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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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What issues will arise from a player's weird request for a backstory?

So we are starting a new campaign and one of my players has a unique backstory. His character had a twin sister who died at the age of 10. Before her death, a wizard found them both and bound the ...
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Are there mistakes on the pregenerated Starter Set wizard and ranger character sheets?

I am returning to D&D having not played since first edition and am trying to get my head around the character building process before I try and explain it to some new players. I have been ...
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Where could my character have learnt Primordial? [closed]

I just created a DnD character. He speaks the languages Common, Elvish and Primordial. Where could he have learned Primordial? He learned Elvish when he spent 2 years with the Elves.
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Is my multiclassed paladin/fighter/sorcerer built according to the rules?

I wanna preface this by saying I'm a D&D fanboy/wannabe, Baldur's Gate and Critical Role is the closest I've ever gotten to playing the game. One of the things I love about any game is character ...
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When are prerequisites checked for the Variant Human's feat?

The steps to generate a character are: Choose a Race Choose a Class Determine Ability Scores ... A player choosing Variant Human as race gets a feat in step 1. However many feats have prerequisites ...
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Can I communicate through my familiar?

I've always wanted to make a non-verbal character. But I think it would be pretty difficult to communicate with the rest of my party members. I want to make an in-world way to make communication ...
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Would granting every PC the choice of a free cantrip at level 1 be unbalancing?

Inspired by this question: Would granting every PC the choice of a feat or a cantrip be unbalancing? Some classes get cantrips, some don't. Some races get a free cantrip (such as via the high elf's "...
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Would granting every PC the choice of a feat or a cantrip be unbalancing?

This question and the accepted answer are of the opinion that granting an extra feat to all PCs at level 1 does not affect game balance. Would granting every PC the choice of a feat or a cantrip (as ...
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What can I do to maximize illusion/enchantment spells as a sorcerer?

I've read up online but it doesn't seem there are that many people talking about the Sorcerer's maestro bloodline. The adventure path I'm doing will be a play-by-post(PbP) roleplay heavy campaign with ...
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Is there a divine caster class/archetype that has access to a significant number of illusion spells?

I like the idea of creating a tricky, illusion-wielding, stealthy Cleric of Sivanvah ("patron goddess of illusion magic, tricksters, and those who keep secrets"). I know I can make a Cleric with the ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of playing a druid, and why should I play one? [closed]

I haven't ever seen or had anyone explain druids except that they can turn into animals. Please explain their usefulness. They look interesting since I myself like nature. I have little to no info on ...
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Will it cause any balance issues if I grant a character a free feat to balance out their low ability scores?

One of my players rolled up a character with extremely low stats even after applying all his class and race bonuses: +3, 0, 0, -1, -2 and -3. The player chose Bard as their class. Considering that ...
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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 many spells does a Wizard start off with?

I'm creating a Mage in AD&D 2e for fun, and want to know how many spells my character starts off with at first level. I know that there is Table 21: Wizard Spell Progression, but my Dad and I ...
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Creating a Terry Pratchett witch in Hero Quest [closed]

We are starting a Hero Quest RPG game. I have decided I want to play a Terry Pratchett style witch, but am not sure how to do it. I have decided to have my main skills (things) as charisma and ...
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Should non-human transmuter wizards be allowed?

I recently joined a group about to start a new adnd-2e campaign. As I am new to D&D in general, I only learned after the fact that I made a mistake during character creation, resulting in a ...
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Are there any overpowered race/class combinations for the 5e campaign Curse of Strahd?

Curse of Strahd was released in 2016; since then, there have been many supplement books with extra races and subclasses. Are there any combinations of races/classes I should advise players to take in ...
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Does this low-Str/low-Dex idea for a Fighter work out?

I've been playing around with the idea for a new character, but I'm curious whether I'm going to run into unforeseen problems at later levels. The idea is to take a Variant Human Fighter and pick up ...
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Can there be two high elves in Dungeons & Dragons? [closed]

I'm trying to make my own character sheet but I'm lost. One of the main characters is already a high elf; does that mean I can't be one?
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Can a Tiefling Subrace be Feral?

Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes offers the option to select a different heritage for a Tiefling by replacing the default Ability Score Increase with its own (as well as by replacing the Infernal Legacy ...
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How can I discourage a player from making the same character if their current one dies?

This was inspired by this question: Should I allow players to recreate the exact same character if they die? Whilst it was closed as too subjective (because it asks whether one should want to do this)...
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Should I allow players to recreate the exact same character if they die? [closed]

I'm a fairly new DM playing the 5e Starter Set campaign, Lost Mine of Phandelver, with a completely new group of 3 players. I know the players well and like most players they're attached to their ...
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How should I go about making a Pathfinder 3.5 Drow Sorcerer? [closed]

This is probably an odd question but here goes. I’m going to be joining a home-brew campaign for Pathfinder 3.5 which from what I’ve been told about this campaign by the DM it’s going to follow the ...
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What's the closest RAW build possible to the Gray Mouser in 5e?

I am of course referring to the legendary figure of Fritz Lieber's Lankhmar series (one of the things Gary Gygax said was his inspiration to invent D&D). I am assuming this character is so off-...
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Can Pun-Pun be created using the rules as written?

Pun-Pun is a theory-crafted kobold developed in an attempt to have the most powerful character possible at the lowest level possible. While I'm sure not many DMs would allow Pun-Pun as a PC, can such ...
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I'm a new DM and one of my players is abusing Min/Max. I'm looking for advice on how to deal with this fairly [closed]

The player built a human "dex" barbarian, with Dex and Con the top two attribute scores to maximize the unarmored defense bonus (AC 17 at level 1) and take half damage when raging. He wields a rapier ...
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What scores do I assign to concentrations in Deadlands Classic?

The Deadlands Classic rulebook says that if an aptitude lists concentrations then you must choose one, and that for 3 points you can choose an additional concentration. The sample character given ...
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Is the pregenerated dragonborn sorcerer's Charisma saving throw bonus wrong?

When looking at the Dragonborn Sorcerer's pre-generated character sheet, the character's Charisma saving throws seem to be wrong. For the level 1, 2, 3 and 4 sheets, I think it should be +5 instead of ...
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What variant rules are there on “overstacking” base saves for multiclass characters?

I am planning a character with a lot of different character classes mixed in mostly to have a lot of useful, flavory low level feats and a broad selection of skills. What bothers me is that the base ...
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How can I un-reveal a character's secret? [closed]

My gaming group just started a new RPG campaign, set in futuristic space using Modern Age 0.991 rules. Our campaigns have typically lasted 1-2 years each, so serious thought goes into each of my ...
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Are there viable crossbow-using builds without Crossbow Expert?

I like crossbows as a concept. There's just something about the loading and the aiming and the thunk. What I don't like as much are rapid-firing automatic crossbows or the kind of machinegunning that ...
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Should a player be allowed to keep a character they used for part of a campaign a year ago?

I have an interesting predicament. One player just entered my campaign after claiming that a year ago, he had leveled this character up to level 2. It's not that bad, but wait. He also claimed that he ...
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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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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, ...