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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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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What is the regional language of Absalom?

This is a question specifically about Pathfinder Society (Second Edition) Characters. If you create a Pathfinder Society Character, you get Common (Taldan) as starting language as well as access to ...
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How can I limit (but not outright ban) exotic races? [closed]

Systems which offer a race/ancestry/lineage choice for character generation often feature both ordinary races (human, dwarf, elf, etc.) and exotic races (tiefling, shardmind, genasi, etc.). As should ...
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Are there ways a character created for Adventurers League play should be qualitatively different from others?

I've never played an Adventurers League (AL) game, but I've begun researching it because it recently came up as a possibility. My understanding is that Adventurers League play is designed for portable ...
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Starting play at higher levels and ability point buy

My players just finished Curse of Strahd and are ready to move on to Rise of Tiamat. I have two players with two characters each, and they left Curse at 10th. One player is happy with his characters ...
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Original character generation charts for “Enemy Within”

I have been playing / running WHFRP since its original release and unfortunately lost most of my original books in Hurricane Charley. I am looking for the character generation charts for "The ...
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Question about a build; Paladin Monk or Fighter Monk? [closed]

I plan on making either a Paladin Monk or Fighter Monk, one that uses a Longsword/Battleaxe, depending on the race I choose (with my main two races being Mountain Dwarf and Human Variant for their ...
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Are there any size increases that don’t reduce Dexterity?

I have a character who is interested in increasing their size, but relies on Dexterity and so does not want to take penalties to that in the process. Are there any options for doing so? Shapechanging ...
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How can solo Crusher Swarmkeeper best leverage forced movement?

The Swarmkeeper¹ Ranger’s Gathering Swarm¹ feature applies one of three effects to one attack each round, one of which is forcing the target of the attack to move 15 feet if they fail a Strength save. ...
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What language do undead speak?

I really need help with creating my ranger. For my "favored enemy," I chose undead, but I don't know what language they speak (if they speak one at all). Do I just look for a single undead (...
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Is it normal for a level 2 character to have a +8 attack modifier?

I'm a new DM and it is my first time playing D&D 5th edition. One of my player's character is an archer elf with a +4 Dexterity modifier. When she uses her longbow, she gets the +2 poficiency ...
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Maximizing Wisdom-based ranged attacks per round

Is there any combination of abilities that allow one to make multiple ranged attacks per turn, every turn, that are Wisdom-based? Examples of the sort of things I have in mind: Some way to use Wisdom ...
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Which Rogue archetype does the highest damage for my Highwayman build?

Concept A single-classed Rogue who fits the Highwayman (Stand and Deliver!) archetype / trope. Not to be named Dennis Moore The Highwayman is both clever and bold. He will either attack from ...
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Why is a Half-Mino Dungeoncrashing War Hulk Terrifying? [closed]

Referencing my previous bad idea: How to Build a 3.5e Gnoll Pugilist In managing to explain why Gnolls are terrible PCs in 3.5 (yet providing a number of viable builds anyway), KRyan mentions that a ...
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How to Build a Gnoll Pugilist

I'm working on a 3.5e build concept for a band of genteel creature PCs (think League of Extraordinary Gentlemen except they are all monsters), in my case a Gnoll. A dapper, well-mannered Gnoll who ...
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How should I as a GM handle a player character who has a bad memory?

There is a player in my campaign who's characters defining trait is that they have a bad memory. I like creating mechanical representations of character traits if it makes sense to do so. I've given ...
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Can you foresee any balance issue with a Stars Druid using the Cleric spell list instead of the Druid's?

I have a homebrew campaign where tinkering with class mechanics is encouraged to suit your character, I just want to make sure it isn't horribly unbalanced. I have an idea for a divination/stars/...
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Extra starting equipment not bought using starting gold [closed]

I have a player making a level 1 half-elf/half-dwarf blood hunter using the starting equipment packs who insists that his character can start out with 3 martial weapons (2 scimitars and a rapier) ...
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Can you have a companion from your backstory?

My character's backstory is that he had to flee his city because he used a spell to save his best friend in the city watch. He is from a made-up city where spells and powerful magic were privileges ...
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Input on Variation on KRyan's TWF Elf Barbarian

I really like KRyan's solution to this character concept: How to optimize a TWF Barbarian Elf I'm looking to build something similar, but I don't have all the restrictions that the OP had. For ...
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How can a Psionic Manifester get full Bab reliably

I’m currently trying to make a Talshatora Monk/Erudite multiclass work, partially as a challenge and partially because I want to play a psionic Gish. The issue is that, under the constraints i’m ...
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Customizing Your Origin and Reincarnate

The druid spell Reincarnate says "The reincarnated creature recalls its former life and experiences. It retains the capabilities it had in its original form, except it exchanges its original race ...
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Can we get my gestalt E6 character’s dire wolf animal companion/special mount her 21st HD?

In a previous question, I asked about making my strange gestalt E6 character’s mount tougher. I have followed that advice, and as my character is now (among other things) a gestalt of Harmonium ...
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Anything other than Combat Reflexes for more AoOs?

