Join us today as I cover a campaign I am currently in, as a Ranger, and why I am having a blast! But everyone says Rangers are awful, what gives? Come find out why I am kicking ass as an ass kicking Ranger.
When I first thought I might play a Ranger everyone scoffed and told me how unfun and underpowered they were. I shrugged it off and decided it was fine; I had a character idea in mind who was a Ranger and I wanted to play them. Many months later I am that very same Ranger and I am having a blast! So why is it that I am enjoying a ranger so much while others have had unfun experiences with them?
I believe it is a combination of things, but frankly it comes down to two main reasons; the campaign and the DM. I play in a homebrew campaign that my DM created from scratch; in this campaign there is a decent amount of travel, which sometimes goes through areas of vast wilderness. At the time of writing, we are currently in a dangerous jungle flushed with all kinds of deadly creatures and terrain. This campaign allows me as the Ranger to flourish and show how cool my character is at tracking, navigating, and surviving. I am allowed to guide my party through dangers and teach them how to do it themselves along the way; in case she is ever hit by a deadly spore gas creature that can kill you in a few hours and turn you into a patch of fungus…I am glad to have a paladin on the team. The world itself allows my character to have a crucial and important role; one that is often overlooked in other games.
However, the world only works well for a Ranger if you have a good DM that nurtures and encourages that way of playing. I am playing the UA Beast Conclave Ranger. But if you told me I had to reset the character all over again but I instead had to use the PHB version of the same class and subclass? As long as it was the same DM I would do it in a heartbeat, because I know that no matter what version of the class I play, my DM is going to help me have fun. And now with the features UA which gave the Ranger a near complete overhaul, it is easier than ever before! But you still need the right dm and campaign. I know my dm will always encourage me to try something new like Baby Bestiary, the UA Ranger, or just plain old multiclassing (to show the character’s bond with her beast aly increasing).
I know that not every module or campaign allows for a Ranger to prosper or evolve and not every DM even wants that. It comes as no surprise that the exploration aspect of d&d is often the most lacking, and we will cover that in another article soon, but that isn’t really anyone’s fault. Capturing exploration takes a certain pizzazz that I think very few have and I know I lucked out with the DM I got. So if you want to play a Ranger but are weary and unsure, then just try to communicate with your DM the concerns you have and ask them how they plan to handle a Ranger character; if they can’t or simply aren’t comfortable trying it out then that’s okay, maybe save that character idea for a different campaign. Sites like roll20 allow you to search out for specific campaign types and I am sure that could be the best way to find an exploration incorporated game. With any luck you too will be able to be a real Ranger. Good luck all!
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