Writing Series

Writing Atlas: Templates & Classes

Ok so here’s the thing. There’s 12 Templates and 88 Classes (I think I counted wrong for an earlier article and said 77 classes, I haven’t added more since then, I’m just bad at math.) I’ll probably go over each and every one of them in time, but for now, I just want to talk about the concept of Templates and Classes in game rather than going over them individually. This will be a really short one just explaining what the two concepts are so I can talk about them in the later articles more clearly.

We’ll start with the distinction between the two. Templates are the role a class will fill, like Combat or Arcane. They’re the basic “job description” of your character when they use classes from that Template. Classes are basically just skill trees that you pick abilities from when you achieve a new level. Each of the 12 Templates has two base Classes for 24 Base Classes your character can take immediately from level one. The other 66 Classes are Advanced Classes that come from combining Templates. Having two templates allows you to take levels in a class that delivers abilities from both. For example having the Arcane and Combat Templates will allow you to take levels in the Lancer class which mixes the combat proficiency of spears with an arcane powered leap to destroy your enemies.

With more Templates comes more class ability options available for your character. You can specialize or try to spread yourself out to be a little good at everything. The choice is entirely yours.

The 12 Templates and their two paired base classes are listed below.

  1. Arcane [Sorcerer & Wizard]
  2. Artillery [Enforcer & Rifleman]
  3. Combat [Fighter & Warrior]
  4. Crafter [Alchemist & Engineer]
  5. Defender [Hoplite & Sentinel]
  6. Divine [Cleric & Priest]
  7. Natural [Hunter & Marshal]
  8. Noble [Champion & Explorer]
  9. Pact [Binder & Warlock]
  10. Psychic [Adept & Psion]
  11. Skilled [Factotum & Rogue]
  12. Striker [Duelist & Skirmisher]

The 66 advanced classes and their template pairings are listed below. (This is a long one.)

  1. Arcane / Artillery = Witch Hunter
  2. Arcane / Combat = Lancer
  3. Arcane / Crafter = Artificer
  4. Arcane / Defender = Hexblade
  5. Arcane / Divine = Theurge
  6. Arcane / Natural = Elementalist
  7. Arcane / Noble = Court Mage
  8. Arcane / Pact = Necromancer
  9. Arcane / Psychic = Illusionist
  10. Arcane / Skilled = Cabal
  11. Arcane / Striker = Spellthief
  12. Artillery / Combat = Musketeer
  13. Artillery / Crafter = Grenadier
  14. Artillery / Defender = Raider
  15. Artillery / Divine = Vigilante
  16. Artillery / Natural = Ranger
  17. Artillery / Noble = Dragoon
  18. Artillery / Pact = Hollow
  19. Artillery / Psychic = Invader
  20. Artillery / Skilled = Sniper
  21. Artillery / Striker = Corsair
  22. Combat / Crafter = Maverick
  23. Combat / Defender = Centurion
  24. Combat / Divine = Paladin
  25. Combat / Natural = Barbarian
  26. Combat / Noble = Samurai
  27. Combat / Pact = Pestilancer
  28. Combat / Psychic = Berserker
  29. Combat / Skilled = Assassin
  30. Combat / Striker = Gladiator
  31. Crafter / Defender = Colossus
  32. Crafter / Divine = Thaumaturge
  33. Crafter / Natural = Trapper
  34. Crafter / Noble = Scion
  35. Crafter / Pact = Acolyte
  36. Crafter / Psychic = Soulknife
  37. Crafter / Skilled = Calculator
  38. Crafter / Striker = Saboteur
  39. Defender / Divine = Templar
  40. Defender / Natural = Warden
  41. Defender / Noble = Knight
  42. Defender / Pact = Blackguard
  43. Defender / Psychic = Cryptic
  44. Defender / Skilled = Bastion
  45. Defender / Striker = Brigand
  46. Divine / Natural = Druid
  47. Divine / Noble = Zodiac
  48. Divine / Pact = Vessel
  49. Divine / Psychic = Mystic
  50. Divine / Skilled = Pilgrim
  51. Divine / Striker = Zealot
  52. Natural / Noble = Cartographer
  53. Natural / Pact = Shaman
  54. Natural / Psychic = Totem
  55. Natural / Skilled = Scout
  56. Natural / Striker = Stalker
  57. Noble / Pact = Occultist
  58. Noble / Psychic = Oracle
  59. Noble / Skilled = Infiltrator
  60. Noble / Striker = Vanguard
  61. Pact / Psychic = Prophet
  62. Pact / Skilled = Archivist
  63. Pact / Striker = Scourge
  64. Psychic / Skilled = Agent
  65. Psychic / Striker = Monk
  66. Skilled / Striker = Ninja

So there’s the master list. I know it’s maybe not the most interesting thing to read without context as to what the classes do, but I like to think of it as proof that a concept for 88 actual classes does exist. I’m not exaggerating the numbers to make the game sound good, there really is a ton of options.

It’s worth noting that some of the names there may change in the coming days. It feels like I have new ideas all the time. The Crafting / Noble class Scion used to be called Treasure Hunter as of like 45 minutes ago. But for the most part, this is what you’re getting.

It’s more of a proof of concept than actual proof, but that didn’t stop people from buying No Man’s Sky. (burn)

If you’re in the habit of throwing money at your interests because it sounded like a good idea at the time, then I’d like to show you my Patreon page… Much like the modern gaming industry, there’s not much there right now, but a lot of content will be coming soon. (Real talk the Patreon is under construction, it’ll be somewhat different as of 2017. Feel free to still pledge if you’re interested in providing your support though.) ♥

 

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