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5th Edition Homebrew Shaman V1.1


The original presentation of the Shaman class was one mixed between primitive cleric-like magic and the role of a tribal priest. As it progressed through future editions, this concept often became a mainstay in it’s class features. This ideation blends those concepts of Shamanism, but adds an alternative perspective on both their mechanics and their role in the greater world of Dungeons and Dragons.

As a Shaman, you should feel unique in both roleplaying and combat. Between gathering components for mysterious mixtures, possessing foes for damage or disadvantages, and guiding the living through divination and wisdom, this class should fit well for those desiring an extra level of flavor and creativity. Spellcraft has been replaced with the Apothecary feature, allowing players to create potions and bombs in their stead.

With over 40 custom made concoctions at your fingertips, a Blowgun in hand, and your spirit guide by your side, our Shaman aims to become a welcome addition to the 5th Edition setting.

Subclasses may become available in the future. Changes will be made as the class is further playtested.

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Jeff T September 29, 2017 4:31 am UTC

I went over the document with my DM (Much more experienced with this than I am) and we came up with a few things to work on.

Too vague. Several things on the document use unclear wording and this can lead to time wasted at the table due to disagreements or misunderstandings and the class being more or less powerful depending on DM interpretation. The areas we identified were, Spiritual Guidance (too vague and left up to DM discretion), Common and Uncommon brew times (2-4 hours should be a set number and same with 1-2 days), and ingredients(maybe include a broad list of the things that satisfy rather than a description. The less interpretation room the better). Also Master's Apprentice doesn't specify what initial preparations are. My suggestion is to try it out with "After spending the first 1/4th of the time with the apprentice, they can finish the brew". These are probably the most important to take care of before balancing as it will create consistent playtest results...See more
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David C September 29, 2017 8:18 pm UTC
Thank you for the feedback! Version 1.1 will be updated soon with some changes that clarify abilities, and balance the class a bit more.
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