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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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 ...
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New lvl 5 player to kit out

I temp geared a lvl5 orc knight with a shatterspike and a magical spiked shield from the MIC. It soaks his about 9k wealth limit, but not really what he wants (he wanted to play an orc knight and all ...
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What are the biggest changes between UA Ranger and PHB Ranger?

As a new player to D&D, I don't really know what significant changes have been made to the Ranger through Unearthed Arcana. What makes the class different from the PHB version and how does this ...
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What favored terrain would be the most optimal for Storm King's Thunder (NW Faerun)?

I've gone taken a gander at some maps of NW Faerun and I am not sure exactly which terrain would be useful. My players and I are doing session zero in a couple days and my ranger player has asked me ...
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Can I play a non-evil vampire?

I've been wanting to play a vampire, the full ECL 8 variant, but the whole “being evil” thing bugs me. Does one always have to be evil when wanting to play a vampire?
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Is there a way to duplicate the range & power of rolling stats with a homebrew point buy?

One of the benefits of traditional rolling stats (4d6 drop lowest) over point buy is that you have access to a wider array of stats. You can roll as high as an 18, and on rare occasions as low as a 3. ...
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To what extent are half-breeds treated as humans?

I went through the first page of an extensive forum from 2010 that asks a similar question and doesn't get an answer. Now that there is more information on the subject, I'd like to know for a build I'...
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Can you play monster races?

Is there a way for players to create a character whose race originally has hit die of it's own, such as dragons?
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What/where are all of the minor templates in Chronicles of Darkness?

I'm working on a mid-powered Hunter: The Vigil game, and I want the characters to have a bit of an edge in combat. What are all of the published "minor templates" that could be applied to Mortals -- ...
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Can I start a new D&D Adventurers League character at a higher level?

I wanted to join an Adventurers League game at my LGS. The only game that has room is for levels 11-15. All my previous experiences were pretty casual D&D but as I'm reading up on Adventurers ...
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Stitched familiar + rod of undead mastery +deathbound domain stacking

I am playing a 7th lvl wizard 1st level cleric necromancer. He has a rod of undead mastery, the domain deathbound and the feat stitched familiar. The rod of undead mastery reads Anyone who holds ...
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How do I calculate my BAB, CMB and CMD

I'm a new player and I don't know how to calculate some values on my character sheet, namely BAB, CMB and CMD. They are a level 2 elven feral hunter with the following ability scores: Str 9, Dex 18, ...
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How can I make a PC who is made up of three owls in a trench coat?

new DM here One of my players is insisting her character is really three owls in a trench coat (appears to be an elvish druid). Can someone help me figure out some way for this to have happened? ...
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Feats that increase number of spells a wizard adds to his spellbook for free each level

Looking for feats to increase number of spells that can be learned for free per level for a wizard.
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Feats to increase the number of spells per day for a wizard

Looking for feats or feat combos to increase the number of wizard spells my character can cast per day. This wizard focuses on conjuration and necromancy, level 7 with a 24 int score. Other feats ...
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How can I remake or convert a wolfwere player character from AD&D 2e to D&D 5e?

I have a wolfwere from AD&D 2e that I would like to convert or remake in 5e rules. How can I remake or convert this character accurately? Do any of the D&D 5e rulebooks provide guidance on ...
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Can a DM limit which spells a character knows?

I'm starting up playing again with 5e. Our DM wants to dictate which cantrips and 1st level spells our characters can know. He doesn't think we should be able to pick from the full list of cantrips ...
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Does the fifth dot in an attribute or a skill cost two dots to purchase?

In the older editions of World of Darkness, I remember a line during character creation stating that "The fifth dot in any Attribute costs two dots to purchase." Is this the case in the Chronicles of ...
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Eldritch Knight's restriction of schools at 3rd level

My GM and I have a minor argument about the wording of the paragraph regarding the Spells Known for Eldritch Knights: Spells Known of 1st-Level and Higher. You know three 1st-level wizard spells ...
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Quick in-session character generation without using pre-generated ones

I'm surprised that there haven't been any questions regarding this, leading me to believe my situation is unique. I have 3 players who are extremely interested in trying D&D 5e out. They love ...
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What is the best race for a barbarian?

In Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, what is the best race for a character that is a barbarian? "Best" would be defined as the following: bonuses to a barbarian's primary/secondary stats race ...
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Positive and negative effects of being permanently deaf PC

I'm creating a deaf Fighter for a campaign, which I hope will last a while (10-12 sessions). The DM has allowed it, but we have not yet agreed on how the deafness affect my PC mechanically (I used ...
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Do the rebuilding/retraining rules from PHB II allow “bootstrap” qualification, creating legal characters that could not be made without these rules?

The rebuilding/retraining rules (PHB II, p. 192) allow a player character to retroactively change character choices, including feats and class levels. The rules include some restrictions that look ...
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Methods of Early Entry for Evangelist in Pathfinder

So, I am in a rather complex build, and I'd like to be able to enter the Evangelist PrC at ECL 4. Current build is thus: Graveknight 2 (template CR is being treated as class levels in this game)/...
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What are the benefits of worshipping a god? Do alignment differences matter?

