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littlekKID
2010-09-13, 03:31 PM
I'll go with Wizard, no sport, lots of reading in a dark room, lots of sleep (needs to regain spells) and I can shoot magic from my hands ad everyone WILL always listen to what I say, becuase I'm the Smart One


How about you?

arguskos
2010-09-13, 03:33 PM
Hmm. Let me see.

*flips lucky coin*

Apparently, I'd be a Binder. Dark deals with eldritch beings from beyond space and time? It's like I'm in the Cthulhu Mythos without the risk of death and/or dismemberment and/or absorption into an Elder God. :smallamused:

Lycan 01
2010-09-13, 03:34 PM
Bard.

Lets everybody else do the fighting, while I do the healing, entertaining, and diplomacy. Sounds like a good deal to me... :smallbiggrin:

Ormagoden
2010-09-13, 03:35 PM
Factotum.

Why limit yourself to one thing?

Fax Celestis
2010-09-13, 03:36 PM
Totemist, hands down. Unless I could use the d20r druid (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=164574).

Tyndmyr
2010-09-13, 03:37 PM
In real life? Yeah, wizard. It might not be the *best* choice, but it's damned good, and certainly the most awesome.

Southern Cross
2010-09-13, 03:42 PM
The magister class from Monte Cook's Arcana Evolved.

arguskos
2010-09-13, 03:43 PM
The magister class from Monte Cook's Arcana Evolved.
I see a chance to pimp my updated and improved version (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=139935) of that class. :smallcool:

ArcanistSupreme
2010-09-13, 03:44 PM
Either wizard, psion, or artificer. I don't do much dragonslaying in real life, and all three of these have plenty of other cool applications.

Shademan
2010-09-13, 03:58 PM
Rrrrogue.
*twirls mustache*

Morph Bark
2010-09-13, 04:02 PM
Something that doesn't require sleep to keep on truckin'. Something Int-based. Something stylish. Also books.

So yeah, Factotum (possibly a level in Chameleon after 8th). With a Wild Cohort. If I could take Obtain Familiar, I'd also take that. And lots of other things for more minions to fullfill roles I don't feel like fullfulling at the moment. Mainly buffers just to be cool.

...better yet, make it Factotum//Warblade. FTFW.

Comet
2010-09-13, 04:16 PM
Expert. I like the quiet sort of life, bending the rules of physics or the soul of the universe on a daily basis would probably drive me nuts.

Tyndmyr
2010-09-13, 04:17 PM
Expert. I like the quiet sort of life, bending the rules of physics or the soul of the universe on a daily basis would probably drive me nuts.

Well, duh. You have to go mad with power. What fun would it be otherwise?

Dr.Epic
2010-09-13, 04:18 PM
Druid* Cleric because they can do so much.

*On second thought, I'm not the type to worship nature.

Zaydos
2010-09-13, 04:22 PM
3.5: Wizard (for phenomenal cosmic power) or druid (for the puppy).

2e: Wizard.

Red Box: Elf.

4e: Swordmage.

Derjuin
2010-09-13, 04:23 PM
If prestige classes are included, Beloved of Valarian.

Why?

~Unicorn companion~ :smallbiggrin:

hamishspence
2010-09-13, 04:25 PM
Well, duh. You have to go mad with power. What fun would it be otherwise?

"You've gone mad with power!"
"Of course! Have you ever tried going mad without power? It's boring! No-one listens to you!"

-The Simpsons Movie

:smallamused:

Morph Bark
2010-09-13, 04:34 PM
"You've gone mad with power!"
"Of course! Have you ever tried going mad without power? It's boring! No-one listens to you!"

This explains why a lot of people seem to hate politicians; there is a distinct lack of mad ones in our world.

WitchSlayer
2010-09-13, 04:38 PM
3.5? Warlock. No question. Spells all day erryday.
4.0? Wizard. Infinite prestidigitation.

Cahokia
2010-09-13, 04:44 PM
Bard. Maybe a...no, definitely a Bard.

Chambers
2010-09-13, 04:46 PM
Psychic Rogue (http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/psm/20040723b) into a Psionic version of Swiftblade (http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/prc/20070327).

...

Why hasn't someone made a psionic version of swiftblade yet? :smallsmile:

Eldan
2010-09-13, 05:31 PM
Hmm.

Sorcerer. Like a wizard, but also sexy.
Of course, I'd still want a high intelligence. :smallbiggrin:

Marillion
2010-09-13, 05:31 PM
Swordsage, most likely.

