The Rogue Class, Part Three

Last week in the History of the Classes, the 1e Thief, Assassin, and Thief-Acrobat came under our all-seeing eyes. This week we turn to 2e, where the Assassin and the Acrobat are kits presented in the Complete Thief’s Handbook rather than classes unto themselves. There’s also a Ninja class, presented in the Complete Ninja’s Handbook; it was one of the stranger evils visited upon 2e’s rules. I’m aware that many of you sadists would just love to see me analyze the Ninja, and to you I say for the love of God, Montresor!

Oriental Adventures – Yakuza

Continuing the Wuxia (WU-she-AH) campaign ideas, I have a Rogue class archetype for D&D 5th edition, the Yakuza!

Many think of the Yakuza as murdering gangsters, that may be what they became after the Edo Period, but they originated as town militia that created order and peace in towns. They did this by creating strict rules and a hierarchy in their local organizations.

Oriental Adventures – Food

Building a campaign world can be a lot of fun, but it also requires a lot of preparation and creativity. That preparation should start by deciding on a theme for your campaign world. I really like the Wǔxiá (武侠) ideas that are presented in the Dungeon Master’s Guide.  Using that along side my TSR AD&D Oriental Adventures source book, I have a lot of nice ideas to use for a D&D 5th edition game. A Wǔxiá campaign has a lot of information that can easily be pulled from many different sources.  There are several online webpages, video games, movies, books, comic books, and older RPG written materials, but a lot of it has been given the Hollywood treatment so it isn’t as authentic as we think. But it’s close enough for a adventure role playing game. 

Oriental Adventures – Samurai & Ninjas

A few months ago when I first received the D&D 5th edition Player’s Handbook, I put together a Samurai & a Ninja character build. I had pulled together information from the AD&D book Oriental Adventures, Wikipeida, and some information that I found from other people in community forums.  With the release of the Dungeon Master’s Guide, I was excited to see that there is a section on running a Wuxia campaign (DMG page 41).  I went and pulled together my older post and notes, and I’d like to revisit and clean up