I would prefer something less random, but I do think that the fact that you can go into fights already knowing what your effect will be makes it work. It's like portent, you won't know what the best use of it is until you roll for it, but you'll never accidentally fireball your friends with it.The Undead Warlock is... ok. I kind of like the transformation piece, but the effects are too scattershot for a caster. A rage for casters is fun, but it should be a bit more focused than it is right now.
The College of Spirits bard is flavorful but I agree with @doctorbadwolf The whole random story and effect is a big negative.
Huh. I read it as a medium/spiritualist class and thought both classes had a more "gothic horror" theme. Ymmv
See, while true, when Shaman comes to mind, it's more primal/nature to me. This is more along the lines of Ravenloft/talking to the dead. But that's just me.Any time I see talking/communicating with spirits, and getting powers from said spirits, that screams "shaman" to me, as that's sort of one of the biggest identifiers for shamans (from most cultures that we associate with "shaman")
I like the concept of the Spirits Bard a lot, but I don’t like the Spirits Tales table. I picture this bard telling stories to give themselves and/or their allies a buff, not to put an attack or debuff in their back pocket they can toss at an enemy later. I’m also not too keen on it being random. Why isn’t it up to me which story I tell?
I LOVE the Undead Warlock. This is exactly what I needed for the solo Curse of Strahd game I’m running to represent a pact with the Evening Glory.
Form of Dread is level dip city. Kinda weird that they tied it to proficiency bonus.
|makes note to remember this patron for the next time he's playing a martial class|
I read the spiritual focus and when it mentioned talking boards and tarroka decks, I didn't go to shaman, I go to fortune teller or medium.Any time I see talking/communicating with spirits, and getting powers from said spirits, that screams "shaman" to me, as that's sort of one of the biggest identifiers for shamans (from most cultures that we associate with "shaman")
Most of 5e's player base sure has.