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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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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Are spear fighters sensible in DnD 4e?

I'm new to DnD and I'm creating a gladiator (fighter or barbarian) for an upcoming Dark Sun Game, and I liked the idea of using nets and spears. The Players Handbook implies that net and spear users ...
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Balancing character levels

It makes sense that if you are in a group from the beginning that everyone in the group would be roughly the same level. Yes some classes level up faster than other but in general there is a balance ...
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How to rule a permanently blind PC in D&D 4e?

One of my players wants to build a totally blind character, and so far as I can tell the system has no rules for it, despite coming close. Blinded is a condition that more accurately reflects having ...
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Bomb based alchemist builds

I'm looking for help with building a bomb-slinging alchemist at level 10. Assume 25 point buy for initial generation. The focus is getting the most effective bomb usage possible. Fast bombs is ...
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What are the steps for creating an animal companion?

I'm having some issues statting out a badger Animal Companion for a 6th level Ranger in D&D 3.5. Can anyone provide step by step instructions that I can follow whenever I create an animal ...
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How to design an RP-balanced party?

How do you build a party so that they all have social roles? In some games, I often find that one character ends up dominating the social part of the campaign. In our groups, we usually end up with ...
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Creating a Wizard at high levels: How many Spells should he know?

I have looked all over this site & Google but I can't seem to get a good answer to this. When creating a Wizard over level 1, how many spells should he have in his spellbook? I'm speaking in ...
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An insomniac character, how could that work?

I searched the player's handbook a while ago for the sleep deprivation rules but I don't remember finding anything, even though I recall having been told about such rules. Apart from asking if any ...
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How are some Essentials classes non AEDU classes?

I've just received my Essentials books. Perusing the Heroes of the Adjective Noun books, the classes have and receive at-wills, encounter, daily and utility powers as they start and level. On the ...
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Is there a reason to ignore/adjust the Wealth By Level chart?

While reading this Cohort Question I was kinda struck by a quote in there and instead of asking an unrelated question in that area I figured it would be good to make a separate question. The quote ...
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What systems use interesting questions to inspire character backgrounds? [closed]

In another question, it was suggested that the game "Dread" has a number of questions to make players really consider their character's backstory and personality. However, I'm planning to run 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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What striker builds let you play a secondary defender role?

I'm going to play D&D 4e on the PC side of the screen for the first time soon, and it looks like the best way to fill the party's needs is by taking up a striker that can also defend a bit. ...
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How much damage does a thrown tower shield deal?

Out of curiousity, I've been trying to create a sort of "Captain America" type character using the Tower Shield Specialist and the Throw Anything feat. Unfortunately, I've been having a lot of trouble ...
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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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Is it possible to work a Spiked Chain as a collar?

I had an idea for a spiked chain-wielding Barbarian character, but instead of the usual warrior brute I thought I'd try something different; he was some kind of escaped slave or something that had ...
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Are size bonuses already incorporated into large races' attribute modifiers?

I have a friend who is playing a Trox. In the listed description we have the bonuses for being that race. All trox have the following racial traits. + 6 Strength, –2 Intelligence, –2 Wisdom, –2 ...
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Character creation walkthrough

It has been a long time since I last played RPGs and I have forgotten so much about how things like character creation work. I am using the Pathfinder core rule book for all of my characters currently ...
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Is it better with sparse or detailed pregen characters for a con adventure?

This is probably a bit subjective, but what do people prefer for pre-generated characters at conventions? Detailed characters with well-defined histories and personalities, or more sparse characters ...
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Feat prerequisites

Related to this question: Skill rank feat prerequisites, and specifically this rule text: Some feats have prerequisites. Your character must have the indicated ability score, class feature, ...
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Latent Awakening in Shadowrun 5

My group wants to change the edition from Shadowrun 4 to Shadowrun 5. We want to convert our characters and one of us has the advantage 'Latent Awakening'. I didn't find an advantage like this in the ...
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How can I create a first level teenaged rogue?

A new member to my campaign wants to play as a teenager human character in D&D 3.5 The character is going to be a 15 year old rogue. I'm not sure how to build this character as I would assume a ...
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Need help finding a mind-controlling parasite

I need help finding a creature to play as a player in D&D 3.5. The idea is that it inserts itself into the brains/head/control center of other creatures. I was not able to find any stats for such ...
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How to be a Centaur PC?

I just started D&D, bought my version 4 manuals and I'm now at my stage in character creation. The problem: I was wondering if playing as a centaur would be possible? What forms of skills and ...
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What kind of Muse do you start with in Eclipse Phase?

