Bull Rush in a China Shop

In 4th Edition D&D fighters got spells. Or rather, daily abilities that recharged after a night’s rest, just like spellcaster class’ spells. This came after years of complaints that fighters could only hit things. With D&D 5th Edition, the spell-exploits are going away, and the chorus from 4e fighter fans is that “fighters cannot have nice things”, as if it was the class’ fault. Or suggesting there are players who honestly and truly want the fighter to be weaker and inferior to other classes.

In showing the sketch of this strip to my (pretty) wife, I gave the one-paragraph explanation of the “fighters can’t have nice things” philosophy. She got her start in 3rd Edition, played some 4th Edition, and currently plays in my Pathfinder game. I summarized that some people complain that fighters lack the special powers of spellcasting classes. She just rolled her eyes and said “that’s stupid” and continued that special once-per-day attacks made no sense. Certainly more blunt than most people I’ve seen discussing this on message boards…