The D&D 3.5e counterpart to a previous question of mine: how do I get more attacks of opportunity as a low-Dex character? Between heavy armor, penalties from increasing my size, and grapples ...
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If your class gives you a choice of skills to be trained in, can you choose a skill you're already trained in to gain a free skill choice?

I know that if a class would make you trained in a skill you're already trained in, you can select another skill to become trained in. My question is about classes that let you pick between certain ...
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Can a half-elf taking Elf Atavism select a versatile heritage?

As title. Consider Halledon Felf, a half-elf. At first level, Hal takes Human ancestry, and selects Half-elf as a heritage. He then has an ancestry feat, which he uses to take Elf Atavism, allowing ...
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Is there any psion variant/ACF/etc that gets Grip of Iron?

I have a character who would really like to have grip of iron, the 1st-level psychic warrior power. However, said character is a psion, specifically an egoist, not a psychic warrior, and doesn’t have ...
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How can a GM subtly guide characters into making campaign-specific character choices?

Note: the example I'm giving is D&D focussed, but the question is system-agnostic. We're in the early days of a new D&D group. If it keeps running, I'm planning to transition the players into ...
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Ways to extend my natural (non-weapon) reach?

I have a character who has taken Inhuman Reach from Lords of Madness and Deformity (Tall) from Heroes of Horror, and is two levels away from warshaper 3rd and the morphic reach feature from Complete ...
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Best background for 5e character who is secretly a dragon? [closed]

I'm making a character for an upcoming D&D 5e campaign who is secretly a dragon who permanently polymorphed itself (so, no mechanical advantages, just story background). Wondering what background ...
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How to get your first 1d6 sneak attack without class levels?

There are numerous ways to get additional d6’s worth of sneak attack, but almost all of them require that you have 1d6 (or more) sneak attack before you can take them. How does one get +1d6 sneak ...
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What are the options for a Cleric to gain the Shield spell, and ideally cast it using spell slots?

I am looking to build a order domain cleric, and looking at ways to obtain the shield spell. Specifically I hope I can learn it in a manner that allows me to spend my spell slots on it. So far I have ...
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Best DPR using the Horizon Walker's teleporting feature?

I am hoping to play a 15th level character in my new campaign. We are starting from that level and progressing from there. What is the best combination of my levels, ASI, feats, magic items, etc, ...
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Is Custom Lineage Unbalanced at low levels?

Background Our group prefers to adopt AL rules for our home games because we feel it starts us off with the right mix of fun and balance (multiclass allowed, feats allowed, rolling for stats ...
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Can you create a catlike humanoid player character?

I’m returning to D&D after a VERY long time, and will predominantly be playing solo. Can you create a character that is an animal? I’m thinking of a cat who is a wizard, possibly because of a ...
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Are light crossbows optional for classes that start with them or can they be dropped?

I want to know if I can drop the light crossbow because I'm playing as an Artificer, and I don't really need it?
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How do you optimise a low-level vault-buster heist character?

I'm going to run a campaign that starts with characters on level one and finishes on reaching level six in 998 YK. I'm looking for a complete path for the character build through level one to six. One ...
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How do I build an unmounted Goliath cleric who dual-wields lances?

I have an idea for a Goliath character. Basically I want it to dual-wield lances without a mount and just charge in and hit with both weapons. I’m newer to the game so I’m not so sure how to do this. ...
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I need a set of simple steps to make a new subclass [closed]

So I'm a totally inexperienced DM and I want to make my own subclass. I checked the DMG and the instructions were okay but I really don't know what to do still. I need a fairly basic set of steps to ...
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I have extra gold from the alternate way of getting starting equipment. What should I do with the extra money? [duplicate]

I was using the alternate way to get equipment in Chapter 5 of the PHB (D&D 5e) as a Fighter and rolled 160 GP, which I spent on Studded Leather Armor, a Longsword, the Explorer's Pack, a ...
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How would you create a frustrated Fire Wizard who wants to be a doctor but things tend to explode when he wants to heal them? [closed]

I'm considering a new character for a pirates-themed game of Pathfinder 2e. He was born in an island full of inhabitants with inherent healing magical habilities and in which offensive magic is looked ...
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Can I get Combat Casting as a bonus feat in one level or less?

I need Combat Casting as a prerequisite for another feat. I really do not want to waste a precious feat slot on this terrible feat, particularly since I should have enormous Constitution. Therefore, I ...
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How can I create a Viking/Saiyan that creates his own weapons with energy, ki or magic? [closed]

I'm going to play on a table with some friends and I wish to create a Viking-type warrior that is able to use energy/ki/magic to create weapons and fight like a barbarian but without being one. The ...
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Is there an existing class or subclass for rune casting?

Is there an existing class or subclass for rune casting in Pathfinder 2e? I would like to have a character that is a sorcerer gaining his abilities from an unknown source. One of the abilities he has ...
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How should players purchase supernatural backgrounds when using a Prelude?

Hunter: The Reckoning has a concept of of a "prelude". A prelude is essentially a one-shot or one-session adventure which tells the story of how a normal, mundane human became called to the ...
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Hunter Animal Companion(s) clarification

Here is a very tricky question about a build; I want to play multiple animal companions and for some reason people tell me that it can't be done. I'm looking at the Hunter. The hunter’s effective ...

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