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Questions tagged [character]

A being controlled in the game either by a player (player character) or the gamemaster (non-player character).

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Is there a spell that can stop a ship?

There is a ship that needs to be stopped from sailing away without sinking it. The ship is large (2 masts), is in deep water and has a gust of wind item. I am looking for spells up to a lvl 4 slot, ...
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What can I do to roleplay better in DnD? [closed]

I have been playing D&D for nearly 2 years with the same character, a female elven monk who is a sage librarian. I was previously in a party where role playing wasn't pushed as much as it is in ...
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How do I make a player feel important when their skills don't affect the campaign? [closed]

You know how sometimes a character takes Dwarvish as their second language but you have no dwarves in your campaign? Or a Cleric specializes in killing undead when your campaign revolves around ...
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Role-playing and being “stuck” with an archetype? [closed]

I never played the "board" D&D games; my experience is limited to what is available via "classic" PC games. But I'd like to try D&D with the real players in real life at the board with the ...
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Can a PC protected by copyright be used by the DM without player permission? [closed]

A player owns the copyright on their character as long as that character meets copyright criteria and was featured in something before being in the campaign, such as a backstory or drawing. This has ...
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Are there any rules on allowing players to swap out characters of equal level?

In a previous game, one of my players played a Bard that got up to level 5. That player wants to bring him back for a few sessions when he gets his current Artificer up to level 5 (which will probably ...
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How compatible is Gloomhaven with Dungeons and Dragons?

I play dnd 5e with a group of friends. Obviously, we each have our own character sheets, dice, etc. I have never played gloomhaven, but am thinking of purchasing it to play at home with my family. It ...
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How to quickly get into one-off characters?

After doing longer campaigns for a while, my group is now getting into a series of one shots to try different settings, systems and overall experiences. What I realized so far when playing one-off ...
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Player wants a weak character? [closed]

I am the DM and I'm helping some of my players make their characters (since it is most of their first times playing. One of my players wants to make a character with no class and is an average human. ...
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Tips for getting into character [closed]

I'm relatively new to D&D and I'm rolling my second character. While I enjoyed my first one, he didn't have much of a personality. This next time around, I'm aiming to play a Swashbuckler ...
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Can a PC be a lich?

The heading says it all, can a PC be a lich? If so, how? The DMG hints that the Book of Vile Darkness contains the secrets of how; there is nothing official otherwise.
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When Building a Character, if a skill proficiency is mentioned twice do i add the proficiency bonus twice? [duplicate]

I'm building a character in the 5th edition and my background and class both mention survival proficiency, do i add the proficiency bonus twice or only once?
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Can a PC become a Devil?

Can a player character ascend (or descend depending on how you look at it) to become a demon or Devil, somehow? My PC is a Warlock under the Archfiend Patron. While I understand I could potentially ...
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Formula for determining attributes of character created with reproduction [closed]

I am trying to find information about D&D's rules regarding attributes of a character who is a result of two other characters' reproduction. I haven't been able to find any official information on ...
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Can one PC throw another?

For example, if there is a lava river surrounding a castle. There is a drawbridge that can be lowered, but the lever is on the other side. PCs couldn't find a hidden passageway,either because PCs ...
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Qinggong Monk Lvl 20 Build

While I know monks are not optimal characters as there are other class that easily outshine them I built this character to loosely resemble Iron Fist from Marvel. The idea of the build is to be a monk ...
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What weapons, poisons or other items help reduce enemy will saves?

I am working on an illusionist build for a friend and hoping to find some items that he could use to weaken enemy will saves against his illusion spells. He is playing a sorceror with a few levels of ...
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How can I get my player to work with the story instead of roleplaying a lunatic?

My play group is currently running a prototype game we made based on Dragon Ball Z using d20 rules; I'm GMing. One player in particular always makes characters that are mentally limited, crazy or with ...
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How to keep track of volatile amounts of items? [closed]

My DnD 5e players have stopped keeping track of ammunition, rations, torches, etc, because it's something they use all the time and their character sheet starts looking rubbish or being torn from ...
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Are there rules for playing two characters in one body?

I have a character designed that is two different characters that have been merged into one body by some force (magic, a god, whatever) So they share one physical body, but they have two fully ...
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Can a PC change Backgrounds mid-campaign?

I've read about instances of class changes in the middle of a campaign, but what about background changes? For example, if a level 5 character had a Soldier background, but found another to fit their ...
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Player claims their wizard character knows everything (from books). Solutions?

I have a player who is an elf wizard and his entire backstory and goal is knowledge related. He made his elf well over 200 years old and claims that his character has read a massive amount of books (...
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Did something very uncharacteristic, not sure where to go (Contains Jade Regent spoilers)

Disclaimer: This involves events from the Jade Regent AP. Spoilers will exist. So I have a dilemma and I'm really not sure how to go from here. I basically did something very out of character because ...
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The group won't let me use my character quirk

So I made a new character, and as an experiment I decided to use a character quirk to make it a bit more interesting. I used a random generator and came up with "Your character is prone to absent-...
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How are characters converted from Dark Heresy 1st to 2nd edition?

Is it possible to convert characters from previous edition to current one? How is it achieved?
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How to handle players who make unmotivated characters

I'm a relatively new GM, and I'm having trouble getting my (also new) players to create motivated characters. I don't mean that the players themselves are unmotivated, but the characters they create ...
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On Roll20, is it possible to fill in character sheets without being in a game?