I am helping one of my players make their character, a Dragonborn Ranger, and we are both struggling when discussing his god, so I have a couple of questions... Does the god need to share his ...
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Which vampire traits does a PC-vampire get?

I’m building a character for a one shot and my DM has okay’d my character being a vampire using the rules from the Monster Manual (under the "Player Characters as Vampires" sidebar on p. 295). What I ...
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If you take starting gold, do you get starting equipment as well?

In D&D 5e when you choose to buy equipment, do you take the starting equipment from your background (but not the starting equipment from the class), from neither the class nor the background, or ...
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Clockwork Goliath. Trying to make it work [closed]

So I have this idea to make a 5e Goliath that's missing an arm and a leg but keeps fighting, made clockwork body parts to replace the ones that he lost. He has to wind himself at least once a day. If ...
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New to D&D, a little unsure about character creation stats

So, I just recently started playing D&D5e a few days ago. I have created my own character but I'm a bit confused about how certain stats are calculated, and what path to go down with my character. ...
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How do I go from a pregenerated character with text and a statistics block to a normal character sheet? [closed]

How can I take the Pre Generated character and write it out on to the blank sheet? I started, but now I’m completely lost.
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Which do you do first, roll for character stats or give your character a back story? [closed]

I don't play any tabletop RPGs right now, but it is something I am rather interested in doing, and as such I've devised a character backstory that I would be able to use in fantasy-style tabletop ...
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What classes are based on intelligence but not reliant on magic/supernatural power?

My knowledge of 5th edition's class options is far from exhaustive. I want to play an intelligence-based class whose class features are not centered on magic, alchemy, or psychic powers. Does such a ...
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How to balance “one” PC that is two weaker characters combined?

One of my players has requested that his next PC actually be two characters, similar to "Ferra & Tor" from Mortal Kombat, essentially a small wizard (or other magic user) riding a big barbarian (...
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Player wants a weak character? [closed]

I am the DM and I'm helping some of my players make their characters (since it is most of their first times playing. One of my players wants to make a character with no class and is an average human. ...
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Adding Incarnum-like capability to my Level 1 Human Vow of Poverty Monk

I wanted to try Vow of Poverty and a monk because I liked the idea of an ascetic melee fighter, but the limitations of vow of poverty about using magic items is tough. I do not want to slow down the ...
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Reducing the size of a Fey Player Character

So, I'm considering joining a game that is rather limited to help a friend get some DM experience. It is SRD only, no templates or the like, so there are many constraints. I tend to play rather ...
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Where are the stats for gearforged and warforged?

I am playing 5e. I want to make a gearforged or warforged damage dealing character, probably fighter or paladin. Where would I look to find the stats or race page for the gearforged or warforged races?...
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Does a spaceship need Affects Others on its Immunites to keep its passengers safe?

Say one is making a vehicle to travel through a particularly hostile environment, such as space. Naturally, one would grant the vehicle the Immunity applied to the various dangers of the environment, ...
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What build maximizes reach?

A Bugbear (Long Limbed: reach +5 feet) wielding a reach weapon (10 feet of reach) can make a melee weapon attack with a reach of 15 feet. If said Bugbear is a Battle Master with the Lunging maneuver, ...
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Can a Human Variant start with stacked proficiencies?

So the Human Variant in 5E D&D gets two different ability points, proficiency in one skill and a feat. Let's say that human is a cleric with acolyte background. He takes a double dose of religion ...
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Using the “Haunted One” background outside of the Curse of Strahd

It is my first time creating a character. Can the "Haunted One" background from Curse of Strahd be used outside of the Curse of Strahd storyline?
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Premade wizard: Attack bonus on Quarterstaff unclear

Here is a screenshot of the premade Ezren the wizard class. (Public source) It has two weapons, the quarterstaff and a light crossbow. Now I fail to understand how the Attack Bonus on the Weapons are ...
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Can I buy a new item with gold obtained in Adventurer's League character creation?

Step 5: Choose Equipment When you create your D&D Adventurers League character for the current season, you obtain starting equipment and gold as determined by your class and background—you ...
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Determining item ability scores for an intelligent item from the book of Eldritch Might

The book states: Does this mean that if you spend 50gp all ability scores the item has increase by 1? And if you spend 400gp all abilities increase by +4? etc. To me this seems far too cheap and I ...
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Are goliaths Adventurers League legal?

I am going to be playing for the first time and was wondering, are goliaths playable in Adventurers League?
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Can an intelligent item multiclass outside of the Intelligent Item class?

Is there any reason an intelligent item taking classes in intelligent item from the book Complete Eldritch Power could not also take ranks in other classes? Say fighter or wizard, so that they could ...
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Can an intelligent item use another item?

The intelligent item class description from The Complete Book of Eldritch Might indicates that magic items can speak, and that with the feat Animate self they can "manipulate objects in a crude way". ...
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Playing an intelligent item?

One of my players desperately wants to play as an intelligent item. I know intelligent items exist as "npcs" and I was hoping for some canon way to do this for him. Or at worst home-brew it. ...
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Sorcerer Origins Vs Archetypes

So I'm in the midst of character creation, and I was looking to see how multi-faceted I can make my character. To give greater potential for stuff later on. I've got a Sorcerer on my hands, and ...