|Class Level Limits Table: Occasionally I miss my old scanner.|
But there is an aspect of the level limits that doesn't gibe the way I'd like it to: in the AD&D rules they're tied to the characters ability scores. This makes it even more important that your dwarf fighter roll a damn 18 for strength; as if he already needed a reason beyond the outrageous to hit and damage modifiers and the 15% XP bonus. Additionally, ability-based level limitations encourage multi-classing; your already-pathetic elf with a mere 16 Strength is limited to 5th level fighter so he might as well add magic user to his resume just to stay in the game a little longer.
Oh sage Caveman, what magic salve are you brewing in your laborotory to heal these misbegotten woes, you ask? Something to which Herr Gygax actually alludes in the friggin' PHB. Check it, fellow nerds:
"Only Humans will normally have clericism as their sole class; thus they are the only clerics with unlimited advancement in level."--EGG, PHB, pg. 20.I actually remembered it being a much more damning quote, but the implication is still there: it's the lack of focus which makes demi-humans so limited in their advancement.
So, the more you diversify, the less advancement you get in any one class. It makes sense--Jack-of-all-trades, master of none and all that.
So I'm thinking that a single-classed demihuman character could reach the maximum level indicated in the class level limits table--normally reserved for those with an 18 in their prime requisite; a double-classed character could reach the level indicated for those with a 17 in their prime req., and triple-classed characters would max out at one level below that.
Thus, a single-classed elven fighter could reach level 7 regardless of his strength. Similarly, a single-classed elven MU could achieve wizardly status (11th level), yet a multi-classed F/MU could achieve only 6/10 respectively and a triple-classed F/MU/T would be limited to levels 5/9/*.
*I'm actually considering limiting Unlimited thief advancement to single classed demi-human thieves; double classed thieves would be limited to name (master thief) level, and triple-classed thieves to 9th level. But I'm not sold on it yet, and it is unlikely to ever come up in my game anyway.
Man, that feels better. Even if it's totally irrelevant since none of my players ever seem to play demi-humans or survive past 2nd level before we switch characters again.