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Questions tagged [character-creation]

Character creation (also: character generation or character design) is 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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For a magically shorter tabaxi, which stats do I adjust? [closed]

I know that an average tabaxi race is medium about 6ft tall. But I want a shorter more stubby cat for my character (a lvl. 1 magician tabaxi with a background of guild merchant. in short, the ...
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How do I encourage Drow players to not make Drizzt clones?

Every once in a while, I have a player wants to create a Drow character. The problem is, virtually every one of them winds up looking suspiciously like Drizzt Do'Urden: they are some variation of Good ...
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How can I write custom attribute value rules for the GURPS Character Sheet tool?

When using the tool GURPS Character Sheet, is there a way to change the attribute value when calculating skill levels? In my next GURPS campaign I'm planning to introduce this rule from Pyramid #3/65:...
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What’s the optimized single-class 17th-level melee PC for maximum consistent damage?

What is the highest possible consistent melee damage a 17th level character could inflict with the following restrictions: Role: Melee damage dealer capable of doing the same damage in at least 5 ...
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Is a character's OFFICIAL alignment their ACTED or INTENDED alignment? [closed]

I have a Tiefling character. Being a Tiefling, she is half-demon and her demonic nature is in her personality, i.e., she has a contempt for structure, law, and society and enjoys seeing others in pain....
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Making a Shield-based Weapon Master

Is the math right on this character sheet? Points of Interest: 1) Deflection's affects on active defense. 2) Offense Stats Riot Act: Alex Ryder ABILITIES (50pp) Strength: 3 Agility: 5 ...
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Is there any way to transform into a bat at 3rd level?

A group of friends and I are playing a one-shot in a couple of weeks and we plan on playing 3rd-level adventurers. I want to play a character who's main thing is to turn into a bat. The only thing I ...
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Is there any way to determine level adjustment based on CR increase for a template?

I have a player who wants to play an intelligent gelatinous creature. After lots of searching I determined this was posible but the easiest/least cheesy way to do it would be to apply both the ...
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How compatible is Gloomhaven with Dungeons and Dragons?

I play dnd 5e with a group of friends. Obviously, we each have our own character sheets, dice, etc. I have never played gloomhaven, but am thinking of purchasing it to play at home with my family. It ...
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How can an NPC be built to track a fleeing target? [closed]

I have seen the tracking rules based on the survival skill and something bothers me: you take a -20 penalty to track a target at twice your speed (a.k.a hustle speed a.k.a a fleeing runaway speed on a ...
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Does Charlatan give access to other backgrounds' features?

I am creating a Rogue and I decided to take the Charlatan background. After reading that I get a duke's signet ring, I decided to make my false identity a duke. But then I wondered, doesn't that ...
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In a Hard combat game, how do I hint that the story will be combat-light?

This is the last game I will have with my current play group before moving 10k+ Km. So the characters they will create won't be useful in the future. I want my players to play a short story (about ...
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Can you trade xp for gold during character creation?

On EPH page 62 (the sidebar), it says that 1 xp is equal to 5 gp. Could you theoretically trade 1 xp for 5 gp during character creation? For example, Bob starts at level 2. Could he instead start at ...
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Is there a rules-based way to make a dragon player character? [duplicate]

I got to thinking Wouldn't it be cool to play some kind of proper dragon with Character levels? So I wonder, is there a rules-based way to make a dragon player character? My guess is that this is ...
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How can I help my players to create their characters?

Meta context I was originally answering this question: How do I create a D&D character correctly as a total newbie? I decided to answer it, since I have been through helping the new players alot, ...
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How do I get player characters who have non-adventurer backstories to go on adventures?

I have had an annoying issue where all my players make characters that don't adventure and have jobs! This makes it really hard to incorporate them into the story and gives them very little backstory (...
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Does spending a skill point give you a d4 or d6?

When a new character is made in Savage Worlds, they have 15 points to spend on skills. According to the rulebook: Each die type costs 1 point (starting at d4) The point of confusion for me here is ...
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How to quickly get into one-off characters?

After doing longer campaigns for a while, my group is now getting into a series of one shots to try different settings, systems and overall experiences. What I realized so far when playing one-off ...
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Is there any reason to pick an odd number for Constitution?

Considering the standard rolls, is there any reason to pick 13 for Constitution instead of 12? Or similarly, is there any reason to pick 13 for Intelligence instead of 12? I'm currently creating an ...
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Does the PHB+1 character-building limit in Adventurers League include spells?

I’m thinking of trying out a Hexblade Warlock in Adventurers League, which limits players to PHB+1 for character-building. The problem I have with this is that the Hexblade is from Xanathar's Guide ...
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DM changing homebrew race; does this retroactively change how you play the character and buy gear? [closed]

This is just a question I have been wondering about. Having strong debates with my group's DM over this ruling. CONTEXT: DM created a couatl race to play for his first campaign ever. the abilities ...
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What's a good background for a treasure hunter? [closed]

I'm making a character for my friend's campaign. I want to make him a treasure hunter. I was looking at the backgrounds to see which one would be good for a profession like that, but I didn't see ...
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Can background starting GP also be used to buy stuff before you start your campaign? [duplicate]

As an alternative to your class and background starting equipment you can roll to see how much GP you have and you can "buy" your equipment while making your character. Does the same "buying" rule ...
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How do I make a samurai character?

