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Here are the criteria I like to use when evaluating a new class:
First off, these questions should be asked for the major level ranges (feel free to modify slightly).
And on to the questions:
Can the class contribute meaningfully in:
1. Combat - This includes level appropriate:
a. defenses against physical and magical attacks
b. offensive capability; or
c. a way of enhancing party members such that they would realistically choose to have you accompany them
d. ability to engage with the threats in the environments you can expect to be fighting in for that level.
2. Investigations/information gathering
4. Diplomacy/social interactions with other denizens of the world.
5. Economic (crafting, professions, bartering, or other wealth-generating activities).
The 5 areas don't all need to be filled, but the class should be able to participate or have decent options for participating or contributing meaningfully in all categories without crippling themselves in other categories.