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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What are “tiers”, and what tier is each class?

I tend to play Wizards, almost exclusively, though I have branched out and played Clerics, Druids, Sorcerers, and, at some point each other core class. I would like to play something different for my ...
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Should I allow a Wondrous Item on level 1 character creation?

I'm starting a new 3.5 campaign, using only the 3 core books for character creation, and starting all my players off at level 1. One of my players has written a (rather good) backstory for his ...
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Do I Have to take a Power's Extra Benefit Granted by my Class Feature?

Some powers have extra or different benefits depending on which class features you pick. For the purposes of this question I will refer to the power which prompted it, the Swordmage's level 3 ...
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How do prestige classes work for half-elves?

I am considering having a prestige class for my Half-elf Druid. I am aware that you can multi-class with a half-elf do I need to have my second class open for my prestige? What I wanted to do with my ...
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Can you have a shark companion out when not in water?

I was thinking of being a druid and having a shark companion. My question is if they only know swim how can they be on land? It has no land speed indicated. I know this seems like a simple concept ...
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Is there a free character builder for D&D 4e on Mac?

Is there a free character builder available for Dungeons and Dragons 4e on a Mac? Preferably, a user friendly one. I would like it to be a stat generator along with class and race selection, and ...
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If we can exchange one feat per level up, then can those feats be racial or class feats?

Can you replace feats that you get as class features, but that you'll never use for reasons unique to your character? Can we, for example, take those useless feats at a rate of one per level and ...
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How do Feats work?

From what I understand from the Dead Winter RPG Rules Guide, all characters receive a Racial Feat at every even-numbered level, and a normal Feat at every odd-numbered level. What's the difference ...
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What sort of check should be used for my frenzy ability's stay-in-control aspect?

My D&D 3.5e character is a half-shark/half-man, and I want to give him a boost ability that allows him to indulge in his frenzy or instinct and gain bonuses during battle. Doing so, however, would ...
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Good sources for creating a poison and blackmail-based character? P&P

I am in the process of creating a character for Pen & Paper roleplay, and I have decided to play a more complicated character whose skills I am far from having or understanding fully, yet, and I ...
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How can I create a Cleric that uses grappling moves and martial arts?

I'm a complete newcomer to the RPG hobby. I was invited to a D&D session and when I was asked to create my character I was completely blanked. But when I came up with the idea of a martial-artist ...
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Can a PC be any monster from the MM?

I was looking through the 3.5 Monster Manual, and started noticing something. Some monsters had a 'This monster as a character' section, apparently telling the players how to adjust their stats to ...
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Are a deity's rank and class levels co-dependent?

I'm trying my hand at making stats for a deity in D&D 3.5 (god of music, if it makes a difference) using the rules given in Deities and Demigods. So far everything makes sense except one thing: I ...
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Are there any builds for dual wielding sickles?

I am trying to make a character like Death from Darksiders 2 and need some help for the build. The character is going to be a Eladrin Hexblade that focus on single target damage and uses necrotic ...
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How can I get my wizard to cast low-level spells spontaneously?

Okay, I have this idea for a character (DnD, 3.5e) who has some innate magical talent, but simply fails in developing it intuitively, so he goes on to invest his intelligence in studying and learning ...
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Custom Team for Fighting in an Arena [closed]

We are playing Hero's Championship in a wicked Arena of Terror. That's beside our regular storyline with characters built just for this purpose. It's to get some adrenalin in a Player versus Player ...
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How do the Armour and Weapon mustering out benefits work?

I'm evaluating Mongoose Traveller as an option for a new gaming group, and currently I'm running through the character creation process. The range of options for the Armour and Weapon mustering out ...
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What is the motivation for a druid to go adventuring

My friends and I are about to start a Pathfinder campaign and I am going to be playing my first druid character. I really like the character class but I don't understand why a druid would leave ...
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Blood Obsessed Character with Weaponized Blood?

I though of an idea for a character I'd really like to make and play, but I'm not sure how to go about it, or if it's even possible. So far I've only played Pathfinder and everyone I know plays ...
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PC build - Beguiler/Wizard/Ultimate Magus

I am currently in my first campaign, playing as a level 6 Beguiler (aiming for Shadowcraft Mage). In the case where I die and have to reroll, I think I would like to adapt a slightly different build, ...
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How to model an ability to enhance other's abilities in Strange Fate?

I'm planning a Misfits-style game using the rules from Kerberos Club Fate. I'm trying to figure out the best way to model a character whose power is the ability to drastically enhance other people's ...
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Help w/Character Sheet: What are ability modifiers and how do I calculate them?

So I was filling out the character sheet and suddenly I saw a ability modifier. I'm confused, and am asking these questions for clarification: Where do you put your "Standard Array" number. In ...
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Drow Spellcaster build for 1 vs 1 & 1 vs 2

Currently I am making a Drow Spellcaster character with the build learned towards 1v1 combat in a small area, it is specific for the D&D drow based campaign. The fights are most of time 1v1 with ...
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In Amber Diceless, what is the reason for the order of the Stat Auction?

In Amber Diceless, stats are auctioned off in the order: Psyche Strength Endurance Warfare What is the reasoning for this order? A friend of mine argues they should be auctioned off in a random ...
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How do I plan out a character's growth in Pathfinder?

