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It Builds Character: Character Options for 5th Edition


5th edition does a wonderful job of boiling the myriad characters from fantasy literature into the 12 classes. However, there is limited room for customiztion. It Builds Character Presents players and GMs alike with myriad options for character customization and advancement. This book features 8 new playable races, 36 class archetypes (3 per class, more than doubling the options in the PHB), and 20 additional feats. 

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Craig W April 04, 2017 5:18 am UTC
Ok, after looking over the comments posted by people in this discussion, I had to go back and carefully look over the class and features argued regarding said statement. It boils down to this, no matter which direction you extend the conversation to, its conclusion ends in this; the class and the bonuses tied in with the obvious problems one has to deal with by playing this class are clearly taken into full consideration. I see no weight or logical argument that can remotely convince a seasoned player that these are not balanced. The objective of this document is to give people a huge variety of options that are not overpowered and that do not “break the game”. If one is to believe this is not the case, they clearly do not have a reasonable grasp of the core rules. In my mind, that in itself needs more attention that trying to nitpick at a supplement that seasoned games and Dungeon Masters can use.
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Brennan N April 01, 2017 4:43 am UTC
So, after reading through the races, there is absolutely no reason to actually play any race outside of Pangoli for Druid & Clerics. There are also a lot of issue with the other races as well.

No offense but did you actually playest this and stack it against other options? Because everything in here makes the PHB almost irrelevant.

It's honestly really poorly designed which is a shame because you seem to have alot of good ideas here.
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Alex R March 16, 2017 1:10 am UTC
I honestly don't mean this as an insult to yourself, but the very first bit of crunch I read in the preview tells me that this book will be extremely unbalanced. The Bugbear gaining a +4 +2 and a -2 -2, gaining a feat, always having advantage on stealth, rerolling 1's on attack rolls, and proficiency with ALL bludgeoning weapons (which could include campaign specific weapons, or possibly exotic weapons in the future) is absolutely bonkers.
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Kristopher H March 17, 2017 6:47 am UTC
We've play tested, nothing was broken. You are welcome to your opinion... and duly noted.
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Jeremy F March 17, 2017 6:41 pm UTC
I think broken is meant in terms of "Why would I play a PHB race when these ones get so many better traits?" It doesn't necessarily mean it breaks the game, it just makes existing content sub-optimal choices.
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Kristopher H March 18, 2017 12:01 am UTC
In all honesty, that is an standard D&D question, and it all boils down to flavor. These races and class options have been available to my table for well over a year... only one player has chosen one of these races after play test. Not everyone wants to play a gnoll, kobold, or bugbear... I get what you are saying... but it's not all numbers
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Benoit D March 06, 2017 8:47 pm UTC
Is there any difference between this product and the one you published a few days ago?
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Phil B March 07, 2017 1:34 am UTC
My thoughts too Benoit
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Kristopher H March 08, 2017 7:31 am UTC
There was an issue with a copyrighted race that my people didn't catch... we had to remove it.
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