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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What Warlock subclass suits this concept the best? [closed]

I have a basic concept of a Warlock and need a hand in choosing the subclass. It can be a homebrew subclass as long as it's not too OP. The character I'm going to play has made a pact with a strange ...
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What's the closest RAW build possible to Fritz Lieber’s Fafhrd character in 5e?

Similar to What's the closest RAW build possible to the Gray Mouser in 5e?, I am referring to a legendary figure of Fritz Lieber's Lankhmar series (one of the things Gary Gygax said was his ...
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Am I acting unreasonably or do I rein in my players?

I'm a very new but very eager DM. Me and my friends have long been wanting to play and as always we had no DM so I took up the reins. My players are very extremely creative and I want them to be able ...
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Can I let my players play any official class/race in published adventures?

I've recently picked up Storm King's Thunder after my homebrew game came to a halt. Main reason for this is that I bought Volo's Guide to Monsters, Xanathar's Guide to Everything and Mordenkainen's ...
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Ways of layering battlefield with shadows to improve Shadowdancer Shadow Jump

(Loosely tied to: Ways to relocate/teleport to improve a ranged fighter mobility and Does relocation/teleportation while hidden requires a new Stealth check ) A build including 4 levels of ...
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Ways to relocate/teleport to improve a ranged fighter mobility

The Stealth rules seems to be kind of a sore point in DnD/Pathfinder systems. What I'm getting at requires two separate questions I haven't been able to find an answer to: I'm mostly a Dex ...
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Marrying two of your own characters [closed]

I am a normal RPer and writer who’s in their first D&D campaign. I want to make it so that my next two characters are a married couple who are roaming the lands and picking up jobs as they search ...
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Easiest wizard/sorcerer spell access for an undead swordsage?

We're playing 3.5 gestalt, and I have an undead unarmed swordsage (with a drop of totemist). Now he wants access to some spells, most notably Greater Mighty Wallop. Is there any way to leverage a ...
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How do you make an Int- or Wis-based character with only 3 Con viable with 30-35 hp at level 6?

I am a player in Tomb of Annihilation (5e) and we're playing with rolled characters. Rules are 4d6 drop lowest and no moving around ability scores. I ended up with the following stat block: Str: 14 (+...
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How can I develop my character's background when I know nothing of the game's lore and want to avoid spoilers?

This is a tricky one, and I may be painting myself into a corner in which case please feel free to tell me so in an answer but please also provide advice on how to get out whilst disturbing as little ...
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How can I optimize this “max-languages” build’s combat ability?

This answer about maximizing the languages you can learn points out that you can use downtime to keep learning languages, but if you aren’t going to do that there’s a particular build suggested for ...
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Does this level 10 multiclass combo work?

I crafted a level 10 multiclass ranged oneshot character that has a lot of interactions and I was wondering if I did this right. The race is not specified but should be something with +1 to dex for a ...
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Will a level 10 pixie druid be unbalanced—either overpowered or underpowered—in a group of otherwise typical level 14 PCs?

A friend of mine wants to reenter the level 14 group in my campaign. She describes her ideal character thus: nature-loving, woodland home, spiritual, rather eccentric, small and nimble The other ...
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How can I create a PC like Million Ants?

In a Pathfinder game I'd like to play a PC like Million Ants from the television series Rick and Morty. This character is defined to be one million ants, and in its world it behaves like a fluid, in ...
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Which class is better for being able to contribute to battle when out of spell slots, Wizard or Warlock?

I have joined a campaign and am now choosing a class. So far my character is a Half-Elf with the ability scores: STR 12 (+1) DEX 18 (+4) CON 16 (+3) INT 17 (+3) WIS 10 (+0) CHA 18 (+4) The ability ...
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Issues with a druid build [closed]

The problem We are playing the campaign path The Second Darkness and my friend is a druid with a ankylosaurus animal companion. We are all 7th level and he is doing way less damage than everyone else,...
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Is there a spell that can stop a ship?

There is a ship that needs to be stopped from sailing away without sinking it. The ship is large (2 masts), is in deep water and has a gust of wind item. I am looking for spells up to a lvl 4 slot, ...
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What issues will arise from a player's weird request for a backstory?

So we are starting a new campaign and one of my players has a unique backstory. His character had a twin sister who died at the age of 10. Before her death, a wizard found them both and bound the ...
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Are there mistakes on the pregenerated Starter Set wizard and ranger character sheets?

