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Nerdarchy Arcana: D&D Rogue Archetype – Jester

D&D arcane trickster
Arcane Trickster

Ever since I picked up my copy of the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook, I’ve been annoyed with the arcane trickster. I’ve always felt it was a waste of an opportunity, like they wanted to have an arcane rogue archetype, but they didn’t know what to do.

So they just slapped a limited stock of wizard spells in there because enchantment and illusion spells are rogue-ish. Perhaps they felt that because D&D rogues rely on Intelligence for investigation for looking for traps or identifying locks, they should just stick with the sole Intelligence spellcaster.

A D&D rogue archetype with chutzpah

However, rogues can also rely on Charisma. Using just the Player’s Handbook, the assassin’s Imposter ability uses Charisma, and that doesn’t even include the mastermind or the swashbuckler, two class archetypes that include Charisma skills, but not Intelligence ones. Continue reading Nerdarchy Arcana: D&D Rogue Archetype – Jester

Joshua is bad about talking about himself, but won't shut up about anything else. A nerd since birth, he's experienced a lot of the culture. A gamer by nature, a writer, an actor, a film lover, an English major, and a recent discoverer of Dungeons and Dragons. Currently, he lives in Oregon, where his primary focus is to write novels, hopefully get a comic book series published, and maybe try his hand at making a very entry-level tabletop RPG game. He's always had idiotically lofty goals.
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E46 YR1- D&D 5e Archer Builds Hitting the Mark | Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Podcast



podcastEpisode 46 of Nerdarchy the Podcast Year One

This time we delve into a 5E D&D character build suggestion from a viewer for this episode of the podcast.

D&D 5e Archer Builds Hitting the Mark | Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

5e D&D Archer Builds Hitting the Mark | 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Nerdarchy tackles the viewer question of the best archer builds for D&D 5e.

We look at the Fighter, Ranger, Rogue, and even the spell caster classes from the player’s handbook to determine who is the best archer in all of the fantasy lands. We also talk about the college of valor Bard, Sorcerer, and Warlock as arcane archers.

We look at the armor, skill, and weapon proficiencies for each of the classes to determine their role as an archer. Then delve into class features and spells to determine the all around effectiveness a class would have with archery.



My name is Dave Friant I've been gaming off and on for over 27 years. But here is the thing it's always been a part of my life I've kept secret and hidden away. I've always been ashamed of the stigma that gaming and my other nerdy and geeky pursuits summon forth. Recently I decided screw it! This is who I am the world be damned. From now on I'm gonna be a geek, nerd, or however folks want to judge me and just enjoy life. Currently one of my greatest joys is introducing my 13 yr old son to table top RPG's.
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Multi-Class Character Builds in Dungeons & Dragons 5e The Paladin

paladinHello fellow Nerdarchists, Art here. I’m back with the next installment of my series Multi-Class Character Builds in Dungeons & Dragons 5e. If you missed my previous article on the Monk just click HERE.

Today we are upholding our vows with…the Paladin!

AS always I’d like to talk a little about the class and its’ uses in multi classing. First I think the paladin can be the most effective “Tank” in the game due to the new content in the Sword Coast Adventure’s Guide with the Oath of the Crow Paladin class path. Being able to force opponents to attack only you can be quite a strong ability. When multi-classing you can combine the Paladin’s ability to smite with other class features to create some insane damage combos as I’ll give you a few here. Also the Paladin can be a great healer with their “Lay On Hands” abilities to keep other characters up in a fight even if its only healing for a few points at a time just to get them up and out of danger. It also lets the Paladin be very hard to kill due to their ability to cast Cure Wounds as well, combined with their Lay on Hands. Now on with the builds… Continue reading Multi-Class Character Builds in Dungeons & Dragons 5e The Paladin

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Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition-Builds, Beasts and Battles Part 3: Dat Damage!

Dungeons & Dragons 5th editionNerdarchist Nubz here with lots of input on attacks and damage from readers like you and my fellow Nerdarchist Dave as well to supply you with numbers, so many numbers, to give you the low down on the beat down.


That’s right, it is time to measure out the top damage potential of Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition player character classes. Que the cheap 70’s music and Barry White, we are gonna jump right into the action with Dat Damage! Continue reading Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition-Builds, Beasts and Battles Part 3: Dat Damage!
Nubz hails from the American Pacific Northwest where he has spent the last 24 years living the gamer life and running campaigns of all kinds. Through this he has managed to sate his acting bug and entertain many. Now a father, he wishes to pursue writing to leave a legacy in Nerd culture for his offspring to enjoy.