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 can I recreate in 3.5e the Shifter class from Neverwinter Nights?

I would like to create a shapeshifting character. I'm used to Neverwinter Nights' Shifter prestige class, I would like to play something similar in DnD 3.5. I would appreciate some pointers about ...
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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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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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Does a negative Dex mod affect AC and Initiative?

I'm rolling up a Human Paladin for the opening session of the latest D&D Encounters season, Legacy of the Crystal Shard, and trying to decide where my dump stat (randomly rolled 8) is going. I ...
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How can I help my player make a 'Gnome with Wings' character concept work?

My wife came up with a cool "Gnome with wings" character concept for our 13th Age game. She is very much a "hippie story gamer" and I wouldn't expect her to abuse it for power gaming, so I'm inclined ...
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Showcasing a support-focused mortal's contributions

I've never played Dresden Files RPG before, and I'm trying to figure out a character which will work for it.. My character concept is "action survivor in over his head who grows into a weak but ...
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Limiting player freedom in introductory scenarios

As discussed in Would GURPS be a good choice for a non-magic, 19th century tech level, roleplay focused campaign?, I am planning to introduce a couple of friends to pen & paper tabletop RPGs. I am ...
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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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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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What is the best way to multiclass Bard and Sorcerer?

Introduction I've recently joined a new RP group and a DM has decided to give DnD 3.5e a run. I am told it will be a short, but intriguing campaign. When asked about what kind of characters and ...
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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 ...
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First RPG to use randomness during character creation

Randomness during character creation - such as for example rolling for your base stats - is a very old concept in RPGs and has been around for quite a while. But while I personally like the idea ...
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When applying a template, which comes first: the template or the first level feat?

I may be using the Proto-Creature inherited template for a game in which I also plan to use the Spellfire feat. Now the Proto-Creature template removes all (Sp) and (Su) abilities from the base ...
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What are the steps that you as GM's and PC's take to develop a Level 1 character?

This is for the basic character creation at level 1. I know the PHB goes into some detail on character creation and the steps for doing so. What I want to know is how you as GMs or players create ...
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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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Are there Pathfinder rules that restrict a new PCs magic item purchases?

Let's say a player rolls a new character that's Level N (where N is greater than 1). My understanding is that they should have wealth equal to the amount in the Character Wealth by Level table. So, ...
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Is it possible to take a prestige class level 1?

I would like to take levels in Forsaker (we're importing it from 3.0) and the only requirements are Feats: Great Fortitude , Iron Will , Lightning Reflexes If I take those feats at level 1, can ...
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How do I retrain myself to see characters as people and not systems?

Background Some of my previous questions (see What should I do when other players refuse to engage with my character's flaw? and Excessively clever characters vs. narrativist RP?) have alluded to ...
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Is it possible to stack the fire and cold subtypes on a single creature?

A player recently approached me and asked if he could create a character with both the fire and cold subtypes. I thought I remembered something that said you couldn't but I cannot find it. if you ...
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Can I have an Animal Companions without being a druid or ranger?

I'm looking for a way to have an animal companion with classes other than druid or ranger, for example a paladin that fights with a trained hawk. I'm all for multiclassing if need be, but I'm looking ...
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How can I make a more offense oriented Paladin, like Finn from Adventure Time?

I'm a long term fan of Pendleton Ward's cartoon series Adventure Time. The show features Finn (a human 'fighter type') and Jake (a shapechanging dog) and is a show which makes many, many references to ...
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Did I roll this character correctly? [closed]

Trying to learn some of the basics to Pathfinder with a view to GMing eventually. This is the first time I have rolled a character - have I missed anything? Is this a legal build? (Not optimized, book ...
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Bringing a pre-made character to the table or not; pros and cons?

Sometimes a player will have a pre-made character and bring it along to the first gaming session. Other times they will make the character at the table. Sometimes you get a mixed bag. As both a player ...
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How can I create a character with a gryphon mount?

In a recent Pathfinder campaign I'm playing in, the GM mentioned 'The Knights Gryphon', an ancient order of knights which was outlawed, disbanded, and 'recreated' as a mercenary army by the king in ...
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Mechanics that Express Character Personality and Moral Growth? [closed]

What systems have mechanics that deal with and express who characters are as people (i.e., with their personalities) in ways that have direct mechanical application in gameplay, not just vague ...
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Need a player guide for D&D 3.5

There's a fair chance I'm about to join a friend's 3.5 online campaign and I am frankly overwhelmed by the options and possibilities for characters spanning across all the books. Are there any ...
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What class pairs well with a fighter in 4e?

We're getting ever closer to our 4e game and have begun to hash out backgrounds. Much like in Fire Emblem (yes I do pretty much decide all of what I want to do based on video games) I really want my ...
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Is there any way to get multiple standard actions for Summoners in D&D 4E?

I was working on an NPC summoner for our 4E game this week and am a bit mystified. Given that controlling a summoned creature requires a standard action and characters only get one standard action, ...
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A class like the “Action Survivor” trope

I'm currently rolling a character for a new D&D 3.5 campaign; the DM said that he's open to pretty much any class, as long as they are mortal. So, I wanted to try something fun that I haven't ...
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Is there a way to get rid of inabilities in Numenera?

I was invited to a Numenera game, and thusly have been attempting to figure out the rules and such and to build a nice character. I wanted to be able to build a character with the Magical/Mechanical ...
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How does two weapon fighting calculate the offhand attack?

I am making a character who uses two weapons at once, but this is the first time that I have attempted to make a dual-wielding character. He will have 2 attacks/round from his BAB. Two-weapon fighting ...
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Resisted energy types and immunity

I would like to know the distribution of energy resistances and immunities in 3.5 monsters, and especially the four basic types fire, cold, electricity and acid. It is often said that fire is most ...
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Which class should an armored Wizard multi-class with, and in what order?

For a Wizard who plans to be in battle, what factors should be considered when deciding between taking a level or two of Fighter or of Cleric, and when? Fighter 1 would give the heavy armor ...
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Does a permanent enhancement bonus to Intelligence increase 1st-level spells known

I'm curious as to whether getting a permanent enhancement bonus to Intelligence (e.g., by wearing a headband of vast intelligence +2 for more than 24 hours) increases the number of 1st-level ...
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Is there a way to make a human character that is kept alive by an unfinished task?

Is there a way to design a human character in World of Darkness who is unable to die permanently until he does (or finds out) something? Examples of this sort of story include The Deaths of Ian Stone, ...
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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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How to play a Dwarven Gutbuster?

I haven't been able to find a way to create a classic dwarven battlerager that is official. I want to build a dwarf that wears spiked armor, spiked gauntlets, spiked everything, that charges enemies, ...
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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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Do Psicrystals get feats?

I've been looking at the uses of Psicrystals lately and have been wondering why I keep seeing references to them getting feats. I have not read anything to support the idea. They technically don't ...