Firstly, a disclaimer: I do not find much joy in highly optimised characters that can slay everything with ease at the table. However, the idea of creating such a character (or making the most out of a suboptimal choice - e.g. using poor weapons or unconventional playstyle) I find to be very intriguing.

I am wondering where one starts with this sort of endeavour - how to test a particular build, figuring out which choices are more worthwhile mechanically, etc.

Can anyone provide a good resource for learning to "theorycraft" in DnD?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Hi Wharf Rat. This question is off-topic for our Stack Exchange. It's what is referred to as a shopping question, where you ask for a list of resources. Google is a great way to find such resources, RPG Stack Exchange is about asking a question about a specific problem that should have a specific, correct answer. \$\endgroup\$ – Luke Aug 14 '18 at 6:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ Luke is correct, however if you have a particular build you need help optimizing, we can help with that. When/if you decide you do want help, see this meta Q&A for help with how to ask that well here. \$\endgroup\$ – Rubiksmoose Aug 14 '18 at 10:28

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