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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Is there a way to make an Invisible Stalker-like player character?

I'm DMing a game of DND 5e and one of my players really really wants to be an invisible stalker character. I told him no right off the bat, because being invisible 24/7 is way too op first of all ...
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How to make a Level 9 Revenant PC? [closed]

I'm making a Level 9 Revenant PC and I'm stuck on how to go through with it... they were a ranger in their past life and the Revenant is seeking vengeance on the party. Ultimately, I'm just struggling ...
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Are Characters in 5e allowed to buy Items with their Background Gold? [duplicate]

Assuming I have a new character that chooses starting equipment instead of rolling for gold and buying items. Can I exchange some of the gold I got from the background for additional gear from the "...
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Can a tiefling have permanent ivory white skin?

I am planning on creating a tiefling build for an upcoming game and I am wondering if there is any feasible way for a level 5 tiefling cleric to permanently have an ivory white skin tone? I've talked ...
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Does Essence loss still drain Resonance in 6th world?

In earlier editions, Technomancers avoided augmentation because essence loss cost them resonance, too. Reading through the 6th world core book, I can find no reference to this, although the example ...
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How many character points would a skill to fully manipulate an element cost?

One of the major advantages of GURPS is creating your character the way you want, since the rules let you create anything. And the spell-casting system is arguably too complex or boring. Putting ...
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How can I build a dual-wielding arcane warrior character optimized for damage?

I am new to D&D (5e) and would like to build a Gish character (arcane warrior, mage fighter, battle wizard). There are no house rules. Assume there is already a tank in the party. Requirements ...
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What are the most commonly encountered languages of Golarion?

Pathfinder campaign starting soon, I'm playing a human arcanist with high intelligence, which lets me take a bunch of languages. So far I have Common (automatic), Thassilonian (from Scholar of the ...
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Do I have to decide to use the Variant Human traits before rolling stats?

The Players Handbook has the following optional traits for humans: Variant Human Traits If your campaign uses the optional feat rules from chapter 7, your Dungeon Master might allow these ...
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How many dots do you get for Paths in Trinity Continuum

So, the second editions of both Scion and the Trinity games use Onyx Path's new Storypath system, and I'm trying to wrap my head around the character creation, which is made a bit more difficult ...
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How do I use the Random Height and Weight table in the Player's Handbook to determine a creature's weight?

I was reading through the Player's Handbook today to make a character when I saw the Random Height and Weight tables. Looking at that, I saw that the weight, for a Tiefling, was 110 lbs * (2d4). ...
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Can you end up with less than 3 talents at License Level 1?

According to page 18 of the Lancer Core Book First Edition PDF, under "LL0" (emphasis mine): LL0 characters start with the following: A background, which provides bonuses on skill checks (p....
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Is there a guide/reference for possible character hairstyles in D&D Forgotten Realms universe?

I was playing a D&D session as a female cleric of Qotal and, at some point, the party encountered some kind of wind monster. As I tried to cast spells requiring concentration, the DM argued that I ...
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Archive of 3.5E characters? [closed]

I'm trying to write some software to generate characters for 3.5E. Is there a library of characters known to be correct with respect to RAW that I can download? Such a library would help me figure out ...
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Can humans of House Tharashk develop the Mark of Finding?

After reading through Eberron: Rising from the Last War, I have noticed a conflicting statement regarding the Mark of Finding. On page 32, Half-Orcs and Dragonmarks, it states: The Mark of Finding ...
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How can I use multiclassing to make a fighter be able to cast True Resurrection, and use a barbarian's Rage and Unarmored Defense? [closed]

I would like to make a Fighter who through multi-classing could cast True Resurrection and has access to the Barbarian's Rage and Unarmored Defense. Could this be done? How would I put this on a ...
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How does the Insidious Extra interact with the Weaken Power?

I've been playing around with the Weaken Power and trying to find its best application. As of right now, I think it's in Weaken Senses. Almost every enhancement in Senses requires 1 rank at 1 point ...
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What's the longest range attainable with a ranged weapon?

I'm looking to build a character as close to RAW geared around becoming a long ranged sniper who deals damage from the furthest safest distance. I've been looking at features from ranger/familiar that ...
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How do you set up your health in D&D 3.5e?

I'm setting up my D&D character and I don't actually have the D&D 3.5 edition handbook. I am also new to the D&D world so I'm kind of a noob. How do you set up health for a Half-elf ...
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How to deal with lack of advantages for a character starting at low point total?

I'm currently playing a character, and just made another, in a Dungeon Fantasy/DFRPG group that starts at 75 points (+50 disads, +5 quirks). It's not all that difficult to make a viable character, ...
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What happened to Eladrin? Did something make them unavailable to play?

I made an Eladrin Ranger and the DM wouldn't allow it. I'm confused. Did something happen to Eladrin? I'm wondering because none of my three gaming groups' DMs would allow my character. They just ...
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Can an alternate Effect have the Reaction extra?

I've been playing around with making a Kung-Fu master for some time in Mutants and Masterminds, and I'm nearly done. However, I'm not sure if I constructed their attacks correctly. The image that I ...
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How can a ranger have the Snare Crafting feat at level 1?

The Snare Crafting skill feat is required to create snares. The only requirement is that the character be trained in Crafting. How can I build a level 1 ranger with Snare Crafting? Typically initial ...
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5e Character Sheet in Microsoft Excel? [closed]

I've seem similar resources around for earlier versions but I haven't stumbled upon something for 5e that has the full functionality. Would anyone know of such a resource?
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How can I create a character with a chronic illness?

How can I apply an illness during character creation? I'm thinking of a character that has leukemia that its effects can happen during the game and provoke some negative modifiers to all tests (due to ...
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Is this Forest Gnome Warlock character build legal?

