Well... we are gearing up for our next Next session.
When last we met, our intrepid party were preparing to take the north road. Some elements of the party wanted to immediately head west off that north road but an imposing, judgmental norse mountain of steel insisted on "doing things the honorable way".
Sounds pretty Paladin like... doesn't it. How is this possible you ask when the there isn't a Next class description for Paladin? It must be some variation of Cleric... right?
Mike Mearls wanted us to "think outside the box" and get back to our roots. To me, D&D's roots are firmly in shiney plated pious soil. We were, by Mike in his many podcasts and writings, and the playtest materials themselves, given license to be "creative". So we were.
What we came up with (the "we" in this case was myself and our stalwart Next DM) is a mashup of the warlock and fighter classes with some concepts drawn from the cleric. The focus on this class is to be the militant arm of justice for the clergy. Think of them as a terribly pious Judge Dredd. They aren't priests but they do have a connection to their deity and are granted access to the deity's powers through favors in much the same manner as a warlock. They don't have the experience dice of a fighter but they do gain certain advantages when in combat with those that they have "marked for justice".
We took great pains to balance the class and while some areas may seem powerful to those coming from 2nd edition, they are commensurate with the powers and abilities of other classes in the Next playtest. Additionally, we offset some of those powers by applying certain disadvantages at times.
If interested, our version of the D&D Next Paladin can be found at
it was suggested that the shortened link might cause folks to shy off... hence the edit. We are interensted in feedback and don't want to shy interested folks off