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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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 ...
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Can the ranger choose powers from the scout or hunter list?

I would like to create a ranger with some Scout or Hunter powers, but I don't know if it's possible. Furthermore, when reading the Scout description, at first level I find a column with the class ...
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Do human wizards and clerics have to choose a level 1 spell for their bonus spells?

In Dungeon World, human clerics and wizards each get to pick a spell from the other caster class's spell list. Must the player choose a level 1 spell so they can actually use it, or can they choose a ...
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What is the difference between themes and backgrounds?

Wizards has fairly recently released character themes for D&D 4th Edition. What is the difference between themes and backgrounds? Can you pick one of each or do you have to choose between the ...
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Pelor's Blackguard (4e)

We're just starting a campaign, and a player wants to create a very distinct character... a Pelor's Blackguard. Yes, a PELOR Blackguard. Is that possible to create Blackguard that follows Pelor in 4e? ...
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How can you build a character based on Lord Voldemort? [closed]

This question and it's answers may contain spoilers for the Harry Potter series of books If you were rolling a character based on Lord Voldemort (either as a player character or an NPC) for a DnD ...
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At-will Spellcasting in 3.5

My gaming group is currently playing a game in 3.5e, but I have done some of the DnDnext playtests and find myself very intrigued by the wizard class' at-will cantrips, and I was wondering if there ...
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How do I interpret “add +1/3 to natural armor bonus”?

I am new to Pathfinder and am building a Half-Orc Druid. Half-Orcs Favored Class Options The following options are available to all half-orcs who have the listed favored class, and unless ...
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What are good character creation options for a Doctor in The Burning Wheel?

I've been playing with burning up a Doctor in TBW, and I was wondering if there were any other skills I should be taking besides the ones I've got, and if my current skill choices would be adequate ...
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Ex-wizard that pretends he still is a wizard

I am pondering creating an epic-level wizard character, who through excessive use of Mordenkainen's Disjunction on artifacts has permanently lost all casting ability as well as all his class levels ...
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How do new characters get equipment?

Last week I bought the Pathfinder Beginner Box and as the GM I am preparing the first adventure for my friends. I'm pretty sure they will want to create their own characters instead of using the ...
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What type of Bonus does a Ragechemist's Strength Mutagen Provide?

This recently came up while my group and I were discussing potential builds for the next game we would be playing. A Ragechemist (Ultimate Combat) gets the following at first level: Rage Mutagen ...
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What guidelines exist for players creating characters for organized play?

With Hoard of the Dragon Queen releasing as the first part of the Tyranny of the Dragons storyline I was wondering what guidelines and rules exist for players looking to create and run characters for ...
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How do you make a dragon player character in D&D 3.5?

Me and a friend were looking at the rules in Draconomicon to make a Dragon PC and we were still baffled four hours later because of the dragon aging and leveling-up processes. Can anyone explain these ...
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When purchasing a robot, do I have to purchase an AI to operate it?

When I buy a robot (buying gear at character creation), does it come with a basic AI that knows how to operate the 'bot, or do I have to purchase the AI separately?
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Using archery with fighter maneuvers

I was looking through the list of fighter battle master maneuvers, and I noticed that most of the maneuvers say 'a weapon attack' and not 'a melee weapon attack'. For example Disarming Attack only ...
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Choosing equipment options at character creation

So if I'm correct, when you chose your starter gear and wealth you can either choose to roll some dice depending on your class and buy everything from that or you can choose the starter gear from your ...
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Mechanically, how do I prepare a village of not-quite-vampire-thrall monk NPCs?

What I need I need to build one or more NPC character sheets, or cards, for the monk/ninjas in a fortified mountain monastery whose order was (and still is) founded by an ancient vampire lord, who is ...
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Introducing a complex game world to players unfamiliar with its fiction whilst still hitting the ground running with character creation?

I am preparing to start up a Hellfrost game using the Savage Worlds system. Although I've run Hellfrost before, it has always been for people who are already familiar with its fiction and fluff. In ...
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Character help: Not just another dumb fighter

What are the most effective methods, mechanically, to quickly give a fighter useful magical knowledge and options (in and out of combat) without significantly sacrificing effectiveness as a fighter? ...
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How can I introduce epic destinies earlier?

How can I introduce epic destines earlier in the game, preferably in the first few levels? I'm mostly looking for some way to justify time some foreshadowing while have a nice mechanical resonance to ...
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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 a PC change their class in middle of an Adventure?

I have a little problem here, this week I'm starting a new D&D next adventure using the ongoing Basic Rules, I'm planning on buy the PHB next month and PC already asked me if they can change their ...
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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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What is the term for a mean character role-played by a nice player?

