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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Am I giving up too much with these Unearthed Arcana fighter variants?

I'm in the extremely early stages of planning a character for a low-magic D&D 3.5 campaign. The theme of the campaign is that the party will be pirates. I'm currently mulling around the idea of a ...
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How many spells can a level 1 human Wizard have in 4e?

I'm new to D&D and roleplaying games in general, so I thought I'd ask here. On page 29 of the Player's Handbook for 4th edition, it says I get the class features, racial traits, 1 feat, 2 ...
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Are there any stat-boosting backgrounds?

My DM is asking us to use a 22-point-buy for my main stats but this isn't quite enough to make the character I really want to play. Are there any themes, backgrounds or feats I can take in Heroic Tier ...
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Baleful Utterance vs Hammer Blast: which is better?

So we have two different Least Invocations Warlocks can use to break things: Baleful Utterance(Complete Arcane), in short Shatter at will, and Hammer Blast(Complete Mage), which lets you apply your ...
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Starting at a higher level

In a campaign I will be playing in soon, we are starting with 10k experience apiece (this is to have a higher-stakes campaign, and the reason we get a set amount of xp instead of levels is that ...
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How do the Sorcerer Bloodline Feats work?

Me and one of my players are going over the characters. We noticed that the bloodlines provide bonus feats but it isn't stated what level they can get it. Thus I am not sure on how they acquire the ...
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Methods of adding more touch spells to a Duskblade's spell list?

I want to play a duskblade, because their ability to channel touch range spells presents a way to use spells in melee combat. but their short list of spells(Coupled with very few touch range damage ...
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Does the Weird Science AB require knowledge skills?

Does a character with Arcane Background (Weird Science) need many knowledge skills to go with the Arcane Background? Looking at pregens online I see that some have chemistry, physics or just science ...
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Can skill points be used to buy arbitrary wises?

In Burning wheel character creation you get a bunch of general skill points and a larger number of skill points to use on skills listed in lifepaths (I'll call these normal skill points). The general ...
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Stupidity in DnD 4th edition - how low stats does a fool have and how it should change gameplay?

One of my players want to play an extremely stupid Orc fighter (yes, I know, a classic one). How stupid is as fool? What stats govern this and how low should they be? How do I get them that low ...
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If I don't spend all of my starting XP 'before play starts,' does it get wiped out?

In a previous question, an answer quotes the rules on starting XP. It states that it can be spent before play starts. Taken literally, which may not be the intention, it means I cannot spend this XP ...
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What is the Marshal's Quarry?

While building a character for the newest season of encounters (Blackguard) I decided to take the Sentinel Marshal Theme. As part of the entry package for the theme you receive the Marshall's ...
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Does having access to a chakra bind from one class allow you to bind another class's soulmelds to it?

I am currently playing a totemist. I was hoping to expand my damage and versatility through multiclassing into Incarnate to gain access to some more damaging powers, and I came across a question I ...
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Choosing appropriate skill and power levels in Mutant City Blues

Background to the question: I will be playing Mutant City Blues with a group via e-mail and chat. Most of us have read the rules for this and other Gumshoe games, but not run or played in one ...
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What content and format does a MET: VTM character submission need?

I'm about to start playing a Mind's Eye Theatre Vampire the Masquerade game using the rules from the "Blood & Betrayal: Secrets of the Grey Ghost" preview packet, and I need some help to create my ...
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Even simpler RISUS character generation

So, as it's the Christmas season, I'm spending time with family - specifically three cousins and my younger brother. I want to get them into an RPG, and RISUS fits the bill perfectly, as the oldest of ...
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How do I calculate how many spells per day a cleric has?

Ok so me and my group have just started getting into PF and we like it very much. But when we try to figure our spells per day for casters, we get confused. Let's say a cleric on lvl 1 has 3 orisons ...
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Is there a list of optimised characters for D&D 3e? [closed]

Is there a site, page or other online resource with a comprehensive list of optimised characters for each main role (e.g. Tank, Healer) or class (e.g. Bard, Fighter) in D&D 3e? I'm not looking for ...
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Where can I find a good collection of pre-generated characters for D&D 4th Edition? [closed]

I'm looking for sources of pre-generated characters for D&D 4th Edition. I'm looking for all sorts of levels, in addition to the typical level 1 pre-gens. The purpose of this is for running short ...
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Can I use Defender Aura without ending Berserker Fury?

I created a Minotaur Barbarian (Berserker) Level 1 with the Character Builder. I got the Berserker Fury feat and it reads: Enter Berserker fury until end of encounter when you use a barbarian ...
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How many known spells does a level 1 spellslinger with 20 int have at creation?

I'm using PCGen to help me make this character, so I'm unsure if it's correct or not. Spellslingers get no cantrips, but get detect magic and read magic as level 1 spells at character creation. I'm ...
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Is gaining Fly as a class skill with the Feather Subdomain supposed to replace gaining Knowledge (Nature) with the Animal Domain?

I'm creating a cleric of Erastil and I'm thinking about choosing the Good domain and Feather subdomain. Should the Fly skill be the only class skill gained or is it supposed to supplement the ...
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How do multiple attacks with natural weapons work?

I'm planning a character that has 2 claw attacks and a tail attack as natural weapons, but now I'm a little confused about the mechanics of using them all. 1: Can both claws be used at once as a ...
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Pickpocketing through powers in GURPS

One of my players was thinking of creating "the best pickpocket evar" in GURPS 4e. Naturally, there will be some skills involved, but he's envisioning crazy stuff, like he's standing 5 feet away and ...
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Punishing Kick with weapons?

