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Epic Characters

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This 30-page handbook contains progression from 20th to 30th level for all twelve classes and the 51 archetypes. It also includes epic racials for all 21 subraces and 4 epic prestige classes.

The book will be updated as more official classes, archetypes and races are released.

All art within the book is courtesy of and copyright by dleoblack, Tom Edwards, and Daniel Kamarudin respectively.

Please leave a review after purchase, so I know what you like and/or dislike. It'll help me with future iterations of Epic Characters, as well as with the other products I have in the works.

Changelog

v1.1: Fixed minor errors and typos, removed D&D logos

v1.2 (6th of july 2016): Wording and balance, navigation improvments, two new prestige classes, epic levels for Heroes of the Orient, epic levels for the villainous archetypes found in the DMG

v1.3 (28th of november 2016) - wording and balance, new eldritch invocations, added Unearthed Arcana support, and Volo's Guide to Monsters support.

Upcoming releases

Epic Monster Manual and Oriental Monster Manual

Other products

Heroes of the Orient Heroes of the Orient: Unearthed Kensai

 
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Robert T June 21, 2017 7:03 am UTC
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I have some questions about spots where I’m not 100% sure about how some of the abilities work.
1. Does the Druid’s Unhindered Beast Spells affect only wildshape, or are beast and monstrosity shapes achieved due to spells such as Shapechange affected as well?
2. Do the Fighter’s Warfare dice stack as the rounds increase? Ex. Do you have 4d6+2d8+1d12 Warfare dice on the third round or just 1d12?
3. Does the Archblade’s Blade Beam affect the range of thrown weapons, or just melee attacks?
4. I’m not sure what the damage has to be higher than for the Rogue’s Tricks of the Trade ability, is it 2*hit dice+con or 2*(hit dice+con) and is it just a single hit die or all of the character’s hit dice?
5. For the Arcane Trickster’s Master of Magical Ambush, how are the Mage Hands used to apply sneak attack, can they attack themselves?
6. Did you intend for the Rogue’s Reliable Talent and Improved Reliable Talent to affect initiative? By allowing Rogues to add their proficiency...See more
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June 20, 2017 7:04 pm UTC
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I've purchased this a little while ago for a campaign that had stagnated around level 20. I love the product so far, although I've found some things to be out of balance slightly (looking at the Monk class in particular). The statistician in me did have a bit of a problem with the stall in proficiency increase due to bounded accuracy. Although you've explained your reasoning quite clearly in the PDF, I'm not sure I agree with it entirely. Since 5E now doesn't take into consideration increases in a character's defenses or bonus to hit on attacks, both mundane and magical, the difficulty of a monster is based mostly on its damage and HP pool, which is why a single goblin is no longer a threat at level 20, but an entire horde becomes problematic. This is because classes are designed so players interact in a similar way with the world, with their damage and HP increasing steadily. Hence, a higher bonus to hit isn't the death sentence for lower characters it once was, but it remains a slight nerf to higher level characters,...See more
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Gabriel N June 20, 2017 3:55 pm UTC
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Would some of the monsters in the Epic MM have new larger size levels? Like ginormous or massive.
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Joshua S June 07, 2017 7:30 am UTC
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Purchased today and I am really loving the content! Out of curiosity; have you thought about taking a stab at making Epic Characters for Matt Mercer's content? Would love to see your philosophies for the Gunslinger and Blood Hunter [Specially the Order of the Lycan :)]! Thanks again for the content!
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Marc A June 09, 2017 10:00 am UTC
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Hi Joshua,

Thank you for your kind words!
I haven't actually considered it for non-official material, but I might include Mr. Mercer's material if the demand is there.
I'd want to reach out to him and get his blessing before actually doing it though.

Thank you for the idea!
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Tyler P June 09, 2017 6:32 pm UTC
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That would be a great idea. I would love to see an epic gunslinger. Maybe you can collaborate with him on them as well.
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Robert T June 12, 2017 3:14 am UTC
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Myself and several of my players would enjoy Epic Characters for Matt Mercer's content. I have a player who is using some of his material and wants to take his character into epic levels
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M K C June 15, 2017 9:58 am UTC
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Would also love to see epic gunslinger etc
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Marc A June 16, 2017 7:18 pm UTC
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Alright, it definitely seems like there is some interest in this.
I'll see if I can get in touch with him and work something out.

Thank you all!
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Francesca G June 06, 2017 3:00 am UTC
Hello, any news about Epic Monster Manual and Oriental Monster Manual? date of release? and how will be the CR for those creatures?
excellent work btw, keep going!
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Marc A June 09, 2017 10:05 am UTC
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Hi Francesca,

Thank you very much! It means a lot.

