Friday, February 1, 2019

Clerical Commentary

The second-to-previous Wandering DMs livecast on YouTube (with yours truly and Paul S.) was a discussion of the D&D Cleric class and why we both have abandoned it in our standard D&D games (per OED).

In particular, our friend BJ Johnson was inspired to send us a fairly elaborate -- and in places challenging -- commentary riffing on what we said regarding clerics, healing, and the Christian roots of the class in D&D. At our urging he's posted that interesting essay on his own blog and it's started a further discussion over there -- you should go read it at Saturday Night Sandbox.

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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the shoutout!
    Lookin' forward to the next livecast. :)

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  2. here ya go, thoughts and a bit of hit point mechanics:
    https://leicestersramble.blogspot.com/2019/02/no-clerics.html

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    1. Thanks for posting that, I always enjoy being called a heretic! :-D Like you, I tend to _play_ the cleric a lot in other people's games, actually.

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  3. Great video! I commented on Dan's stanve on the cleric before (I think the cleric DOES have some place in D&D...) but you guys make some great points.
    https://methodsetmadness.blogspot.com/2018/08/d-osr-and-anticlericarism.html

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    1. Nice post, thanks for sharing that! It's not a bad mechanical argument, and I'm glad you included the thematic point at the end. (In the context of AD&D, it was kind of cool to have the 4 base classes with HD d4/d6/d8/d10, etc.)

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