I am creating a character for my first D&D campaign (5th edition). I would like to create a Samurai character, but I'm not sure what class I should choose. Is it a fighter? Or is it some kind of ...
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Is there anything in 5e like the vow of poverty in 3.5

Is there the equivalent of 3.5's Vow of poverty (Book of exalted deeds - Pg. 48) in 5e? I'm looking for the AC bonuses mostly, but the other bonuses are nothing to sneeze at. I know it will ...
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In D&D 3.5e, how strong is the “average player character” through the game? [closed]

I know this will obviously vary between groups, but when running playtests and calculating the CR of monsters, the developers must have calculated "average player characters". So, two important ...
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How do I make a character that has a profession besides their class? [closed]

I was mainly just wondering this since there are some characters I want to create, but the classes don't always fit the idea.
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Making the Ancient One from Dr. Strange [closed]

After seeing her in action in the movie, it looked like a fun character to try and make. Though, despite being called the sorcerer supreme, she feels like a variant of monk (with the magister template ...
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I'm having some trouble understanding attributes on my character sheets in D&D [closed]

So, if I'm correct, to attack, you would roll your attack bonus, see if it lands, roll to get damage, then roll to see if it's over the enemy's AC. This seems really hard to get to; also, what exactly ...
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Blindsight and Tremorsense for a Blind PC?

I'm a pretty novice DM, and I'm trying to help a new player create a blind character, specifically a monk. A bit cliché perhaps, but I want her to enjoy playing and not have to worry about too many ...
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How did character generation work in 3rd edition Stormbringer

Years ago, as a teenager, I played in a 3rd edition Stormbringer campaign. It's a game based on the Elric novels of Michael Moorcock. I remember distinctly that the book had a big table of the races/...
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Are Eldritch Knight cantrip choices limited?

An Eldritch Knight is limited to the schools of Abjuration and Evocation with the exception of certain levels in 5E. Does that limitation carry over to my choice in cantrips?
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I'm building my first Magus in Pathfinder. How many archetypes/prestige classes are too much? [closed]

I'm sure the answer, as with many classes, is "slight to none." Paizo really punishes one for multiclassing. Please indulge me, this is my first post here. I'm making my first magus, and I'm after ...
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How could I build a decent half-elf illusionist inquisitor? [closed]

Inspired by a Wayfinder drawing made by Dollicon, I introduced an half-elf illusionist inquisitor NPC to my party. I quite like her and I plan to play her as character next time (GM role is going to ...
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Do you have to be at least a certain level to use racial hit dice?

I was reading on the race Tabaxi and i found out that there were certain races that start with hit dice and i wanted to ask. Do you start as your class and simply not level up until you reach a level ...
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How to extend Pathfinder point buy to scores below 7?

In Pathfinder point buy, ability scores of lower than 7 (before adjustments from race) may not be bought with point buy. What would be a balanced price for such low ability scores? I am looking for ...
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Which skill would best befit a farmer background: survival or nature? Or would a tool like herbalist fit better? [closed]

I'm trying to craft a character who's background and personality is rooted (pun intended) in the no-nonsense, earthy (there it is again!) understanding of the world. Farmer Maggot from LOTR is kind of ...
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Creating a character able to climb while in combat to attack from above

I have played D&D for 8 years now but I'm not that good with character building, so I thought this would be the place to be! I know that our next adventure will involve a citadel as the main ...
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How are the points for attributes used?

This is my first time creating a character in Savage Worlds, so I'm confused on how the attribute points work. I have the core rule book and I have played before, but it was with pre-generated ...
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Can a D&D 3.5e character be used without changes in 5e?

Can a player character created with the build rules of D&D 3.5e be played in 5e without conversion? Or is the difference between the editions too much?
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Player character wants a gun in a prehistoric campaign. What to do?

Brief description of my campaign: Takes place ~1000 years after creation Bronze Age for most of the world, some parts are beginning the Iron Age Dinosaurs and Fae are still relatively common in the ...
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Player trading Drawback traits for feats in pathfinder?

I've been running a pathfinder campaign for a few sessions and one of the players is a powergamer type that discovered you can choose not to get a feat and rather get two traits as an equivelant. Now,...
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Are there rules for creating level 0 characters?

Are there rules for creating level 0 characters in 5e? I've been running a campaign where the players begin sub-standard and 1st Level characters are generated in-game as the story unfolds. I just ...
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How is the formula for a player's base number of attacks per turn calculated?

I've seen a lot of questions about how many Attacks a player character in 5e can make in a single round, but I'm curious about what formula is used to simply calculate how many weapon attacks a ...
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How can my sniper get enough attacks of opportunity?

Recently, there's been some talk about starting up an old Pathfinder game again, and I'm a bit worried about my character being able to adequately support her end of a combo that's rather central to ...
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Constitution vs. Damage for Long Death Monk [closed]

I'm working on making a monk character for a new 5e campaign. I'm pretty much done with the build, just have a question about a tweak I want to make. Right now I feel like the monk lacks in damage and ...
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Should a paladin's alignment align with the alignment of their deity?

I gave one of my players a handout of the major Gods in Faerûn as I am running Storm King's Thunder pretty soon. My player wants to be a Chaotic good paladin and is not interested in any of the ...
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Are there published rules for a liquid race in Pathfinder?

Some of the guys at my table are big Futurama fans. They have asked me to put together a homebrew set in the world from the episode "My Three Suns" (in which the native race are a humanoid species but ...
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First two talents and characteristics question

I have a question on creating a new character. You get two random talents with the starting career....on one of them I rolled Lightning Reflexes, which is +5% to your Agility. Its a Diletante and he ...
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What are the considerations and balancing implications for not using the highest ability score available as the main combat stat?

I will be joining my first pen and paper group some time soon. Right now I am creating a character and rolled exceptionally well (using the 4d6, discarding lowest method) for the ability scores. I am ...