Character creation (also: character generation or character design) is the process of making a character whose role the Player will assume. Character creation is about realizing the concept of the character within the options and rules of the RPG system.

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Do bloodragers have to be “Barbarians”?

I know this seems a stupid question, but I mean it as this Barbarian |bärˈbe(ə)rēən| noun (in ancient times) a member of a community or tribe not belonging to one of the great civilizations ...
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Which of the following builds is a better tank and DPS producer? [on hold]

Build 1: Half Orc Fighter (Champion) 8/ Rogue (Assassin) 3 Build 2: Human Paladin (Vengeance) 6/ Bard (Lore) 5 Build 3: Half Orc Barbarian 5/ Rogue (Assassin) 3/ Fighter (Champion) 3 I will be ...
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What effects does Ancestry have on a Dragonborn?

In the character creation, Dragonborn characters can choose an "Ancestry". This mainly determines the colour of their scales, and the breath weapon they get. Is there anything else that Ancestry ...
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How can I remove/minimize the need for sleep for a character?

I want to make a character that doesn't sleep at all or sleeps very little and stays alert when not sleeping. I'm making this character as an NPC and I'm the DM, so I can basically do anything, but I ...
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D&D 5e personality traits, ideals, bonds and flaws for a Noble Dragonborn Paladin [closed]

I am new with D&D and now I am playing D&D 5e, playing the campaign of Lost Mines of Phandelver. I am now creating a Dragonborn Paladin with a Noble background. Since this character is level ...
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Are there any templates available for creating new backgrounds in DnD 5E?

I understand that the background section says that you can tweak the existing ones to fit a campaign (PHB, p.125-126), but are there any available for making ones completely from scratch? Perhaps, ...
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Can you put high-power aspects on starting characters in Fate Core?

I have a player who's having some trouble understanding that Fate is not a game about stats. To remedy this issue, I'm considering letting them build a character with aspects that feel like an endgame ...
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Which class should an armored Wizard multi-class with, and in what order?

For a Wizard who plans to be in battle, what factors should be considered when deciding between taking a level or two of Fighter or of Cleric, and when? Fighter 1 would give the heavy armor ...
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What is the minimum INT practical for an Eldridtch Knight

If an Eldritch Knight focuses on spells that don't have an attack roll or saving throw, INT (spellcasting stat) becomes less critical. But is there still a minimum INT required to cast spells of a ...
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Simple and Martial Weapons - is that melee only, or both melee and ranged?

In DnD 5e the Ranger get simple and martial weapon proficiencies. Do these include RANGED weapons of those types, or only melee? I had assumed only melee, but then there's no way they can be ...
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How does Creative interact with the first tier ability of Levity?

One of my players chose Creative Spinner who Entertains for his character. Now we are wondering whether the inability from Creative - "The diffilty of all tasks related to pleasant social interaction ...
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Balancing starting dots and XP at character creation

In Vampire: The Requiem, the character has points to spend between attributes, skills, disciplines, etc. Purchasing a new level in a skill, attribute or other merit has a linear cost. During game ...
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How do I get inexperienced, reluctant players to set in-character goals?

When GMing for a group of players of mixed level of experience in RPGs and with varying knowledge of the setting. However, my experience shows that less experienced players have harder time creating ...
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Does a permanent enhancement bonus to Intelligence increase 1st-level spells known

I'm curious as to whether getting a permanent enhancement bonus to Intelligence (e.g., by wearing a headband of vast intelligence +2 for more than 24 hours) increases the number of 1st-level ...
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Why does the point buy system allow players to put “8” in one slot only?

In the 4th edition, when using point-buy system to set ability scores, players can only choose to put "8" in one ability. What is the reason for this? Why don't the rules allow for an "8" to be put in ...
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What level would a Guildmaster Be? [closed]

So in my 5e campaign, the players will be studying under the Guildmaster of each of their classes. Each Guildmaster is the head of all the guilds in the country, so they'd be pretty badass. They work ...
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How can I optimize Chicken Infested?

I'm soon going to be a guest player in a Pathfinder game where silliness is the theme. (The party has been drawn into the Demiplane of Dinosaurs, which is reportedly a lot like Ravenloft, except with ...
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Problems with Party Formation: “You're the DM, you can figure it out.”

Sort of related to Is it wrong to ask a player to justify their character's actions? Scenario Player 1 wants to be a male drow necromancer that reveres Kiaransalee. Player 2 wants to be a male ...
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Do size mods take the place of racial mods?

My friend made me an Ent race and it is a large creature. If he gave it racial ability score mods would those add to the +16 to strength, +8 to con, and -4 to dex from size?
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Does D&D 4e have a Lizardfolk as a playable, PC race?

There are many entries in the Monster Manual for Lizardfolk, but I have yet to find a good piece of literature describing how to play them as a player race. If necessary I will create it from scratch, ...
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What are the best barbarian/heavy player races from a narrative standpoint?

Short story: I don't like half-orcs. I am looking for a thematic fantasy race that lends itself to the barbarian archetype for my dungeon-crawl RPG I'd like to start. I've never really gotten the ...
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Do I have to be a certain race to be a certain class, like WoW?

I don't know for sure if I can be any class with any race in 4th edition. Like WoW, you have to be like a Human or Dwarf in order to be a paladin.
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How do I determine passive insight/perception?

I just don't know how to find what I'm supposed to put in for insight and perception. How are they calculated?
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How can I make a character who feeds on souls?

