I just happen to have a group of 3 myself.
... am curious why you say people have problems with beastmasters.
... we'd have everything well covered except the theifly stuff. But there is always a way around that.
Two of us are a bit older ... third is the college-aged son of the other guy.
I'm probably pretty Reddit-biased, but my beloved beastmaster build takes a lot of heat for not being a massive damage-dealing powerhouse of pain. Honestly, I prefer the versatile support and battlefield management of beastmaster to rangers with a bunch of static bonuses. I'm usually DM, so I like to help others be awesome even as a player, I guess.
Sounds like we could be a good fit! We've got thief detection/ stealth covered with my Pass Without Trace, mage hand, and detect traps. Plus our grave cleric has used his thieves' tools to hilarious effect more than once. Took Lucky to make sure he can hit the checks. If not, we've got heals for days. Would be lovely if one of your troupe has some high-HP frontline potential. Wife's EK is super hard to hit, but not really a tank per se - more a whirlwind of blades, ice, and fire. We also have a REALLY nice story hook into the MOON12 trilogy that will provide much antics if the DM connects the dots. Should be BIG fun!
We welcome all ages and levels of experience! We've only been playing regularly since 2016, and I'm the only one in our group with experience prior to that (lost most of my HS years to the Baulder's Gate series - #noregerts). Honestly, if you folks don't D&D too regularly, that could be a great fit for our more narrative style and preference for heroic acts of idiotic bravery. We love battlemaps and minis (huge painter/ maker geek here), but aren't all about DAT DAMAGE at all times, if that makes sense. Would sacrifice maximum damage for maximum coolness every time.
Let's keep in touch, yeah?