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What does 5d4 x 10 gp mean?

I’m creating an Eladrin Ranger/Bard and I’m trying to figure out my starting wealth.

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It means that if you are creating a Ranger or Bard, if you choose not to take the standard equipment packages from your Class and Background, you instead roll five four-sided dice (5d4), add them together, then multiply the result by 10 to determine the number of gold pieces you start with, which you then use to buy your equipment during character creation.

Note that this is not allowed in Adventurer's League play, to ensure fairness between all players; instead, you must choose your standard equipment packages from your Class and Background.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Ok, I was confused and thought you got that on top of your starting equipment. Thank you! \$\endgroup\$ – user56410 Jun 28 at 11:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Does AL specifically call out balance reasons for having to select the equipment? I always did find starting gold differing by class to be a strange thing \$\endgroup\$ – SeriousBri Jun 28 at 11:47
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    \$\begingroup\$ @SeriousBri I believe the motivation is not so much that different classes have different starting gold (that can be compensated by other low-level advantages and disadvantages) but rather the randomness of it. A single bad roll before the game even started can greatly affect the session 1 survival chance of every new character. \$\endgroup\$ – Philipp Jun 28 at 11:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ @SeriousBri Also, a big part I've seen of different classes having different amounts of starting gold is rooted in the fact that different classes have a more-or-less expensive start-up cost. A monk can show up to a party with 7sp worth of gear (common clothes and a quarterstaff) and be a perfectly functional combatant. A Fighter? Not so much...armor and good weapons are expensive. And a Wizard without that 50gp spellbook and a (minimum) 5gp focus is kinda helpless. So if everyone started with the same amount of gold...Monks would all enter play ludicrously rich. \$\endgroup\$ – guildsbounty Jun 28 at 12:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ Thanks both, makes a bit more sense now! \$\endgroup\$ – SeriousBri Jun 28 at 12:18
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Roll five 4-sided dice. Then multiply the result by 10. That is your starting wealth.

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