Questions tagged [character-creation]

For questions primarily about character creation (also: character generation or character design), 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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When applying modifiers to advantages/disadvantages, do you round up or down?

When you apply the percentage mods to an advantage or disadvantage in GURPS 4e, do you round up or down?
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What are the dots in the skills section of the standard character sheet for? [closed]

I'm filling out a pdf character sheet for my character who is a high elf wizard and I'm not sure how the skill box works. I've got all my saving throws done but I'm really just confused with the dots ...
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What method can be used to obtain a fifth and sixth “bonus feat”?

The goal is to obtain a total of six feats that clearly have the label of "bonus feat" at first level. The character class is Erudite, which has two first level bonus feats. Taking two flaws ...
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Is there a feature in Mutants & Masterminds 3e that is mechanically similar to Evasion in D&D 5e?

In Mutants and Masterminds, much like in many versions of D&D, Area of Attack abilities allow you a dodge check to take half effect. That's all fine and dandy, but I'm trying to create a character ...
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Do I have to pick one of the listed types of dragon for my sorcerer's Draconic Ancestry?

For the Draconic Bloodline sorcerer subclass, can I only choose my dragon ancestor from the kinds listed in the Draconic Ancestry table? Or is it possible to choose an unlisted type of dragon (such as ...
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Any way to cast dragonmark SLAs in a rage?

Pretty obvious dual to this question, but now for (dragonmark) spell-like abilities. While raging, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except for Balance, ...
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Any way to activate a spell-trigger item in a rage?

While raging, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except for Balance, Escape Artist, Intimidate, and Ride), the Concentration skill, or any abilities that ...
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How can someone work around a Sha'ir's spell duration restrictions?

The Sha'ir (Dragon Magazine 315) is a infamously fiddly and obtuse class to use, made worse by a dispute in how it's even meant to work. First i feel like i need to point out the Raw issues here. The ...
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What is the highest racial or template charisma boost you can get for a +1 LA?

I'm currently working on a Sha'ir Gish character that will eventually PrC into Zhentarim Skymage (LoD) and I need to buff my charisma as much as possible. Skymage has a gimmick of giving you a paladin ...
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How to best represent Rapunzel's abilities from Tangled in D&D? [closed]

I'm looking to make a character based on Rapunzel from the movie, Tangled. I'm not sure which direction to do to represent all her abilities: skills? Supernatural abilities? Spells? Some are pretty ...
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Planescape PC with high ability scores [closed]

I am doing a new character with 35 PB system. It's the Planescape setting and we're using almost every source of D&D (Dragon magazines, all manuals and so on), but not with every single Race or ...
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Can a changeling increase their Charisma by +3 at character creation?

In Eberron: Rising from the Last War, the changeling race says the following (p. 18): Ability Score Improvement. Your Charisma score increases by 2. In addition, one ability score of your choice ...
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How many scrolls do I need to keep the spell Disguise Self all the time?

I plan to create a dragonborn wizard disguising as an elf as the society there is racist towards anyone but elves. Constraints: The character is level 1. I can't have any feat. As far as I know, I ...
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How can I pull off being two separate characters at the beginning of a campaign?

I will be playing a Changeling in an upcoming campaign (homebrew setting). I'm interested in hiding not only my race, but also having one or more "retainers" -- alternate identities/personas ...
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Does Tool Expertise and Wonder Maker stack? [closed]

I have a Rock Gnome Artificer, which grants Tool Expertise, but I want to take the Wonder Maker feat. Do you add +3 for proficiency, +3 because of Tool Expertise, and +3 because of Wonder Maker when ...
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Do you include the constitution modifier to your starting HP if it's negative?

When I was creating my Bard with a standard array, I considered making constitution my lowest. I know that starting HP = the highest number of your class' hit dice + CON mod (so 8 + CON for a Bard) ...
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Is it possible create Megumin in D&D?

