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Questions tagged [character-creation]

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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Is it possible for a tiefling warlock to cast Augury when they are first level?

I have started running D&D 5e just now, so I do not have an encyclopedic knowledge of character creation options. We played a first session, with half character generation and half low-key play. ...
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How can a Forge Cleric obtain proficiency with swords at first level?

I am about to start a campaign of D&D 5th edition. I have a character in mind, a blacksmith with a thing for swords, who became a cleric worshiping a sword god. Mechanically this translates to a ...
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If I have Charm of Wisdom and Lore of Escape, do I add my Wisdom modifier twice to Bluff checks?

In the character generation process for the Inquisitor class, I was faced with a question, the answer to which I'm not entirely sure. I used Conversion Inquisition, which grants me: Charm of ...
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Can I choose a skill that the person on my left already has, during character creation in Paranoia Red Clearance Edition?

In 2016 Paranoia during character creation player on my left gets the exact opposite of what I choose. If I write +4 in Throw, she gets -4. I cannot choose a skill I got negative modifier previously ...
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What is the importance of Handedness?

The Basic Role Playing system by Chaosium requires a player to specify their character's handedness: Handedness: Is the character right- or left-handed? Pick one—there are no game system ...
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DND 5e Sorcadin, need advice for 2nd ASI [closed]

So here's what I've gone with: Race: Fallen Assimar Total Level: 9 (close to lv. 10) Classes in order: Divine Soul Sorc 4 / Devotion Pal 5 (will go sorc 5 at lv. 10, then pal 6, then sorc from ...
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When gaining a new skill through a connection, do players gain it at level 1 or 0?

Gaining one level in any skill seems to fall outside the standard "Skills can be listed with or without an associated level. If no rank is listed, then you gain that skill at Level 1 if you do not ...
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How can I avoid problems that arise from rolling ability scores?

Rolling ability scores is a time-honored tradition across many editions of D&D. However, it can sometimes cause problems for players and/or the DM. For example, one player character may end up ...
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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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Are there any rules covering selfmade gear as starting equipment on higher levels?

Let's say that a player creates a 6th level character with maximum possible ranks in craft (armorsmithing) . They want to start with selfmade full plate armor. Should they still cover the full price ...
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Complication: Clone of an Evil-Doer

We have a player that wants to be the good-aligned clone of Mina Kosmova, the Cosmic Mind. I'm trying to work with the player and so far, we've come up with nothing. What sort of sample complications ...
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Are racial stat bonuses every level or just once at creation?

Me and a few of my group members came to a disagreement about when racial stat bonuses apply. I believe that your racial ability score increases are only applied once at character creation. However, ...
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In Traveller, what's my starting equipment?

I'm just starting a game in Traveller and we spent our first session rolling up characters, it's the first time playing this game for all of us, Referee included. It all went pretty well, slow cause ...
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When a character dies, what level is their replacement?

A party adventures for some time and the player characters eventually advance several times in level, say, to level 5. Unfortunately, one of the player characters is then killed, and either cannot be ...
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Help with a Metal Oracle build

This is my first well planned RPG session; that's why I'm a little overwhelmed. I need some help with building a functioning Oracle. Our game is using custom rules, including randomly assigned ...
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WotC Pre-rolled Level 1 Bard Character - Can't get it right in D&D Beyond

I'm trying to build the nifty 5E Half-elf Bard in D&D Beyond as shared on WotC's set of pregen character sheets. However, I just can't seem to get the ability score values and the skill values to ...
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Creating a Character that uses Weapons larger than its Size Category, other than playing Bugbear

I played a campaign where one of the casters was able to make his weapon to hit as if it is two sizes bigger than it really is using some spell so I wanted to create non-caster who will be able to do ...
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Can a cleric wield a shield and spear?

I'm looking for a way to get out of the typical classic "warhammer/shield cleric" and just want to swap it with spear/shield. What I mean is a spear in my right hand and shield in the left, pretty ...
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Is allowing someone who selects the Mutant racial descriptor to pick their mutations unbalanced?

I have a player who wants to play a mutant character, but instead of rolling for their mutations they would like to instead select them from the tables. Would allowing selection of mutations, ...
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How much money do I get if I start with the default equipment?

My first time playing D&D. I’m starting with the default equipment my class gives me (I’m a rogue), so my question is: how much money would I have? I know I can roll 4d4 and buy the equipment and ...
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Is it beneficial to trade a skill for better saving throws for a spell-less Ranger? [closed]

I'm working on a new character, which will be a spell-less ranger. In this case, I'm multiclassing a Rogue / Ranger, with a preference for melee (over ranged). For the sake of this question, assume ...
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What are the mechanical and role-playing advantages of playing a human?

I'm a DM for a bunch of new players who are going through the Lost Mines of Phandelver starter set with the pre-generated characters. This campaign will be over fairly soon and I need to get the group ...
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How viable is this Support Dex-based Barbarian?

Based, essentially, on Can a support combat style be effective without magic?, I was thinking on a Dex-based Barbarian (at least for the low levels) using Ancestral Guardian. The fundamental concept ...
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Monster Character Creation? [closed]

I was planning on creating some characters as DM for our next adventure because we ran out of our current ones. I asked the players about their preferred character, race, profession, backstory, etc to ...
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Is the FastCharacter website incorrectly calculating HP for my Sorcerer?

