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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Can you raise a discipline to 5 at character creation?

In VTM a player is given 15 freebie points and the disciplines only cost 7, this seems to mean that you can raise a discipline to 5 dots from character creation which seems grossly overpowered, is ...
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How do Savage Progressions, Savage Species' HD and LA rules, and Rebuilding interact?

The Level Adjustment rules (found in the Unearthed Arcana, and updated somewhat in the Savage Progression web articles) allow one to reduce the LA portion of a character's ECL (Effective Character ...
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Which equipment do I choose when creating a character in D&D 5e?

I am unclear on which equipment to use and not use. My class is rogue and my background is guide (which I found on this site). All the equipment that I get from the guide background is very similar to ...
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What proficiencies and starting equipment does Bard class + Entertainer background give?

The Bard has proficiency with 3 instruments (e.g, Lute, Viol, Panflute) and starts with 1 (e.g. Lute). Selecting the Entertainer background allows for proficiency with 1 other instrument (e.g. Drum) ...
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Mix and matching skill point costs in BESM

In the old tri-stat BESM game ONLY skill tables there are 3 or 4 lists of costs for skills (and sometimes other things as well), depending on the "era" a game is played. But I want some technologies, ...
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How do I calculate my skill modifier?

I'm trying to fill out the skills section on my first character, but when I look at the character sheets in the Starter Set as examples of how to make a character, the skills that are circled have ...
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Is taking a headquarters smaller than Small in order to get equipment points legit?

I'm familiarizing with the rules of Mutants & Masterminds 3e, and beginning to create my own hero from scratch. I'm trying my hardest to squeeze my concept into the limits for a character starting ...
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Build points for a variable-sized group

Bubblegumshoe assigns character build points according to the number of Sleuths in the game, but my RPG group varies in size from two to six players (excluding GM) from week to week. I understand the ...
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Is there a lifepath system for the Star Wars setting? [closed]

I'm looking for a system for generating characters similar to the system used by the MechWarrior Third Edition RPG. At each stage in a character's life from early childhood into adulthood the player ...
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How much does a custom droid PC pay to have extensions in its locomotion systems?

A player of mine has decided to create a custom droid as a PC, and as I have gone through the rules to create one, I couldn't find any specifics about this. The rules state that Medium-sized droids ...
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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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Is it possible to make a vampire PC?

Would it be hypothetically possible to make a player character that's a vampire? I think it would make a really good backstory. By make them a vampire, I mean the whole deal, vampire powers and all. ...
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Difference between Pathfinder organized and core

I play Pathfinder with a group, but I've never played it a con. I'm taking my daughter to Origins this year, and we need to build characters for the Pathfinder society. What's the difference between ...
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Can a character have 2 types of Sorcery?

In 7th Sea 2e, the books seems to indicate that sorcery is tied to where you are from. This seems to implied you have the sorcery of your region and only that of your region. However I found nothing ...
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What character creation tools & guides are available for Shadowrun 5e? [closed]

I'm a totally new player to Shadowrun 5e. My experiences are largely with D&D 4e, Savage Worlds, and Cyberpunk 2020. I'm just seeing if there are any unofficial (but very helpful) guides or tools ...
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Give your players characters to play or let them decide for themselves? [closed]

I am starting out as a DM in my third D&D game (first as a DM), and during my time making a world and an adventurer I found out that the characters playing your game (ingame characters of the ...
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Is it possible to dual wield two double weapons with two hands for four attacks?

I have tried googling it, went through over 50 books, overviewed Dragon Magazines, Wotc Articles and couldn't find anything. Is there any race, template, feat, class feature, spell, power or other ...
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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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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 ...
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Creating the personality of a character different from myself

I am a newbie in playing role-playing games, and after several games, I've come to the conclusion that character personality creation poses a bit of a problem for me. I mostly tend to create and ...
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How can I generate a lot of characters?

How can I make 20 pregen characters (level 2 or 3 so their class traits are apparent) in a short amount of time? I have Hero-lab, but even that takes a fair bit of time to set up.
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Which traits are better for a control/(de)buff Witch at level 4?

Going to make a level 4 witch. I have narrowed my list of traits down to the following. Which 2 of these 4 options is better for a battlefield control/debuffer/buffer build? +2 Initiative (already +...
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As a Sorcerer, how can I improve my reaction melee weapon attack?

I'm hoping to play a melee Sorcerer with Mage Slayer and Sentinel feats, both of which provide good opportunities to use your reaction to make a Melee Weapon Attack. Currently, with 16 Dex, my best ...
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What is the statistically superior character creation method, twelve 3d6 or six 4d6?

The D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook gives (among others) two preferred methods to roll ability scores for a new character: a) roll 3d6 twelve times and keep the preferred six results, or b) roll 4d6 and ...
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How do you quickly build a player character during a session without interrupting the game or leaving out important information?

My friends and I have been playing D&D 5e for a few months now and we have run into problems where if we want to introduce a friend or have a need to create a new character for the game we have to ...
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What happens when a Character with the One Arm or One Leg drawback uses prosthetic replacements?

