Monday, June 20, 2011

Critical Playtesting #7 The Ranger

Playtesting different classes and races so you'll give them a shot.

Tevye requested this article specifically and I'm here to deliver.
The Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Ranger is quite the popular class of choice and it's easy to see why. Being a Ranger not only means you're the king of the damage dealing department but you're also a swift hunter that can hold your own in a fight. Rangers get to choose from a variety of styles of ass-kicking to take on anyone that becomes their quarry.

1) King of damage - You're the one everyone else looks up to when trying to min/max to kill things more quickly. You're swift and efficient without leaving any kind of mess. Between Hunter's Quarry, Prime Shot (which can be modified for melee combat instead of ranged), plenty of powers that let you attack twice, powers that let you attack as interrupts, and numerous damage bonus feats, it's very difficult for you to not kill things.

2) Mobility - You're a hunter at heart and you're able to ambush with the best of them. Being a Striker, mobility is one of the key things you're known for.

3) Weapon proficiencies - You get to match the Fighter when it comes to the sheer number of weapon proficiencies you get out of the gate. Not many can hold that title. All simple and all military for melee and ranged weapons are at your disposal.

4) Wide range of styles - Maybe you prefer dual wielding like Roxas from Kingdom Hearts? Perhaps firing arrows like Hawkeye from Marvel Comics? What about an animal companion like Kirara from Inuyasha? There are five styles in total (at least as I'm writing this) and each offers many paths to take with their respective theme.

5) Survivability - You can rest assured that you can hold your own in the thick of combat. You've got a variety of ways to gain extra HP and AC bonuses on top of your interrupts to negate enemy attacks. Beastmaster Rangers even give up some of the damage perks for an extra HP source. Let's not forget that you can easily switch to a bow and arrow to keep your distance at any point. You're a solid striker and your Father isn't a glass maker.

6) Skills - You not only get more skills than many of the other classes but you get some of the best to choose from in the game. That means you're handy in and out of combat. You lucky dog.

This is Kylak signing out and dual wielding cheeseburgers which isn't quite the same thing as being a Ranger.


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