1. Rich Woods says

    Monk. Imagine all those legs put to use in a Flurry of Blows attack made by a Drunken Master monk, along with the extra movement and the Disengage.

  2. StevoR says


    Although the ‘hop’ part of the ‘hopling’ name seems unapt* given the number of legs and likely multi-legged locomotion!

    Jumplings or Scuttling-lings** might be better? Arachlings maybe?

    .* Inapt?

    .** Though not when venturing out onto the oceans or large lakes!

  3. Artor says

    I agree with the Monk idea, but also consider the substantial bonuses to grappling, plus an envenomed bite attack. I’d be inclined to play a peacock variant of the species.

  4. whheydt says

    I once ran a Voion (from Keith Laumer’s Reteif’s War by way of All the World’s Monsters) as a player character.

    If you really want a chance to play D&D–or other FRPGs–come to DunDraCon next February. See: (shameless plug…I run ConReg).

  5. silvrhalide says

    Ranger. Specialized weapons and attacks. Communicates/summons animals with sexy drumming. And why does the illustration not have the iridescent green chelicerae?

  6. John Morales says

    All I can say is that “semi-humanoid” is doing a lot of work, there.

    Me, I’d go druid.

  7. consciousness razor says

    Circle of the Moon druid, so you can Wild Shape twice per short rest into a better animal, or by level 2 it could be a different kind of giant spider if you really insist…. Specifically, this one, which would give you temporary HP, blindsight, darkvision and web sense, no need for climbing checks and just a normal climb speed, the ability to ignore movement restrictions from webs. It has a poison bite and a restraining web attack. A playable spider should probably get more useful stuff like that all of the time.

    Anyway, the giant spider’s probably not even the best choice for level 2, generally speaking, since a brown bear can also climb (but walks faster), it will mean more temporary HP for you, and it gets two attacks per turn which would probably do more damage. Plus, it’s a bear, not a spider, which has to count for something. Or try out a wolf maybe. Whatever works, I guess.

    Then, when the Wild Shapes run out (for a little while), you could still be a possibly half-decent druid instead of spending your days as a monk.

  8. consciousness razor says

    And where is the proficiency in Weaver’s tools or perhaps Musical Instrument (Drums)?

    Or I don’t know … Vehicles (Land)? Why shouldn’t they be at least sort of okay at driving a chariot that’s pulled by an elephant or whatever?

    Oh, right, never mind: spiders…. I keep forgetting.

  9. StevoR says

    @ ^ consciousness razor : Absolutely! You’d think an intelligent species with multiple limbs would be able to use all of limbs those to develop and skillfully utilise technology artitsic and practical to levels far beyond our own..

    @8. John Morales : “All I can say is that “semi-humanoid” is doing a lot of work, there.”

    Yup. Doesn’t “semi~” mean half as in semi-circle? Those Hoplings look a LOT less than half-human -not even a quarter…

    Humanoid huh? Yeah, nah.