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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How do I help a young player fill their character sheet quickly?

I GM a game of D&D with my cousins, who are 10 and 11 years old. This happens: Me: Let's fill your character sheet. Which race do you want? Eleven-year-old: What are the available choices? ...
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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 ...
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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 much damage does a thrown tower shield deal?

Out of curiousity, I've been trying to create a sort of "Captain America" type character using the Tower Shield Specialist and the Throw Anything feat. Unfortunately, I've been having a lot of trouble ...
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What character creation tools & guides are available for Shadowrun 5e?

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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How can I help a player craft a backstory that gives me plot hooks?

I have a new player joining my game soon who has taken the place of another player. Unfortunately, the character's backstory is lacking. It doesn't tell me a lot about the character. Because I draw ...
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Rules for multi-classing in D&D Next?

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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Is there any way I can make an effective Rank 1 Yojimbo who is not a Shiba?

Is there some combination of mechanics available at character generation that would make a reasonable substitute for the Shiba's Rank 1 Guard as a Free Action technique? This technique allows the ...
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Are there rules for Intelligent Items with Class Levels?

So the DM gave me the option of giving this intelligent lance various abilities, including a homebrew version of a Psicrystal's Self-Propulsion and Flight abilities. He also gave me the option of ...
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How many spells does a swordmage get as they level up?

My friend is starting D&D and his first character is going to be a swordmage. How many spells do they get at level one and how many do they get per level up?
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How to model an ability to enhance other's abilities in Strange Fate?

I'm planning a Misfits-style game using the rules from Kerberos Club Fate. I'm trying to figure out the best way to model a character whose power is the ability to drastically enhance other people's ...
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What creatures/templates have Powerful Build?

I'm particularly interested in templates, but in general can anyone tell me what playable races and usable templates would grant Powerful Build to a creature? I only know of like, one. The ...
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Wild Magic Sorcerer

The player's handbook came out, and a friend and I were looking at the various classes. We noticed the sorcerer made a comeback and comes in two flavors. A Dragon Magic Sorcerer and then a Wild Magic ...
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How can a dragon sorcerer PC take on humanoid form from level 1 without house rules?

I'm currently having a few issues with a character of one of my players. When the new third party Pathfinder book In the Company of Dragons came out he was on fire to play a dragon. Now after looking ...
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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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How can an intelligent magic lance change what type of weapon it is?

I'm looking for any sort of ability to add onto an intelligent magical lance that will allow it to change into other weapons. Whether this is something like making it "wear" a ring of Polymorph Any ...
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How to rule a permanently blind PC in D&D 4e?

One of my players wants to build a totally blind character, and so far as I can tell the system has no rules for it, despite coming close. Blinded is a condition that more accurately reflects having ...
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How does a psyker choose which disciplines he takes?

It's a bit confusing, because the basic abilities are obtained when a psyker has acquired a certain discipline... or what? I can't find a line that says he has to purchase anything with XP... does ...
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Is one of the characters in my group overpowered?

I'm starting my first stint as a DM, in DnD 4E, and one of my players insisted on rolling dice for his stats. I was ok, provided, as I said, "that the character was balanced with the rest of the ...
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Can I hybrid as essential classes? [duplicate]

I DM for a group and a player made a new character but since on the excel spreadsheet it does not allow essentials/non original classes to mix. Can i actually hybrid 2 classes which are not originals, ...
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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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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 ...
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Ex-wizard that pretends he still is a wizard

I am pondering creating an epic-level wizard character, who through excessive use of Mordenkainen's Disjunction on artifacts has permanently lost all casting ability as well as all his class levels ...
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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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Character backstory and history development/generation tools

I'm a beginning a new campaign in pathfinder this fall as a player with a few friends. One of the players is brand new to roleplaying. I know that the group we're playing with puts a heavy emphasis ...
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More Optimized Warblade Build (3.P)

So, I have these two Warblade builds, and I'm trying to decide which one to take. The second of these builds is more theoretical because I didn't know about the Legacy Champion until rather recently. ...
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Does D&D Next or Dead in Thay have rules for equipping new PCs above level 1?

