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My friends and i have always decided on the ability scores using a random number generator app from 12-17 because we cant really find the right way to generate the numbers with dice. so my question is, how many dice and what kind of dice do we use?

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    \$\begingroup\$ There are a lot of ways to generate ability scores and they really depend on the preferences of your group. This question may be a bit too broad. Have you tried the solutions offered in the PHB? \$\endgroup\$ – GreedyRadish Sep 13 '16 at 2:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ Yes, can you not find the appropriate rules, do they not make sense, or are you looking for an alternative, and if so, what goal are you hoping to achieve? \$\endgroup\$ – SirTechSpec Sep 13 '16 at 3:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ It sounds like you are asking how to generate numbers specifically between 12 and 17 using dice? If so I would recommend changing the question in your title to something like "How can I generate ability scores within a specific range using dice?" \$\endgroup\$ – J. Foster Sep 13 '16 at 17:38
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The Core Rulebook offers, on page 15, five different ways to come up with ability scores.

The one I would say is most common is the first one listed. To generate one score, roll 4 six-sided die, drop the lowest, and add the other three. So, if you rolled 2, 5, 6, and 2, you'd drop one of the 2's and get a score of 13. Repeat six times, then assign those numbers to whatever stats you wish.

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The D20PFSRD lists the methods of generating ability scores in Pathfinder.

There are several different dice-rolling schemes, or point-buy.

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