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 I HAVE to choose a subrace? And how do I add ability scores if I do?

Let's say I made a dwarf character. In the dwarf traits I should add +2 constitution. If I pick Hill Dwarf as my subrace do I get both +2 constitution AND +1 Wisdom from hill dwarf trait?
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Can a character with two warring personalities have two alignments?

I have a half-orc character that was brought up by orcs to be evil. While he was growing up his human conscience used to give him doubts about what he was doing but he ignored it. Then something ...
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Suggest character name for a Monk [duplicate]

I'm going to play a Monk character soon and I'm stuck a little bit with choosing a proper name for him. The character is calm, considered, has a buddhist type personality. I'm looking for a (probably ...
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Is there a playable correlation between CR and level in 5e?

Let's say that I'm about to run a combat-heavy 3rd level one-shot for a group of players. Balance and challenge rating is still very important, but one of my players says he'd like to play a humanoid ...
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Do individual deities restrict inquisitions?

When building an Inquisitor and taking an Inquisition instead of a Domain, are there any restrictions imposed by deities?
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Are you supposed to buy morphs with credits or CP? It seems cheaper with credits!

When creating a character in Eclipse Phase, I faced a question from one of my players. We agreed that the first morph cost some CP (creation points), for example 75 CP for a fury. When buying a second ...
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Does an AI connected to a space station's electrical devices have No Manipulators?

I'm running a GURPS game based on Space Station 13 and I'm trying to build a template for the AI player character from that game. The AI in SS13 resides in an immobile box with no directly connected ...
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How do you quickly build a player character during a session without interrupting the game or leaving out important information?

My friends and I have been playing D&D 5e for a few months now and we have run into problems where if we want to introduce a friend or have a need to create a new character for the game we have to ...
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How many starting credits do PCs receive?

I've looked through the book multiple times but can't find where the default starting credits amount is for new PCs. I know you can get bonus credits for additional obligation, but I simply am ...
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How do I figure the dice and bonuses for attack rolls and damage rolls?

I'm building my character, a Half-Elf Ranger, and I'm a little confused about how to work out the attack bonus and the damage bonus. So, please tell me if I've got this right: I'm proficient with a ...
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What ways exist to consistently and reliably grant my allies advantage on the attack roll? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to build and/or play a proper Tank/supporter, with the focus of my support lying on helping my friends getting advantage, for example by: Creatively using Feats or core ...
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What is an appropriate RP value for this Flight modification?

I'm currently working on a bit of a custom pathfinder world built from the ground up. First step is the races and I really wanted to try and balance the three core races in terms of power. All in ...
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Characters Created via dice rolls: Do I have a problem with vastly differing characters?

Background I recently started DMing a group of players for Pathfinder. They are completely new to the game (and roleplaying in general) and I'm rather new to Pathfinder and completely new to DMing. ...
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Adding Heroes of the Fallen Lands to D&D 4e's downloadable Character Builder

Looking to try and make some characters with the new subclasses from HotFL but found out that it wasn't put out for the downloadable WotC builder. What's the easiest way to add the new elements?
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Can you exceed 18 in your core stats as a level 1 character?

We are making characters in Pathfinder and a player asked if they could go past 18 with racial bonuses. Now we aren't talking with any equipment, just a simple 15 point buy with pluses also from the ...
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How's my Warlock and Endgame Plan? [closed]

My race is Variant Human with the Actor perk and 20 Charisma, and I’m proficient in Arcana, Persuasion, Intimidation, Deception and Sleight of Hand. My Patron is a Great Old One and at level 3 I’m ...
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How do you calculate the Attack and damage workspace?

I am relatively new to D&D, and there has been one question about the character sheet of 4th edition. How do you calculate the attack and damage workspace on the character sheet? So far, I've ...
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Do the extra tables in the Background section of the 5e PHB count as Characteristics?

Charlatan has the Scam (e.g. "I cheat at games of chance" or "I shave coins or forge documents.") Criminal has the Specialty (e.g. "Burglar" and "Blackmailer," which aren't quite so detailed.) ...
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Why doesn't the Vampire City character sheet have “Hubris” or “Dark Gifts” traits?

I'm trying to create a character for Vampire City but the character sheet doesn't have room for "Hubris" nor "Dark Gifts", which you have to define on Steps Five and Six. "Hubris" is the character ...
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How many magic talents does a multiclassed level 2 spellcaster have in Spheres of Power?

On page 8 of Spheres of Power, it states about magic talents: but all characters gain two bonus magic talents the first time they gain a level in a casting class Does that mean a Shifter 1 / ...
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Where do all the numbers come from when building a character?

The issue I've encountered with my recent attempts at character creation are that, we'll I don't really understand where some of the numbers come from, the rules say do it 1 way and on character Stat ...
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Decent Dual Wield Blade Pact Warlock

I'm trying to build a dual wielding warlock. I'm thinking: Fighter 1 Armor skills Two weapon fighting Warlock 1-19 Fiend Pact of the Blade (duh.) Max DEX and CHA Talking my DM into letting me ...
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What are the racial traits for mind-flayers?

I'm planning on making a Mind-flayer character for D&D 5e and need their traits. I need to know special abilities, stat modifiers, and other things needed for character creation. A site that ...
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How to help a player choosing the right character-class?

Let's consider a player, whom we shall call Bob. Bob loves to be a warrior and loves exiting stories about how he's the best in killing others and about how badass he is. Bob's pretty new to Pen ...
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Can a single character use material from multiple sources?

