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Preparing Spells for Non-Preparers

Preparing Spells for Non-Preparers


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The standard rules of Dungeons and Dragons present two different types of spellcasters: preparers and non-preparers.  While Druids, Paladins, Wizards, and Clerics can choose which spells they'd like to use each day, Sorcerers, Warlocks, and Rangers have a much smaller group of spells that they have access to all the time.  At first glance, each system seems to have its own merits and detriments.  However, the classes unable to prepare spells each day are considered by many to be worse.  While the Ranger is consistently rated as the least powerful class, the Sorcerer and Warlock are often considered the worst of the full-casters.  Granted, there are other reasons why these classes are rated poorly, such as the power imbalance of the Ranger and Sorcerer subclasses.  Allowing these classes to prepare spells after a long rest, though, gives them a much needed boost in versatility and gives players a more enjoyable experience while playing them.

These changes were made with great care, since allowing every class to prepare the entirety of spells available to them would make the Wizard substantially worse.  Instead, the Sorcerer and Warlock gain multiple spells per level, just as the Wizard would, and in turn, the Wizard gains more spells per level than either.  The Wizard remains the only class able to add spells found in their adventures to their repertoire, and the Warlock still has more limited spellcasting capabilities than the Sorcerer.  The Ranger's spellcasting now functions identically to the Paladin's.

These supplemental rules include minor adjustments to the spellcasting rules for Sorcerers, Warlocks, Rangers, and Wizards, as well as some flavor text justifying the changes for the purposes of storytelling.  These rules are currently untested, and feedback is appreciated.

Version 1.1 changes

-Fixed wording in the sorcerer section

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