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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Nymph's Kiss as a first-level character

Nymph's Kiss is a feat from the Book of Exalted Deeds that states, among other things: Starting with the level when you take this feat, you gain 1 extra skill point per level. If I take this feat on ...
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Highest damage touch spells by level?

So I'm currently playing a Gestalt game - and have selected Barbarian and Wizard as my classes (Don't worry - me being iliterate doesn't actually stop me from casting read magic, I checked... and we ...
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Can a Dex-based Aberrant Mind sorcerer/paladin do better than Mage Armor?

A friend of mine is building an Eladrin Aberrant Mind sorcerer/Oath of Devotion paladin, but has decided to be Dex-based and not wear heavy armor. Most sorcadin guides we can find just assume heavy ...
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Is there a mechanical disadvantage or taboo with creating an underaged character?

Maybe I have overthought this before posting, but I have a nagging feeling that I might be missing a piece of mechanics or social taboo that addresses this topic. I am interested in playing a ...
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Can I put all points in one ability with customized origins?

I was making a mountain dwarf monk in dnd beyond and was able to get my dex up to 19 at level one, using point buy and customized origins (it allowed me to put both initial ASIs on dex). This seems ...
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Does being a Fey creature type offer any advantages? [duplicate]

In the book Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse (MPMM), many creatures are classed as Fey, some that were not classed as fey now are, namely the Changeling. However with things like ...
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Can you build a lineage from a lineage?

While searching for more details on the limitations imposed on ancestral lineages, I came across this answer from Thomas Markov where he included Fairies and Dhampirs as possible sources for flight ...
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Can I build a level 1 character with an uncommon weapon if they have access to it?

I'm looking to join a local Pathfinder Society game, and I'd like to rebuild a character from a failed AP. They are a gymnast swashbuckler that uses a bladed scarf as their primary weapon. What I'm ...
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maximize AC with full plate and tower shield

I know the max AC is without armor. monk / fist of the forest / sorcerer / cha / con / dex to ac etc./ polymorph and spells. +-114AC I would like to know of way's to max up AC with full plate. For a ...
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Do starting intelligence flaws reduce the starting skill count

The Iruxi ancestry has an ability flaw in Intelligence, which means that Iruxi characters who didn't take a boost somewhere else would have a negative Intelligence modifier at level 1. Every class in ...
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How is starting wealth (money) chart determined for Ultramodern 5 Redux?

I recently got the PDF and Book for Ultramodern 5 Redux. I can't seem to find a starting wealth (money) chart; is there one? If not, is there an simple alternate system (like how D20 Modern had a ...
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Does the breed of a feline influence the house of an excellent Cat like it does for dogs in Pugmire?

Welcome to the Royal Lands of the Monarchies of Mau, traveller! Here, the cats reign, and most belong to the Houses Angora, Cymrik, Korat, Mau, Rex, and Siberian, or any of the smaller noble houses ...
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Is my character who worships Gruumsh more likely to speak Infernal, Celestial, or Abyssal?

I'm making a half-orc cleric that worships Gruumsh, and the half-orc knows how to speak the language that Gruumsh speaks(besides Common/Orc). Would he speak Celestial, or Infernal/Abyssal?
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Rate my build - 5e New to DND need advice [closed]

Point Spread: Attribute /Ability Score/ Racial Bonus/ Total Score/ Ability Modifier/ Strength /8/ /0/ /8/ /-1/ Dexterity /15/ /2/ /17/ /+3/ Constitution /15/ /0/ /15/ /+2/ Intelligence /10/ /0/ /10/ /...
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How can I optimize my net/dart wielder?

I'm optimizing a character that uses nets to immobilize and darts to deal damage. The character will be holding a shield, so bonus action offhand throwing is not really a consideration. What is the ...
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How to get the most types of breath weapons?

