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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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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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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