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 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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Would the AC from a Sorcerer's Draconic Resistance combine with a Monk's Unarmoured Defence?

Reading from the Player's Handbook. If you pick a Sorcerer with the Draconic Bloodline you get a base AC of 13 (as long as you wear no armour, page 102). If you multi-class that with a Monk you get ...
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Why does this pre-made Tiefling Warlock have a +6 to hit and +2 damage with a dagger?

This tiefling warlock at level 5 from WotC's site has a dagger attack I can't figure out: Dagger. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 1d4 + 2 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Are there any side effects of switching the attribute increases for a race?

Making a barbarian? Mountain dwarf or half-orc. Warlock? Half-elf is the obvious choice. Oh, wizard? You want to be a gnome or high elf. I'd rather my players choose the race they want rather than ...
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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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How can I have a level 3 character with influence over wolves?

I'll admit I've never played D&D, but my friends want me to join a game for a special event and so there's a first time for everything. I want to model my character after Perrin Aybara from the ...
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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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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 can I make fighters and monks better in 3.5e D&D?

So I'm planning to DM a 3.5e D&D game for casual non-optimizing people in a setting I'm creating. In this setting, the base classes I've retained are Fighter, Monk, Wizard, Sorcerer, Cleric, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What counts as “sunlight” for the Albino and Fear of Light weaknesses?

My rules are in German. I hope I can make myself understood nonetheless. I haven't played the game for 15 years. I now want to play it again, using a character that is interesting because of his ...
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Wild Magic Sorcerer

The player's handbook came out, and a friend and I were looking at the various classes. We noticed the sorcerer made a comeback and comes in two flavors. A Dragon Magic Sorcerer and then a Wild Magic ...
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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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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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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 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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Chuck Norris player character - can I keep true to the internet meme while still running a balanced game?

One of my group mates has been quite obsessed with creating a Chuck Norris inspired character. He's playing a martial arts heavy, assassin flavors of Rogue, in a DnD campaign, which works well enough ...
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How to make a dragonborn sorcerer appear to be human for 8 to 16 hours?

I am DMing a game in which the king's son is a dragonborn, born from the human king and a female shadow dragon. I need the dragonborn prince to appear human for periods of 8 to 16 hours. He has to ...
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How can I remove/minimize the need for sleep for a character?

I want to make a character that doesn't sleep at all or sleeps very little and stays alert when not sleeping. I'm making this character as an NPC and I'm the DM, so I can basically do anything, but I ...
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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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When Starting at 3rd Level as a Sorcerer, Can I Have Four 2nd Level Spells? [duplicate]

If I start play with three levels of Sorcerer (allowing me four spells), must I choose spells as if I began at level 1, or can I choose any four spells? If I began at first level, I would have two ...
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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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Would an elf raised by dwarves still have elvish as a language?

In a Forgotten Realms scenario I'm running, an elven maiden was rescued, but in critical condition, by a dwarven party who happened upon her as her tribe was slaughtered by orcs. She gave birth to her ...
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Are there average damage-per-round guidelines?

Still being rather new to character-creation, I want to see if the character I create has the appropriate power for its class and level. Are there average damage-per-round per level tables to be found?...
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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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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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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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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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Does D&D 4e have a Lizardfolk as a playable, PC race?

There are many entries in the Monster Manual for Lizardfolk, but I have yet to find a good piece of literature describing how to play them as a player race. If necessary I will create it from scratch, ...
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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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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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How much XP does a character with LA start with in D&D 3.5e?

I understand that a newly minted drow (LA +2) sorcerer will have an ECL of 3, meaning that for XP purposes he is treated as being level 3. Thus he will require a total of 6,000 XP to gain his second ...