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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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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Does a Drow character know Undercommon?

I was just creating a Drow Rogue in 5e and I noticed that they know very few languages. With some backgrounds, I have been able to create characters that know as many as 6 languages at level one. ...
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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 ...
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Does this Catfolk build have any redundancy?

So my Barbarian / Kensai Magus was just killed (R.I.P) and I have to make a new 5th level character. I want a character with personality but at the same time be able to kick some ass. After reading ...
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Active skills maximum at a shadowrunner's creation

The Life Module section of Run Faster p.66 limits active skill maximum to seven: Note that no active skill may be raised above 7 in this system. What's the maximum for the other methods (Core ...
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Are the SINNER and Erased qualities compatible?

Is the SINNER negative quality (Core Rulebook p.84-85) compatible with the Erased positive quality (Run Faster p.146)? [ERASED] those who had a SIN but had it actively and thoroughly erased For ...
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How can a character be rebuilt?

In the Pathfinder game I run, a player with a level 1 PC wants to change his class from fighter to rogue. The party made the acquaintance of a mid-level thief and during downtime the character wants ...
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How to justify my thematic spell selections to other players saying they're underpowered?

I'm fairly new to D&D and tabletop RPGs in general, but recently I started an extremely charismatic and hardy (high constitution) Tiefling Sorcerer. I took primarily fighting cantrips, but all my ...
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How can I get Dex-to-Damage for two weapons or an off-hand weapon?

I am looking into building a melee character who is Dex based and specializes in two weapon fighting. Is there any way to apply my Dex mod to damage for my weapons, or at least just my offhand weapon?...
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First levels of a Wildshape Mystic Ranger/Master of Many Forms

I'm looking for advice on how to play the first levels of a character I'm building. The character is a Wild Shape Mystic Ranger/Master of Many Forms, so in particular I need tips on what to do the ...
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What is the best way to discourage “easy” disadvantages purchase?

I had this issue in L5R, but there are many role-playing games that include in their character creation process a "disadvantage" purchase system : any kind of handicap, that may be physic, mental, ...
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How many weapons should I have and how many attacks should I list on my character sheet?

Fairly new to D&D and my question relates to what should be listed on my character sheet for weapons in equipment and what attacks should be listed. Given a Fighter's Equipment listing under ...
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How do I create pre-generated characters for a science fiction Fate Accelerated RPG one-shot?

I am running a one shot under the Fate Accelerated RPG system with a science fiction theme this weekend in lieu of our normal game. The characters will wake up on a ship that is derelict and on a ...
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Help with Packmaster Hunter

I would like to help my fiancee make her first Hunter character, and she would like to incorporate caricatures of her two real-life dogs into the build. I suggested that the Hunter with the Packmaster ...
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Racial advantages/disadvantages for a rules light system [closed]

I started a lunch break rpg with some of my coworkers last week, using Michael Wolf's Warrior, Rogue and Mage system. The first session was fun, with character creation and some explanation of what an ...
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What's the starting Exhaustion score for PCs in a new game?

I've looked through the manual three times for starting Exhaustion scores and can't locate anything definitive. I've found a few places that might imply Exhaustion starts at 0, but nothing that comes ...
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How do level adjustment and racial levels work?

So we're starting a 3.5 game soon and I decided to roll my first non-core character. I'm usually the guy who sticks with Orcs/Elves/Humans etc. But this time I decided to be a Hound Archon. What I ...
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Breaking size limitation for lycanthropy

I'm trying to find any way to get around the whole "you can only choose an animal up to 1 size category different than yourself" rule for Lycanthropes, Shifters who are going Weretouched Master, and ...
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Creating a Dwarf Paladin Defender

I could use a hand on this one. I've never been really interested in the creation of a Paladin, as I was seeing one mostly being a "stick in the mud". After reading the answer to this question, I'm ...
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Can Monks use Shortbows?

Haven't played D&D since ABBA was hot, and I'm trying to retool on 5e, playing a Wood Elf Monk. I see that on p78 of the PHB it states in Martial Arts that monk weapons are "shortswords and any ...
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Is there any way to cast non-cantrip spells without taking a level in a spellcasting class?

Can a Fighter learn spells and cast them without multiclassing? I know of feats in supplement books that allow characters to learn and cast 1 cantrip ( lvl 0 spell). I was wondering if there is either ...
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How to mechanically balance a PC Being Permanently blind

One of my players (I'm the DM) wants to be a completely blind character. I like to let them play whatever they feel enjoyable, even though, I'd like to find out how to make it not a too impeding ...
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How do I create a D&D character correctly as a total newbie?

I am a brand new player trying to create a character for D&D 5e. I have the PHB and a character sheet and am trying to figure out how to proceed and I'm getting stuck a lot. I have the normal ...
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How do I make a socially-optimized character in Dungeon World?

I enjoy playing PCs who talk, and can solve social situations effectively. Looking at Defy Danger and Parley as my main uses of Charisma, I'm underwhelmed and somewhat sad to have no Bluff, ...
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Is there any edition where it's possible to play as Animated Armor?

I'm new to this, and I'm still looking for a group to play with, but I have it set in my mind that the first D&D character I'd like to play as is secretly animated armor. Would this be possible ...
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Simplified character creation for D&D 5e

A few friends of mine are interested in RPGs after hearing me talk about them, so I've offered to run a single-session game for them. These people are entirely new to TTRPGs (although one has done ...
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Building a New Character

After talking more with the guy whom I've been building a new character for, I've come to understand that some of the information I posted in my first question was... inaccurate. What he wants is a "...
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How to capitalise on high Charisma in a melee build?

I'm building a Knight Commander. I want him to be a melee support character, passively improving the performance of his party by auras, a fair deal of tankiness and a reasonable damage dealing ...
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How do I avoid making a taciturn character? [closed]

I've played several characters in different D&D systems, and they almost invariably end up being grumpy, by-the-book, mood-killing characters. I think part of the problem is that I haven't been ...