25 Ways to Use a Monk’s Elemental Attunement

Out of all three of the paths available to the 5th Edition D&D monks, one of the least popular has to be the Way of the Four Elements. Much like the popular anime series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Way of the Four Elements monk can use earth, air, fire, and water in their attacks and abilities.

Although there are a lot of different abilities associated with this path, one of the most interesting (and overlooked) skills is called “Elemental Attunement”. Similar to prestidigitation, it is the only ability for this monk path that does not require ki and it easily provides the most room for actual roleplay. Continue reading “25 Ways to Use a Monk’s Elemental Attunement”

Bards Are The Coolest Class

Wait, don’t leave yet! I admit, bards have a very deserved reputation as being kind of a crappy class, and if you’re still stuck in the land of 2.0 then you probably aren’t wrong about bards sucking. But modern bards are actually pretty awesome. There is a certain cheesiness and flair required to play a really good bard (cue cloak swish here) and there’s an inherent ambiguity to the class that makes it ridiculously fun and versatile in the hands of a good player.

Unlike with the other classes, you have to either have a solid idea of what you want to do with your bard… or else just wing it really well. But it’s worth it. You know why?  Continue reading “Bards Are The Coolest Class”

6 Tips for Making The Perfect Paladin

Without a doubt, Paladins are one of the hardest classes to play properly. Depending on the system, it’s likely that a paladin will be required to be lawful or need to have a sense of law and order at the least. And, let’s face it, most of the other characters are probably not lawful; so most paladins end up feeling like a stick in the mud, and like they can’t do anything fun. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

So, how do you play a good paladin that sticks to his or her beliefs, does not alienate the rest of the group, and is still fun? Well, it’s not as hard as you think. Here are some ideas for designing a fun and functional paladin:

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