While looking at the Character Advancement table on pg 15 of the PHB, something really jumped out at me. I'm sure it's been noticed by others before, but I just caught it.
Here is that table. I've added one additional column (XP Delta), that shows the amount of XP necessary to advance to that level from the previous.
From previous editions, I am used to a character needing greater and greater amounts of XP to advance to each additional level. That is NOT the case in 5E. (Did I miss something? Have earlier additions done this as well?)
One thing that jumps out at me is that there are a few progressions where the character needs the same xp for two levels in a row: to levels 13 & 14, to levels 16 & 17, and to levels 18 & 19. That just seems off to me. In the grand scheme, I'm sure it probably doesn't matter much, but it is striking in its difference.
Even more unusual is the progression from level 10 to 11 and then from level 11 to 12. A player is required to earn 21,000xp to get to 11th level, but then is only required to earn 15,000xp to get to 12th. But the strangeness continues: The player only needs 20,000xp to advance to 13th and then 14th levels--higher than the 15,000xp to get to 12th but still lower than the requirement to reach 11th.
Again, none of this might have much impact in the game, and I try not to be someone who finds little issues to nitpick to death--because frankly it isn't worth it. But this tempts me to redo the Character Advancement table for play in my house.
Sitting back from this post for awhile before publishing it and having read page 15 again, it strikes me that perhaps the progression from 10th to 11th level was deemed special, because it is the dividing line between the so-called second and third tiers of play, and requires an extra challenge to make that jump. But even that is unsatisfying to me.
Has anyone else noticed this and what are your thoughts on it?