The Oriental MM is nearing completion. Waiting on a few more art pieces and editing to be completed. I've used the time to add lair actions and a few more monsters.
It's at 250+ monsters now, all of them in the CR 0 - 30 range.
Release date: "soon". Sorry, but I can't give an exact date. It's done when it's done :)

I'm considering doing the Epic MM as a Kickstarter project to ensure high quality artwork for every single monster, as well as hardcover copies.
The monsters included will be up to CR 45.
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M K C June 14, 2017 11:20 am UTC
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I'd get behind it on kickstarter for sure - chomping at the bit to get my hands on it!
Love the epic characters book, easily my fave purchase from here. My players are dying to get past level 20 now but they got a long way to go!
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Marc A June 16, 2017 7:21 pm UTC
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Thanks for your incredibly kind words - I'm humbled.
I'll cross my fingers that your players make it past 20 without too many deaths along the way ;)
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Oliver D May 29, 2017 11:33 pm UTC
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Hey there. I bought this - on balance I am pretty happy with the content. It's a tough job balancing PCs at this level, especially in 5e given its mechanics and the whole Bound Accuracy framework. I've a few questions and also a few pointers.

1) I just wanted to reconcile the Death Save Advantage. I appreciate adding Epic Levels at all goes against the official stuff, but this particular feat (given to Barbarians, Fighters, Monks and Rogues) contradicts the explicit rule on Death Saves. Would it not be a reasonable compromise to say that this feat allows the first of the three Death Saves to be made with Advantage?

2) The Druid's One with Nature - I presume the 10 hp regeneration per round applies only whilst the PC has at least 1 hp remaining. Can I check that once the druid hits 0 hp, they don't bounce right back up the next round with 10 hp and thus never have to make any Death Save?

3) The Sorcerer's Weave Conduit - the text states the PC no longer is restricted to just...See more
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Robert T May 30, 2017 2:50 am UTC
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The Sorcerer's Weave Conduit doesn't give the Sorcerer any extra actions, it simply removes the one spell per turn rule and allows the Sorcerer to cast a spell using both an action and a bonus action, allowing for a quickened spell and a normal spell to be cast on the same turn. Hope this helps
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Oliver D May 30, 2017 10:49 pm UTC
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Thanks Robert, that's very helpful. I think it could be worth the author adding words to that effect as it's not exactly clear. Very helpful answer though and clears it up nicely; thank you.
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Marc A May 31, 2017 7:10 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi Oliver,

Thank you for your feedback and questions. It's not nitpicky at all though.
I value the feedback and I want Epic Characters to be the best title it can be.
I'd love to fix any and all grammatical errors that have found their way into the pdf.

If you want to help me out there, I'd very much appreciate it.
Please, feel free to email me at dnd5eoss@gmail.com :)

I'm honored that you're including the title in your games. I just hope your players find it fun and exciting.
I'd also love to hear any feedback you and your groups might have.

Regarding your questions, I'll try and answer them as thoroughly as I can.

1) WotC actually made some UA archetypes that have this as well. I feel that a character at that has reached 30th level in a martial class without multiclassing deserves a nice little ribbon feature - which it is meant as. In comparison, some casters (I'm looking at you, Epic Warlock) can get features that effectively...See more
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Oliver D June 05, 2017 1:37 pm UTC
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Hey Marc

Thanks for your reply - apologies I've been away for a few days. Really happy to share observations via email - I'll drop some across to you tonight where I've noticed little errors. Again though, congrats on this product, it's rather brilliant. I really look forward to having my PCs reach those dizzy heights (alas, some way to go yet!).

I guess the Death Save thing makes more sense when you point out they've hit the big 3-0 without multiclassing. I suppose I still struggle with the 3 x DS rule as it is (being a former 2e AD&D player where swift death was never far away!). The extra help on DS felt stretching it even further but then you make a valid point - 30th level martial classes etc. I must say your idea for an automatic save 1 out of 3 sounds better still.

Glad to have the Druid feat and Sorcerer feat questions all ironed out.

I'll trust in your judgment on the 50hp Necromancer feat as thinking about it, I've seen 5th level characters deal...See more
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Marc A June 09, 2017 10:09 am UTC
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Hi again Oliver,

Thank you so much, it means the world to me hearing that!
I'm looking forward to your receiving your input. Thank you for that.
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May 25, 2017 10:55 am UTC
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Robert T May 25, 2017 5:22 am UTC
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Do the wizard abilities of Transmuter's Cunning and Prismatic Juggle stack when an 8th level or lower spell is cast from the transmutation school after a spell is cast from a different school?
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Marc A May 25, 2017 10:37 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Robert,

Good question! I'm actually amazed it hasn't been asked before.

But to answer your question: that part is intentionally left vague.
It was incredibly difficult to gauge the balance implications in that regard.
I'd say it's up to the DM.

