When building a D&D character, experience has taught me that they must be useful in combat, no matter what else they do. The game is built around combat encounters, after all, and if you I can’t contribute to the main activity of the game somehow, I feel disappointed. D&D also has specific ideas about how combat works. Do I understand those ideas well enough to make a useful PC? More below.
So how effective is my Emotionally Available Barbarian in combat, really? I don’t know for real, so I decided to find out.