I want to make a build with as many breath attacks as possible. What I have come up with so far is Dragonborn and draconic ancestry sorcerer. I would prefer if it would end out being the like avatar ...
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DM is asking me to drop my character because it is from A Song of Ice and Fire

Background I have started playing with a new group in a new D&D campaign. I have been reading the A Song of Ice and Fire books and really liked the Greyjoy plotlines, so I decided to make my ...
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How to start Role Playing as a complete group of beginners? [closed]

As the title says, we are a group of 4 complete beginners in Role Playing but we are very determined to start by one or two sessions. We thought of using the D&D system, with everyone preparing ...
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15th-level gestalt stealth master build help

I am trying to make a character for a combat heavy, largely PvP game, with 15th-level gestalt characters. The concept that I have in mind is some sort of Jack-of-All-Trades-y Wizard/Rogue class, with ...
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How to deal with an overpowered player whose level 1 stats are 18's and 19's, with a 25 in strength

I've recently started a new D&D 5e campaign that is mainly roleplaying focused. One of my players is playing a barbarian gnome, and rolled all of their stats... and got a 25 for strength (and 18's ...
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Pathfinder 2e help with a kobold draconic instinct barbarian build [closed]

Hello all I'm new to Pathfinder 2e and wanted to make a melee kobold barbarian with Dragon Instinct for the Crown of the Kobold King adventure. I'm not sure if its viable? We are using point by in the ...
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How to handle rolled stats when I think one player cheated on theirs?

My group uses 4d6 drop lowest for stat generation. The other players feel that the rolled stats of one of the other players are 'too good' in comparison to their rolls and I'm not certain that they ...
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What kind of disadvantages can I expect while building a supporting Player Character with low Dexterity?

I am building a Duegar Alchemist with a Folk Hero background who's inspired by the support/utility role builds I have been hearing and reading about. In other words, a character who focuses more on ...
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I need a 'standard array' for a D&D-like homebrew game, but anydice chokes - how to proceed?

So, I'm working on a homebrew RPG that is similar to several FRPs that use 3d6 sorts of starting values for attributes/characteristics. I know how to calculate the standard D&D (5E or other) '...
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Is there a correct way to transfer the gloaming race from 3rd edition to 5th edition?

I've been playing in a 3rd edition campaign for quite a long time and the DM has recently decided that they would like to continue in 5th edition. My character in this campaign is a gloaming which is ...
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Is there a simpler way to roll for letters?

My daughter, age 10, likes to generate the names, or at least initials, when creating characters for various games (simple homebrew RPGs at the moment, or even just drawing the characters and ...
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How does career advancement work with XP

I'm new to Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, and am making a character. The career advancement with XP confuses me. I genuinely do not understand how XP converts into advances. Please help. The problem: how ...
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Which spells should my level 3 divination wizard focused on crowd control and/or disabling take to achieve those goals?

I'm starting a new campaign with a level 3 divination wizard. My race is custom lineage with fey touched feat and I selected gift of alacrity as the free first level spell to cast (together with misty ...
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Is there a Vampire: The Masquerade character builder? [closed]

I've been considering DMing some Masquerade. In my DnD group, we're big fans of the dnd4 builder. I'm wondering if there's such a tool going around and/or online. At this particular point, I'm not ...
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What are the best non-wizard options for divination?

I'm creating a character for a D&D 5e game. The setting is home-brewed, but the rules are not. One limitation imposed by the setting is that wizard is not an allowed option at character creation. ...
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What should I do when a player who plays clerics doesn't want to use any of my deities?

So, my D&D group is pretty set in stone and has been for a while. One player almost always plays Clerics. Its his favorite class. I'm going to be the DM for a new campaign, this is my second time ...
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What is the best way to make a Swordsage / Beguiler character?

I am very new to 3.5e, and trying to make a sort of magic infiltrator assassin character. I previously asked this question, which led me to the two classes Beguiler and Swordsage. I really like the ...
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What is the best class for an optimized gun-wielding Assassin?

I am mostly a noob to 3.5e. The build I have in mind is fairly close to a rogue, but I’m not sure if there might be a better class to represent the character. My GM has access to basically any content....
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At 1st level, what lets a cleric help their friends the most?

