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5/12/2023 8:31 pm  #1

Benefits of playing a basic class?

What are the functional benefits for players in playing one of the four main classes rather than one of the subclasses?


5/13/2023 4:29 am  #2

Re: Benefits of playing a basic class?

Well, the advantages and this is pure speculation is:

** Less XP advancement, except the Wizard?

** Only One attribute needed to get class. But with, well... I use 3d6 PaR (Placed as Rolled), but other folks might use 4d6RL (remove lowest) and arrange attributes. So, that takes the fun from that.

** No Alignment restrictions: Except Thief, but who cares about them, right?

** Now that I look at it, the base classes just there for convenience. If you play traditionally, it be 3d6 PaR and if your attributes or low-average, but you still have a Str 9. You can opt for Fighter and still play. But this days some (most?) GM allow for more variety (The varied Methods, noted from AD&D 1E, which caused me serious mental problems, transitioning from basic D&D blue book). I play this game with 3d6 PaR because the rules (especially for Character creation) are only restrictive while using Method I, and based on the old OD&D ruleset.

Granted, this is just a theory and it best get a more official opinion of the question.



5/13/2023 7:37 am  #3

Re: Benefits of playing a basic class?

The base classes I think are generally more "powerful".

Fighters get Grand Mastery, Heroic and Super-Heroic fighting.

Clerics get armor.

Thieves...advance faster.

Magicians have an expanded spell list.

The subclasses get lots of stuff as well but it's a trade-off. To get the extra stuff you typically will advance slower and not have the same stuff as the "base" class.

I think Ghul has structured the fighter in such a way as to be viable and useful through all levels. Usually once the magician or others get fireball fighters are relegated to standing around and taking up space because they can't dish out as much damage.

What? Me worry?

6/06/2023 1:22 pm  #4

Re: Benefits of playing a basic class?

Also keep in mind that the four principal classes have but one primary attribute as opposed to two (like all the subclasses). So, if that primary attribute (ST for fighters, IN for magicians, WS for clerics, DX for thieves) is 16 or greater, a 10% XP bonus is gained.  

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