Or Barbarian. It's so satisfying to solve problems with your head. Literally.

Orzel
2010-09-13, 05:31 PM
Wildshape Ranger with Sword of Arcane Order.


Stealth, a buddy, arcane spells and not getting assassinated easily before level 4. Where do I sign?

Zodiac
2010-09-13, 06:00 PM
POWER. UNLIMITED ARCANE POWER.

*cough* Wizard.

Joking aside I would actually rather be an Artificer, I can be wealthy, powerful, have a positive influence on the world through magic items, and be necessary enough for nobody to want to kill me.

NelKor
2010-09-13, 06:05 PM
Dread Necromancer, I can make my own friends and they always think i have the best point of view on everything.

Terumitsu
2010-09-13, 06:05 PM
If PrC's are included? Ultimate Magus. Why? Because. That's why.

If not, then either a Wizard or an Artificer as I'm particularly inclined to both academic study and application as well as mechanical fnagling

ExtravagantEvil
2010-09-13, 06:18 PM
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Did I mention Wizard?

Sorry, but I feel I could easily fit the archetype and godly arcane power is never a bad thing. :smallbiggrin:

The-Mage-King
2010-09-13, 06:52 PM
Factocum or, as previously mentioned by many, Wizard.

Why shouldn't I practice with everything and be good at it?

LemonFarmer
2010-09-13, 07:07 PM
sorcerer defiantly sorcerer :xykon:

Skaven
2010-09-13, 07:09 PM
Druid.

I was also tempted to say Sorcerer. Switch em up between them I suppose but Druid wins out for versatility.

onthetown
2010-09-13, 07:13 PM
Bard. I like playing music and telling stories.

Alternatively, Wizard. I can put my mind to just about anything, including years of study to master the arcane arts. Books are a plus.

shadow_archmagi
2010-09-13, 07:13 PM
Depends on how high my INT is. I'd take factotum if I were brilliant, but otherwise I'd have to default to Artificer.

Because decanter of endless water.

druid91
2010-09-13, 07:17 PM
Wizard going into alienist, if limited to official classes.

If allowed homebrew, I'd have to go for true xenotheurge. then I'd wander around breaking reality for fun. punch a couple people from across the room, make a haunted looking forest while taking a nap.

though I'd start out as a psion and go through elan-ification first. Then I'd go be pals with the slender man.

DragonOfUndeath
2010-09-13, 07:30 PM
Rogue
because backstabbing friends and stealing their stuff is easy fun :biggrin:

FMArthur
2010-09-13, 07:35 PM
Obviously wizard. It may not be what I consider to be the most fun class, but damn are you ever safe with that amount of power.

Blue Ghost
2010-09-13, 07:39 PM
I've been always attracted to the wizard class, as evidenced by my Playground persona, but I have been looking more and more toward bard lately.

Blackfang108
2010-09-13, 08:11 PM
3.5: Duskblade or Dragon Shaman.

4e: Tactical Warlord

Schylerwalker
2010-09-13, 08:14 PM
If prestige classes are included, Beloved of Valarian.

Why?

~Unicorn companion~ :smallbiggrin:

Doesn't that mean you can't have sex, ever?

And I think I'd go with bard.

Savannah
2010-09-13, 09:32 PM
Druid. Animal companion + wild empathy + speak with animals + wild shape = happy Savannah.

Stone Heart
2010-09-13, 11:32 PM
Probably Druid, I am a very nature loving person.

Or a Bard since I love music and am very charismatic so I would be good at it.

Edit: I just realized that my avatar seems quite the opposite of that.

Lord Raziere
2010-09-13, 11:34 PM
sorcerer, that is all.

UnChosenOne
2010-09-14, 12:05 AM
Wizard. Reason are obvious to anyone.

Kelb_Panthera
2010-09-14, 01:00 AM
Either Artificer or Wizard. Both if I can figure out how to finagle it. Anyone know a PrC? or a way to shoe-horn them into one of the theurge classes?

ghost_warlock
2010-09-14, 01:36 AM
Basic D&D: magic-user.

2nd Edition: half-elven mage/thief.

3.5: egoist.

4th: star/vestige warlock.

Draz74
2010-09-14, 01:49 AM
Either Psion or Wu Jen ... because the only superpower I really want is the ability to make copies of myself so that I can multitask like no other.

