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D&D online is nearly upon us and my friend keeps asking me about which class will be the best in the long run. The game uses the D&D 3.5 rules and at release you'll only be able to get to 10th level. Multiclassing is legal up to 4 differnet classes. The game is set in Eberron on the continent of Xen'drik. It's going to have 25 or 30 point buy system. You can choose to be a human, dwarf, elf, halfling, or war forged. The classes you have to choose from are bard, cleric, fighter, paladin, ranger, rouge, sorcerer, and wizard. The spell system is based loosely on the unearthed arcana rulebook. Later an expantion will include progression to 20, and prestege classes.
So what is the best character that you can come up with in that system? I told him that the best well rounded would most likely be an elf rouge so that he could get an 18 dex without taking a negative on a 25 point buy. He could also take the weapon finesse feat to get the +4 to hit and make that 18 dex really work for him. Thanks for all your help.
In general, I tend to look down upon munchkins, but to each his own, I suppose. I don't have that much experience with the 3.5 edition rules, but I do think that for beginners, the Paladin is quite a good class to take. They get access to heavy armour and shields so they can have a decent AC and, in addition, there are several powerful Charisma-based feats that can increase survivability dramatically if they are available. Divine Might and Divine Shield are excellent, if the game uses them. Paladins are, IMO, a good class to use when testing out a game to see what kind of world you are going to be exploring. They get a bit of everything and their high Charisma and Persuade as a Class Skill ensure that they will be able to acquire most extra rewards or pass most obstacles that require a Persuade check. In addition, many of the games, campaigns, and Neverwinter Nights modules I've played have special quests or alternative solutions that require you to be a Paladin, so you get the benefit of accessing those as well.
I haven't played munchkin yet.... mostly because most of my group looks down on it.
I don't find Paladin good, since they have to be lawful good, which I hate. But yes it is a class with access to everything except for arcane spell