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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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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Would it be balanced to use the Starfinder system for races with more than 2 arms in Pathfinder 1e?

In Starfinder creatures with more than 2 arms have a feature where they can hold more items but not take extra actions with those arms. Would it be balanced if a race in Pathfinder 1e had this feature?...
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How to make a functioning tank build?

A friend of mine is holding a one-shot in which we start at level 4. Two other players decided to play ranged, leaving me as the only reliable frontline. Due to this, I want to make a caster tank, ...
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Is it possible to get the Sentinel and Polearm Master feats at 1st level?

Is there a way to get the Polearm Master and Sentinel feats at 1st level?
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Player erinyes ECL (equivalent character level)?

One of the players of our campaign (level 30) is planning to play an erinyes. Reading the savage species, a monster character erinyes has 6 HD and 7 Level adjustment (LA) for a total of 13 ECL (...
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What is the correct way to calculate Position in Dark Souls?

In the Dark Souls tabletop RPG, 5e’s Hit Points are replaced with “Position”, a more flexible resource. I found the rules for determining the Base Position of a character to be slightly confusing. For ...
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How do you play a LA+1 race at level 1?

How do you play a LA+1 race at level 1? I have a group starting, and want to keep things equal with the players. I have one player who would like to play a LA+1 race. How do I balance all of this to ...
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Base attack bonus of a character who acquires outsider levels

I'm attempting to represent a character who is a 12th level Wizard / 4th level fighter who then acquires 15 HD of outsider levels. Which base attack bonus is correct? 12th level Wizard / 4th level ...
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Do All Characters Start With Two Free Edges?

In Savage Worlds Deluxe Weird War II, it states under Race that all Characters start with a free Edge (because they’re all human). Then under Edges & Hinderances, it says all characters receive a ...
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Is it possible to exchange ability scores (i.e. reducing one ability score and increasing another) during character creation?

Looking into some builds online I perceived that some people have two or three ability scores at 8, even if this cannot be explained by the Ancestry Flaw. Is there any way to exchange Ability Scores (...
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What's the process for creating a custom Lady Blackbird character?

OneSevenDesign's Lady Blackbird has got to be one of my favourite small games, and in fact favourite games of any size. It's focused on a specific narrative featuring a spacefaring steampunk crew with ...
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Can a Kenku that becomes a Hexblood speak normally?

The Kenku race's Languages trait states: Languages. You can read and write Common and Auran, but you can speak only by using your Mimicry trait. The features of the Hexblood lineage state: ...
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Is a Bard/Duskblade or Bard/Monk multi-class feasible? [closed]

I am using 3.0/3.5-style D&D. Free to delve into any other D&D books outside of 5.0 (DM dislikes 5.0). I plan on playing an Aasimar, or a wood or water elf. We are starting at level 5. I want ...
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Can a tortle become proficient with thieves’ tools if they have large fingers and long claws?

I'm a new DM and I'm helping two members of my party create their first characters. One wants to be a tortle druid. Their chosen background is Far Traveler but they also want to be proficient with ...
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How can a DM handle players coming up with PCs that they don't feel are a good fit for a world or campaign

My situation: I've been worldbuilding for a while and more so since it looked likely I'd get to DM for the first time. I provided a pre-session zero PDF to my players, containing 6 truths as well as ...
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How to encourage players to roleplay how their Race/Class Combo engages with the world? [closed]

This one has been getting me for years and years, and it happens pretty much like clockwork. Group is doing their GNC renbu, and Low and Behold, a Kobold Barbarian! Or some other off-kilter ...
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Cheapest way to get Spring Attack?

Spring Attack requires Dodge and Mobility, so the regular way to get it requires spending 3 feats. I want to take the elocater prestige class as my 6th level in an E6 game. It requires Mobility and ...
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Level 3 Fighter archer subclass suggestions? Homebrew allowed [closed]

About to start a very combat and min/max heavy campaign that goes up to level 10. I'm planning to go 7 levels of Revised Ranger Homebrew Archer subclass and 3 levels fighter. I'm looking for a ...
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In the first "Eye of the Beholder" game, does lower AC mean the target is harder to hit?

I am not sure whether character adjustment in the first Eye of the Beholder game works accurately. I see that AC depends only on DEX: DEX AC (Human Male) 3 14 4 13 5 12 6 11 7–14 10 15 9 16 8 ...
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How strong is this stat generation method? Roll 20d6, drop 2 lowest, assign groups of 3 dice for stats

Is this imbalanced for character generation? Roll 20d6, drop 2 lowest, assign groups of 3 dice for stats. Context: We have tried multiple character generation methods in our group and I have come up ...
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Starting at a Higher Level while using Automatic Bonus Progression variant rule

I am going to be creating a new character for our campaign, in which we are using variant rule Automatic Bonus Progression, and will come in at a higher level (likely 8). When starting at a higher ...
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Ancestral Blood Magic: useless at level one?

While reading the Pathfinder 2 APG, I encountered the Ancestral Blood Magic sorcerer feat, available at level 1, which says: You gain your blood magic effect when you cast a non-cantrip spell you ...
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Would this be a viable character concept for Deadlands Classic [closed]

I would have a martial artist take the Huckster Arcane Background instead of Enlightened (or I could have both and ignore the Chi Edge). The idea is that this character had discovered the Hunting ...
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How to pick a name for a Dungeons & Dragons character

I'm starting to create a character in Dungeons & Dragons. Is there a set of rules or standards, or any references or fashion, on creating a character's name? For example, on D&D Beyond, it ...
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Novice to Worlds Without Number: Advice on character creation and motivation [closed]

I got invited to join a role-playing group, who would like to start Worlds Without Number (WWN). The group is familiar with role-playing but for me, this is the very first time ever. Therefore, I came ...
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What are "Dice Roll Groups" in D&D Beyond, and why are they useful?