Zaydos
2010-09-14, 01:52 AM
Arcane Hierophant. Great magic, cute cats, and the ability to be Dr. Dolittle what more can you ask?

Kirgoth
2010-09-14, 01:59 AM
Some cool racial class such as prismatic dragon, starting as a wyrmling and gaining a bit of sorcerer/warlock/Eldritch Theurge as i advance.

Otherwise sorcerer/warlock/Eldritch Theurge with nifty fey skin/ thick skin thrown in.

Dirty n Evil
2010-09-14, 02:00 AM
Bard, definitely. I like being a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, and the Bard is definitely that. I also seem to have chosen the "Stealthy" feat, as there isn't a week that goes by without me scaring the living bejesus out of someone completely by accident because I walked too softly. Plus I'm from a family of musicians (my father actually recorded on a song that hit #1), and I'm always singing.

However, I think I took a few levels of Fighter, too. I used to be a hockey goon. :belkar:

Rowan Arquest
2010-09-14, 02:05 AM
I would be a Psion, Kineticist to be exact. Tapping into pure energy and telekinetically throwing crap around is too good to pass up.

TheAzrael
2010-09-14, 02:14 AM
Hm either a druid (I mean they are as powerful as a wizard and their power comes from the nature so not that much studing and are wise and never get old)

or

a Dragonblood human bard 3/ warblade 17 (or crusader) cool fluff cool manouvers and manga like feel plus i am prety sure he would get more girls that a druid or wizard :P

Ryu_Bonkosi
2010-09-14, 02:20 AM
If I could be a changeling, Factorium + Chameleon. Because I enjoy the prospect of being anyone or anything.

If I couldn't be a Changeling then I would be a wizard. Mmmn arcane goodness...

Vemynal
2010-09-14, 02:27 AM
Well...possibly a cleric of a Cause? I'm not even remotely religious (i even have therapist levels issues on the subject). Reason is because I'm the healer usually xD

+ I like playing my clerics a bit more melee/spell buff than the paladin allows

Da Beast
2010-09-14, 04:13 AM
Probably wizard or become an elan and go psion or psychic rogue. Those are probably the only routs to god like power and immortality I'd have the stats for. Otherwise Druid, bard, sorcerer or ranger would all be cool.

GodGoblin
2010-09-14, 05:05 AM
Got to be Warlock, who wouldnt want to be able to walk up walls, shatter stuff and fly completely at will! Also the blasty goodness is grand :smallbiggrin:

Although the druid does have the whole being a bear, riding a bear and summoning other bears aspect..

Ricky S
2010-09-14, 08:04 AM
Wizard, Cleric or Druid. Magic FTW!

SilverLeaf167
2010-09-14, 08:16 AM
Sorcerer. In real life, you wouldn't probably need so much spells anyway, and spontaneous casting would be much more practical.

Kobold-Bard
2010-09-14, 08:29 AM
At the minute Wizard, going into Eldritch Knight later on.

Dogmantra
2010-09-14, 08:30 AM
Half-Orc Paragon. Not necessarily for the features, but for the implications of having it as a class. :smallbiggrin:

Obscurejones
2010-09-14, 08:45 AM
If we're assuming races are a part of this? Orc Paragon. Cause I know some people who'd be elves. And they need a punch.

If not? Monk. Seriously. I look perfectly normal but can run at ridiculous speeds, leap heck-a-far, speak any language, walk like a ghost, teleport, and am more than willing to win a bar fight with no weapons. Heck, take run as a feat.
90ft times 5 for the run feet, so 450 ft every six seconds. 75 ft a second, 270000 ft an hour, 51 mph.

Eldan
2010-09-14, 08:47 AM
Races?

Gnome from the core books. I get free magic and a constitution bonus, which would help not getting sick. And I'm weak already, so who needs strength.

Mordaenor
2010-09-14, 09:14 AM
Gotta go with Psion. Teleporter.

thompur
2010-09-14, 09:15 AM
As long as I could get to 6th level...Warlock, so I can fly all day!

Sydonai
2010-09-14, 09:29 AM
Totemist, Binder, Factotem, or Psion(Egoist).

I can't decide.

Greymane
2010-09-14, 11:43 AM
Psychic Warrior.

1. Get to level 20.
2. Manifest Form of Doom.
3. ???
4. Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

Grumpy-Mcfart
2010-09-14, 12:51 PM
can I say "wizard" strongly enough?

