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    I want to wright a class for 5e that's not a full class, so to speak. Intended to be multiclassed into or not carry a character to level 20, is there anything I can call these types of classes, and anything I can reference for them?


    I like to create builds and see them as optimized as powerful. I also have an annoying habit of having gratuitous character ideas and used to regularly ask to switch them out, or ask for small, against-the-rules, caveats to see a character come to completion without being hopelessly useless.
    While I have kicked a few of these habits, or at least slowed them, I try to keep all of my builds/ideas across as few, as official, and as popular rulebooks as possible as to avoid annoying everyone else.

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    I know in older editions of dnd there were prestige classes and they had certain prerequisites before you could multiclass into them, but I don't really know much more, and I don't think there's any official 5e prestige classes yet to compare them to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SleeplessWriter View Post
    I know in older editions of dnd there were prestige classes and they had certain prerequisites before you could multiclass into them, but I don't really know much more, and I don't think there's any official 5e prestige classes yet to compare them to.
    Hope this helps a little, at least.
    Yea I was looking for a more-or-less equivalent to those. I know there are some rules for beyond-20th levels in the DMG but that's about as far as I can find


    I like to create builds and see them as optimized as powerful. I also have an annoying habit of having gratuitous character ideas and used to regularly ask to switch them out, or ask for small, against-the-rules, caveats to see a character come to completion without being hopelessly useless.
    While I have kicked a few of these habits, or at least slowed them, I try to keep all of my builds/ideas across as few, as official, and as popular rulebooks as possible as to avoid annoying everyone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewstew5 View Post
    Yea I was looking for a more-or-less equivalent to those. I know there are some rules for beyond-20th levels in the DMG but that's about as far as I can find
    Unearthed Arcana came out with an example Prestige Class, if that helps. Look it up on the Wizards' site, it's one of their older ones.
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    Here's the link to the Unearthed Arcana 5th edition prestige class(es). I don't really remember how many they have in that document.

    https://media.wizards.com/2015/downl...tige_Class.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by Potato_Priest View Post
    Here's the link to the Unearthed Arcana 5th edition prestige class(es). I don't really remember how many they have in that document.

    https://media.wizards.com/2015/downl...tige_Class.pdf
    Exactly what I needed, thank you! Although the link does only lead to the Rune Magic prestige class


    I like to create builds and see them as optimized as powerful. I also have an annoying habit of having gratuitous character ideas and used to regularly ask to switch them out, or ask for small, against-the-rules, caveats to see a character come to completion without being hopelessly useless.
    While I have kicked a few of these habits, or at least slowed them, I try to keep all of my builds/ideas across as few, as official, and as popular rulebooks as possible as to avoid annoying everyone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewstew5 View Post
    Exactly what I needed, thank you! Although the link does only lead to the Rune Magic prestige class
    That's the only one they trialed--the whole concept got a very (almost unanimous) NO! from the surveys they did, so they scrapped the whole concept.

    Remember, multiclassing is a variant rule. 5e has gone more in the direction of using subclasses/archetypes for this. If all you want are class-specific features, implementing them as culturally-linked/plot-linked boons without going to the trouble of multiclassing (with all the headaches that brings) fits better into 5e's general design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixPhyre View Post
    That's the only one they trialed--the whole concept got a very (almost unanimous) NO! from the surveys they did, so they scrapped the whole concept.

    Remember, multiclassing is a variant rule. 5e has gone more in the direction of using subclasses/archetypes for this. If all you want are class-specific features, implementing them as culturally-linked/plot-linked boons without going to the trouble of multiclassing (with all the headaches that brings) fits better into 5e's general design.
    huh. well whady'a know.


    I like to create builds and see them as optimized as powerful. I also have an annoying habit of having gratuitous character ideas and used to regularly ask to switch them out, or ask for small, against-the-rules, caveats to see a character come to completion without being hopelessly useless.
    While I have kicked a few of these habits, or at least slowed them, I try to keep all of my builds/ideas across as few, as official, and as popular rulebooks as possible as to avoid annoying everyone else.

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    I tried to make something similar to 3.5 prestige classes but within the design space of 5e.


    Here's the first write-up. Needs some work. I did actually make the edits suggested in that thread (5 tiers instead of 3), but it was a couple weeks later than I expected and I never got it posted on the thread.
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