Hello Everyone! Today I am writing another exciting “From One Dungeon to Another.” This is a series of articles where my fellow D&D blogger Christina and I post about the same topic, and then provide links to each other’s posts, to provide interesting contrast. You can find Christina’s blog here.
Onto the topic, for this “From One Dungeon to Another” we will be discussing our top 3 favorite Player Classes, for simplicity sake we kept it limited to the classes in the 5th Edition Player’s Handbook. As my regular readers will know, I rarely get to play as a player, so these are based on older games, or impressions.
In no particular order, here we GO!
I have always really liked the idea of these lightly armored, berserk warriors. There is something iconic about the fur clad, roaring barbarian, that just screams Dungeons and Dragons. Plus there are a lot of really nice chances for roleplaying with the Barbarian class, you can be the short spoken Barbarian, or shock your fellow players with being insightful and wise, similar to Logan Ninefingers from the First Law Trilogy. Even Conan, the poster boy for the short spoken strong man, knew what is best in life :D!
I also really enjoy the wilderness aspect of the Barbarian class, Survival and Wilderness Lore are things which always seem needed in the group, but are often lacking. It add some nice potential when thinking about character background, and creative things for your character to do out of combat. Maybe the Barbarian is passionate about wildlife preservation, or is an avid gardener.
Finally, I think Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition has added a lot of really neat feature to the class to give it a very different feel from the common fighter. The variety in the totem in particular interests me.
The Paladin is a class that I think has so much potential. You can play the holy avenger, the knight in shining armor, or the wise warrior.
One of my favorite characters, which I have mentioned before, was Sir Edmond De Le Guile, the Lawful Neutral Paladin. He was an elitist, arrogant knight. He was a blast to roleplay, I loved using my share of the loot to pay NPCs to be my valet, cooking my meals and cleaning my clothes. I called party members peasant, and would perk up at the mention of damsels in distress. Perhaps I was a bit TOO much of a caricature, but it was great for the one-off he was used in. I would love to give the Paladin another go, but I would potentially try to jovial but absurdly good knight this time.
Finally, rules wise I really enjoy the changes 5th edition has given to the class. They feel very unique and bring a lot of fun additions to the game. There magic is actually useful, and you can channel Smite against any enemy, very cool!
The master of magic, the wonder of whimsy, yup my final favorite class is the classic Wizard! Since I can remember, one of my all time favorite fictional characters has been Gandalf, and during my initial forays into D&D I always played a Wizard, which I imagined as Gandalf.
As I gained a deeper understanding of the game, I was intrigued by the potential that powerful spells could bring to the table. I also really felt drawn to the less straightforward play style Wizards had. The variety of spells the Wizard has over the Sorcerer also gives the class a great deal of flexibility, which I enjoy.
While I haven’t played a Wizard for a long time, it remains one of my all time favorite classes. It is an icon of D&D and I always love DMing a party that has a creative Wizard.
Well that is it for my top 3 favorite classes. What are your favorite classes? Are there any on my list you were surprised by?
Be sure to check out Christina’s post here and see what here favorite classes are.