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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Are PCs supposed to start a game knowing each other, and if not, how should they meet?

I'm currently putting together a D&D game and I have most of it worked out. The only part about it that I'm still a little unclear on is whether or not the player characters should know each other ...
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What are the steps for creating an animal companion?

I'm having some issues statting out a badger Animal Companion for a 6th level Ranger in D&D 3.5. Can anyone provide step by step instructions that I can follow whenever I create an animal ...
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Which of the following builds is a better tank and DPS producer? [closed]

Build 1: Half Orc Fighter (Champion) 8/ Rogue (Assassin) 3 Build 2: Human Paladin (Vengeance) 6/ Bard (Lore) 5 Build 3: Half Orc Barbarian 5/ Rogue (Assassin) 3/ Fighter (Champion) 3 I will be ...
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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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Can you put high-power aspects on starting characters in Fate Core?

I have a player who's having some trouble understanding that Fate is not a game about stats. To remedy this issue, I'm considering letting them build a character with aspects that feel like an endgame ...
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What effects does Ancestry have on a Dragonborn?

In the character creation, Dragonborn characters can choose an "Ancestry". This mainly determines the colour of their scales, and the breath weapon they get. Is there anything else that Ancestry ...
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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 I optimize Chicken Infested?

I'm soon going to be a guest player in a Pathfinder game where silliness is the theme. (The party has been drawn into the Demiplane of Dinosaurs, which is reportedly a lot like Ravenloft, except with ...
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Are there any templates available for creating new backgrounds in DnD 5E?

I understand that the background section says that you can tweak the existing ones to fit a campaign (PHB, p.125-126), but are there any available for making ones completely from scratch? Perhaps, ...
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Problems with Party Formation: “You're the DM, you can figure it out.”

Sort of related to Is it wrong to ask a player to justify their character's actions? Scenario Player 1 wants to be a male drow necromancer that reveres Kiaransalee. Player 2 wants to be a male ...
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Can Adaptation have “pre-sets” that include offensive abilities?

In M&M 2e, Is there anything against a character with Adaptation having multiple pre-set forms he uses in response to regular threats, and if so can these forms include some offensive capabilities ...
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What are all the playable races and starting classes? [closed]

I'm about to start a Dungeons and Dragon 3.5 adventure, and the last time I created a character I didn't feel there were many options to choose from (unlike Dungeons and Dragons, 4th Edition). What ...
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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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How do I get inexperienced, reluctant players to set in-character goals?

When GMing for a group of players of mixed level of experience in RPGs and with varying knowledge of the setting. However, my experience shows that less experienced players have harder time creating ...
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Which class should an armored Wizard multi-class with, and in what order?

For a Wizard who plans to be in battle, what factors should be considered when deciding between taking a level or two of Fighter or of Cleric, and when? Fighter 1 would give the heavy armor ...
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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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What is the minimum INT practical for an Eldridtch Knight

If an Eldritch Knight focuses on spells that don't have an attack roll or saving throw, INT (spellcasting stat) becomes less critical. But is there still a minimum INT required to cast spells of a ...
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Simple and Martial Weapons - is that melee only, or both melee and ranged?

In DnD 5e the Ranger get simple and martial weapon proficiencies. Do these include RANGED weapons of those types, or only melee? I had assumed only melee, but then there's no way they can be ...
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How does Creative interact with the first tier ability of Levity?

One of my players chose Creative Spinner who Entertains for his character. Now we are wondering whether the inability from Creative - "The diffilty of all tasks related to pleasant social interaction ...
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Balancing starting dots and XP at character creation

In Vampire: The Requiem, the character has points to spend between attributes, skills, disciplines, etc. Purchasing a new level in a skill, attribute or other merit has a linear cost. During game ...
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Does a permanent enhancement bonus to Intelligence increase 1st-level spells known

I'm curious as to whether getting a permanent enhancement bonus to Intelligence (e.g., by wearing a headband of vast intelligence +2 for more than 24 hours) increases the number of 1st-level ...
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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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Exalted Land Speed Record Build

A while back, my group decided to see if we could come up with a way to get an Exalted Character, with unlimited XP and Personal Artifacts (those that can be worn for example), to run across creation ...
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What class options make a good ranged and melee striker? [closed]

What I'm looking for is a Striker, who is mainly a ranged striker, but also, sometimes, can go melee. As obvious. Something like an Arcane Archer or whatever would you call it. I've read a lot of ...
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What level would a Guildmaster Be? [closed]

So in my 5e campaign, the players will be studying under the Guildmaster of each of their classes. Each Guildmaster is the head of all the guilds in the country, so they'd be pretty badass. They work ...
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Do you roll for an ability score your character doesn't have?