I love books, I love sleeping, and I love the idea of being able to tell the laws of physics to shut up and sit down


also, I've got the CON for it, cause I'm in TERRIBLE SHAPE (stupid kidney disease)

Traveler
2010-09-14, 01:04 PM
Ooooooohhhh! Warlock. Hands down. Teleport, walk up walls, and fly at will. Yes please! Blasting people with eldrich blast dosen't hurt either. :smallamused:

Sindri
2010-09-14, 03:00 PM
Probably wildshape ranger; the shapeshifting abilities of a druid, the style of a rogue, the spellcasting of a (low level) wizard, and no messy moral/ethical/religious restrictions. What's not to like?

Wizard would be cool, but in real life, magic would be fun but you don't need to be a walking tactical nuke, and I don't want to mind control people or tear the fabric of reality when I'm in a bad mood, so lower level spellcasting is better.

If racial classes are allowed, Dragon.

Shyftir
2010-09-14, 03:48 PM
3.5: Fist of Zuoken

I'd get there by mixing unarmed swordsage with Psion: Nomad. Can anybody say Matrix moves kung-fu action hero?

4.0: Avenger
Smiting evil from out the darkness with the power of my faith and my sword.

J.Gellert
2010-09-14, 03:54 PM
Sorcerer, because I want all the goodies of magic, but I'm sick of studying. Just give me all the power now, that's cool kthx.

Tetsubo 57
2010-09-14, 04:32 PM
Pathfinder Wizard. A Cleric has healing ability which is cool. But a PF Wizard can make a whole lot of really useful magic items.

Ed-zero
2010-09-14, 05:04 PM
Red box: magic-user
Hackmaster: monk
3.5 core: Druid
3.5: Dragonfire adept
3.5 prc: telflammar shadowlord
Pathfinder Core: paladin
Pathfinder APG: summoner
Pathfinder prc: shadowdancer

Lord Loss
2010-09-14, 05:07 PM
Ranger. Sounds like a ruddy good deal to me.

KellKheraptis
2010-09-14, 10:00 PM
Red Wizard Focused Illusionist Incantatrix Shadowcraft Mage. I AM the boomstick. And also the new standard by which mutually assured destruction is measured, only it's not mutual for me :P

Weezer
2010-09-14, 10:33 PM
Either Totemist or Binder, probably Totemist. The ability to do a wide variety of magical things, changeable every morning? Yes please. Also glowing claws that make me harder to kill? Epic.

Ajadea
2010-09-14, 10:40 PM
Specialist (Abjurer) Wizard, banning Evocation and Enchantment. Because I totally have the delectable 18 Intelligence necessary to pull it off, I don't trust myself with Enchantments, I don't like blasting, and I can't think of a better way to spend the day than inventing a new and profound way to make someone's life better.

sokar1618
2010-09-14, 10:43 PM
Defiler into Tainted Scholar, EEEEEEVIIIIIIL!!!!

And being able to use people as mana batteries would be awesome

Kosjsjach
2010-09-14, 11:08 PM
Cloistered Cleric with the Trickery domain, probably. Healing is too good to pass up, and with comprehend languages and scholar's touch (and disguise self), I can travel the world and read any piece of literature in any language in 6 seconds. Sounds like a nice life, and I wouldn't expect to get beyond 3rd-level anyway.

druid91
2010-09-14, 11:10 PM
Specialist (Abjurer) Wizard, banning Evocation and Enchantment. Because I totally have the delectable 18 Intelligence necessary to pull it off, I don't trust myself with Enchantments, I don't like blasting, and I can't think of a better way to spend the day than inventing a new and profound way to make someone's life better.

Spending a day inventing new and profound ways to make someones life absolutely miserable?

The Pressman
2010-09-15, 12:53 AM
Archivist+Artificer+Factotum triple gestalt. Hey, it said any class, and that includes possible classes, right?:smallbiggrin:
Other than that, any of the above. I mean, librarian tinkerer, and know it all? Basically what I want to do when I grow up.
PS: the magic is pretty sweet, too.

Ajadea
2010-09-15, 12:57 AM
Spending a day inventing new and profound ways to make someones life absolutely miserable?

I think humanity, sadly, has that one well covered.

Thrawn183
2010-09-15, 01:06 AM
Dragonfire Adept. Talk about a seriously cool class.

snikrept
2010-09-15, 01:18 AM
Sorceror - powerful enough, never has to work at it

Bob the Urgh
2010-09-15, 02:00 AM
I just want to be a drunken master, the more I drink the stronger I become!