Contradictory character seems to mean a character who defies stereotypes or exhibits traits that contradict one another, in a literary sense. I wish to distinguish what I mean from round characters. ...
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What do I use for the Wizards nature skill modifier?

In the PHB on page 156 the Wizard says that it's nature skill modifier is INT. But on the actual Character sheet itself the nature skill modifier is WIS. Just wondering which one I am supposed to ...
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Can I build an effective druid in D&D4 without high WIS?

It seems like in 4e, druids have been more or less forced into a wisdom-based controller build. Even beast form abilities that are theoretically physical attacks take their bonuses from WIS. For ...
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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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How can i build a character that is blind but has an alternate way of sight? [closed]

I was talking with my DM recently and i thought about building a character that is blind but does not relie on tremor-sense. Could i make a character that is blind but uses say a type of Magical Sight ...
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Is there any way to get non-Class Skills as class skills without Multiclassing?

The Situation behind this question is I want to Get Knowledge Planes and Use Psionic Device on a Kobold Wilder so that A.) he can Prestige into Anarchic Initiate and B.) So I can use Dorje that have ...
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Are Rakshasas supported as a playable race?

Pretty much what it says on the tin: Does D&D 3.5 have any official player character stats for the Rakshasa? (Obviously you can reverse engineer any monster stat block into the basic racial ...
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Saint-like template/prestige class for villains

The Book of Exalted Deeds offers the Saint template for good-aligned characters. This template is quite powerful, but has strict prerequisites (as described in Sainthood section). Is there any ...
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What is the relationship between Monster CR and player level

I haven't ran a dnd game in a few years and a couple of my pc's want to apply some monster templates to their starting characters. Is player level directly proportional to Monster cr? IE: If we want ...
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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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Domains for a Sorcerer with Domain Access

Domain Access from Complete Champion p52 allows a sorcerer to take a cleric domain for the price of forever losing one L1 and one L2 spell known. The sorcerer gets the domain power, but can cast the ...
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Does D&D Next or Dead in Thay have rules for equipping new PCs above level 1?

My game group at the local shop recently got our hand on the next season of D&D Encounters, Dead in Thay, and will be running it in a few days. Previous editions, such as 4e, have very specific ...
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Are there recommendations or pitfalls for playing an archer cleric?

In my 4E game, a player is going to try an elven cleric with a longbow (and a mace, just in case). She chose mostly ranged powers. Are there any caveats to playing such a character, or any builds that ...
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What's a good way to build an unseelie fey warlock in DnD 3.5?

Pretty much just what the title says; what are some good feats/templates/racial class levels one would use for making a decent Fey-themed Warlock in DnD 3.5? To be more specific, I'm hoping to use ...
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Does Improved Natural Attack (Claw) apply to all my claw attacks?

I have a totemist who took Improved Natural Attack to boost the damage of the Claws from the Soulmeld Sphinx claws, and then decided to shape a different soulmeld that also gave claw attacks. (In this ...
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How many spells would a 3rd level Sorcerer have with a Charisma 19?

I'm trying to create a character with an online character sheet from google docs and the calculations are coming up unexpectedly. I suspect there is an error in the formula, so I want to make sure I ...
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How to decide which of my intended classes to start as when multiclassing in D&D 5e?

I'm putting together a Shadow Monk/Assassin Rogue character concept for a new game of D&D 5e but I have little experience with multi-classing. So, what should I consider when deciding which class ...
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Options for leveraging non-lethal damage

What options exist for creating a character focused on doing solely non-lethal damage? Are there ways to have increased damage output compared to a lethal-damage-dealing characters by accepting the ...
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How can I model a human who gets powers from a part-time symbiote alien?

I had an idea for a Mutants and Masterminds (2e) character based on a video game character idea of mine: a Gestalt consisting of a human male and a smaller, roughly cat-sized alien symbiote. As a ...
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How do I build Riddick?

Just came back from Riddick and I loved it. Less than Chronicles of Riddick, I am afraid, but enjoyable still. I would like a 20-level build for Riddick based on these criteria: Concept: Hardy ...
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Battle Oracle advice

We are wrapping up our campaign and the GM is going to run another game, which has us all talking about what our new characters will be. After both my character and his cohort took single level dips ...
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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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Effective Light Armor Fighter?

In D&D 4e is it feasible to have an effective lightly armored fighter? I'd like to do a rapier wielder for aesthetics but I want to make sure the character can still fill the role of defender. ...
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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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What are some mage-related abilities in a Sci-Fi setting?

One of my PC's wants to be a mage type character. I would be all for this, except that we are playing the Fallout Pen and Paper game, which doesn't really have any magic related techniques or attacks. ...
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Custom Race Creation for D&D 4e

The Monster Manual and Dungeon Master's Guide provides a few examples of how to adapt monsters into full-fledged PC races, but they're limited to only a few options. Are there any resources or other ...