D&D 5E New Unearthed Arcana: Heroes of Krynn Revisited

WotC's Jeremy Crawford has announced a new Unearthed Arcana article today with redesigns from...

WotC's Jeremy Crawford has announced a new Unearthed Arcana article today with redesigns from the prior Heroes of Krynn UA based on feedback, and in the following video he discusses that feedback and what's in the article:
  • New iteration of Kender based on feedback survey, due to mixed response. This time is a back to basics, aiming to capture 1E AD&D fearlessness, curiosity and taunting skills. Delve into their origins from Gnomes in deep history.
  • Kender are no longer fey creatures who grab objects from the Feywild
  • Tweaked Feats from prior article
  • Tweaked Backgrounds from prior article
  • Brand new rule giving a list of free Feats for ANY Background
  • Free Feat rule for Level 4 for all characters that doesn't take the ASI away, based on a curated list
  • Reveals that in the Adventure, healing magic is already back.
 

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intrestiing... so no "everyone likes them" and no "they randomly take stuff" seems good for those of us that dislike kender but I can't imagine it is better for those that do.
Doesn't bother me any, and I like them. I didn't like their tie-in to the Feywild because it basically threw out their origin. Seems kind of generic now, but not too bad overall. I think they are going for a happy medium?
 

Likewise, any Martial class can get in on the action and not have to worry about burning a feat/grabbing a Fighting Style to join in on the fun. And because they only get an amount based on their Prof score, they can't step on the toes of Battle Master players.
My thought as well.
 


Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
Thats even more mind boggling. A spell is a spell is a spell, and gods can grant within domains blah blah blah.

A GOOD Black Robe?? Come on Wizards....

Gotta ride that fence and annoy everyone as you say I guess.
I've been curious about how the "alignment doesn't matter at all anymore" approach of nu-D&D was possibly going to mesh with a Dragonlance reboot.

I guess we're finding out.
 


Scribe

Legend
I've been curious about how the "alignment doesn't matter at all anymore" approach of nu-D&D was possibly going to mesh with a Dragonlance reboot.

I guess we're finding out.
Yeah, I was excited they at least tried in the first draft. Just back to even more ride the fence, split the difference, 'safe' design.

Also another nail in the coffin for Planescape having an alignment focus, so thank the gods for that right?

:sleep:
 



Jer

Legend
Supporter
intrestiing... so no "everyone likes them" and no "they randomly take stuff" seems good for those of us that dislike kender but I can't imagine it is better for those that do.
They decided to deal with the controversy by removing the entire concept of kender amassing things (whether from other people's belongings or from magical pockets) as a racial trait altogether and have made them halflings with an ability to annoy people into trying to kill them.

Sounds like they've properly gamified the kender for 5e as far as I'm concerned.
 

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