Arbane
2010-09-15, 02:17 AM
Sounds like a nice life, and I wouldn't expect to get beyond 3rd-level anyway.

Hm... that's another good question.

Assuming that you don't want to be come a secret agent/hired killer/career criminal, what D&D spells or powers would be useful for getting rich and famous in a legitimate way, _and_ allow you to find challenges to get XP?

(A Diviner private eye comes to mind, or a Cleric faith healer who REALLY WORKS.)

Rankar
2010-09-15, 02:21 AM
I'd go with Cleric. Do you know how much money people would pay for healing? Plus Travel Domain and tada travelling around the world becomes a lot less expensive.

Balain
2010-09-15, 02:36 AM
I would have to go with

elf

Zapato
2010-09-15, 04:19 AM
First of all: Hi there! This is my first post on these forums :smallsmile:

Second: Some sick Mystic Theurge build. I'm not satisfied with controlling the universe with arcane spells alone :smallbiggrin:. Psion is a close second though. Just teleporting and hanging around my demi-plane...you know..chillin'

Kyselina
2010-09-15, 08:08 AM
Human commoner.

Baalthazaq
2010-09-15, 09:02 AM
Big question: Level?

Assuming just going a base class and seeing it through till the end... probably Bard with Bardic Knack and Jack of all trades. Literally every single skill at 1/2 character level, including all knowledges.

That. Would. Be. Awesome.

If we're multiclassing and whatnot:
My Omistopher Carma'il (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6151519&postcount=1054) character.

Spellthief + (Domain Casting) Wizard
Ultimate Magus.

Ultimate power is neat. This class gets 9th level spells only at level 21, but caster level outstrips character level by a bunch. I got him to Caster level 32 and am using Spellthief spells as a Metamagic Battery.

It uses 1 custom feat:
Spell Focus(All): 1/8 chance of improving the DC of a spell. You may take this feat up to 8 times, each time increasing the range of the success. (2/8, 3/8, 4/8, etc.)

Kaww
2010-09-15, 10:05 AM
Druid. Maybe bard, but wildshape, a pet tiger/wolf/eagle/whatever, ability to communicate with animals, and ability to heal... Druid.

Did I mention I love nature? :smallbiggrin:

Shenanigans
2010-09-15, 10:29 AM
As my (current) avatar indicates, I'm a big fan of monk. My favorite character ever is my Vow of Poverty monk, which I took to level 28 and got the Saint template for.

I'd do my best to emulate that. ;)

TimeWizard
2010-09-15, 12:11 PM
It's tempting of course to pick Bard for the huge usefulness of charismatic abilities in real life, and I am a huge fan of Monk, but I'd choose Psion. The ridiculous abilities that would entail... and I have the control to not go crazy (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AGodAmI).

SigCorps
2010-09-15, 12:17 PM
Hrmm tough call. I think I would have to go with Warlock. Although the scout is a close second.

Kalaska'Agathas
2010-09-15, 12:18 PM
If we allow prestige classes, Bard+Sublime Chord+Shadowcraft Mage+Swiftblade.

If not, Spell-to-Power Erudite.

Drakevarg
2010-09-15, 12:25 PM
Spellsword. I feel it fits me best. The Big Guy (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheBigGuy) and the Smart Guy (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheSmartGuy) rolled into one, and if you piss me off I'm going to set my sword on fire and beat you to death with it.

Morithias
2010-09-15, 01:04 PM
This might be cheating due to being a prestige class, but I'd have to say Urban Soul. The abilities are just too good for day-to-day life.

TheThan
2010-09-15, 01:17 PM
Itís a toss up between the bard and the Factotum. Both fit the same roll in a party. The bard just does it with song, and since music runs in the family that fits. But the factotum has that pulpy adventure movie feel (read Indiana Jones), and I love that.

Caliphbubba
2010-09-15, 02:49 PM
Diviner/Loremaster type stuff.

Pretty much this comic describes what i'd want to do:

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1969#comic

Popertop
2010-09-15, 07:07 PM
I would have to be a Bard/Cleric. I did take one of those "What D&D class are you?" tests, but I have to admit, it fits like a glove. I'm really into my faith, and I'm training to be an opera singer.

Plus, I'm too damn pretty to not be a bard.

houlio
2010-09-15, 10:50 PM
I only play for the flavor, so ranger all the way. Being a crazy Aragorn/explorer/guardian of nature/bounty hunter beats reading books or being sexy IMHO.

