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SIMPLER D&D: Generic Classes

SIMPLER D&D: Generic Classes


Latest D&DBeyond statistical analyses show that the most popular character among D&D players is the human fighter. Moreover, the same data say that 90% of the campaigns are played in the characters' level range 1-10.

In other words, D&D players ask for simplicity.

This supplement is an answer to that request.

Following the glorious tradition of 3.5 Unearthed Arcana (when UA was still a full-color, hardcover book), this accessory presents three Generic Classes to play with (in the first two tiers of play).

The Warrior, the Spellcaster and the Expert are designed to allow a full 5th edition D&D experience, but with a dramatically reduced amount of clauses, quibbles, fluff and bookkeeping.

The classes are based on the following design principles:

Play archetypes, not stereotypes. Generic Classes have no subclasses. Instead, each non-spellcasting class described here offers at least two class features options at each level to choose among, allowing for countless meaningful customization paths during character advancement. At the same time, the Spellcaster is able to learn spells from any spell list, allowing the player to build the magical character she desires, ranging from a full healer to a fiery war mage.

No unnecessary elements. Each class feature is described in a concise way, using few words. Most of them are directly included in the class advancement table, allowing players to find information in a fast and precise way.

Reduced math. Most Generic Classes features are based on fixed values or require very few calculations. Moreover, magic is based on a simple modification of the sorcerer spellcasting mechanism which needs limited spell slots tracking and does not rely on everyday spell preparation.

Play simply, play more!

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Davide Q May 14, 2019 7:31 am UTC
Hi Stephanie,

yes, these classes have levels 1-10 only by design. They are specifically developed for low-power campaigns.
No system is recommended to use them after level 10, anyway you could try via multiclassing or using the progression of the standard classes found in the PHB (using the fighter one to develop your warrior, for example).
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Stephanie R May 13, 2019 4:03 pm UTC
So these classes only have levels 1-10? Is there any system for transitioning to another class or otherwise progressing further to level 20?
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