What are D&D Beyond's Dice Roll Groups, as referred to in this changelog post, and why are they useful? [...] When on the ABILITIES section of the Builder, and you select the “Manual/Rolled” ...
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What are the different ways that a player character can create difficult terrain?

I'm playing around with a character concept (D&D 5e) based around a sort of support build that combines the sentinel feat with difficult terrain to trap monsters that are trying to get to the ...
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Did I calculate my ability scores correctly? Is it even possible to have 34 charisma at level 1?

My character is a forest gnome and at level 1 I have 34 charisma because I have max charisma stat (25), a +7 modifier, and an enchanted lute that gives me +2 charisma, so 25 + 7 + 2 = 34. Is this ...
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If a character gains the Telekinetic feat from their race, does that mean they can't get the feat's extended range for the Mage Hand cantrip?

Choosing either the Variant Human (PHB, p. 31) or Custom Lineage (TCoE, p. 9) racial options allows you to take a feat during character creation. The relevant portion of the Telekinetic feat's ...
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When selecting Special Operations for Term 2 during character creation, what Rank should I be noting?

I am working through character creation using the Life Path Method for Twilight 2000 v4 (2021 - from Free League). Term 1 is simple enough, with a lot of options. I want to move into Special ...
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What's the base value of Attribute Thresholds?

Mechwarrior 3rd Edition starts the buying of stats on page 56, after one is through the lifepath. It begins somewhat neat: The cost of an attribute depends on its Attribute threshold determined ...
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My characters, though different classes/races/etc., always seem to have similar personalities. Is this a problem, and, if so, how can I fix it?

This is a question about something I've noticed in my own play style, asked because I want to make sure that I and those I play with enjoy the game as much as possible. I played AD&D and 2e ten ...
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How do I handle occupational skill points for fighting and firearms skills with unspecified specializations?

I'm noting an idiosyncrasy in some of the skills afforded by occupations, specifically the Firearms and Fighting skills. For example - Sometimes, it will say "Fighting (Brawl)". Other times ...
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How can I use TWF on a dex-based character who casts spells?

I have a character who wants to: Use two-weapon fighting Use their dexterity bonus, not their strength bonus, to attack Cast spells with somatic components I'm having trouble finding a way to ...
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What is the impact of Ability-Score-changing items on one-shot character creation? [closed]

One-shot adventures often include allowances for magic items for the characters (2 uncommon and 1 rare, for a typical example). These items are: Headband of Intellect (Int = 19) Gauntlets of Ogre ...
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BBEG Ideas for my campaign? [closed]

So I'm planning on starting my own campaign for the first time. I have the story planned out and what the BBEG's motives will be. However I want to have him be a combination of classes, and I was ...
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Is there any class+subclass combination which can use divination spells but doesn't rely on magic for combat?

The question boils down to the title, but the reason I'm asking the question in the first place is a bit unusual, so I will give all the information here in case that helps with answers. I recently ...
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Racial Traits for a Shackleborn/Kyton-Spawn Tiefling?

In my Pathfinder 1e campaign, one of my players is playing a shackleborn/Kyton-Spawn Tiefling from the "Blood of Fiends" Player companion. We're a bit confused as to what the exact racial ...
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Is there any disadvantage to playing an adolescent elf?

According to the chapter on elves in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, as children, elves explore memories of previous lives during their trances, and as adolescents, these memories begin to appear during ...
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Are there any published materials about different body sizes?

I'm wondering if there's any official published material on different body types such as overweight/underweight (as well as short and tall characters) in the history of Dungeons and Dragons. ...
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Can I change my choices for racial ability scores after play has started?

I'm still fairly new to the game, and I'm working out the schematics of my character. I play a half-elf character, and I was wondering: can racial bonuses be changed once the characters been made, or ...
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If I allowed a player to play a Large-size character, what advantages and disadvantages would they have compared to a typical character?

My group is interested in playing a campaign in the Theros setting with PCs being a bunch of mythological creatures. The Minotaur and Centaur playable races have the size set as Medium for player ...
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How to Improve\Optimize a Marshal

So, long story short: I am looking to play a Marshal in a 3.5 game, and the rest of the party looks... rather intimidating. One Artificer, one Favored Soul, one Wizard: these are all scary in their ...
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Can a 1st level lizardfolk shifter attack 5 times in one round?

A lizardfolk recieves the two following abilities: Natural Attacks: Bite (1 RP) Lizardfolk gain a natural bite attack, dealing damage equivalent to that of a creature two size categories lower than ...
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What metric could be used to convert a mental stat between 3.5 D&D and GURPS?

When converting character back and forth between 3.5 D&D and GURPS, there are a few stats that are easier than others. As an example, an easy stat such as Strength could be converted by using the ...
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How can a bard play multiple instruments with the effect of a whole symphony performing?

Starting a new campaign as DM in the Forgotten Realms (Lost Mines of Phandelver, if it matters) and I have a player wanting to play a Bard who has the ability to play an instrument that somehow ...
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Can the DM break the rule of maximum starting money?

The DM has the power to break and add rules, but can they change the starting money? What is the starting money? Even if the DM can change the amount, how much can he/she give? In the campaign I'm ...
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Without Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, how to make Drow cleric competitive?

In my next campaign I'll be exploring the idea of a male drow cleric. We are using the standard array, and that leaves me with a maximum score of 15 in my spellcasting ability, and racial increases to ...
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