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Darkness creeps across the world—a blight spawned by dark magic, foul monsters, and depraved villains. In these troubled times, the world depends on heroes to take a stand against the wicked who would plunge the world into ruin, to seek out festering evil and cleanse it from the lands. Some heroes who answer adventure's call take up arms, while others bring to bear their magical training, and joining them are the scoundrels, the holy warriors, and all the rest. Some, though, hear a different kind of calling, one that emanates from the world itself and compels them to protect the very earth on which they stand. These champions are the wardens—champions of the wild places, protectors of beasts, and wielders of dread primal power.

Defenders of the Wild: The Warden introduces a new class to the world's most popular roleplaying game. Drawing from an exciting archetype that dominated the battlefield in a previous edition of the game, the warden class arms characters with magical and martial prowess so that they can carry out their sacred duty and safeguards the lands from the despoilers. Tough and determined, wardens stand ready to protect their allies and their environment from the very worst enemies imaginable.

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Trampas W June 18, 2022 4:23 am UTC
Will a printer-friendly version become available?
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Roger Jr. B May 02, 2020 9:53 pm UTC
Is this for 5E or Shadow of the Demon Lord?
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Fernando D May 21, 2019 2:04 am UTC
Love this piece, working on a full review later.
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Samuel B May 20, 2019 5:33 pm UTC
Why exactly did you recreate the ranger class?...
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Jacob W May 20, 2019 9:40 pm UTC
It appears to be more of a militarized druid than a ranger. It protects wild places, instead of protecting people from wild places.
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Jeffery C May 20, 2019 10:42 pm UTC
Secondary Answer: The Ranger needs to be remade because it's not a good class. I haven't read this, but I welcome anyone taking a swing at it as WotC has stated they won't be moving forward with a redesign.
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Samuel B May 20, 2019 11:18 pm UTC
1) Militarized druid is basically what rangers ALWAYS were.
2) Ranger has been redone. The spell-less ranger is something WotC did in a UA. If you're into Homebrew content, clearly UAs are ok. See here:
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Christopher H May 21, 2019 5:50 pm UTC
4th Edition has predefined roles closer to MMO roles, like Tank, DPS, Controller, etc., and further defined by a power source, like Arcane, Primal, Martial, etc.

The author, who has written for D&D in past (like 99% certain), has been "converting" some of those classes to 5th edition (see his Warlord class too). The Warden in 4th edition was the "primal tank" whereas the Ranger was the "martial DPS," so while being similar, they didn't serve the same function.

I ultimately didn't like 4th edition, but I'm glad to see he's bringing some of those classes to 5th, and though technically a Homebrew, I trust the pedigree.

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Jeffery C May 21, 2019 9:39 pm UTC
True, it has been redone in the UA articles, but development on that is closed per Jeremy Crawford and they will not be doing further development on that draft. 3PP has the option for further development and refining which we won't see with the UA ranger. Either way, neither of us have bought this product and can't speak clearly about what the class does/accomplishes.
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Matthew P May 20, 2019 12:20 pm UTC
This is for 5e DnD
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