I want a character who feeds on souls, using them or their power for his or her own devices. In particular: The powers of the character should be flavored as being derived from souls The character ...
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I want to play Dr. Manhattan. How can I? [closed]

How can I create a character that is powerful like Dr. Manhattan? The critical thematic elements are that he: is composed of energy uses pure energy as a power source Either one of these are the ...
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Limiting player freedom in introductory scenarios

As discussed in Would GURPS be a good choice for a non-magic, 19th century tech level, roleplay focused campaign?, I am planning to introduce a couple of friends to pen & paper tabletop RPGs. I am ...
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When do you get plusses to your ability modifiers? [closed]

I'm starting to play 5e and I cannot for the life of me figure out or find out when characters get plusses to their ability modifiers and feats. What level do you get them?
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Does Hellfire Warlock give me another invocation on its second level?

It's my second time playing 3.5e and I plan to go for the relatively simple Warlock 11 > Binder 1 (for Naberius) > Hellfire Warlock 3 > Warlock all the way to 20th level. My question here is, since ...
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Should I let a character be build with foreknowledge of the adventure? [closed]

We are playing (a converted) City of the Spider Queen and a player whose character died has now created a new one; a Dwarven Rogue. He asked me if he can take the Ancient Enmity Alternate Racial Trait ...
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Do you roll for an ability score your character doesn't have?

When creating a character, and specifically when generating its stats by dice-rolling, do you still roll the same number of times when you don't use all the ability scores? As an example, would a ...
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Is there a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style of character creator? [closed]

I have never played D&D before, but was thinking of getting a character going to play with a group of friends. I was told that there might be a "choose your own adventure" type of walkthrough ...
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5th ed duplicate proficiencies [duplicate]

Example, assassin rogue with the charlatan background, both the class and background specify the disguise kit as a proficiency. What do you do about that to even it out? With the second proficiency do ...
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Minimum stat line for ex-flight officer mage, in nWoD?

I'm going to be making a character for a mage the awakening game, and I want them to be ex-military (fighter pilot). We start at 0xp. The history is that after being enlisted he goes MIA during a ...
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How to make your players hate your villain, but not your game

How does one build the character of a villain such that the players (playing heroic characters) hate the villain as much as possible without detracting too much from the quality of the game? What ...
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Is there a way to get rid of inabilities in Numenera?

I was invited to a Numenera game, and thusly have been attempting to figure out the rules and such and to build a nice character. I wanted to be able to build a character with the Magical/Mechanical ...
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Is there any support in D&D for Were-humans?

In many D&D settings, the character of a human who can shapeshift into an animal is a standard archetype. Druids, Vampires, and Werebeasts are pretty common. However, does any support exist for a ...
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How can I make fighters and monks better in 3.5e D&D?

So I'm planning to DM a 3.5e D&D game for casual non-optimizing people in a setting I'm creating. In this setting, the base classes I've retained are Fighter, Monk, Wizard, Sorcerer, Cleric, ...
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Can I have an Animal Companions without being a druid or ranger?

I'm looking for a way to have an animal companion with classes other than druid or ranger, for example a paladin that fights with a trained hawk. I'm all for multiclassing if need be, but I'm looking ...
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Optimal way to build a Brawler Barbarian character that fights with his fists? [closed]

What is the best way of building a brawler barbarian that fights with his fists only? I am thinking of using the Suli class along with incremental elemental assault so I dont blow it all in one go.
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In character creation, is there a standard cap for the equipment you get to start with?

New to DnD and I'm hosting a DnD night with a few friends. As DM I've told em all to have preset character sheets but I'd prefer it if they all created one. In the equipment section there are various ...
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d&d 3.5 can anyone help understand how to make a monster race as a playable race? [closed]

First of all, Hello. I am very very very very new to D&D. I want to create a character from a monster race. I have read the books but I can't understand them. I will use Drow elf as an example ...
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Close-quarters spellcaster – Not a gish

I’m looking to make a character whose focus is on the use of spellcasting in close quarters. This might take the form of damage waves that are centered on his location, auras that buff nearby ...
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Making a character without a soul?

Tbh I'm kinda new to D&D, but I'm really interested in it, and I've been building a character, but I've hit a spot that I'm not sure how to handle: making a human character without a soul. I was ...
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How can I help my player make a 'Gnome with Wings' character concept work?

My wife came up with a cool "Gnome with wings" character concept for our 13th Age game. She is very much a "hippie story gamer" and I wouldn't expect her to abuse it for power gaming, so I'm inclined ...
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Maximum number of points in a skill per level? [duplicate]

I remember when creating my level 1 rogue many moons ago - for my first Pathfinder game ever - that our GM told us there was a max. number of skill points we could put into each skill. I don't ...
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How do I retrain myself to see characters as people and not systems?

Background Some of my previous questions (see What should I do when other players refuse to engage with my character's flaw? and Excessively clever characters vs. narrativist RP?) have alluded to ...
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Are there any Large playable races with a LA of +0/+1 and if so where are they?

I know of the half-minotaur that's in a dragon mag somewhere but other than that I have no idea. I've been consulting lists of +0 and +1 LA playable races and templates but they don't seem to mention ...
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How do I finish filling out this character sheet? [closed]

I am trying to pick up D&D for the very time and need some help for my very first character creation. Here are the choices I made; Race: Half-Orc Class: Barbarian Ability Scores (rolled, ...
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Shoe-themed race or class features

My character is really into shoes and I'm planning on taking Leadership next level. I want my cohort to be devoted to the old norse god of shoes and vengance, Víðarr. While there is a retribution ...
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Could someone explain traits to me?

I'm currently preparing for a Pathfinder session for the first time (we played degenesis and wanted to do something with more freedom). I got myself only the Core Rule Book. However, I (we) simply ...