In Eclipse Phase, the character creation rules state that every character gets a Muse for free. Later in the book it details multiple kinds of Muses, including one called a Standard Muse. Based on ...
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How to use a Minigun effectively

So Shadowrun has a number of machine guns and assault cannons, but we still have the iconic minigun variant that allows us to shoot red hot death-lead at things. However, our resident heavy weapons ...
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Oriental-themed characters in Pathfinder

We were planning on running a 3.5 campaign with an oriental-themed party: Samurai, Ninja, Shugenja, Wu Jen etc. There are all sorts of story reasons in place to make sense of this: a quasi-oriental ...
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How to make monsters with class levels?

Say I was trying to make a 3rd level Harpy bard. Do I remove its seven hit dice, feats, BAB and skills etc and start from scratch? Or do I add the class levels on top of all that? How does level ...
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Looking for suggestions for quick character generation

I am considering setting up a semi-casual zombie-apocalypse game in which the player's characters will be based on "normal" people. [Rather than heroic characters.] This is not a game that I expect ...
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Character generation for the dresden files “case file” adventures

I was thinking of running the Dresden Files RPG, and I wanted to try it out and get my feet wet before I did a real long-term campaign. So I tried to run the "neutral grounds" case file (A free ...
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How do I build an 4e essentials character?

I'm having trouble interpreting the 4th Edition Essentials books. How do I determine how many powers a level 1 paladin/cavalier gets? The book never comes out and says it. With skills and feats, it's ...
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Starting wealth for Complete classes

Does D&D 3.5e have official random starting wealth tables for the classes given in the Complete supplements? I know there's a table for the core classes in the Player Handbook, but I can't find an ...
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How can I introduce Life Paths to character generation?

The first time I played* Traveller, I found myself blown away by the detailed character creation, featuring year by year (4 year chunks actually) break down of how your character got where they are ...
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Exalted Land Speed Record Build

A while back, my group decided to see if we could come up with a way to get an Exalted Character, with unlimited XP and Personal Artifacts (those that can be worn for example), to run across creation ...
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How do you make a wizard who doesn't need a spellbook?

I know what you're thinking: "Dude, just play a Sorcerer". Well, I ask this question because of two main reasons. Wizards get some extra spells for specializing, and my DM says sorcerers are rare. I ...
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How important is charisma for a 3.X bard?

I've just started a DnD 3.5 campaign that will probably run through the summer, taking us from level three (where we start) to around level eight or nine. It's a small party (four players) and two of ...
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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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How would I build a master magic item crafter/blacksmith type character?

So I had this idea for a character who is basically obsessed with magic items, making, collecting, using, having, any and every magic item he can get his hands on: effectively a batman type character. ...
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What class/builds can be used to fulfill both striker and controller roles?

Many classes/ builds allow one to fulfill multiple party roles. For example, a Paladin is a hybrid leader/defender. What classes/builds are a good way to handle striker/controller? I'm looking for ...
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What benefit does a fighter with a high wisdom score have?

In the Players hand book it mentions in a list called "Melee weapon groups and associated Statistics" (Pg. 77) and says ...the list below notes the melee weapon group and the ability score that ...
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What is a good pdf/excel/app to use to create a computerized character sheet and power cards without the DDI (Dnd Essentials)

I've been searching the net for a way to make a nice looking / easy to read/access character sheet, similar to the ones that are given out at encounters. I've found a couple, and I'm curious if there ...
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How exactly does a level adjustment work?

Does level adjustment simply mean the character must be the adjustment's number of levels lower than the rest of the party, or does it act as levels in the relevant template and include the relevant ...
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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 an "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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Do Powerful Build and Monkey Grip Stack?

The Character in question is a Large half-Minotaur Goliath who is using monkey grip. Normally a Large Goliath could wield a Huge weapon with no penalty. Monkey Grip allows you to wield a weapon 1 ...
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Pathfinder benchmarks

I was recently creating a new level 10 character for Pathfinder, and realized that I had absolutely no idea of how much AC / HP / Attack Bonus /Saves I was suppose to aim for. Is there, somewhere, a ...
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What can a wizard take instead of a familiar at 1st level?

The familiar is brilliant feature for a wizard, but not for a prestige multiclassing one. Such a wizard stops upgrading his familiar once getting off the main road. So if he still wants to utilize his ...
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What's fair compensation for creating a one-armed drow?

One of my players wants to play a Drow Bard [in 5E] who wanted to blend in with surface dwellers. The background is that the PC asked a powerful wizard to change his appearance permanently (to an ...
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How do I make my character a lycanthrope?

Can someone break down the rules of adding Hit Dice from an animal to your characters stats? An example would be appreciated.
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Where does the damage bonus for the level 1 pre-gen characters come from?

My friends and I have just started playing D&D. We have played through the Red Box and we decided to keep playing D&D so we downloaded the play-test materials for D&D Next. I read through ...