So I am still building a character, and my GM allows rules from all sources, including third party publishers, (except a few he believes are imbalancing the game, like Unchained classes or the Glory ...
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Is it possible to multiclass in Dungeon World?

Is it possible to have a multiclass character in Dungeon World? Please notice that I mean a real multiclass character, not moves multiclass dabbler and multiclass initiate. For example, is it ...
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What's the rate of maturity for gnomes?

I'm trying to create a gnome character. The 5e player handbook states that gnomes can live to 350-400 years, and I columbused a Wikipedia article that states gnomes start school at age 30. But what ...
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How can I play as a Cloud Giant?

I'm pretty new to playing D&D, as are most of the people I play with. We found some homebrew race stuff already and one of us is playing as a Khajiit, but I wanted to play as a Cloud Giant and I'm ...
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Decent Dual Wield Blade Pact Warlock

I'm trying to build a dual wielding warlock. I'm thinking: Fighter 1 Armor skills Two weapon fighting Warlock 1-19 Fiend Pact of the Blade (duh.) Max DEX and CHA Talking my DM into letting me ...
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Can a fundamentally deceptive character work?

This question is in the spirit of another question I asked before. I would like to explore a style of role-playing in DnD (specifically 3.5e) that may be slightly different from how characters usually ...
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Are the Slayer's “Deadly Range” Slayer Talents and the Sniper “Deadly Range” ability the same?

As a Slayer class character you can pick "Deadly Range" as your 4th level Slayer Talent and the Sniper (Slayer Archetype) gets the "Deadly Range" ability at 2nd level. Are these the same ability? ...
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Building a Dagger Bard for flavour, that isn't completely useless [closed]

I'm going to preface this request for help with a big disclaimer: I am not worried about optimization. I am concerned with flavor first, function second. That said, I'd still like a character who ...
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Is dice stat rolling still legal in the Adventurer's League? [duplicate]

I was playing a good old one-off campaign tonight, and will be playing the same character through adventure league. I was playing a half-elf sorcerer, and my charisma modifier came into effect. I had ...
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Is a non-combat character damaging in a party? [closed]

I'm trying to build a rogue/cleric based on having a ton of proficiencies and languages with high mental stats (especially charisma). The problem is, I'm worried I will not be an effective PC in the ...
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Shoe-themed race or class features

My character is really into shoes and I'm planning on taking Leadership next level. I want my cohort to be devoted to the old norse god of shoes and vengance, Víðarr. While there is a retribution ...
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Can clerics use swords

My DM, who hasn't played newer versions of D&D, was asking if my cleric was allowed to use sharp weapons, I double checked the descriptions and didn't see anything written, but now I am doubting ...
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Translating a draconic bloodrager from Pathfinder to 5E

I am planning a summer campaign. I have a player with whom I have played some 5e recently, but who currently plays Pathfinder and has played Shadowrun in the past. One of the characters he has ...
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Making a noble bastard child prodigy in Burning Wheel

I can't see how to make a noble bastard child prodigy. The noble born gets one trait that he has to spend on Mark of Privilege. I looked that up to make sure I wasn't crazy. Then I go to bastard. You ...
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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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Can dragon fire adept's breath weapon deal nonlethal damage?

Dragonfire adept player wants to gain Vow of Peace feat, which demands you to deal nonlethal damage to humanoids and monstrous humanoids. Is it possible or not? Please note, that he has Vow of Poverty ...
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How can I trade the ability to speak for a bonus to sleight of hand, for a character inspired by Teller?

I'm creating a sleight of hand–based character and have drawn a fair bit of inspiration from Teller, of Penn and Teller. To further the connection, how can I trade away the ability to speak for a ...
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How to achieve highest possible charisma at 20th level?

I must keep the details secret, but I have to create a character which has highest possible charisma at 20th ECL(LA buyoff possible, which means character can be like 20 rogue death knight). It must ...
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How would I build a master magic item crafter/blacksmith type character?

So I had this idea for a character who is basically obsessed with magic items, making, collecting, using, having, any and every magic item he can get his hands on: effectively a batman type character. ...
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What skills do you get when pass an advancement roll?

When you manage to pass an advancement roll what skills do you get? I have several points of confusion in regards to this. I will deal with each in their own section and not as separate questions as I ...
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Are there rules in D&D 3.5 for characters who smoke?

I was building a venerable Dragonwrought Kobold character, and as part of my mental image of him I pictured him having a smoking habit- like the old "tobacco leaves in a pipe" kind. Thing is though, ...
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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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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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Where can I find Mechwarrior 3rd edition point buy system?

I am trying to find the alternate character generation rules for Mechwarrior 3rd edition that does not use life paths and instead just uses a point buy system. Looking to use the rules for another ...
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Would this Point Buy house rule for Maid character creation work at all?

Recently we've started a maid game here on the stack and we have a huge disparity of stats between the players, one of them has barely average stats, while some of the other players are pushing fours ...