Recently I watched an anime called Konosuba and I loved the archmage style. She can only cast the Explosion spell and only once a day because it drains all her mana and after casting the spell she can’...
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Is there a way to start leveling Mystic Theurge at level 4 without alternative source or Mad Faith?

For backstory I was making a Grey Elf for a upcoming game. We're starting at level 3 and the GM basically gave us a blank check of "No Dragon magazine, no Third Party, no Pun Pun". In this ...
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In Pathfinder's Race builder, can you give the race you create two racial qualities? (i.e. Fey and Humanoid.)

I was wondering when creating a race in Pathfinder 1e, are you able to give them two racial type qualities like Fey and Humanoids for example or is it just one type only? I ask because I was looking ...
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Does elf weapon training do anything useful at character creation?

Working just with the basic game (read: PHB, no expansions), I was trying to outfit an elven cleric, but the starting equipment only includes simple weapons (or war hammer, with which dwarves are ...
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Do any serious balance issues result from this houserule: Floating Ability Score at Character Creation?

I've recently been considering the phenomenon that "unusual" race-class combinations are often 1 modifier behind on their primary ability score - i.e. that they would start, using point buy ...
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Is there a Monk or Fighter subclass similar to the Black Butler character? [closed]

The Black Butler anime series centers around a bodyguard / butler with, shall we say, a demonic flair. I would love to play a similar class in our upcoming Avernus campaign (say a subclass of fighter ...
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How can I allow my player to play a ranged paladin-style character?

I saw this question here. The way the questioner wrote it (at the time I am writing this one) was quite broad. I have been through a similar issue, which ultimately led me to homebrew a new class, and ...
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Rogue sorcerer archetype

I am not sure I understand how this works. I have a rogue that gets the sorcerer archetype via the Ancient Elf heritage (Lost Omens Character Guide). Because of the heritage, he automatically gets ...
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Can I, as a DM, create a new class entirely? If I can, how do I develop class features? [closed]

I believe my campaign needs a new class entirely. As in, you can choose from barbarian, rogue, new class name, etc. I looked at the DMG and it says literally nothing about creating a new class from ...
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How do I help newbies generate characters without being in person?

Background: I am about to start running a virtual D&D5e game over Zoom (I don't have a choice of platform) through the local library. I have invited four of my friends to join, and only one has ...
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When creating a character above 1st level, can you give them the effects of spellcasting services?

Page 199 of the DMG explains how new characters can start with magic items, even those they choose to make themselves (with the assumption these items were created some time before the character ...
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Does a “Thief Racket” Rogue gain an ability score boost to Dexterity at character creation?

At character creation, the rogue class says under Key Ability: Dexterity or Other At 1st level, your class gives you an ability boost to Dexterity or an option from rogue’s racket. Now, the thief ...
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How can I play a Sprite-Genie Hybrid character?

I am brand new to D&D (5e), and am starting to build my character. Is there a way to be a sprite-genie hybrid PC? If so, how would that work, and could I grant wishes?
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What offspring would result from a high elf mother and a shadar-kai elf father?

I got into a debate with one of my players. They claimed that their character having a (full) high elf mother and a (full) shadar-kai elf father would be considered a high half-elf, and should use the ...
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A dwarven Path of the Ancestral Guardian, good builds/tips? [closed]

Recently I finished playing a character of mine in a long-running D&D campaign. My DM and I both decided it'd be best to leave my character behind because his story was finished and there was no ...
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I have this character idea but the magic is weird with it and I can't figure it out [closed]

I am very new to D&D 5e. The whole idea behind the character is that they can manipulate metal decently almost telekeneticaly, like throw a knife and control it in the air or tangle the bad guy up ...
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Opening a skill with B1 stat as root

Suppose a character has perception B1 (maybe they are a young troll or something). If they open their observation skill, either in character burning or through play (testing, practice, instruction), ...
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How does Enhanced Trait: Affect Others Only function as a device?

This is a continuation of this question for Mutants and Masterminds 3e. So, the character I proposed could spawn a minimum of 6 constructs with 30pp worth of powers/skills by using Invention at ...
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Are there any PL2 options that are viable in a PL20 setting?