I've played a few Pathfinder games, I've even considered running one myself, and I've come across a common problem for me when I play my character (or in any system really). I start out with a ...
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Shapeshifter Villain travelling with Party

Where to start? First of all, I'm planning on running a Homebrew Pathfinder campaign of my own. I've already got the plot laid out and ideas for various NPCs. The problem is I'm running into an issue ...
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Prestige Classes for a stealthy Barbarian/Rogue

Hot on the heels of this question, Am I giving up too much with these Unearthed Arcana fighter variants?, I'd decided that I want to build a Half Orc barbarian/rogue for an upcoming low-magic* pirate ...
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Am I giving up too much with these Unearthed Arcana fighter variants?

I'm in the extremely early stages of planning a character for a low-magic D&D 3.5 campaign. The theme of the campaign is that the party will be pirates. I'm currently mulling around the idea of a ...
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How do Favored Classes work? [duplicate]

So, I am creating my first Pathfinder character ever right now together with some friends. We are all new at this. I figured I'd go for a half-elven Cleric. Everything good so far. But! The two ...
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If I don't spend all of my starting XP 'before play starts,' does it get wiped out?

In a previous question, an answer quotes the rules on starting XP. It states that it can be spent before play starts. Taken literally, which may not be the intention, it means I cannot spend this XP ...
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Is XP spent at character creation treated the same as • spending?

Say, as a crude example (I don't fact-check points costs atm on my phone) I have a character who buys: Giant •••• Encyclopedic knowledge •• Fleet of foot • And as he has some starting XP he decides ...
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Starting spells in AD&D 1e

Where should I refer to finding the exact rules for the starting spells of magic-users, clerics, druids and illusionists? I'm not sure whether or not these spells start off ready-to-go or require ...
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Can I start with multiple dots in a merit?

I'm fairly certain starting merits aren't bought sequentially: Merit dots must be purchased sequentially with experience points. You have to buy • and then •• before your character can have ••• or ...
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Can I use Defender Aura without ending Berserker Fury?

I created a Minotaur Barbarian (Berserker) Level 1 with the Character Builder. I got the Berserker Fury feat and it reads: Enter Berserker fury until end of encounter when you use a barbarian ...
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How to reintegrate players who had their characters die in AD&D 1e?

Just wondering how it would be possible. Say for example, the party is level 5 and one player is killed in battle. What is to be done? Does he roll a character at level 5, or level 1? What are your ...
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How can I let the players be what they want in AD&D 1e?

Allow me to explain. I am a new DM figuring out 1e for a group of players. Some of them have expressed their desire to play classes that are difficult to roll the criteria stats for, like the paladin ...
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D&D high-difficulty / technical character build suggestions

I have always been a huge fan of D&D style derivatives, but I have never actually played D&D itself. (Baldurs Gate (I & II), Final Fantasy VII+, Magic the Gathering, Oblivion, Fallout 3+). ...
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As a GM, how can avoid pitfalls common to Generic Point Build Systems?

I'm well aware that point-buy systems (HERO System, GURPS, Mutants & Masterminds, Wild Talents) tend to have a set of common pitfalls associated with them. Players will usually choose Combat ...
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How many spells can a level 1 human Wizard have in 4e?

I'm new to D&D and roleplaying games in general, so I thought I'd ask here. On page 29 of the Player's Handbook for 4th edition, it says I get the class features, racial traits, 1 feat, 2 ...
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Is rolled death during character creation ever OK? [closed]

Is it ever Ok to have a Diceroll made during character gen kill or cripple a character before they are played? I know in certain Systems, this is almost true if you are really unlucky at rolling. (Eg ...
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Are there rules in D&D 3.5 for characters who smoke?

I was building a venerable Dragonwrought Kobold character, and as part of my mental image of him I pictured him having a smoking habit- like the old "tobacco leaves in a pipe" kind. Thing is though, ...
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How can I play an Artificer predictively?

Of the various classes held to be Tier One, the Artificer is perhaps the absolute trickiest to play. Though their potential power - especially with access to downtime - is immense, they more than any ...
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Can I improve “free” affiliations during character burning?

Some character traits give you a free affiliation, usually at 1D. Can I spend resource points to improve this freebie affiliation during character burning? For example, nobles get a freebie ...
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personality traits for a character [closed]

I am looking for a big list of character personality traits that work well on PCs. Some examples of such traits would be: "a deal is a deal is a deal": once commited to a deal, does not go back ...
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How can I help a player craft a backstory that gives me plot hooks?

I have a new player joining my game soon who has taken the place of another player. Unfortunately, the character's backstory is lacking. It doesn't tell me a lot about the character. Because I draw ...
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What equipment should a character start with?

For the most part, character creation is a guided process: the rules explain clearly how to determine attributes, classes and races are few in number and each has its obvious purpose, and there are ...
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Should I take Sorcerer or Warmage for a Kobold Ultimate Magus?

I'm trying to build a Dragonwrought Kobold Ultimate Magus, but I'm having trouble deciding whether I want to do it based off a Wizard/Sorcerer or Wizard/Warmage. On one hand, Sorcerer is a Kobold ...
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How does a psyker choose which disciplines he takes?

It's a bit confusing, because the basic abilities are obtained when a psyker has acquired a certain discipline... or what? I can't find a line that says he has to purchase anything with XP... does ...
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Starting at a higher level

In a campaign I will be playing in soon, we are starting with 10k experience apiece (this is to have a higher-stakes campaign, and the reason we get a set amount of xp instead of levels is that ...
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Can someone help me optimize (or at least, make sure I don't gimp) a gunslinger/magus for PFS play? [closed]

I'm moderately familiar with D20 games, though moderately new to PF, but I was invited by a friend-of-a-friend to try out PFS this weekend. I popped into my university's game club to read some ...