On May 23, 2022, Wizards of the Coast released the Giant Options Unearthed Arcana (UA), featuring the Path of the Giant Barbarian. This fun subclass contains a mass of giant-flavored options, including size scaling. But, it also claims some features that should be more freely available, instead of being locked into a single subclass.
What Is Pigeonholing?
Each character element has a budget for complexity and power. Unique features can be identifying characteristics for a character choice. However, designers need to be careful not to sequester basic competencies. You don’t want a situation where a player asks “can I do X?” and their imagination is limited by another class’s abilities, instead of the parameters of the scenario.
Uniqueness isn’t the only thing that makes a feature interesting. It’s cool when the Giant Barbarian gets big. It’s also cool when a spellcaster casts Enlarge. It’s cool² when they interact! The best…
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