I’ve been doing a thought experiment involving Inventing in Mutants and Masterminds 3e. The way Inventing works is a DC 10+pp Technology check to design something at the rate of 1hrs/pp followed by a ...
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How can I make this character with Two-Weapon Fighting and the Dual Wielder feat?

I'm quite new to D&D. As the group I'm playing with recently finished our first adventure with preset characters, we want to play the next one with characters we made ourselves. We would start at ...
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Which classes grant the Bonus Feats feature at level 1, letting me pick a feat of my choice?

Other than the fighter and the generic classes, is there any other class that lets you pick a bonus feat at level one? My DM said I can choose from 3.5e and Pathfinder 1e classes, Base classes and ...
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Access to divine casting with low Wisdom?

I started a campaign with a Gnome Bard Illusionist in D&D 3.5. As the campaign played out, due to story and circumstance, I would now like to become a Divine Trickster. The entry requirements ...
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MechWarrior (1st Edition) vs MechWarrior (2nd Edition) Character Stats / Conversion

BattleTech & MechWarrior used to be 'mini combat' & 'rpg' respectively; and have gone through various versions; changing core aspects of the game & how the math works. In MechWarrior, ...
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Should I allow my players to change their characters in the middle of my campaign?

Two of my players, asking if they can change their characters, mid game. Their reason being that they don't really like there characters anymore, and don't feel any energy towards being them anymore. ...
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What should I do when every PC has really low charisma (and it bothers me)?

I am currently working on a PnP which is a mixture of Traveller, DnD and some of my own game mechanics. The attributes of PCs are pretty much the same as in DnD, and I also decided to have players ...
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Is this Way of the Kensei monk build and usage correct?

Level: 6 Race: Wood Elf Class: Monk, Way of the Kensei Monk Kensei Weapons: Longsword, Longbow Str: 8 Dex: 18 (14 point buy, 2 wood elf, 2 ASI) Con: 14 Int: 10 Wis: 16 (15 point buy, 1 wood elf) Cha: ...
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How can I make a character that wields only daggers as good as other characters?

I want to make a character that uses two daggers, but I know that a character using daggers would not be as good as a character using shortswords or almost any other weapon. By "good", I mean ...
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What are the drawbacks of this Variable Summon power?

I'm just futzing around with Mutants and Masterminds 3e again and had an idea for a magic user. my thought was that they'd carry around a spellbook that they would reference to prepare their casts for ...
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I'm looking to Make my first D&D character [closed]

I'm looking to build my first D&D character - a Dragon Born Eldritch knight with White dragon ancestry. I am not sure what my build should look like. I pretty much just picked up the player's ...
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If you use “Monstrous Adventurers” from “Volo's Guide to Monsters” for a PC, do you use a background?

I was looking at Volo's Guide to Monsters, the section on "Monstrous Adventurers", and wondered whether you include a background when you use that to create a character of one of the species listed ...
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Is this grappling/wrestler build viable in mid-high level combat?

Preface I'm relatively new to dnd and this is my second character build so I'm still trying to understand the mechanics for different classes and how to efficiently stack them. Character Inspiration ...
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How can I make a Dex-based one-handed duelist fighter build? [closed]

I am currently about to start a campaign in D&D 5e. We are playing Descent into Avernus and my party needs a tank. I settled on fighter as my top choice for a variety of reasons. Stat ...
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Is there a rule in DnD 5e when buying starting equipement at higher level (lvl5 and higher) [duplicate]

is there some rules about the gold you can use when buying starting equipement at higher level. My character just died and i have to create a new one at level five. My Game master is fairly new to ...
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Is there an option to circumvent creating an entry in the character advancement log in Genesis 6.1.2 when creating a hero rank >1 character?

When creating Splittermond player characters with Genesis 6.1.2, how do I create characters with a higher hero rank than 1? Currently, it looks like I have to create an event after regular hero rank 1 ...

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