I played Pathfinder on Roll20 last night for the first time and everyone had to wait for me to make a character. I was unfamiliar with the character sheets and with Pathfinder so it took a while. The ...
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How far away is the Gnome's “Clockwork Toy” or “Music Box” audible?

Rock Gnomes possess the capability to produce small devices such as the "Clockwork Toy", "Fire Starter" and "Music Box". The book specifically states that they produce sound. My expectation on how I ...
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Can two players play one character?

I'm new to Dungeons and Dragons, having played only 3 games as a DM with a group of friends. Initially, it was difficult to find people to play, but now I've run into the problem where too many people ...
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Playing a child oracle in pathfinder, how to prove age and how open will population be to believing it? [closed]

I'm thinking about playing an oracle in Pathfinder with the Child curse. He stopped aging at roughly 7 years old. He is now around 18-20 years old, still looks like a kid. I think it would be fun ...
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What changes when an Alienist becomes an outsider?

When a character becomes a 10th level Alienist (prestige class), the following change is said to occur (emphasis mine): Alien Transcendence (Su): A 10th-level alienist, because of long ...
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How to politely explain that a player's character doesn't fit the role as well as they think it does?

An old friend of mine who had to leave our gaming group for various reasons recently returned. He created a new character since we had gone a long way since he had left and he wanted to try a defender....
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How can I play multiple characters at once?

Okay, so I'll be playing the World of Warcraft RPG with my family and friends on the weekend, and I'm wondering if playing multiple characters at once would be viable or easy to do. I'll be playing ...
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Could you use a 4th Edition character in a 5th Edition adventure, just for level 1?

For a one shot session, I'm DMing a 5th Edition Level 1 adventure, but our regular sessions are 4th Edition. The group is a mix of some new players and experienced players. The new players will be ...
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Where does the idea of using the same character in multiple games come from?

I just read about a strange behavior in RPGs that didn't make much sense to me. To give an example: Susie joins up with a new game in Milwaukee. She makes a character for that game and plays in ...
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My 5e character isn't very fun. How do I kill them off?

I'm playing an 8th level Valor bard, and she's basically The Load (warning: TVTropes link) at this point- high-combat campaign, so not a lot of charisma stuff to do, and really doesn't have any ...
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Do characters tend to get used for a while nowadays, or disposed of and replaced regularly? [closed]

When I was in high school, a long time ago, kids talked about their characters lasting and up-leveling for so long that they reached high enough levels to get to send them away to Wizards of the Coast ...
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Merits of vow of poverty in this build

I'm rolling up a character for a 20th level one-shot game I hope to get started at some point, as follows: Blackscale Lizardfolk (3hd+3LA) Druid 10 with shapeshifter variant/(monk or ninja) 2/(full ...
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Where can I get cheap 28mm D&D figures [duplicate]

There is this one thing called hero forge, and it looks really cool, https://www.heroforge.com/ but... it really expencive for what im looking for, I also tryed Warhammer but that was expencive and ...
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Best way to port 4th edition characters to 5th edition

Like the title says, I need help porting the following party (all level 5): Human Healer's Lore Cleric Human Earthstrength Warden * Dwarf Tactical Warlord * Half-Orc Archer Ranger Eladrin Brawny ...
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Why wouldn’t I just run away from the eldritch horror?

I am struggling with character motivations in Call of Cthulhu or similarly investigative horror settings. For some reason I seem to have issues imagining the reasoning behind characters who really ...
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How can I find a challenge/dilemma for my robot character? [closed]

So...I'm playing in this game as an android that is a hacker and electrically skill based. It is not designed for front line combat and has a control chip which makes it obey the commands of it's ...
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On and off NPC/PC [duplicate]

Still just spitballing, but I came across an idea for a new group I might be starting. One of the players will only be available half the time the rest of the group will be (let's call him Bob), and ...
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What happens when you have two races? [closed]

I've been searching for a bit now and have found nothing. My character is a Human paladin but is also eladrin, So what the specifics towards these rules, like could I take all the racial powers from ...
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Do drow elf wizards need to sleep

I know Drows as a race do not need to sleep but have to do a 4 hour trance to stay rested but is that enough for a drow wizard to memorize their spells or do they still need to sleep for 8 hours?
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Using a NPC to fill a vacant role in the party

The newly started scenario places my players on their own spaceship, but they are lacking a competent mechanic among them since they are only two; a pilot and a computer operator. I am considering ...
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How do you enforce “niche protection” in one-shots with multiple PC options?

I usually GM point-based games without classes (like Star Wars D6, WoD -- Mage the Awakening or Wraith -- etc.) When I prepare an adventure for 5 players, I usually make more than 5 PCs to have some ...
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How can an evil cleric hide his alignment?

So I have this cleric character who, after some traumatizing near death experience, has turned to evil and necromancy in hopes of finding the key to eternal life. But he also has to hide his alignment ...
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How to enjoy roleplaying a character again in play-by-post RP [closed]

How to enjoy and have fun roleplaying a character again in play-by-post roleplay (forum) after years of it? It has been six years since I have started roleplaying and it feels like I have seen most ...
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How attached should players be to the characters they make? [closed]

I'm new to RPGs and I'm not sure how attached I should be to any characters I make. On one hand I don't think it would be pleasant to spend hours making an in depth character only to have them die off,...