D&D 5E New Unearthed Arcana Today: Giant Themed Class Options and Feats

A new Unearthed Arcana dropped today, focusing on giant-themed player options. "In today’s Unearthed Arcana, we explore character options related to the magic and majesty of giants. This playtest document presents the Path of the Giant barbarian subclass, the Circle of the Primeval druid subclass, the Runecrafter wizard subclass, and a collection of new feats, all for use in Dungeons & Dragons."


New Class options:
  • Barbarian: Path of the Giant
  • Druid: Circle of the Primeval
  • Wizard: Runecrafter Tradition
New Feats:
  • Elemental Touched
  • Ember of the Fire Giant
  • Fury of the Frost Giant
  • Guile of the Cloud Giant
  • Keeness of the Stone Giant
  • Outsized Might
  • Rune Carver Apprentice
  • Rune Carvwr Adept
  • Soul of the Storm Giant
  • Vigor of the Hill Giant
WotC's Jeremy Crawford talks Barbarian Path of the Giant here:

 
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Parmandur

Book-Friend
I find it hilarious that you dragged out all of these polls, claiming they supported your claim--but as soon as they're shown to not support you, you say you don't give them any credence. Sour grapes much?

And if you honestly, truly, don't care about these polls, then why on earth are you even trying to claim that most people, or a majority of people, or whatever it is you're claiming? Why not just say "I personally prefer rolling for stats, I will always prefer rolling stats, and I will do this even if some far-off edition of D&D gets rid of it completely." Why try to say that your preferred method is the majority method? Just embrace your reverse-hipsterness and admit you like something after it stopped being cool.
The point is that there isn't any particularly good evidence that point buy or the array ate "ascendant" or the majority. The evidence from the small sample size sloppy polls is ambiguous, and the D&D Beyond Big Daya suggests that there is no majority approach at all, with rolling appearing to lead Beyond users in a plurality.
 

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Faolyn

(she/her)
The point is that there isn't any particularly good evidence that point buy or the array ate "ascendant" or the majority. The evidence from the small sample size sloppy polls is ambiguous, and the D&D Beyond Big Daya suggests that there is no majority approach at all, with rolling appearing to lead Beyond users in a plurality.
You may want to tell Max that instead of me.
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
I find it hilarious that you dragged out all of these polls, claiming they supported your claim--but as soon as they're shown to not support you, you say you don't give them any credence. Sour grapes much?
You apparently haven't been following my posts if you think I dragged them out to support me. I've said at least 3 times that they don't mean anything and there's no hard evidence to support point buy and array as being the majority. I'm just pointing out that they don't even support you guys who attribute meaning to them. ;)
 




JEB

Legend
My group definitely uses both rolling and point buy. I've never seen a live human use stat array. I'm always a bit boggled when I see someone say they prefer it.
Our group pretty much exclusively used stat array, even though all three options were available. Guess we liked to play it safe with our stats.
 



cbwjm

Legend
My group definitely uses both rolling and point buy. I've never seen a live human use stat array. I'm always a bit boggled when I see someone say they prefer it.
We used it once when my old group first started 5e as it was quick to set up and we were all new to the edition. Newer characters in that campaign used point buy. Now with other groups we're all rolling, though one player wanted to just use point buy.

Personally, I don't like standard array (using it only if I join a group that uses it), I'm fine with point buy, I prefer rolling.
 

James Gasik

Legend
Supporter
As an experiment, I once, instead of having my players use point buy or rolling (rolling is the preferred method for most of the people I play with, though I do know DM's who prefer point buy because they think it's more "balanced"*), I offered players a choice of 4 arrays. I don't remember the actual numbers, but there was the "Ace", with one really good score, the "Paragon" with two high scores, the "All Rounder" with balanced scores, and the "Dump Stat", which had one especially low score, and higher scores all around (though none as high as The Ace).

What I assumed would happen is that people would take one of the first two; while I like being well rounded with no weak points, I've noticed most of my friends seem to like having really strong primary scores.

To my surprise, almost everyone took the dump stat array, even though it gave them a weakness (I only made it an option because sometimes you have a concept where a low score makes sense). I tried asking everyone why, and they couldn't really articulate an answer, they just felt it was the best array.

*I've debunked this more than once to them, but it hasn't changed their stance, even after agreeing with me, lol. Point Buy isn't really balanced, as some classes have more stringent ability score needs than others. 5e isn't really too bad about this (though I have argued that a small difference in ability scores isn't a big deal in 5e) but when we were playing Pathfinder and 3.5, 20 point buy did not mean the same thing if one was playing a Wizard/Sorcerer as if one was playing a Monk. Even the Fighter, who you would think just needs high Str/Con and can just go, will find themselves wanting (in 3.5/PF) 13 Dex, 13 Int, and as much Wisdom as they can afford due to their terrible Will save).
 

Faolyn

(she/her)
You apparently haven't been following my posts if you think I dragged them out to support me. I've said at least 3 times that they don't mean anything and there's no hard evidence to support point buy and array as being the majority. I'm just pointing out that they don't even support you guys who attribute meaning to them. ;)
Dude, have you not even read what you have been posting? You were literally insisting your personal experience beats any sort of poll that was shown to you.
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
Dude, have you not even read what you have been posting? You were literally insisting your personal experience beats any sort of poll that was shown to you.
Nope. You need to follow the entire conversation if you're going to partake. I'm not responsible for your misinterpretations if you're going to jump into the middle without knowing what it's about.
 

My group definitely uses both rolling and point buy. I've never seen a live human use stat array. I'm always a bit boggled when I see someone say they prefer it.
I've seen a few larger groups bulk-doing stuff, like those various world ones, do stat array. Tends to be a simple "Pick one of these" compared to other options
 

Faolyn

(she/her)
Nope. You need to follow the entire conversation if you're going to partake. I'm not responsible for your misinterpretations if you're going to jump into the middle without knowing what it's about.
I have followed the entire conversation. I don't know why you're making stuff up now, but please, just own up to what you've actually said.
 



Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
I feel like there is a basic miscommunication here?
This has happened between her and I multiple times in the past. She hyper focuses on a few individual posts, rather than the context of the conversation and then argues tooth and nail that I am saying something other than what I am saying. 🤷
 


cbwjm

Legend
This is a very long digression arguing about something for which there is no evidence. My personal experience leads me to believe that in 2022 the majority of players do not roll stats, but I have no evidence to support that so it's pointless arguing with the people who believe otherwise.
Exactly this. Better to just say, I prefer X method and then move on. Some of the more heated circular arguments I tend to just scroll past everyone involved, not much point reading the same things written in a slightly different way.
 

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