Assuming a typical D&D party with some combination of ranged and melee attackers, which Divine Domain, racial choice (potentially including feat), spells, or actions/abilities at level 1 helps a ...
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How to play as a dual-wielding monk?

I have read quite a few questions that have skirted around the idea I was considering, such as tri-wielding, unarmed dual-wielding, and dual wielding with single staff, but none that really spoke to ...
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How can I allow my player to be a Doppelganger without excessive HD/LA?

A player character who is a Doppelganger has four levels of Monstrous Humanoid and LA +4: Racial Hit Dice: A doppelganger begins with four levels of monstrous humanoid, which provide 4d8 Hit Dice, a ...
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Can a Doppelganger buy Changeling racial feats?

The Changeling race in D&D 3.5 has a history defined as They evolved through the union of doppelgangers and humans, eventually becoming a separate race distinct from either ancestral tree. In D&...
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Does Variable Minion Type empower me to realise my Tron-like character?

I am making a character that has some Tron-like abilities. She is more like a Green Lantern, but with a tron-like theme (not based on Tron, though some effects are for coolness). In any case one of ...
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How could I make this advantage?

I have a dimensional character in mind for a GURPS Supers game. One power I have in mind is that the character can go into an alternate dimension that is identical to the original dimension except for ...
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How to Scale a "Player" Character to Be a Villain/Boss?

I've been searching around, but I haven't been to find what I'm looking for via Google queries; but I presume that what I'm attempting would be pretty common. Anyhow, are there any resources that ...
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Would a sorcerer or a wizard make a better fake warlock? [closed]

I was wanting to build a character that was raised by a warlock before going out on their adventuring days. My question is if the character wants to cast spells like the caretaker warlock, which would ...
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What is the scope of the Charlatan background?

I am currently in talks with a player, who wants his character to have the Charlatan Background, while I as the DM am not sure that's what the character actually is. The player describes his character ...
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Does Regeneration plus Undead Equal Immune to Damage? [duplicate]

A 1st Level Human takes the Feats Toughness and Troll Blooded: Troll Blooded Type: General Source: Dragon #319 Your family tree contains the blood of the trolls of the Thillonrian Peninsula. ...
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What are the benefits for a Harengon to be Small instead of Medium?

The Harengon race in The Wild Beyond the Witchlight, along with many other races says: You are Medium or Small. You choose the size when you select this race. Besides the Squat Nimbleness feat and ...
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Can you be a Reborn Dhampir?

Can you combine Reborn with Dhampir? Both are "lineages" that combine with another race and keep certain things such as climbing speed (which dhampirs get), so could you have both or is ...
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What would be the 5e version of Willow Ufgood's background? [closed]

I have a character concept I'd like to develop which has similar ties for the background to the "main" character of the 1988 film Willow, in that they are both destined not to be a chosen ...
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What does a Profit Factor of 40 and a ship comprised of 80 Ship Points translate to in a Rogue Trader Game? How would you write such a character?

I guess I'm just trying to create an OC Rogue Trader with ties to the Mechanicus with this Profit Factor (40) and their main ship having this many Ship Points (80). The Rogue Trader is basically going ...
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What implications would a monstrosity as a player character entail?

Travelers of the Multiverse Unearthed Arcana lists the Thri-kreen race, and its type is monstrosity. I am wondering what playing as a monstrosity would entail. All things that come to my mind are ...
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Usually, Character Creation isn't a roleplaying opportunity, but if you wanted it to be one, how would you do it? [closed]

I'm starting a brand new campaign (as GM) and I wanted to try to roleplay the actual character creation process. My plan is to have one on one sessions with each player where they would make narrative ...
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How can I build a dual-wielding thrown weapons character?

My SO is looking to build a dual throwing weapon fighter of some sort. A mix of Xenia and a wacraft3 night elves. She is looking to build a chakram wielding mobile character. She already picked a race:...
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