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All pictures and info courtesy of Russell Stone.


D&D jester illustration

Illustration from Dragon magazine #120 (April 1987), "The Pun is Mightier Than the Sword: Verbal Repartee for the Jester NPC Class" by Steven P. King.


From Russell:

A long time ago an unofficial jester character class was published in "Dragon" magazine, and has had supplementary articles published over the years.It was originally written as a NON-player class, but I saw no reason why a player couldn't use one, too.

The first jester article (by Roger E. Moore) (for 1st edition AD&D) appeared in "Dragon Magazine" # 60 (April 1982). It had several typos and rules errors, and they published corrections in the letters columns of Dragon # 65 and # 79. Then, in the "Best of Dragon Magazine" Vol. 4, they reprinted the Jester class and incorporated all the changes. (I didn't like all the changes they made, so both versions are essential). In Dragon # 69 (January 1983), they printed the "Entertainer" character class (which included Juggler, Acrobat, & Troubadour) (by Lenard Lakofka), and it had good material and pictures. Dragon # 120 (April 1987) featured "The Pun is Mightier Than the Sword: Verbal Repartee for the Jester NPC Class" by Steven P. King. Then, Dragon # 134 (June 1988) featured "Bazaar of the Bizarre: Magical Items for a Less-than-serious NPC."

Later, when 2nd edition AD&D came out, they made the jester class a "kit" of Bards (a sub-class of Rogues), which makes sense. But the official version is much less interesting than the 1st edition jester. I'm not sure what changes they have made for 3rd edition D&D...


See scans of the articles themselves!

The Jester: a clever, comic, charismatic new NPC
(from Dragon magazine #60)
Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

Errata for the above article

An article by Gary Gygax featuring the jester character class.

The revision of the jester class
(from Best of the Dragon #4)
Part One | Part Two | Part Three

The Pun is Mightier Than the Sword: Verbal Repartee for the Jester NPC Class by Steven P King
(from Dragon #120, April 1987)
Part One | Part Two

Bazaar of the Bizarre: Magical Items for a Less-than-serious NPC
by E Paul Tobin
(from Dragon #134, June 1988)
Part One | Part Two | Part Three

Leomund's Tiny Hut: Let Them Entertain You
by Lenard Lakofka
(from Dragon magazine #69)
Illustration | Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six | Part Seven | Part Eight


D&D entertainer illustration

Illustration from Dragon magazine #69 (January 1983), "Leomund's Tiny Hut: Let Them Entertain You" by Lenard Lakofka.


The Spirit of Myrrth
(from Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #5-8, April-July 1989)
The ghost of the dead jester Myrrth hires the adventurers to find out who is disturbing his bones; turns out it's the local jesters' guild, who are planning to reanimate his skeleton and turn it against the Waterdeep city elders... Be amused by the head jester, who is modelled on Marty Feldman.

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six


A blast from the past
(from Dragon #3, October 1976)
The earliest reference to a D&D jester class! As Russell says, 'pretty crude by today's standards, but amusing nonetheless'. The first page also treats the reader to the 'Idiot' class. :-)

Part One | Part Two | Part Three


Hidden Agendas
(from Dragon #256 ,February 1999)
An article by Andy Miller about secret societies in the World of Greyhawk, and includes a society called the 'Azure Masks', made up of jesters and other entertainers. Below you can view page 1 (the introduction), pages 6-7 (the bit about the Azure Masks) and a rather spiffy illustration that came with.

Page One | Page Six | Page Seven | Illustration


Ye Merry Olde Company of Fools
(from Dungeons & Dragons: 3rd edition / d20 rules)
An article from a supplement called 'Guildcraft'. Russell says 'It is well-written and interesting, but what I don't like about it is that the Fools Guild is sinister in nature. I much prefer the benevolent Fools' Guild!'

Front | Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six


The Deck of Many Things
(from Dragon Magazine #148, August 1989)
The Deck of Many Things, from the old AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide, includes several jester cards.

The Fool | The Idiot | The Jester





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