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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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 ...
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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?

I'm a new DM. 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 ...