So based on my current knowledge as a Sorcerer with 14 Constitution (assuming you did averages) you would start: Level 1: 6+2 = 8 hp Level 6: 8+5x(4+2) = 38 hp But on fastcharacter.com ...
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A player is unhappy that people are playing the same class. Did I do something wrong?

How do I deal with people choosing the same class? Can people do it? I have one player who doesn’t think so and is really unhappy about it and is telling me I have to figure out why they should care ...
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D&D 5e, Looking for thoughts and suggestions on a character build and backstory I'm looking to make [closed]

Concept - I was looking for inspiration on a character I'd like to play and while watching The Grudge with my girlfriend the other night, I thought of a character concept based around Kayako's skill ...
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Do you get to choose your skill proficiencies or are they decided based on your race/class?

A friend of mine had told us that you don't really get to choose your skills when you see "choose from" x number of skills (e.g. Stealth, Acrobatics, Intimidation), she said that "each class and race ...
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How would a Telepath be able to tell that they're not going crazy? [closed]

It's the Psychic player again. She asked me a pretty good question to better roleplay the character. Her character has been able to read people's minds since early adulthood. As soon as she said this, ...
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Where do I put my focus on my character sheet?

I'm making my first character for a World of Darkness (20th anniversary) campaign and right after backgrounds, I've gotten to a step where it says "Define Focus (paradigm, practice, instruments)" ...
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A Maker's/Goetic's starting general spell in Invisible Sun

The order description for the Maker and Goetic grants a “general spell that [the character] has enough Sorcery to cast,” but it's not really clear what that means. Does that equate to spell level, or ...
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How do I build a Capoeira Dancer?

I started to play with the Pathfinder Bard. Now, I would like to build a Capoeira Dancer. An example of capoeira. Goals and Requirements I would like this character to be good at dancing. Able to ...
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Can I build a character based on modern technology?

I would like to make a character that carries a walkman and headphones like Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. Is there any way to insert modern day technology like this according to the rules? ...
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How to price “Lifting ST” with a “Payload Only” limiter?

Designing a vehicle ally for a super, it has the payload advantage. But I want to buy "Lifting ST" limited to its payload only. How much (-NN%) would be a "Payload Only" limiter on Lifting ST? I am ...
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Where do I find a PC’s hit dice?

I am relatively new to D&D. I've been playing a character in 3/3.5e and have been playing with others in 5e. The latter have basically been guiding me in how to build a character. I've read ...
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How do we make this pair of telepathically linked characters? [closed]

I'm about to DM a new campaign using the DnD 5e ruleset and one of my players has created a character with an interesting circumstance that will likely warrant some creative application of the DnD 5e ...
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What are the official languages available to players?

The D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook lists some languages on page 123, giving players with characters who can choose a language a number of choices. There are other sources of player-choosable ...
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For a magically shorter tabaxi, which stats do I adjust? [closed]

I know that an average tabaxi race is medium about 6ft tall. But I want a shorter more stubby cat for my character (a lvl. 1 magician tabaxi with a background of guild merchant. in short, the ...
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How do I encourage Drow players to not make Drizzt clones?

Every once in a while, I have a player wants to create a Drow character. The problem is, virtually every one of them winds up looking suspiciously like Drizzt Do'Urden: they are some variation of Good ...
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How can I write custom attribute value rules for the GURPS Character Sheet tool?

When using the tool GURPS Character Sheet, is there a way to change the attribute value when calculating skill levels? In my next GURPS campaign I'm planning to introduce this rule from Pyramid #3/65:...
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What’s the optimized single-class 17th-level melee PC for maximum consistent damage?

What is the highest possible consistent melee damage a 17th level character could inflict with the following restrictions: Role: Melee damage dealer capable of doing the same damage in at least 5 ...
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Is a character's OFFICIAL alignment their ACTED or INTENDED alignment? [closed]

I have a Tiefling character. Being a Tiefling, she is half-demon and her demonic nature is in her personality, i.e., she has a contempt for structure, law, and society and enjoys seeing others in pain....
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Making a Shield-based Weapon Master

Is the math right on this character sheet? Points of Interest: 1) Deflection's affects on active defense. 2) Offense Stats Riot Act: Alex Ryder ABILITIES (50pp) Strength: 3 Agility: 5 ...
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Is there any way to transform into a bat at 3rd level?

A group of friends and I are playing a one-shot in a couple of weeks and we plan on playing 3rd-level adventurers. I want to play a character who's main thing is to turn into a bat. The only thing I ...
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Is there any way to determine level adjustment based on CR increase for a template?

I have a player who wants to play an intelligent gelatinous creature. After lots of searching I determined this was posible but the easiest/least cheesy way to do it would be to apply both the ...
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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 can an NPC be built to track a fleeing target? [closed]

I have seen the tracking rules based on the survival skill and something bothers me: you take a -20 penalty to track a target at twice your speed (a.k.a hustle speed a.k.a a fleeing runaway speed on a ...
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Does Charlatan give access to other backgrounds' features?

I am creating a Rogue and I decided to take the Charlatan background. After reading that I get a duke's signet ring, I decided to make my false identity a duke. But then I wondered, doesn't that ...
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In a Hard combat game, how do I hint that the story will be combat-light?

This is the last game I will have with my current play group before moving 10k+ Km. So the characters they will create won't be useful in the future. I want my players to play a short story (about ...
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Can you trade xp for gold during character creation?

On EPH page 62 (the sidebar), it says that 1 xp is equal to 5 gp. Could you theoretically trade 1 xp for 5 gp during character creation? For example, Bob starts at level 2. Could he instead start at ...