When creating a character, and specifically when generating its stats by dice-rolling, do you still roll the same number of times when you don't use all the ability scores? As an example, would a ...
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Rules for multi-classing in D&D Next? [closed]

I am participating in the D&D Encounters current season, which is being run with the recommended D&D Next ruleset. I am fond of the striker classes from 4e that combine martial with magic and ...
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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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Do size mods take the place of racial mods?

My friend made me an Ent race and it is a large creature. If he gave it racial ability score mods would those add to the +16 to strength, +8 to con, and -4 to dex from size?
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What are the best barbarian/heavy player races from a narrative standpoint?

Short story: I don't like half-orcs. I am looking for a thematic fantasy race that lends itself to the barbarian archetype for my dungeon-crawl RPG I'd like to start. I've never really gotten the ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing a player to play a large creature?

We're playing 4e Thunderspire Labyrinth and we've decided to let the tank play a large (2x2) Minotaur. He has all of the stats from the Minotaur player character in the Players Handbook 3, but he's a ...
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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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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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How do I determine passive insight/perception?

I just don't know how to find what I'm supposed to put in for insight and perception. How are they calculated?
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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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How to make your players hate your villain, but not your game

How does one build the character of a villain such that the players (playing heroic characters) hate the villain as much as possible without detracting too much from the quality of the game? What ...
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How can I make a character who feeds on souls?

I want a character who feeds on souls, using them or their power for his or her own devices. In particular: The powers of the character should be flavored as being derived from souls The character ...
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How can I model a human who gets powers from a part-time symbiote alien?

I had an idea for a Mutants and Masterminds (2e) character based on a video game character idea of mine: a Gestalt consisting of a human male and a smaller, roughly cat-sized alien symbiote. As a ...
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How to build a blaster/damage wizard or sorcerer in Pathfinder?

I've already asked this question for 3.5e, but it seems to be very different in Pathfinder, as many of the feats, prestige classes, and even the base class abilities of wizard and sorcerer have ...
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I want to play Dr. Manhattan. How can I? [closed]

How can I create a character that is powerful like Dr. Manhattan? The critical thematic elements are that he: is composed of energy uses pure energy as a power source Either one of these are the ...
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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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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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When do you get plusses to your ability modifiers? [closed]

I'm starting to play 5e and I cannot for the life of me figure out or find out when characters get plusses to their ability modifiers and feats. What level do you get them?
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Should I let a character be build with foreknowledge of the adventure? [closed]

We are playing (a converted) City of the Spider Queen and a player whose character died has now created a new one; a Dwarven Rogue. He asked me if he can take the Ancient Enmity Alternate Racial Trait ...
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Does Hellfire Warlock give me another invocation on its second level?

It's my second time playing 3.5e and I plan to go for the relatively simple Warlock 11 > Binder 1 (for Naberius) > Hellfire Warlock 3 > Warlock all the way to 20th level. My question here is, since ...
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Is there a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style of character creator? [closed]

I have never played D&D before, but was thinking of getting a character going to play with a group of friends. I was told that there might be a "choose your own adventure" type of walkthrough ...
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What happens if I get the same skill from both my background and my class?

I made a trickster cleric with spy background. This caused an overlap of stealth and disguise. (Further compounded by me wanting to take hide in shadow ... which again granted me stealth.) What ...
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5th ed duplicate proficiencies [duplicate]

Example, assassin rogue with the charlatan background, both the class and background specify the disguise kit as a proficiency. What do you do about that to even it out? With the second proficiency do ...
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Playing as, not with, ourselves

A few of the members of our gaming have had the probably-not-unique idea of statting ourselves as if we were player characters in a campaign. Our problem is trying to find a basis of comparison for ...
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Minimum stat line for ex-flight officer mage, in nWoD?

I'm going to be making a character for a mage the awakening game, and I want them to be ex-military (fighter pilot). We start at 0xp. The history is that after being enlisted he goes MIA during a ...