History of the Classes

Writer and game designer Brandes Stoddard explores the history of each of D&D’s classes, from OD&D to 5e.

D&D 2eHistory of the Classes

The Fighter Class, Part Four

After a few weeks of talking about other things, I’m ready to tackle the next stage of the fighter in D&D, which of course means Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, Second Edition, as well as the Complete Fighter’s Handbook, Player’s Option: ...
D&D 1eHistory of the ClassesWuxia / Oriental Adventures

The Fighter Class, Part Three

By reader request, I’m returning to AD&D 1e to cover the three fighter-like classes in Oriental Adventures. The bushi, kensai, and samurai are similar enough that 5e would probably present the bushi and samurai as the same subclass with two ...
D&D 1eHistory of the Classes

The Fighter Class, Part Two

After two weeks of other topics and a weekend of GenCon, I’m back this week to continue the History of the Fighter Class. This time we’ll be talking about AD&D 1e, and as I kick off my research, I’m really ...
D&D 5eHistory of the Classes

5e Content Strategy: 2017 Update

Just over a year ago, I wrote about the 5e content strategy, discussing the confluence of the DM’s Guild, the OGL, and the incredibly slow rate of official 5e releases. In this article, I’m exploring what we’ve seen from WotC ...
History of the Classes

The Fighter Class, Part One

I listened to your votes in the comments thread of my last article, and promptly ignored them when my wife voiced an opinion. Isn’t democracy great? So today we proceed with the History of the Fighter, which I anticipate to ...
D&D 5eHistory of the Classes

The Monk Class, Part Nine

At last, after a month of covering a few other topics, we come to the conclusion of the History of the Monk, with its 5th Edition iteration. (Assuming someone doesn’t suggest another version that I really want to cover. My ...
13th AgeACKSD&D 1eD&D 2eD&D 3.5eD&D 4eD&D 5eDungeon WorldHistory of the Classes

Hit Points, Dying, and Death

Quite some time back, the estimable Tim Baker sent me this: I had an idea for a topic or maybe even a series that you could consider covering in the future.  I'd love to hear your take on damage, dying, and ...
D&D 3.5eHistory of the ClassesWuxia / Oriental Adventures

The Monk Class, Part Eight

At a reader’s request, I’m going back to the 3.0 Oriental Adventures and covering the monk prestige classes found there. In this series’ broader conversation on monks, this and the 1e Oriental Adventures are our only examples of settings that ...
D&D 3.5eHistory of the Classes

The Monk Class, Part Seven

At the request of a reader, this article in the History of the Monk offers an overview of the monk-friendly prestige classes of 3.x D&D. In the interest of keeping this manageable, I’m really only addressing 3.5; just about everything ...
13th AgeHistory of the Classes

The Monk Class, Part Six

As promised in the comments of last week’s article, today I’m covering the monk class in 13th Age, which was released in the 13 True Ways expansion. As a general rule, no two classes in 13th Age have much in ...