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For questions primarily about classes in RPGs. 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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Is this homebrew "Summoner" class balanced, compared to the existing classes?

I found this summoner class on DMsGuild, and it seems like a fun, balanced class that fills an interesting niche. I intend to play this character without multiclassing, using the Collector subclass, ...
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Is there any explanation or discussion regarding the change in the Bard class from its AD&D1ed orignal implementation?

If I recall correctly, the Bard in AD&D1ed was a true dual (triple) class character who had to progress as a pure fighter, then a pure thief, and then finally could begin to progress as a bard. In ...
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Are there official sources that include stat blocks for NPC Monks?

NPCs emulating character classes are many. A very incomplete list would include: Abjurer, Archer, Blackguard, Bard, Champion, Conjurer, Diviner, Druid... You get the idea. Among the monsters there's ...
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Shortest path from Shieldbreaker to Engineer

Playing as a Shieldbreaker, I found a distinct lack of Dwarf-only advancements that would lead to other Dwarfy classes but for Runebearer, which would lead to the Runesmith classes. There ain't no ...
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Can a githzerai PC be a psionicist in AD&D 2e?

The complete psionics handbook was released before Planescape campaign setting and there is no mention of githzerai being able to be psionicist. But from the lore it seems that they can be psionic. ...
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Does the Draconic Aura feat improve by character level or class level?

Let's say you're a silverbrown human and have the draconic aura feat. Normally you'd be stuck with a +1 aura, but since you have the dragonblood subtype, the feat states that: If you are of the ...
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Cataphract—homebrew martial adept base class

This is a defensively-minded Tome of Battle martial adept. As with most of my work, I strive to make it stand-alone: ideally, this class should just work, as-is, without any meta commentary, and fit ...
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Do casters become experts with Class DC? [duplicate]

Some things, like weapon critical effects, reference your class DC, but most casters do not list a class DC progression. It would however be interesting for example for a Magus using Arcane Fists, as ...
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Which regions have access to Inventors?

I want to use Gadgets, but they are uncommon. Inventors and regions with access to Inventors have access to uncommon gadgets. So I check access to Inventors, where the only mention of access is about ...
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Are class usage statistics available?

Paizo knows about every game my characters play in the Pathfinder Society, and their class. Is there some public information somewhere about these? A naïve google search did not find anything.
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Is there a class that uses items only to cast spells?

My DM is preparing more of a fairytale-themed campaign with younger adventurers. I want to make a character that consumes their bracelets to cast all their spells. The problem is that I couldn't find ...
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How does career advancement work with XP

I'm new to Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, and am making a character. The career advancement with XP confuses me. I genuinely do not understand how XP converts into advances. Please help. The problem: how ...
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What are the best non-wizard options for a divination-focused character?

I'm creating a character for a D&D 5e game. The setting is home-brewed, but the rules are not. One limitation imposed by the setting is that wizard is not an allowed option at character creation. ...
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When did the Barbarian class get introduced to D&D?

In D&D 5e, Barbarians are a core class for the game, and Conan the Barbarian has been cited by E. Gary Gygax as one of the major literary influcences on the game, and is also listed in Appendix N, ...
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Can Champions cast divine spells from scrolls?

Champions have Focus Spells, and that gives them the Cast a Spell activity. They are also trained in divine spell attacks and divine spell DCs. Is that enough to cast spells from divine scrolls?
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What is the best class for an optimized gun-wielding Assassin?

I am mostly a noob to 3.5e. The build I have in mind is fairly close to a rogue, but I’m not sure if there might be a better class to represent the character. My GM has access to basically any content....
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Banker class long-term viability [closed]

I find home-brewing a banker class kind of fun. The gist is he/she can fast-track funds for the group, start a subscription ledger and have the local affluent commit funds for the next adventure. The ...
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Is this homebrew gunsmith class balanced? [Version 2]

Three days ago I asked Is this homebrew gunslinger class balanced? and got a some good answers. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read my post and especially thank you to the person who ...
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Best base class for Marshal?

The Marshal archetype seems to be great, with many useful feats, but what is the best base class? I know this seems broad and opinion based, but to be considered best, I have many criteria: Qualifies ...
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Loyal beyond death but already undead?

How does the knight class's ability loyal beyond death (Player's Handbook II 27) function for an undead creature? If an undead creature's hp are reduced to 0, it is destroyed, but what if the creature ...
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At what level does each class get its subclass?

At what level does each class get its subclass?
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Is there a combined Wizard and Sorcerer?

Is there a cross wizard and sorcerer type class or a way of achieving the following. Some of the spells selection are limited like a sorcerer and other slots can be prepared like wizard? I am not ...
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What are all the dual progression prestige classes?

A dual progression prestige class is one that progresses two class features, usually spellcasting, manifesting, invocations, etc. at once. These prestige classes are typically intended for multiclass ...
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What Prestige Classes exist that apply a template to the character?

There are prestige classes that apply or effectively apply a template to the character that attains a certain level. To clarify, I am not asking about other "Apotheosis" prestige classes, ...
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Is this homebrew "Sir Knight" class balanced?

I'm here today to ask whom it may concern to read through this class' description. I would ask your answers to address this class in terms of balancing, its features fitting with image of a medieval ...
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Playing a PC with lycanthrope abilities [closed]

I have a player who wants to play a Lycanthrope (werewolf). But that is technically against the rules. Using only the 5e official rules form hardcover books, what is the best combination of race/...
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How balanced is this homebrew Enforcer class?