Ok, so I have a quick question on how the mechanics of the Punishing Kick feat work. I'm building a duelist that has punishing kick and a rapier as her main weapon. Now do I just add the punishing ...
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Creating Level 0 characters using monster stats vs recent Unearthed Arcana Rules

I'm planning a series of sessions that involve, Tales-of-Canterbury style, my players telling each other what made them into adventurers. For example, the first session will tell about our elven ...
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Can Threading or Sprites be a reliable substitute for known Complex Forms?

Which strategy would be more advisable for a Technomancer at character creation: buying a smaller number of high-rank Complex Forms that you know you will need, and using Threading or Sprites to do ...
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Are there female minotaurs?

I wonder... Do the minotaurs in 4e have females of the species? Or do they just use humans to reproduce themselves? Or are they born in the void and come out of nowhere? I've never seen any female ...
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Survivalist NPC build?

How can I best optimize an NPC so that instead of having perfect power attack or sneak attack, they're just really hard to kill? I can think of thief acrobat and perhaps exemplar or dungeon delver, ...
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What are some good chance/luck-themed spells for Sorcerers?

I'm building a gambler-themed Spellscale Sorcerer, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any good luck-themed spells. I know there's things like Unluck and the various Prismatic/Rainbow spells (the ...
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What race/class combinations would you like to see in pregenerated characters? [closed]

I am running a one shot for the local gaming association and am making pre-generated level one characters for people to use. So what Race/class combinations would work best in a group of ...
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What is the best class for a character strong versus mind-affecting spells? [closed]

I am GMing a Pathfinder campaign and need to build an party NPC who is as strong as they can possibly be against mind-affecting spells and abilities. They don't need to be especially skilled in ...
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What is a good support class for a Drow Hunter?

This is a conintuation of my other question: How do I run a single player 4e essentials game? Drow Hunter Which class would be a better supporting NPC for a Drow Hunter PC. A half-elf (half ...
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Skill points available at Character Creation with Savage Culture

Just started a session of Blade of the Iron Throne, looks good and I have only just rolled my character. During the character creation you choose a culture, I chose savage. I read the bonuses you get ...
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Are there mechanics for determining a starting age in D&D BECMI?

Is there a mechanical determination for 1st Level character ages in BECMI/Rules Cyclopedia? Appendix 3 character sheets and most 3rd Party sheets suggest that an age should be provided, but I can't ...
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Eladrin population centers in Nerath/Nentir Vale?

Looking for something to reference in a character background. PHB says some of their cities fade in and out of 'this world' on a daily cycle. Ideally somewhere feasibly accessible to Nentir Vale, but ...
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What feats are useful for a Dragonfire Adept build?

I'm building a Human Dragonfire Adept (from Dragon Magic) with the Draconic template (as presented in Races of the Dragon), as well as a feat for Draconic Tail, but I need a bit of help picking out ...
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How can a friend and I play two complementary characters effectively as a duo?

In 2 weeks I'll be participating in a new campaign at level 1. A friend and I want to play Eladrin twins as mobile, preferably stealthy, characters with complementary skills and abilities, and be ...
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Should I take Sorcerer or Warmage for a Kobold Ultimate Magus?

I'm trying to build a Dragonwrought Kobold Ultimate Magus, but I'm having trouble deciding whether I want to do it based off a Wizard/Sorcerer or Wizard/Warmage. On one hand, Sorcerer is a Kobold ...
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Help me build my blaster sorcerer!

I'm gearing up for the second half of a campaign based on the idea of Law vs Chaos. I opted for Law. However, instead of playing a Wizard like I normally do, I'm going to give the Sorcerer a shot. In ...
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In Shadowrun 5e, do Knowledge Skills require a Specialization?

In the Shadowrun 5e core book, all knowledge skill examples are show with a specialization(s), do you need to designate a specialization whenever you take a knowledge skill? If not, does designating a ...
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Does a Geist's Threshold restrict “flavor text” traits?

I don't know how much this matters, but does a Geist's Threshold limit what kind of effects death had on him that aren't directly tied to combat? For example, if a character died in a drunk motorcycle ...
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Is there a way to make a fey or outsider eligible for the Eidolon Ghost class?

In Ghostwalk it says that humanoid souls are able to resist the pull of the "True Afterlife" and return to the material plane. These souls become ghosts and are forced to take the Eidolon class. Is ...
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Sorcerous Power Feat Prerequisites

I'm trying to take the Sorcerous Power feat, but it doesn't show up in character builder. I assume this is because do not fulfill the prerequisites. The feat states: Prerequisite: Any multiclass ...
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Is the Amber Diceless System “broken”? [closed]

I recently acquired at some considerable cost a copy of the Amber Diceless RPG, which I had long wondered about. Knowing of some potential players of the game in my LGS, I posted on their website ...
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Fighting Skills equivalent to skills [closed]

My question is about tabletop games and their skill progression systems. There are some games (World of Darkness, as one example) that allows a player's character to begin play with master-level (in ...
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Useful mental frameworks during character creation [closed]

This post on Greywulf's Lair explores the concept of a one axis sliding scale for character building: One thing that all of these choices brings is the idea of a sliding scale. With 4e D&D, ...
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How could I add life paths to Rogue Trader?

My friend is starting up a Rogue Trader game soon, but it was a close call between that and Traveller Char gen...that's right, not the game but just the character generation. Last time I played ...
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In Nobilis what is the positive benefit of a Bond?

Bonds seem to be more than just a liability, these are the things that are important to a character, and given the very correspondence driven nature of the Nobilis cosmology would see to be a ...
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Which ability modifiers apply to which Defenses?

I'm creating a level 1 character. When I got to the 'filling out the character sheet' part I really didn't understand what modifiers there were for Defenses or how they were applied. I am new to ...