FMArthur
2010-09-15, 11:16 PM
Hold on, a lot of people are picking prestige classes... are they actually included in the thread's question? My answer changes to Chameleon if so. Chameleons are basically the most fun things ever in a game. I imagine that it would be about twice as fun in real life.

Draz74
2010-09-16, 01:24 AM
If we allow prestige classes, Bard+Sublime Chord+Shadowcraft Mage+Swiftblade.

That sounds like a pretty cool class combination ... but if I'm not mistaken, you would need to be Level 24 or so to really get the combo fully working.

Terazul
2010-09-16, 02:21 AM
Psion or StP Erudite. I'm a wizard but nobody sees me waggling my fingers when their SUV is suddenly thrown across the street. The Ectoplasmic Walls of fire that spell out "DONT PARK IN FRONT OF MY MAILBOX" will still probably give me away though.

Plus, I can always psychic reformation myself into something else later, if I grow tired of phenomenal cosmic power and my own demiplane.

Malificus
2010-09-16, 02:42 AM
I'd be a Cleric.

Monk's my second choice though.

Baalthazaq
2010-09-16, 07:50 AM
Oooh, actually:

Domain focus Cleric, Luck Domain.
5 levels of fortune's friend.

I made this once. I had 17 rerolls per day. It had 9th level spells.

I was a halfling. I had a green suit of armor, and a cloverleaf shield.

Myth
2010-09-16, 09:57 AM
Wizard. I can't imagine anyone ever wanting anything less then teleportation, dimension traveling, Genesis, conjuring stuff out of thin air (and selling it). The first thing I'd do once i'm high enough level and protected by contingencies and such is ensure permanent non-dispellable immortality such as that gained by class features.

Prospekt
2010-09-16, 11:57 AM
Probably Rogue, although that might just be because that's the role I usually play. That, or Bard.

Kalaska'Agathas
2010-09-16, 12:16 PM
That sounds like a pretty cool class combination ... but if I'm not mistaken, you would need to be Level 24 or so to really get the combo fully working.

I've been wrestling with a way to do it pre-epic but still getting ninth level spells, but it doesn't seem to want to work. I think I can get them with some heighten spell+versatile spellcaster shenanigans (isn't Shadowcraft Mage wonderful?).

TheGeckoKing
2010-09-16, 12:55 PM
StP Erudite for the sheer power or Warlock for the ability to shoot things with lazorz whenever, wherever.

Susano-wo
2010-09-16, 03:11 PM
Ok, I have to say this. All y'all in the "I'd be X,Y, and/orZ" camp. You start out at 1st. Even if we assume we follow PC chargen rules (max HP at 1st level), that's still iminently capable of death, even if we use "RL physics interacts with us like Dnd mechanics" as our guideline for the effects of things like, say, guns.

Personally, since we are talking about Dnd classes in RL, I think we use RL physics as the rule. So X spell functions in reality like you would expect it to, more or less, even if the way the rules work it might not do quite that. And a bullet to the head will kill you unless you are somehow magically toughened (stoneskin, etc), no matter what level you are.
(of course some spells defy reality by their very nature, so we can make allowances for that :D)

So I think it unwise to plan on char paths that require loads O'levels.

Personally, its be hard to choose. The ones that spring to mind are:
Druid, if I could make it to 5th. I'd love wildshape, the communion with "nature" would be wonderful, and the spells would allow me healing and smiting my enemies :D.
Cleric: healing. I know clerics can do much more, but with cure minor/light wounds, lesser restoration, and cure disease (oh and lets not forget purify food and drink, divinations, and create water), I could make sure that no one I loved would die or be crippled as long as it didn't instantly kill them.

Wizard. I think enough people will see the benefit of free sharing of spells that there will be plenty of access to spells, and you can always barter for the spells anyway. (or Sorc for the neatness of just knowing all my spells)

Warlock: at will would come into play a looot more in RL than in Dnd.

Swordsage: lots of awesome maneuvers, and how kickass would Shadowstride be? (obtainable easily, too)

Honorable mention: Monk. a lot of martial abilities that you can't actually do in RL, instant martial arts expert skills, and the ability to not have to gear up to whup ass like most of the other martial badass classes.

