than the default classes? Do they have any disadvantages/advantages to them?
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How can I optimize playing a sentient wolf?

I was invited to a savage themed campaign recently that features shamans, cave monsters, and all that prehistoric goodness. I'm going to be playing an awakened wolf named Virginia, and have no idea ...
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Are there roleplaying games where your race levels up separately from your class?

Class-based RPGs give you new stuff to add to your class as you level up; what race you are does not really affect this. But what I am wondering, are there systems where you can level up your ...
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Can I go Classless?

Is there anything I should be aware of if I were to choose to create a campaign with no classes? I was thinking of simply giving everyone "starting skill points" that they could spend toward a skill ...
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How do I survive the first five levels as an erudite?

Erudite is, potentially, the most powerful psionic class since he can learn every and any power from whatever list he desires. He can have literally hundreds of powers at his disposal, through it is ...
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Hybrid Psion Class Feature Lost?

In D&D 4E Player's Handbook 3 pages 139-155 are the recipes for merging two hybrid classes together. Hybrid psions on pg 147 does not mention Ritual Casting. Does the hybrid class lose this ...
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What guides and resources exist for creating custom classes in Dungeon World?

I already own and have access to the Dungeon World book/manual and I've read and will refer to the Advanced Delving section. Beyond that however I'm looking for any other guidelines and tips when ...
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Playing an Undine Druid with the water domain, can I use water affinity for domain spells?

Let me preface this with this is my first character, and I have no idea what I'm doing. Water affinity gives water domain powers and spells at +1 caster level to undine clerics. I'm thinking because ...
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Are 2nd Edition Monks this bad?

It seems monks have the following: Unarmed dmg is 25% lethal, 75% non lethal The dmg is pre-calculated depending on what you roll on the chart of punching or wrestling or martial arts chart, you ...
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Can I be a half-dragon necropolitan?

I am playing the Draconic Racial Class (Races of the Dragon pg. 70) and would like to take the Necropolitan template (Libris Mortis pg. 114). May I do so in between the second and third levels of the ...
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Is there a Construct Class?

I am looking for a construct class or something similar enough I can change it into a construct class. An example of what I would think a construct class could do would be, it can remove and change ...
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Soulknife vs Soulbow

On one hand, we have the Soulknife, who is able to conjure blade weaponry at will and throw them for ranged attacks. On the other, we have the Soulbow, which specializes in throwing attacks, but uses ...
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Blood Obsessed Character with Weaponized Blood?

I though of an idea for a character I'd really like to make and play, but I'm not sure how to go about it, or if it's even possible. So far I've only played Pathfinder and everyone I know plays ...
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Is it possible to make a Gestalt character with monster and regular class levels?

I want to build a particularly nasty Ogre as villain, so I went to Savage Species to see what they could tell me there. The thing is, the Ogre as described there is not quite as powerful enough for my ...
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d20 Star Wars (RE) imperial classes?

Which of the d20 Star Wars Revised Edition (not Saga!) books offered playable Imperial (prestige) classes (if any)? If none, which pre-RE ones are worth looking into? Edit: I've added the 'prestige' ...
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Bardic performance in battle

Rules for barding performance states that: Starting a bardic performance is a standard action, but it can be maintained each round as a free action. A bardic performance cannot be disrupted, ...
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What are the advantages and pitfalls of the Wilder class as compared to other psionic classes?

Of late - most recently, here in RPG.SE's own chat room - I have heard quite a bit of dissatisfaction with the Wilder class. This surprised me, as I thought it was okay at first blush, so I'd like to ...
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Are fluff class descriptions part of the rules?

Inspired by this question I was wondering if class fluff descriptions are part of the rules or just guidelines for ideas? For example does a Freebooter have to be a pirate, or just a strong leader ...
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Is there any way for a Bard to take the Blackstaff Apprentice theme?

Blackstaff Apprentice has the following requirement: Prerequisite: Wizard. You must be able to prepare spells from a spellbook (such as with the Arcanist’s Spellbook, Bladesinger’s Spellbook, or ...
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How are caster levels determined in concert with the feat Master Spellthief?

The first and third benefits of the feat Master Spellthief from page 79 of Complete Scoundrel are pretty straightforward (although the first's a little sad in that it only affects the level of spell ...
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Optimizing a Minotaur PC

Was wondering if any one would be able to help flesh out my character and help me make him better. At the moment we are in a 14 level campaign using complete and core books D&D 3.5 edition also ...
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Flurry of Blows calculation

Let's say, we have there 1st level Monk, and he has STR 17/+3. Now we are calculating base attack with his Flurry of Blows. For first level, we have "Flurry of Blows Attack Bonus" -1/-1, plus 1st ...
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Which class level applies to creating a Kensai's signature weapon?

I noticed the Kensai's signature weapon's maximum modifier is determined by his class level, but does that mean his Kensai level, or the class he took before he became a Kensai?
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What was the inspiration for the Oriental Adventures classes?

DnD Character Classes all have some observable sources and influences: In the Oriental Adventures books there are a bunch of new classes, including Samurai and and Wu Jen. But what are the ...
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Homebrew “magic” version of Soulknife

So it seems the Soulknife, though its ability to conjure energy blades at will sounds cool, actually sucks. Also, my DM (and possibly many other DM's) aren't particularly fond of Psionic rules. In ...
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Is there a specific gauntlet to test home-brewed character classes?

Recently I've been trying to play test my custom character class by running it through a dungeon I developed and ran for a party last year. The class focuses around the idea of collecting monster ...
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How does the Ambitious Schemer racial trait for Drow work?

I'm confused here. It is written "You may choose either Bluff or Diplomacy as a class skill, and gain a +2 bonus on such skill checks." So, how it works with regular class skills?
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Are there rules for Intelligent Items with Class Levels?

So the DM gave me the option of giving this intelligent lance various abilities, including a homebrew version of a Psicrystal's Self-Propulsion and Flight abilities. He also gave me the option of ...
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Which class would be considered the strongest given high ability scores? [closed]

Hey first time asking here, but I'm making a character for a game and rolled the insane stats of 18 17 14 14 14 13 highset to lowest and I wonder which class would be considered getting the most out ...