One of my players in my new campaign wanted to play a Wizard with a gun / Magic Law Enforcement type character. However we found that none of the existing class options quite hit what we were looking ...
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What are martial classes?

What are martial classes in the context of 5e? Is there a consensus on what the terminology means? Are martial classes something that you have to specify to make yourself understood?
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Is there any class+subclass combination which can use divination spells but doesn't rely on magic for combat?

The question boils down to the title, but the reason I'm asking the question in the first place is a bit unusual, so I will give all the information here in case that helps with answers. I recently ...
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Is the Artificer friendly to new players?

I have a friend who's interested in D&D and is coming from a background in 40k and Star Wars Armada. Given the difference in types of games, I worry about them being bogged down and overwhelmed. ...
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Is this homebrew "Death's Incarnate" class balanced?

long time lurker, first time poster, yada yada to the point. Some time ago I written a homebrew class for D&D 5e called Death's Incarnate. I would like to ask for any opinions and critique about ...
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In OD&D, how do you calculate XP, HP and Max HP when switching class?

In Original D&D, specifically the rules described in Men & Magic, it says: Elves can begin as either Fighting-Men or Magic-Users and freely switch class whenever they choose, from adventure ...
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Homebrew review: Elementalist spellcaster class and ray specialist

Elementalist The Elementalist is a master of elemental magic, often lashing out across the battlefield with rays of destructive elemental energy. Hit Die: d8 Starting Wealth: 2d6 × 10 gp (average 70 ...
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What are the differences between different class types?

My Question In Pathfinder (1e), I'm seeing classes (or class-like things?) referred to as any of the following: Core classes Base classes Unchained classes Hybrid classes Parent classes Alternate ...
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What hit dice do sages use? [closed]

I'm creating a character for DnD 5e, and I was wondering what kind of hit dice Sages use. He's a Wizard's Apprentice if that helps.
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How does the ranger's DPR stack up against other martial classes?

Early dissatisfaction with the ranger led to many attempts at revision. A widespread belief that the class was underpowered often met with the counterclaim that of the original two subclasses, one (...
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Can Kensai Improve a Soulbow's weapon?

I am preparing to DM a D&D 3.5e game. One of my players is trying to go Soulbow into Kensai. Can Kensai actually enhance the Soulbow's weapon? I am not sure if it can do that, as it is just an ...
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Is there any build that claims to substantially benefit in versatility from the Mystic Theurge's extra spell slots?

Conventional wisdom is that more spell levels are better than more spell slots of lower level. For example, this argument has been used to argue in favor of playing a Focused Specialist Wizard. From ...
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Is succubus in savage species underpowered?

One of my friends mentioned wanting to play a succubus in a pathfinder game and wants to use the savage species succubus class for it though at a glance the succubus class in savage species seems ...
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Can a True Polymorphed character gain classes?

Say, my human Wizard permanently True Polymorphs themself into a halfling. That halfling won't have a class, so can it, say, gain Fighter levels? What about creatures that aren't playable races, like ...
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Does only the "Thug" variant combine with the "Sneak Attack Fighter" Variant?

Unearthed Arcana lists the two Fighter variants "Thug" and what is commonly referred to as "Sneak Attack Fighter". I have been reading in forums here and there that you can combine ...
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Is there a way to cause an arbitrary magical beast to gain character levels in a chosen class?

I was looking at this answer from our fine cheese collection, and it occurred to me that it would be quite a lot more practical if we could arrange for the assistance of a gorilla and war mammoth with ...
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Is there an existing class or subclass for rune casting?

Is there an existing class or subclass for rune casting in Pathfinder 2e? I would like to have a character that is a sorcerer gaining his abilities from an unknown source. One of the abilities he has ...
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Hunter Animal Companion(s) clarification

Here is a very tricky question about a build; I want to play multiple animal companions and for some reason people tell me that it can't be done. I'm looking at the Hunter. The hunter’s effective ...
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Best supporting class for a low level campaign?

I'm adapting the Frozen Sick campaign from the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount to version 3.5. It's going to be the first campaign I play as a DM. The party consists of only 2 players, a warlock and a ...
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How does the Avatar spell function if my character worships a god that isn't listed under the spell?

I'm about to start a 3rd level campaign centered around upper-class intrigue and pirates, so I figured I'd try playing a Cleric of Ng to fit a setting with implicitly ambiguous morals. However, I'm ...
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Are Shadow Assassins proficient with Sawtooth Sabre?

Are Shadow Assassins proficient with Sawtooth Sabre? In RAW, how proficient is the shadow assassin with the sawtooth sabre? Weapon and Armor Proficiency A shadow assassin is proficient in all simple ...
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Can I use magic gifted by a deity if I'm not a paladin, warlock, or cleric of that deity?

So, I'm wanting to create this homebrewed God called "The Crow Lord" (basically a less depressing and edgy version of the Raven Queen) and I'm fairly new to D&D and I'm a bit confused. ...
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Classes with Grace as a class feature?

So I recently made an amusing discovery. Daring Outlaw is often regarded as the saving grace (rimshot) of the Swashbuckler class, and it has the Grace class feature (+1) as a requirement, meaning you ...
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Which hybrid classes give alternative ways to calculate AC?

In D&D 4e some hybrid classes provide alternative ways to calculate AC. I know about Hybrid Runepriests (Serene Blade) using Wisdom. What other class-ability combinations are there?
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