Roleplaying

Unearthed Arcana Review: Revived Rogue

I’m of two minds about rogues. On the one hand, they’re a good class with a powerful combat kit and skill bonuses unmatched by any other class. On the other hand, I find them to be an incredibly boring class with little to no decision-making … read more »

Unearthed Arcana Review: Swarmkeeper Ranger

An elven ranger picking mushrooms.

From the high point that was the paladin, we now look at ranger, the bottom of the proverbial class barrel. Rangers are a tour de force on how not to make a half-caster class. Their martial features, outside of the very early levels, fall far … read more »

Unearthed Arcana Review: Oath of Heroism Paladin

A paladin in armor with a glowing sword.

Paladins are the cleric’s punchier cousin. I remember playing a paladin in my first 5E campaign, back when I thought Charger was a good feat.* At the time, our entire playgroup was convinced that the paladin’s notable Smite ability was incredibly overpowered. While our understanding … read more »

Unearthed Arcana Review: Astral Self Monk

A monk surrounded in a nimbus of holy light.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but 5th Edition monks are bad. They might not be as bad as the Beast Master ranger, but they certainly give it a run for its money. The class is supposed to evoke the fantasy of being … read more »

Unearthed Arcana Review: Rune Knight Fighter

An armored soldier with magical runes.

Fighters have been a part of D&D since the very beginning. They embody the archetypal warrior wielding every kind of weapon one could imagine to properly bop monsters on the head. The 5th Edition fighter, while not being a top-tier class, sits comfortably in the … read more »

Unearthed Arcana Review: Circle of Wildfire Druid

A druid conjuring power.

Druids have always been a perplexingly balanced class. There are currently five subclasses available to players. However, Circle of the Moon is so much stronger than its competitors that it feels like an actively bad choice to pick any other option. Wizards has now introduced … read more »

Unearthed Arcana Review: Twilight Domain Cleric

A cleric in creepy robes.

Although the cleric has the most subclasses by far, it’s always fun to see what new twist Wizards of the Coast is looking to add to everyone’s favorite frontline support. This time we have a set of domain features that are somewhat hard to pin … read more »

Unearthed Arcana Review: Eloquence Bard

A bard with an eye-patch strumming an instrument with a worm-monster in the background.

Bards often find themselves as the “face” of the party, making the various charisma checks to stop the impending brawl between the party’s fighter and the local bugbear tribe. For those of us who want to be the faciest face, there’s now the College of … read more »

Unearthed Arcana Review: Wild Soul Barbarian

A barbarian with glowing eyes and a big ax.

Unearthed Arcana (UA) is a system Wizards of the Coast uses to test new D&D 5th Edition content before it makes its way into any official material. Players are invited to use these new additions to the game and give their feedback on balance and … read more »

The Most Powerful Subclasses in 5th Edition D&D

Classes have been a key part of Dungeons and Dragons since 1st Edition all the way back in 1974, when players could choose between fighter, wizard, and cleric.* Over the intervening 45 years, the class system has been changed a multitude of times, but at … read more »

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