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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4e Essentials and mounted combat

I'm creating a fighter for a 4e D&D Essentials game. I'd like to model him after a European medieval knight, but a knight is less than complete without a good horse. What are the rules for a ...
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Is this build a viable melee Sorcerer?

My goal is to have a viable front-line sorcerer--'viable' means that he has decent-enough AC to stay in the front (as high as a rogue should be sufficient, no?), and good-enough damage that he's not a ...
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What bloodline should I choose for a character I want to turn into an arcane trickster?

I've just started playing Pathfinder, and I have a 1st level gnome rogue. I decided early on that I wanted to eventually go the route of an arcane trickster, so my good attributes are DEX and CHA, ...
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How are point totals for unknown enemies calculated?

The Enemy disadvantage means there's a person or group of people out to get you. One of the modifiers for this disadvantage is: Unknown: You know you have an Enemy, but you have no idea who it is. ...
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In Pathfinder's Advanced Race Guide's Race creator, what does the prerequisite for Advanced ability scores mean?

Advanced (4 RP) Prerequisites: Advanced or monstrous power level. Modifiers: Pick either mental or physical ability scores. Members of this race gain a +2 bonus to all of those scores, a ...
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How compatible are D&D 4E core and essentials in terms of hybrid characters?

I know that in terms of actually running a campaign that they can go side by side very well, with one side doing some things honestly better than the other like the monster vault...However, a person ...
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If my Initiator Level is high enough, can I take Stances of a level higher than 1st when I take my first level in a martial adept class?

Usually, a martial adept’s Initiator Level is equal to his class level, plus his class level in any maneuver-granting Prestige Classes, plus half his level in all other classes. This means a ...
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Can I improve “free” affiliations during character burning?

Some character traits give you a free affiliation, usually at 1D. Can I spend resource points to improve this freebie affiliation during character burning? For example, nobles get a freebie ...
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What character creation tools exist for Earthdawn?

I am looking for a character builder for Earthdawn, preferably 3rd edition. As the editions are not that different, this is not an important detail for me. I downloaded the Earthdawn Character Editor ...
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Why are there no benefits for ageing? Aren't the penalties a bit high?

I'm starting to play Anima: Beyond Fantasy and trying to create an old man (age 84) and I was wondering: "why the high penalty on physical Characteristics and actions and why doesn't he get anything ...
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What are some good unusual races for Shadowmancers?

I have an idea for a Shadowcaster/Child of Night character, but I'm not sure what race would work best for it. I kinda wanted to use one of the more exotic playable races or even something playable ...
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How to build a demon hunter?

I've got a level 14 Drow Rogue built around hand crossbows. I want to modify him to be a Demon Hunter. How can I accomplish this using feats, items and paragon paths, without losing the hide-and-shoot ...
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Samsaran Witch : as an Hexer, Support / Control

DISCLAIMER : This character is expected to take part in a coherent campaign, it is not a sandbox exercise. Characters will start at level 1. Hello everyone, I am looking at fleshing a good Samsaran ...
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Can Technomancers use software and complex forms simultaneously?

Currently, I am delving into playing a Technomancing Rigger, but part of his whole deal is the hacking bit (because seriously, why the heck not?!). While reading complex forms, I hit a beehive of ...
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Build advice for Heavens Oracle (Pathfinder)

I'm building a 1st level half-elf oracle, lame curse, heavens mystery for an upcoming game. She will be living in a world where mixed-bloods are subject to negative discrimination. My goal is to use ...
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How can I always see ethereal and incorporeal creatures?

I am trying to adapt a character who can see spirits continuously to Pathfinder. I looked all over the d20pfsrd site for a feat or supernatural ability that lets a character continuously see ethereal ...
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How do I build a Paragon path?

What is the guidelines or set of rules that I can use to build a custom paragon path for a character, and still be balanced?
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What would a River Shaman look like?

What sort of build would be appropriate for a Shaman dedicated to a River Spirit? Or maybe an otter.
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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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Do I have to be a certain race to be a certain class, like WoW?

I don't know for sure if I can be any class with any race in 4th edition. Like WoW, you have to be like a Human or Dwarf in order to be a paladin.
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Why does the point buy system allow players to put “8” in one slot only?

In the 4th edition, when using point-buy system to set ability scores, players can only choose to put "8" in one ability. What is the reason for this? Why don't the rules allow for an "8" to be put in ...
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What does “aligment: always good” mean in the Half-Celestial template?

I've read the entry in the MM for the Half-Celestial template. It applies to a non-evil creature and the creature becomes "always good". What does this phrase mean? What happens with a half-celestial ...
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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 prestige classes work for half-elves?

I am considering having a prestige class for my Half-elf Druid. I am aware that you can multi-class with a half-elf do I need to have my second class open for my prestige? What I wanted to do with my ...
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What sort of check should be used for my frenzy ability's stay-in-control aspect?

My D&D 3.5e character is a half-shark/half-man, and I want to give him a boost ability that allows him to indulge in his frenzy or instinct and gain bonuses during battle. Doing so, however, would ...
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Starting spells in AD&D 1e

Where should I refer to finding the exact rules for the starting spells of magic-users, clerics, druids and illusionists? I'm not sure whether or not these spells start off ready-to-go or require ...
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Any suggestions for feats/options to forgo damage dice for other benefits?