I'm playing a DnD-5e campaign with some co-workers; it's my first role-playing in, oh, decades and something like my 4th character ever. I know when to ask for help. Help! I'm instructed to create a ...
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How does the Impervious Modifier apply to Defenses other than Toughness?

It's been about a Month since i started playing Mutants and Masterminds 3e with my friends, and we absolutely LOVE the system (particularly the one-shot modules), but something in the Impervious ...
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What potential problems are there with dumping Dex in a bard build?

I've recently gotten into a group for D&D 5e, and I'm looking for some advice on my character build. I'm not new to Tabletop RPGs in general, but I don't know the tricks of the trade for 5e. What ...
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Can you play as an effective Human/Kine character in Vampire the Masquerade?

Is it possible to play a human in VtM (any edition)? Or would they be woefully under-powered and out of their depth? I was interested in playing as a mercenary vampire-hunter (who is hired by vampires ...
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Should I discourage a group of players from all playing the same class with very similar builds?

Concerns I have Traditionally the D&D party has been a Cleric, Fighter, Magic User and a Thief. Adventures have been balanced around the traditional party composition listed above. Players ...
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What's the most amount of attacks that can be done per turn with barbarian as a base?

I'm thinking about DMing my first 5e campaign (I've GMed one Pathfinder one-off in the past). A player of mine was thinking about playing a female orc Barbarian that specializes in dealing as many ...
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Why place limits on character creation (and how to decide which limits to place)?

Organized play currently limits players to PHB+1 (in a comment, @Molot posted a link to an in-depth history thereof, but basically you can use PHB and one other published source to make your character)...
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What is the best favored enemy type for a revised ranger in the Dungeon of the Mad Mage adventure?

I’m working with a DM’s approval to help a player choose a favored enemy for a UA revised ranger without spoiling the player on Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. In this agreement, I’m doing to ...
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How can I make a PC who can create mutants/hybrids/chimeras?

I will be playing an arcane spellcaster (most likely a PF Arcanist) in my next game and my goal is to make a character that specializes in magically cross-breeding species, creating creatures that are ...
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Does Mode ordering break the system, and if so how?

Some time ago, I encountered the following statement from Reddit, which makes me think that either I'm not understanding how modes work, or there's something incomplete or wrong in the statement (I ...
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How to increase the attack bonus of an Arcane Trickster?

I'm starting to build an Arcane Trickster in Pathfinder. As you can imagine it would be hard to use weapons with a wizard attack bonus. I am already taking two levels of Unchained Rogue which gives ...
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Character creation for more experienced mages

What is the rule to create more experienced mages in Mage: The Ascension? How many points do you have to create an elder mage?
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During Adventurers League character creation, are the listed variant options always available even if the associated book is not chosen as my PHB+1?

I'm referring to the Adventurers League Player's Guide, Version 9.1. I can't find a direct link, but can be downloaded for free as part of the D&D Adventurers League Player & DM Pack. I would ...
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How would one create a genie?

I'm trying to create a character based around the Genie from Aladdin. Able to grant wishes with nearly infinite versatility, but not able to act on it's own free will; totally subject to the will of ...
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Is it balanced to replace a musical instrument proficiency from my character's background with an artisan's tool proficiency instead?

I'm designing a Wood Elf Outlander Warlock (in D&D 5E) who only has one hand. This makes my arm near to useless. As an Outlander, I am proficient with a musical instrument, and have skill ...
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How can I emulate a World of Warcraft's Death Knight?

I'm DM'ing a game based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft. Most of that game's classes are fairly easy to translate in one manner or another to Pathfinder - Druids are Druids, Mages are Wizards and ...
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8th-level drow wizard got Wild Talent—what can I do with it?

So basically my DM gave my 8th-level drow wizard the Wild Talent feat after meeting some old elven dudes and communicating with them via telepathy. I'm wondering if I can make something cool out of ...
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How to make my bard not too obnoxious [closed]

I am kinda new to tabletop RPGs. I am am playing with the idea of making a Bard who wanted to be some kind of hero and only became a Bard to be able to create his own tales about himself and become ...
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Persuading players to be less attached to a pre-session 0 character concept

I am currently running a campaign that is coming to a close. This is fine, and as planned. However I would like to start another campaign after. I mentioned this to (some of) the players, who seemed ...
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How do you make a Bicycle in Mutants and Masterminds?

Hopefully the last time I have to ask someone a question about M&M 3e, but here it goes. I've been experimenting with a character that has a Blast Affliction that has the quirk of activating, ...
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What is my spell save DC as a level 1 Assassin archetype rogue? (I have no spells) [duplicate]

What is my spell save DC? I am a level 1 Rogue (going Assassin archetype) and have no spells. My stats are as follows: STR: +1 DEX: +3 CON: +2 INT: +1 WIS: +0 CHA: +2
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Where can I find the rules for creating a character that is the child of a human and a monster? [duplicate]

Some time ago, I saw someone mention making a monstrum when asked about creating monster races. Supposedly it is a PC that is the child of a human and a monster, or something like that. I was ...
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How to build a terrain control build [closed]

Character Concept: Battlefield Control via Terrain Control I'm looking to make a build designed to prevent enemies for moving freely on the battlefield, making difficult terrain, creating walls, ...
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How do I build Multiple Defenses/Security Systems for the same Heaquarters?

I'm taking a slog through Mutants and Masterminds 3e again. This time, I'm working on a character with a county-sized headquarters (Awesome headquarters with Grounds feature). In his backstory, the ...
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Are personality traits, ideals, bonds, and flaws required?

The group I am getting ready to DM for sat down last Wednesday to do character building together. After a little discussion, the players started building their characters. Two of the players shortly ...