And finally (what a long post >.>;), thank you, OP. I have thought about this subject muchly (though on a personal level, not a mass level), though I have been too sheepish to bring it up. :D

Eldan
2010-09-16, 03:27 PM
Wizards: with today's technology, there will soon be an international spell sharing program. Spell libraries. If someone manages it, internet spell databases.

And well, I have survived 23 years so far without getting into any serious fights,I think I can continue that tendency. So I don't worry too much about bullets to the head and more about heart disease and car accidents.

Even being a level 1 caster would be cool, if I got it on top of my own 2-3 expert levels.

wayfare
2010-09-16, 03:41 PM
Divine Bard. Storteller, adventurer, and mystic all rolled into one.

Susano-wo
2010-09-16, 03:41 PM
@Eldan RE Bullets: I was just talking about those who claimed that they could just go farm EXP and raise in levels, and that SWAT teams would be no problem because of their levels :P

I would say that you have no expert levels, though. You have skills ( I am assuming :P) that would probably put you at 2nd or 3rd level in DnD terms, but that would be transposing yourself to a DnD world, not adding classes to a normal world. :D

Morithias
2010-09-16, 04:31 PM
Hold on, a lot of people are picking prestige classes... are they actually included in the thread's question? My answer changes to Chameleon if so. Chameleons are basically the most fun things ever in a game. I imagine that it would be about twice as fun in real life.

Good choice. and I believe they are allowed because it says `class`not `base class`.

Since people have started explaining their reasons I might as well explain mine better.

Urban Soul, inside urban areas you don't have to eat. And using the variation level 10 ability don't age. You can teleport at will through your city, hide in walls, and have one of the greatest ways to prevent crime ever. The ability to talk to the city itself.

Cop 1: "This woman was killed on this road and there isn't a single piece of evidence at all."
Urban Soul: "I'll just ask the road who did it."

Plus with the variant level 10, you get disintegrate, stone shape, and wall of stone 5/day total. Ignoring the whole "blast people into dust" part of it. Summoning walls of stone, shaping them into statues and selling them would make for a good life.

Oh and in your favored cities you "don't age" not "timeless body" meaning you don't die when your time is up.

Amphetryon
2010-09-16, 04:59 PM
Psychic Warrior.

The Tanar'ri
2010-09-16, 05:55 PM
Sorcerer

because who doesn't love randomly developing magic powers

sreservoir
2010-09-16, 06:30 PM
stp erudite, then psyref shenanigans.

Shenanigans
2010-09-17, 04:12 PM
stp erudite, then psyref shenanigans.You're going to psyref me? ;)

Rezby
2010-09-17, 04:34 PM
Paladin of Tyranny with the Malasynep (http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk61/Jonathon_Morris/Picture94.png) mount from Frostburn, with the Rollers (http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk61/Jonathon_Morris/Picture96.png) graft attached on it to give it 30 ft land speed, and the Feathered Wings (http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk61/Jonathon_Morris/Picture95.png) graft to give it 60 ft fly speed with average maneuverability. Basically think I can walk on water, I can fly. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFA4lPhnh1U)

I just started running a level 5 campaign with 20k starting gold (I hate being poor, but I also don't want level 5 characters with 10th level items, and I also plan to have them fight ECL 6 encounters) and this is what one of my players' character is. Its what I would be if I could be any one character IRL. That, or a druid with an elemental companion.

Grytorm
2010-09-17, 10:54 PM
I think I would become a wizard if possible.

grimbold
2010-09-18, 04:08 AM
wizard all the way, actually maybe sorcerer hmm i cant decide

darkpuppy
2010-09-18, 08:32 AM
I'd actually go with rogue. After all, the wizard may cast all sorts of spells, the fighter may be tougher, the bard may be more inspirational, but, in the end, I'd be the one who best knows where all of their weak points are, which I could use for good or ill.

But then, I'm a DM, and thus fit the rogue perfectly. As a DM, I have to make sure the game is interesting (much like rogues can make life interesting) and, occasionally, I have to utterly, but more importantly, tactically relieve the characters of their possessions, their livelihoods, and, in extreme cases, their lives. That last is generally reserved for a-holes and munchkins, but the first two are natural DM reactions for a game which has gotten slightly OP.

Janus
2010-09-18, 08:34 AM
Paladin.
Knight in shining armor in both word and deed, proving that it is possible to have fun while being Lawful Good.

Kish
2010-09-18, 08:46 AM
Almost certainly wizard, especially, but not limited to, if I'm the only one in the world who gets this choice.