My game group at the local shop recently got our hand on the next season of D&D Encounters, Dead in Thay, and will be running it in a few days. Previous editions, such as 4e, have very specific ...
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Wanting to play d&d but have no clue [duplicate]

So I've been highly interested in D&D through watching streams of it but unfortunately no one plays D&D anywhere close to me. I don't have a clue on how to make characters etc. So if anyone ...
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Character wealth by level for 4E?

I know that the DMG addresses this slightly on page 143 by stating that a character's wealth is equal to: One magic item of character level +1 One magic item of character level One magic ...
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Should I allow a Wondrous Item on level 1 character creation?

I'm starting a new 3.5 campaign, using only the 3 core books for character creation, and starting all my players off at level 1. One of my players has written a (rather good) backstory for his ...
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How to build a blaster/damage wizard or sorcerer in 3.5e?

'Blasting' in 3.5e, dealing damage using spells, is seen as inferior to battlefield control, buffing, and debuffing - in that it uses up more spell slots for less effect, takes longer to work, and is ...
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How does a character become magical in the Dresden Files?

I'm trying to create a character. I've already worked out some of my character. My character is, at the moment, superstitious with that being pretty much the only personality trait. It has glamours ...
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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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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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How do I balance the starting equipment of my players?

The other night me and my group were getting started with creating characters for a sci-fi campaign in the Coriolis RPG system, where the party will be based off their own spaceship. Problems arose ...
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Should mental conditions on character creation be given some kind of compensation?

If I give a character a condition on character creation due to a past experience with the supernatural, should I make them roll integrity (fairly horrific circumstance)? Should I give them any bonus ...
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Can I *create* a PC with a template?

So, I've been thinking - can I make something like first level Celestial Sun Elf-wizard in a non-homerule non-Dragon Magazine game from the start? Are there any templates that can be applied at the ...
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What is the most important stat for an arcane duelist bard?

I am trying to decide which ability score to put my half-elf +2 bonus into: Charisma or Intelligence. It seems like Charisma is important for a bard, but Intelligence governs the many Knowledge skills ...
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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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Did I roll this character correctly? [closed]

Trying to learn some of the basics to Pathfinder with a view to GMing eventually. This is the first time I have rolled a character - have I missed anything? Is this a legal build? (Not optimized, book ...
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Is there a story to guide my class choices for all 4e classes?

In the Dungeons & Dragons 4e red box (my starting point), there's this story that goes: if you could do {something}, your character is a {some class} - and that's how you make your character. The ...
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Play as a Dragon with Special and Supernatural Abilities

I’m looking for the best way to play as a Dragon with all of its special/supernatural abilities. I don’t care whether this is through a spell, animal companion, cohort, being a dragon or any other ...
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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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Are Rakshasas supported as a playable race?

Pretty much what it says on the tin: Does D&D 3.5 have any official player character stats for the Rakshasa? (Obviously you can reverse engineer any monster stat block into the basic racial ...
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How many skills do I start with?

I'm trying to teach myself how the game works with a view to doing some GMing. (Pathfinder core rulebook from 2009) Rolled the following character so far: Elf Sorcerer Str 10 Dex 13 Con 8 Int 18 Wis ...
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Drow Spellcaster build for 1 vs 1 & 1 vs 2

Currently I am making a Drow Spellcaster character with the build learned towards 1v1 combat in a small area, it is specific for the D&D drow based campaign. The fights are most of time 1v1 with ...
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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 do I determine feats for a new character?

I always get hung up on feats when creating a new character in D&D 3.5. Specifically, this part of the fighter description from the SRD has me really stumped: At 1st level, a fighter gets a ...
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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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Is it reasonable/role-playable to build a Cloistered Cleric / Fighter Gestalt?

The description of Cloistered Cleric states: The cloistered cleric spends more time than other clerics in study and prayer and less in martial training. He gives up some of the cleric's combat ...