That is and always will be my favorite class and AD&D Edition
3e stinks, 3.5e is a joke and from what I have heard 4e is worse then 3e and 3.5e combined. Thank God for online games as the only one who needs to know the last 3 editions after 2e is the DM.
If I had to pick just one, I guess I'd have to go with the rogue (thief) classes in any edition. Partially because of the reasons Grugg spelled out but primarily because the rogue types are just so freakin' fun to play.
My first D&D character ever was a thief, in fact... his name, etc, don't really matter since it was my first character and first game ever, you see, he died a quick and admittedly stupid death... always,ALWAYS take the time to check for traps.
Rangers and monks follow very closely behind... again, in any edition.
Amen brother... 2nd Ed is the last good edition.. though I still remember playing many a wonderful game in Basic and Expert.. but lets no go too far back into the past.
I love rogues.. for much the same reasons as others have stated... my next close favorite would have been monks... having studied several styles of martial arts the monks aways held a special place for me.
..... leaning towards Cleric and Druid in future games just because the healing abilities are needful for assisting the other players in an adventure!
I have considered Rangers, but just have not gotten past the necessity of having a Cleric around to heal the damage!
As for Thiefs, I have not been that interested in such a character, although I am not far enough along in any of the games I am playing to see the full merits of this Class type over the course of an adventure!
Rogue, probably. Always fun for a gamble. Like Eol, my first character was a theif.
Second probably ranger or druid.
Posted on 2008-05-05 at 10:22:36.
Vanadia Den Mother RDI Staff Karma: 111/12 1188 Posts
Does everyone start with a thief?
My first character (Vanadia, natch) was a thief and so I have a soft spot for the character class. I don't get much opportunity to play Van anymore (my tabletop crew is scattered across Eastern Canada)but Dapple (Continuing Where We Last Left Off) is a way to celebrate my inner klepto
As for why, I like the versatility of the class, and the option to play a character that colours outside the lines. Vanadia is a hero, though she denies it, but happens to have some funny opinions on property. Dapple is more good than evil, but wavers on a razor's edge between the two.
Once I started online, I started trying other classes and while I've done ok as a cleric (Martali and Rose Red) and even a paladin (Caterina), it's the Audalis character class of bladesinger that I am starting to love. It started with Runyacath in Meanwhile, and continues with En'Aranthea in The Guiding Light.
There, you have different elements to build into your character. As elite Sylvari warriors, you have these amazing fighters who specialize solely in the sword, and are steeped in martial tradition. They are also historians and diplomats, so there needs to be a certain amount of intelligence and charisma that most fighter players forego in exchange for strength and constitution. No sweaty, grunting man-mountains here!
you mean that only Sylvarians can be bladesingers? GRRRR! *Throws away half-dragon bladesinger character*
J/K... of course
Favorite class is a hard one, actually. I like the monk, but in combination with Halflings mostly. Just imagine those big feet coming towards your face!
Maybe it's better to say that I don't have anything with wizards or bards (as a player, not as a DM). The rest I really enjoyed.
well...IF I really have to choose one, and you can smite me for this, I would go with the Inventor, which I created with a friend of mine. (Before the word artificer was mentioned in d&d, mind you). Yep, that's the one I'll pick for now.
It's also funny how I would most surely pick the Thief class, from the core classes in 2nd edition, but not in 3.5...
Haha. Um. Mages and Sorcerers have always been my favourite. I was always that kid when I was little that would just reach out and try to grab that carton of milk that was three metres away or make that cup in the cupboard magically appear in front of you.
Magic's just always attracted me. Plus... Who doesn't want to creep out fellow group members with random illusion spells?
I kinda prefer the 2e bard. He sarts off kinda weak, but if you are creative with spell-use and careful in combat, he can be a worthwhile character for any "stable".
And I agree that 2e is the best of the latest. While I don't like all of the 3e and 3.5e changes, I do enjoy playing those versions. But I have most all of the books for 2e and they are still active and in use!