I was curious if when creating a 4e D&D character if I could use multiple books to do so. For example I want to make a Druid, can I pick 1 at will power from one book and another at will power ...
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3.5e rules on racial feats at character creation [closed]

Racial Feats. Depending on the creature type of the character’s race, he begins with a number of feats. These feats may be used however the character likes, provided he meets the prerequisites ...
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How can I make the protagonist from the Night Angel Trilogy into a PC? [closed]

I'm a big fan of Brent Weeks's Night Angel Trilogy of novels and want to play a PC as close as possible to the wetboy Kylar Stern/Durzo Blint, a rogue, assassin, and warrior with the awesome talents. ...
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Are class skills picked before or after your character's Background is selected?

In the Backgrounds section: Each background gives a character proficiency in two skills. Skills are described in chapter 7. In addition, most backgrounds give a character proficiency with one ...
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What career slots count as dedicated?

Player's Guide, p. 37-38 states: Each career has several talent slots along the side of its sheet, showing the different affinities or knacks for that career. Some careers have one of these ...
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Designing a low-level NPC mage [closed]

So, I am working on a dungeon for a small party: (Tweaked) Drow Sorc2 -- good stats and a decent spell selection Human Rgr2 -- has a bit of healing, but more of a tanky/hack-and-slash type so far ...
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Is variant human better than standard human if all my ability scores are odd? [closed]

So if I rolled stats of 17, 15, 15, 15, 14 and 13, is this one of those rare cases where the normal Human "+1 to everything" is going to be more useful than the Variant Human +1 +1 and a feat? I'm ...
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Are the A), B), C) starting equipment choices exclusive or multiple choice?

this is an embarrassingly small question, but it's bugging me and my troupe greatly. The short form of the question is, "Can a player choose MORE THAN ONE item from a list of items on their DW ...
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How to explain the Hx generation during character creation

When creating Apocalypse World characters with new players, I regularly see that picking options does not need much explanation, and where it does, I can go around the table and answer questions ...
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How To, on rolling up my own character [closed]

I connected with a Dungeons and Dragons DM online. He let me know he's got a campaign they play once a week. I haven't played since the early 90's. The whole online thing is a surprise. The ...
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Is Bard or Warlock closer to Rolemaster's Mentalist?

I have played Rolemaster before and I enjoyed being a Mentalist. My friends decided to start a D&D 5e game. I am very disappointed that there is no Mentalist among the available classes. I can't ...
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What's the use for proficiency with a gaming set?

Compared to other skill/tool proficiencies, being proficient with a gaming set seems horribly underpowered. Especially since there's even a subdivision into different games. I expect such games to ...
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Don't understand where to get all the derived stats during character creation

I've created a new D&D character and I'm filling in her character sheet. I always gets stuck on what values I should be using for Inspiration, Initiative, Temporary Hit Points, Hit Dice, and ...
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Effective and efficient way to distribute starting wealth for a one-shot? [closed]

I'm looking to do a one-shot to try my hand at DM-ing. I've decided for everyone to be level 5 and I have built encounters around that fact. Based on the DMG, my player's characters will have about ...
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How can I make a character who's a budding novelist? [closed]

How would I go about making my character a professional writer? I intend on making them a renowned fiction writer in the future but I imagine they've got to start small. Just not really sure where or ...
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For a one-shot, how do I handle starting equipment above level 1? [duplicate]

I'm looking to do a one-shot to try my hand at DM-ing. In addition to this, I'm also building the setting and objective by myself as well. I've decided for everyone to be level 5 and have built ...
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Reality to Fiction: Powerfully Built Humans?

Hafþór Björnsson is 6' 9" (2.05 m) and 419 lbs. (190.005 kg). That is a pretty good reason he was cast as The Mountain on Game of Thrones - not to mention he is a very popular Strongman. When we look ...
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Do you need to meet a class's Starting Talent requirements?

All three classes have Starting Talents gained at level 1, but you may only meet the requirements for one - or in some cases, none. Can you choose a talent even if you don't meet the requirements? ...
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Can Valorous be my starting 16 trait?

Can Valorous be my starting 16 trait in Pendragon 5th edition? In the Pendragon book fifth edition it states: The Valorous trait always begins at a value of 15, reflecting your character’s ...
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What's the starting wealth for higher levels?

The PHB only gives starting wealth for Level 1 PCs. Based on my experience in other games, specifically Pathfinder, I would expect to get more at higher levels. Where can I find an appropriate table ...
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Are there any rules to have PC dragons in any palladium game?

Are there any rules in one of the palladium books that would cover informations to create a PC dragon?
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How does Promotion work?

Long story short; Twilight 2000 was recommended to me. I have the 2.2 version and I've been pitching it to my group, and it sounds like a game might finally materialize. I'm not running it because I'm ...
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Assassins using the Questionable Int stat

I'm working my way through trying to create my first PF character idea (to try and get a small grip on the system). Of note for the answer: I am considerably not an optimizer and care more for RP ...
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Do I really need high ST to use Telekinesis?

If I get the Telekinesis advantage, do I use my ST to move objects with it? I want to play a psionic character who is physically weak, but this wording makes me wonder if that's just not possible: ...
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Do I have to be a Bloodrager in order to have Bloodrage Rage Powers?

Although is seems like a no-brainer, I still have to ask :) Looking at rage powers, it's divided into three categories: General Rage Powers Totem Rage Powers Bloodrage Rage Powers Just by ...
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How many natural attacks / damage can I do in one full round?

So I'm building a new 5th level character and I'm going all in for STR built natural attacks character. Race: Half-Orc (Toothy) Urban Barbarian (2lvl) / Shapeshifting Ranger (3lvl) I rolled 18 in ...