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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

16
votes
8answers
3k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

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? ...
1
vote
1answer
88 views

Building a Dagger Bard for flavour, that isn't completely useless [on hold]

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
754 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
172 views

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 ...
64
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
34
votes
1answer
4k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
131 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
154 views

What classes would fit a singing assassin?

My friend is going to create a character of a virtuso assassin. If I understand him correctly, he'd like to be someone with split personality. A successful, well-known musician, who becomes a ruthless ...
5
votes
2answers
159 views

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 ...
7
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
89 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
163 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
216 views

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 ...
10
votes
4answers
5k views

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. ...
5
votes
0answers
44 views

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 ...
6
votes
6answers
3k views

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, ...
7
votes
4answers
4k views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
18k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
63 views

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 ...
-2
votes
4answers
974 views

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. ...
6
votes
2answers
94 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
132 views

How much has to pay a custom droid PC to have extensions in its locomotion systems?

A player of mine has decided to create a custom droid as 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 ...
10
votes
1answer
446 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
129 views

How are Paladins made? [closed]

I'm trying to construct a D&D 5e dragonborn paladin character for my first game, and what I'm struggling to work into my character's backstory is: how did he become a paladin? Like, how does ...
2
votes
1answer
38 views

Can the Impervious Power Modifier be linked to unenhanced, natural Toughness?

I'm building a new character whose powers come from a "cyber skin implant" that is pretty natural to her since it's now part of her body, giving her 12 Stamina without Enhanced Trait. Her cyber skin ...
4
votes
1answer
103 views

Can you start the game with a spirit pact?

In Shadowrun 5th Edition, there is no Spirit Pact quality (research seems to indicate there was one for SR4). Is there anything in the rules that would explicitly prevent an SR5 character from ...
1
vote
0answers
148 views

What is the highest damage potential (multi-class) for a 5th level character? [closed]

I'm wondering for my next session what the highest damage potential is for a multi-class character. Criteria: 5e PHB material only level 5 single-target damage only consistent DPR (damage per ...
6
votes
1answer
285 views

Why does Beyond TableTop show my half orc barbarian's attack bonus as +7 when it should be +5?

I was using Beyond TableTop to create a new level 1 Half Orc Barbarian for my new 5e group. I have him using a greataxe with which he is proficient. The attack bonus should be +5, due to being ...
8
votes
2answers
458 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

Does a Drow character know Undercommon?

I was just creating a Drow Rogue in 5e and I noticed that they know very few languages. With some backgrounds, I have been able to create characters that know as many as 6 languages at level one. ...
9
votes
4answers
7k views

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 ...
11
votes
4answers
1k views

(How) can a Warforged get the Dragonblood Subtype?

I am currently trying to make a Warforged Bard, and wanted to give him the Dragonfire Inspiration Feat to trade +X Atk and +X Dmg for +Xd6 dmg. However, this requires me to have 11 Cha (No problem) ...
10
votes
2answers
544 views

Not clear on number of skills my character can have

I'm starting a half-elf sorcerer character with a custom background. If I read correctly, as half-elf I get any two skills to choose from (PHB 39). As a sorcerer I get to select two skills from the ...
1
vote
4answers
122 views

Which other feat might I use for double wielding reach?

Starting from the assumptions that Dragon Magazine material was often unbalanced (under- or over-powered) and that adding lots of options always increases the chance of combining powers and feats into ...
6
votes
1answer
425 views

What ways exist to consistently and reliably grant my allies advantage on the attack roll? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to build and/or play a proper Tank/supporter, with the focus of my support lying on helping my friends getting advantage, for example by: Creatively using Feats or core ...
8
votes
2answers
839 views

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 ...
7
votes
5answers
1k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
140 views

Creating a support Rogue

I'm a DM. For the next planned campaign with my regular group, we've agreed to go for an All-Rogue campaign, that is to say, each player plays a Rogue. No hybrid, no multiclassing. Anything else is ...
6
votes
1answer
117 views

How can I roleplay The Comedian from Watchmen? [closed]

My DM is preparing Shadowrun campaign for our group and I decided to play an evil character. Since I'm fan of Watchmen, I decided to borrow character The Comedian. The problem is that I never played ...
-1
votes
1answer
135 views

Newbie character concept help: Highly unique ability scores and on-attack augmented strength [closed]

I'm new to D&D and have played several sessions of 5E. My DM is new as a DM but likes to follow the books so far. I want to make a character with unique mechanics and I'm wondering what anyone ...
8
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
25
votes
8answers
4k views

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 ...
31
votes
13answers
32k views

Is it better to take the array and be Joe Average, or to roll for the odds of getting on average better scores?

I am new to D&D. I was looking at character creation for D&D 5th edition. There were a few ways one could generate ability scores. I assumed the optional method of taking the numbers ...
-2
votes
4answers
209 views

Can PCs meet up with old friends and take them on as cohorts? [closed]

I'm trying to recreate a character from a video game. The only problem is that his gear is really powerful, and was provided by other people. So I've been looking for a way to recreate this in ...
4
votes
4answers
266 views

How do I figure the dice and bonuses for attack rolls and damage rolls?

I'm building my character, a Half-Elf Ranger, and I'm a little confused about how to work out the attack bonus and the damage bonus. So, please tell me if I've got this right: I'm proficient with a ...
5
votes
1answer
81 views

How do you determine which category hybrid classes use on the Random Starting Ages table?

When determining starting age randomly (see “Age” section in the PRD or d20PFSRD), how do you know which of the Intuitive, Self-Taught, or Trained categories a hybrid class counts as? Specifically I'm ...
3
votes
1answer
244 views

Why do people say being a Dragonwrought Great Wyrm gives +3 mental stats?

I'm trying to make a Dragonwrought Kobold Sorcerer, and people keep saying that it's awesome because you can "basically get +3 on all mental stats for free due to old age." I know that being ...
5
votes
2answers
720 views

Is it possible to start with 3 Edges at character creation?

The manual says that you can "buy" points with Hindrances to take Edges or other bonuses. At Novice level, is it possible to start with 3 Edges? First Edge granted from Human race Second Edge ...
6
votes
2answers
169 views

Is ammunition included with “choose simple/martial weapon”?

If something says "any martial/simple weapon" in character creation I think it includes ranged weapons too, but does it include ammunition? Does my bow come with arrows?