I'm in a campaign with a reasonably permissive and flexible GM. Currently, I'm trying to put together an enlightened and charismatic bodhisattva type character who charms everything with his voice, ...
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Can you multiclass and use 2 different core class archetypes?

Can you multiclass and use 2 different core class archetypes, e.g. Fighter and Ranger archetypes, assuming no replaced skills overlap? Or are archetypes only for your first class - the one you choose ...
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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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Spell to Duplicate a PC

Okay so here's the story: in an upcoming campaign, I will be sharing DMS duties with a player who's shown interest. Now, we are planning on playing the same person, but the PC has mutiple ...
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Slayer Weapon Specialization with More Weapon Groups

I made a half-orc slayer to use in a DnD 4E Neverwinter campaign. I got him all set up to use a longspear. The Spear Expertise feat adds damage on a charge, half-orcs' Swift Charge feature gives them ...
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Is XP spent at character creation treated the same as • spending?

Say, as a crude example (I don't fact-check points costs atm on my phone) I have a character who buys: Giant •••• Encyclopedic knowledge •• Fleet of foot • And as he has some starting XP he decides ...
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Mutants and Masterminds manifesting dual personalities

This is a long explanation that begins with the premises to two separate characters that are actually one. The background story is included to explain the circumstances of the characters more clearly. ...
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In Shadowrun 5e, do Knowledge Skills require a Specialization?

In the Shadowrun 5e core book, all knowledge skill examples are shown with specializations, do you need to designate a specialization whenever you take a knowledge skill? If not, does designating a ...
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What “party” items are worth getting during character creation?

Details on the formation of this question can be found in this chat. During character creation you are allowed 3 "uncommon" items. What items are beneficial enough to the party as a whole to warrant ...
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Playing two characters in unison in D&D 5e

I am looking for some input: how fair is it to play a pair of characters in a single unit, and what effect does it have on the gameplay? Essentially my idea is a druid who is inept at using his own ...
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Would this Technomancer concept be plausible?

I haven't played Shadowrun quite yet, but I've been reading the 4E core rulebook and I have been trying to build a character. I've been working on a Technomancer, but for character fluff I was ...
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Does a dragon's alternate form get class levels?

Are there particular rules or limitations to giving class levels to a dragon's alternate form? In context I'm working on ideas for a 3.5 campaign where the primary antagonist is a Red Dragon with the ...
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What is the Marshal's Quarry?

While building a character for the newest season of encounters, a Paladin(Blackguard), I decided to take the Sentinel Marshal Theme. As part of the entry features for the theme you receive the ...
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How do I calculate my attack bonus?

My stats are: Str 18, Dex 14, Con 13, Int 13, Wis 11, Cha 6. Main Hand Weapon, Frost Bastard Sword Off Hand Weapon, Flaming Bastard Sword I am playing a Human, Fighter 7. I need to work out what my ...
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Rules for physical appearances based on charisma and race

I remember reading rules about how to determine physical attractiveness based on charisma and race, but I'm not sure which book. Does anyone remember where this was? By the way, I'm not talking about ...
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Should I take Polearm Gamble or Repel Charge at level 11?

I'm in a 4E dnd game, built from lvl1, and we're lvl6 now. My build is a fighter/ranger polearm fighter, kind of a striker/defender build, combining the whole polearm proning with high damage attacks, ...
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Ways to add the [Good] Descriptor to Spells for Arcane Spellcaster

The 'Consecrate Spell' feat from Book of Exalted Deeds adds the [Good] descriptor to spells cast. Is there another way to achieve this for arcane spellcasters, e.g. as a prestige class feature? The ...
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Must a half-fiend be evil?

The half fiend alignment says that it has any evil alignment. Can that be different by 1 step during character creation or change to a non evill one later on? (thus chaotic neutral, lawful neutral or ...
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Clever ways to reduce an encounter CR

My current dnd group has been playing for years, while I am relatively new. Unfortunately, it seems that none of them have really ever put much stock in arcane/divine classes or abilities (this ...
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Would throwing cars and debris require Thrown Strike or Blast?

The rules on having Strike with the Thrown option mention having to retrieve or recharge something to re-use the ability in order for it to count as a Thrown Strike instead of a Blast. Could this ...
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Is there a way to advance both Wizard and Assassin casting?

I'm creating a character for a challenge ("How would you help this village defend against an orcish army?") and in the interests of doing something wacky I decided to try and mix Wizard and Assassin ...
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Monsters of Encounter Levels below 1 in Legend

In legend, antagonists/monsters/loot-on-legs are made the exact same way as PC's, though less restricted. I have always loved hordes in epic fantasy, but the rules make this hard to portray at lower ...
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Do bloodragers have to be “Barbarians”?

I know this seems a stupid question, but I mean it as this Barbarian |bärˈbe(ə)rēən| noun (in ancient times) a member of a community or tribe not belonging to one of the great civilizations ...
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4E Polearm Specialist Build

I'm interested in making a character that specializes in polearms and is more Striker oriented. I'm have a bit of trouble with where to start looking. If a class already has this built-in that would ...