You can err on the side of caution or the side of coolness.
Personally, I'd allow it. Up to a maximum of 9th level though.
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Robert T May 26, 2017 1:49 am UTC
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Thanks for the answer
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Alexander M May 24, 2017 9:30 pm UTC
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I had question about the level 25 bard ability, emapthic feature. I feel like features like sneak attack and rage which scale off their class table don't scale for this bard, but what about abilities that scale strictly off the adopted classes level? This could be things like lay on hands or second wind's bonus HP regained. I also had the question about the level you gain features at for some of the classes. The table and the level listed under the description is a level off at times, so which should I go off of?
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Marc A May 25, 2017 10:53 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Alexander,

Empathic Learning is intended as a unique ribbon feature that lets you customize your bard.
When you learn a feature through this manner, it is exactly like if you had gotten it by taking one level in that class.
Lay on Hands, for example, would have a pool of 5 hit points. At 25th level that's not a lot if it is used for healing, but you could still use it to neutralize a disease or poison.
Second Wind might seem like a bad choice, as it would simply heal for 1d10 +1.
A good munchkin choice could be Warding Flare from the cleric light domain.
A cool flavor choice could be Druidic or Divine Sense.

If there are inconsistencies in the progression between the tables and the text, go with the text.
There have been a number of balance changes, and I might have missed changing it in the table.
I'll go over it for the next update, and make sure everything is as it's supposed to be.
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Alexander M May 24, 2017 9:30 pm UTC
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I had question about the level 25 bard ability, emapthic feature. I feel like features like sneak attack and rage which scale off their class table don't scale for this bard, but what about abilities that scale strictly off the adopted classes level? This could be things like lay on hands or second wind's bonus HP regained. I also had the question about the level you gain features at for some of the classes. The table and the level listed under the description is a level off at times, so which should I go off of?
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Jacob M May 14, 2017 5:24 am UTC
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Is it intentional that the 30th level ranger power gives advantage to ALL attacks? or did you mean for it to only be for attacks against favored enemies. If you do change it remember to also change the UA Ranger
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Marc A May 15, 2017 7:19 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi Jacob,

Great question. I can see how the wording could use a touch-up.
RAI: Against favored enemies only.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
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Zach H May 13, 2017 9:30 pm UTC
Does this support characters up to level 60 or 90 so you could max out 2 or 3 classes?
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Marc A May 15, 2017 7:18 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi Zach,

It's not designed for that, no.

You could, however, just go ahead and do that.
I just haven't actually playtesting that or included any underlying support for it.
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Zach H May 21, 2017 6:56 am UTC
Would a character with a level 30 in a class be balanced with a character who has a 20 and 10?
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Marc A May 21, 2017 12:08 pm UTC
CREATOR
That it is the intention, yes.
I can't claim that there is perfect balance at every level, but it should be reasonably close.

However, I feel that currently, the most powerful "munchkin" builds include a few dips into another class.
Thus, the most powerful abilities are usually found at levels 28 - 30.
This is an attempt to make pure-classing a viable alternative for powergamers.
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Alex M May 11, 2017 5:55 am UTC
Hey Marc, I have to say that I have been loving this Epic characters packet, but I was curious as to what your recommended thoughts would be if a DM wants to try a 21+ level play and the character multiclasses, how would you deal with the spell tables? Or if a DM took the characters above 30th level as you provided. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also, any chance we could get an estimate on the next release date?
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Marc A May 15, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
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Hi Alex,

I'm glad you're enjoying Epic Characters.

I've actually been very careful with spellcasting, as that can easily break the game. I know from previous editions, that spellcasters can easily outshine martial classes in almost all circumstances, and I'm a firm believer in making all classes and archetypes viable and fun.

The intent is, that the progression follows the same as levels 1-20 - as shown on page 165 of the PHB.
Instead of added progression on top of that, I've opted to give spellcasters either "Extended Spellcasting Capacity", "Epic Spell Capacity", or "Legendary Spell Capacity".

Now, I realise that it can be detrimental if you multiclass many levels into different classes.
For example, if you have a level 20 bard and wanted to dip 10 levels into sorcerer, then you'd effectively gain no more spell slots for 10 whole levels.

It has to be a trade-off though.
During development, I experimented...See more
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leon F May 03, 2017 12:41 pm UTC
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Hi Marc, bought the product a while ago and my PC's have started to approach 20th level. I'm wondering, do you have a system for calculating the encounter difficulties?
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Marc A May 03, 2017 7:00 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi there,

I absolutely do.
I'll get it into a pdf soon and upload it as an additional file here.
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leon F May 03, 2017 12:41 pm UTC
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Hi Marc, bought the product a while ago and my PC's have started to approach 20th level. I'm wondering, do you have a system for calculating the encounter difficulties?
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Jay D May 01, 2017 6:50 am UTC
Im Knew So This Question Might Be Kind Of Dumb But Is This Book Official?
Thanks
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Edward H May 01, 2017 7:06 am UTC
No it is not, it is a (Very well done) fanmade homebrew expansion
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Jay D May 01, 2017 11:47 am UTC
Thank You
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