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 to introduce additional options from extra source books [closed]

Yes, I know I've tagged "system-agnostic" and "dnd-5e". Bear with me. This is a hypothetical - sadly, I don't have a roleplaying group at the moment. My interest has been rather taken with the new ...
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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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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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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 ...
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In character creation, is there a standard cap for the equipment you get to start with?

New to DnD and I'm hosting a DnD night with a few friends. As DM I've told em all to have preset character sheets but I'd prefer it if they all created one. In the equipment section there are various ...
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Is there a way to get rid of inabilities in Numenera?

I was invited to a Numenera game, and thusly have been attempting to figure out the rules and such and to build a nice character. I wanted to be able to build a character with the Magical/Mechanical ...
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Is there any support in D&D for Were-humans?

In many D&D settings, the character of a human who can shapeshift into an animal is a standard archetype. Druids, Vampires, and Werebeasts are pretty common. However, does any support exist for a ...
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PC build - Beguiler/Wizard/Ultimate Magus

I am currently in my first campaign, playing as a level 6 Beguiler (aiming for Shadowcraft Mage). In the case where I die and have to reroll, I think I would like to adapt a slightly different build, ...
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Character help: Not just another dumb fighter

What are the most effective methods, mechanically, to quickly give a fighter useful magical knowledge and options (in and out of combat) without significantly sacrificing effectiveness as a fighter? ...
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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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How can I make fighters and monks better in 3.5e D&D?

So I'm planning to DM a 3.5e D&D game for casual non-optimizing people in a setting I'm creating. In this setting, the base classes I've retained are Fighter, Monk, Wizard, Sorcerer, Cleric, ...
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How do I turn a daily into an encounter?

I'm looking for something that shifts a daily power into an encounter power. I want to take the Demigod Epic Path so I can use Blade Cascade whenever I want. Ideas?
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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 ...
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In Amber Diceless, what is the reason for the order of the Stat Auction?

In Amber Diceless, stats are auctioned off in the order: Psyche Strength Endurance Warfare What is the reasoning for this order? A friend of mine argues they should be auctioned off in a random ...
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Optimal way to build a Brawler Barbarian character that fights with his fists? [closed]

What is the best way of building a brawler barbarian that fights with his fists only? I am thinking of using the Suli class along with incremental elemental assault so I dont blow it all in one go.
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How exactly does a level adjustment work?

Does level adjustment simply mean the character must be the adjustment's number of levels lower than the rest of the party, or does it act as levels in the relevant template and include the relevant ...
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How can I play an Artificer predictively?

Of the various classes held to be Tier One, the Artificer is perhaps the absolute trickiest to play. Though their potential power - especially with access to downtime - is immense, they more than any ...
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Are there any Large playable races with a LA of +0/+1 and if so where are they?

I know of the half-minotaur that's in a dragon mag somewhere but other than that I have no idea. I've been consulting lists of +0 and +1 LA playable races and templates but they don't seem to mention ...
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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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Making a character without a soul?

Tbh I'm kinda new to D&D, but I'm really interested in it, and I've been building a character, but I've hit a spot that I'm not sure how to handle: making a human character without a soul. I was ...
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d&d 3.5 can anyone help understand how to make a monster race as a playable race? [closed]

First of all, Hello. I am very very very very new to D&D. I want to create a character from a monster race. I have read the books but I can't understand them. I will use Drow elf as an example ...
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Close-quarters spellcaster – Not a gish

I’m looking to make a character whose focus is on the use of spellcasting in close quarters. This might take the form of damage waves that are centered on his location, auras that buff nearby ...
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How can I help my player make a 'Gnome with Wings' character concept work?

My wife came up with a cool "Gnome with wings" character concept for our 13th Age game. She is very much a "hippie story gamer" and I wouldn't expect her to abuse it for power gaming, so I'm inclined ...
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Maximum number of points in a skill per level? [duplicate]

I remember when creating my level 1 rogue many moons ago - for my first Pathfinder game ever - that our GM told us there was a max. number of skill points we could put into each skill. I don't ...
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At what level can a fighter gain damage reduction?

Being new to D&D, I'm very intrigued with damage reduction. Creating a new level 1 fighter, I'm trying to acquire damage reduction, but have been unable to find a way to do it at first level, or ...
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How do I retrain myself to see characters as people and not systems?

Background Some of my previous questions (see What should I do when other players refuse to engage with my character's flaw? and Excessively clever characters vs. narrativist RP?) have alluded to ...
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Does Amber's bidding process have known issues, and if so, how can they be fixed? [closed]

I recently acquired at some considerable cost a copy of Amber Diceless Role-Playing, which I had long wondered about. Knowing of some potential players of the game at my local game store, I posted on ...
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How do I finish filling out this character sheet? [closed]

I am trying to pick up D&D for the very time and need some help for my very first character creation. Here are the choices I made; Race: Half-Orc Class: Barbarian Ability Scores (rolled, ...
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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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Would I change my characteristics on my character sheet after picking a home world in Rogue Trader?

I am wondering because lets say I rolled the Stats: 34 WS 41 BS 38 S 33 T 40 Ag 30 Int 34 Per 40 WP and 36 Fel If I picked the Hive World as my starting world I would get -5 T and +5 Fel, ...
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Could someone explain traits to me?

I'm currently preparing for a Pathfinder session for the first time (we played degenesis and wanted to do something with more freedom). I got myself only the Core Rule Book. However, I (we) simply ...
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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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How do you encourage players to leave classes behind?

I have veteran players of class-based RPG systems joining my GURPS 4e campaign. I am having trouble consistently during character creation in getting these folks started. They are all hung up on the ...
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What's the difference between a Ranger and a Scout?

Apparently the Complete Adventurer contains rules for a new base class, the Scout. Can anyone explain, at a high-level, what is the difference in character concept between a Ranger and a Scout? When ...
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Character creation walkthrough

It has been a long time since I last played RPGs and I have forgotten so much about how things like character creation work. I am using the Pathfinder core rule book for all of my characters currently ...
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Showcasing a support-focused mortal's contributions

I've never played Dresden Files RPG before, and I'm trying to figure out a character which will work for it.. My character concept is "action survivor in over his head who grows into a weak but ...
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How can you find a balance between effective/optimised characters and creative characters?

When creating characters, I often face a dilemma between making a character. It feels like they can either be optimized so they can "pull their own weight" or having a character I think is creative ...