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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How would elves’ advanced starting age affect my new character?

After a long break of play DnD my group wanted to start up a campaign again. We start making characters. My character is going to be an Elf that grew up as an orphan in this the large capital city ...
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Can the Half-Troll template be used for Troll sub breeds?

Since there is a Half-Troll template in the Fiend Folio, I was wondering if that template could be used to make half breeds of the various Troll sub breeds? Such as the Crystalline, Cave, Forest, ...
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What resources do I need to have all races/classes available to me for Adventurer's League?

I'm still a relative noob to DnD and am playing 5e. We will be starting the Curse of Strahd on March 16 and I would like to be planning out my character. I'm having some trouble figuring out where to ...
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How can I have mystery in a Fate plot?

I am going to run a session for a plot. This is going to be an introduction to RPGs, and what I'm trying to do is to add an element of mystery to the plot to keep the players hooked. The plot goes ...
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The group I DM for insists on rolled stats, but I don't want unbalanced PCs to cause group conflicts later

I'm going to be running a new campaign for my players, with our session 0 starting tomorrow. I was leaning towards the traditional ability score method of generation (roll 4d6, drop the lowest). I ...
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How do I find spells and magic items that match my character design goals?

For Pathfinder, d20pfsrd.com offers an advanced spell search for a plethora of rulebook sources. Sometimes, however, it's very difficult to find spells that match my search criteria closely enough. ...
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how to create a Thief / Cook? [closed]

I'm running a D&D5e campaign for some young adults (13-15 years old). While some of those have some specific ideas to what they want their characters to be (sometime even 'grandiose' ideas... "no, ...
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If a character has a mishap during a term and must leave the career how quickly can he re-enter the same career and will he retain his rank?

During a career you may have a mishap and be forced out of that career. Can you immediately reapply to the same career? If this is the case at what rank do you enter the career, same as when you left ...
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During character generation should all PC have the same number of terms?

When generating characters for Traveller is it normal to make all players have the same number of terms or set a limit on the maximum number of terms allowed? Or will the negative effects of age ...
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Is there any way to get more than one military promotion per term during character generation?

My understanding of the quickest possible promotion through the military ranks during character generation is that officer 01 can earliest be achieved at age 22, either by doing no pre-career ...
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How much has to pay a custom droid PC to have extensions in its locomotion systems?

A player of mine has decided to create a custom droid as PC, and as I have gone through the rules to create one, I couldn't find any specifics about this. The rules state that medium sized droids ...
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Do custom PC droids start with Basic language and vocabulator by default?

I have a player who decided to play a droid, and when I was going through the rules to create custom droids, I couldn't find anywhere what automatic languages they have. The best aproximations to ...
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How to design a GMPC that will not push the story ahead?

I'm going to play a campaign of D&D using the Starter Set. I will be the DM, and it is going to be a 1 on 1 campaign1. The 3rd approach of this answer appeals to me as a way to do this without ...
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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 ...