A forum user raised some valid issues about many of the builds that are posted in the various sections. I posted a template of a dwarven fighter which he found useful when helping his friend who is new to DDO. I'm not sure if there are other guides like this out there, if there are, I apologise in advance for taking some shine off your gloss.
So what is a template? A template is a very generic build type with toned-down gear which are easily assessible. No 32-point, no tomes will be used. Only a couple of +6 item will be used. In short, a build without any fluff.
Why do it? I respect the many builders out there for the work they do. However, these fantastic builds often require high level gear, some of which are extremely difficult to obtain and hence inaccessible to new players.
While I appreciate feedback or comments, do take note that I'm not trying to make "UBER" toons but rather an easily built toon where new players can have fun with. Do feel free to make your own templates but again bear in mind of the items used (no tomes, no uber gear, no raid loot).
1. Dwarven Footman /Dwarf/Fighter[Kensai] (Aranticus)
2. Elven Mage /Elf/Wizard (Aranticus)
3. Benedictine Healer /Human/Cleric (Aranticus)
4. Forest Warden /Elf/Ranger[Tempest] (Aranticus)
5. Frenzied Brute /Human/Barbarian[Frenzied Berserker] (Aranticus)
6. Lyrical Poet /Human/Bard[Spellsinger] (Aranticus)
7. Whirling Dervish /Elf/Fighter[Kensai] (Aranticus)
8. Bastion of Light /Human/Paladin[Knight of the Chalice] (Aranticus)
9. Hired Blade /Halfling/Rogue[Assassin] (Aranticus)
10. Reformed Thief /Human/Fighter/Rogue[Kensai] (Aranticus)
11. Elven Bladesinger /Elf/Fighter/wizard[Kensai] (Aranticus)
12. Dwarven Cleric /Dwarf/Cleric (Heels)
13. Blade Dancer /Drow/Ranger (losskoss) *requires drow unlocking*
14. Dwarven Battle Cleric /Dwarf/Cleric/Fighter (Verlock)
15. Drow Infiltrator /Drow/Ranger/Rogue (losskoss) *requires drow unlocking*
16. Drow Shadow Wizard /Drow/Wizard (losskoss) *requires drow unlocking*
17. Floating Leaf Elf/Ranger/Monk[Tempest] (Aranticus) *requires monk unlocking* *Flavor of the Month*
18. The Gladiator Dwarf/Fighter[Stalwart Defender] (Aranticus)
19. Halfling Dervish Halfling/Rogue/Ranger (DagdaIX)
20. Generalist Human/Sorceror (Demoyn)
21. Wrecking Ball Warforged/Fighter (Demoyn)
22. Iron Paper Warforged/Fighter/Paladin/Sorceror [Stalwart Defender/Defender of Siberys] (Kalanth)
23. Backstab Fighter Halfling/Fighter[Kensai] (Demoyn)
24. Trapsmith Ranger Human/Ranger/Rogue[Tempest] (sirgog) *Utility Build*
24. Nuking Cleric Human/Cleric (Cowdenicus)