D&D 5e Modifying Classes and Creating New Classes (Unearthed Arcana)

Looking for more advice on modifying character classes? Dive into customization with some advice on class design.” Rodney Thompson, senior designer for the Dungeons & Dragons, just released the latest Unearthed Arcana article. The article outlines:

    • how to create new class options
    • gives class-specific guidelines for tinkering with class features for all the classes in the Player’s Handbook
    • provides an example of modifying a class feature by creating a Ranger with no spells
    • provides an example of a new class option by creating a Favored Soul class (originally from 3e)

I’m really liking the Ranger with no spells. I created a PC-NPC archer using the Fighter class, but this would have been a much better match for the character I was looking to create.

Until this came out, if I was going to tinker with a class, I would usually offer a new class option versus building a whole new class. I’m going to try out tweaking a class feature and building a class of my own using this framework. I might even post them in a future article.

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Shawn

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Shawn Ellsworth

Shawn is an author and co-founder of Tribality.com. He first got into tabletop RPGs through ninjas and then by playing a Kender in Dragonlance. Years later, he can be found running games in the Nentir Vale and his own Seas of Vodari campaign setting.