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Play with Class: Work Out a Wonderful Wizard

When people think of fantasy roleplaying games, I guarantee a wizard’s image is one of the first things that comes to mind. Wizards are the most versatile of all the spellcasting classes and have remained so through the game’s history. Wizards immerse themselves in the academic aspects of magic and can learn a mind-blowing amount …

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Play with Class: Whip-Up a Winning Warlock

Warlock has seen many design changes since its initial debut, but it has remained one of the most beloved classes through them all. Warlocks get to spam the best damage cantrip in the game, and they get a whole bunch of extra flavor mechanics to sprinkle on top. Warlocks can be super simple to play …

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Play with Class: Summon a Super Sorcerer

Welcome to another installment of the Play with Class series where we will give you solid steps to run each class for the world’s greatest roleplaying game! This week, we’re hitting the magic pavement by chatting about the charismatic middle child of the arcane world: the sorcerer. Historically, roleplaying games have struggled to define what …

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Play with Class: Rally a Ruthless Rogue

If you are familiar with the fantasy genre, I’m sure you are familiar with rogues. These tricky characters are famous for their abilities to lie, steal, and deliver maiming attacks their enemies rarely see coming. Like skullduggery itself, playing a rogue well requires a great deal of patience and the ability to assess your options …

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Play with Class: Roll Up a Rad Ranger

Rangers have had a special place in the heart of fantasy from the moment Lord of the Rings introduced resident hero Aragorn, son of Arathorn. While no one can deny the idea of a ranger is very cool, this class has had a rocky mechanical road through the different generations of the game. With lots …

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Play with Class: Play a Perfect Paladin

Paladins have been around for the majority of the game’s history. These holy warriors embody the knight in shining armor archetype. Paladins are an incredibly satisfying class to play because they deal massive amounts of damage without being too overwhelmingly complicated to play. Paladins also make an excellent choice for a new player because they …

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Play with Class: Draft a Dynamite Druid

Role of the Druid Druids have a great deal of freedom in what role they fill in an adventuring party. If a party doesn’t have a standard healing class, druids can fit into that category nicely. If healing is already covered, they can become DPS (damage per second) machines with their killer selection of blasting …

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Play with Class: Craft a Cool Cleric

Role of the Cleric The cleric has traditionally filled the role of healer in a standard adventuring party. With so many spell choices geared toward healing, buffing, and regeneration, it takes a lot of work to break out of this prescribed mold. Clerics can, of course, fill other roles by picking up specialized subclasses and …

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Play with Class: Build a Banging Bard

Role of the Bard In a standard adventuring party, bards usually land in the support category. Being support means that most of your abilities empower your allies and debuff your enemies. Support classes require a more subtle hand to play since they don’t do well hacking away in the middle of a fray, and they …

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Play with Class: Be a Brutal Barbarian

We’re starting things off with one of the most beloved classes: the barbarian. The barbarian has existed through many editions of the game for a good reason—they hit real hard, and when they hit, it hurts real bad. When I introduce new players to 5th Edition, I often recommend picking the barbarian as their first …

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Warlock’s Apprentice: Bearfolk Honey Axes

Honey Axes The most well-known of the bearfolk’s magical creations are the powerful honey axes. Bearfolk legend tells that when their people first emerged from the forest, several powerful weapons known as “honey axes” were gifted by the fey to the most accomplished warriors. Whether or not this legend is true, possessing one of these …

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Beyond the Audience: Stay Cool

The Rule of Cool emphasizes that the rules of a game are simply a frame to hold a fantastic creation, and the frame should never pull focus from the piece itself. Cultivating this kind of storytelling does take practice. When there aren’t specific rules written, it is much easier to say, “No, you can’t climb …

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