The latest Rule-of-Three from Wizards of the Coast sheds some light on what to look for in future playtest releases: the paladin will be a class that plays differently from the playtest dwarf cleric, DMs should stick to a few guidelines when handing out advantage and disadvantage, and then this for ability scores:
The current design has every race (except humans) gaining a bonus to one ability score, based on a subrace choice. Humans get a bonus to every ability score, plus an additional +1 bonus to a score of their choice. Of course, when we provide the character creation rules for the playtest, we’re going to be looking closely at the feedback we get on ability bonuses, so it’s all the more important that people get involved in the playtest and share their thoughts on the matter.
I’m going to wait and see what the racial benefits are when the character creation rules become available, but humans getting a bonus to every ability score, plus another +1 to a score of their choice seems out of place. So much so that it looks like it couldn’t possibly be correct. The one thing that might determine whether or not this makes sense is that nonhumans get “a bonus” of unspecified size. If it’s going to balance against humans getting bonuses to all six scores it’d better be a pretty hefty bonus.Read More