I am returning to D&D having not played since first edition and am trying to get my head around the character building process before I try and explain it to some new players. I have been ...
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Where could my character have learnt Primordial? [closed]

I just created a DnD character. He speaks the languages Common, Elvish and Primordial. Where could he have learned Primordial? He learned Elvish when he spent 2 years with the Elves.
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Is my multiclassed paladin/fighter/sorcerer built according to the rules? [closed]

I wanna preface this by saying I'm a D&D fanboy/wannabe, Baldur's Gate and Critical Role is the closest I've ever gotten to playing the game. One of the things I love about any game is character ...
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When are prerequisites checked for the Variant Human's feat?

The steps to generate a character are: Choose a Race Choose a Class Determine Ability Scores ... A player choosing Variant Human as race gets a feat in step 1. However many feats have prerequisites ...
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Can I communicate through my familiar?

I've always wanted to make a non-verbal character. But I think it would be pretty difficult to communicate with the rest of my party members. I want to make an in-world way to make communication ...
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Would granting every PC the choice of a free cantrip at level 1 be unbalancing?

Inspired by this question: Would granting every PC the choice of a feat or a cantrip be unbalancing? Some classes get cantrips, some don't. Some races get a free cantrip (such as via the high elf's "...
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Would granting every PC the choice of a feat or a cantrip be unbalancing?

This question and the accepted answer are of the opinion that granting an extra feat to all PCs at level 1 does not affect game balance. Would granting every PC the choice of a feat or a cantrip (as ...
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What can I do to maximize illusion/enchantment spells as a sorcerer?

I've read up online but it doesn't seem there are that many people talking about the Sorcerer's maestro bloodline. The adventure path I'm doing will be a play-by-post(PbP) roleplay heavy campaign with ...
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Is there a divine caster class/archetype that has access to a significant number of illusion spells?

I like the idea of creating a tricky, illusion-wielding, stealthy Cleric of Sivanvah ("patron goddess of illusion magic, tricksters, and those who keep secrets"). I know I can make a Cleric with the ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of playing a druid, and why should I play one? [closed]

I haven't ever seen or had anyone explain druids except that they can turn into animals. Please explain their usefulness. They look interesting since I myself like nature. I have little to no info on ...
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Will it cause any balance issues if I grant a character a free feat to balance out their low ability scores?

One of my players rolled up a character with extremely low stats even after applying all his class and race bonuses: +3, 0, 0, -1, -2 and -3. The player chose Bard as their class. Considering that ...
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What can I do to roleplay better in DnD? [closed]

I have been playing D&D for nearly 2 years with the same character, a female elven monk who is a sage librarian. I was previously in a party where role playing wasn't pushed as much as it is in ...
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How many spells does a Wizard start off with?

I'm creating a Mage in AD&D 2e for fun, and want to know how many spells my character starts off with at first level. I know that there is Table 21: Wizard Spell Progression, but my Dad and I ...
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Creating a Terry Pratchett witch in Hero Quest [closed]

We are starting a Hero Quest RPG game. I have decided I want to play a Terry Pratchett style witch, but am not sure how to do it. I have decided to have my main skills (things) as charisma and ...
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Should non-human transmuter wizards be allowed?

I recently joined a group about to start a new adnd-2e campaign. As I am new to D&D in general, I only learned after the fact that I made a mistake during character creation, resulting in a ...
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Are there any overpowered race/class combinations for the 5e campaign Curse of Strahd?

Curse of Strahd was released in 2016; since then, there have been many supplement books with extra races and subclasses. Are there any combinations of races/classes I should advise players to take in ...
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Does this low-Str/low-Dex idea for a Fighter work out?

I've been playing around with the idea for a new character, but I'm curious whether I'm going to run into unforeseen problems at later levels. The idea is to take a Variant Human Fighter and pick up ...
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Can there be two high elves in Dungeons & Dragons? [closed]

I'm trying to make my own character sheet but I'm lost. One of the main characters is already a high elf; does that mean I can't be one?
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Can a Tiefling Subrace be Feral?

Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes offers the option to select a different heritage for a Tiefling by replacing the default Ability Score Increase with its own (as well as by replacing the Infernal Legacy ...
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How can I discourage a player from making the same character if their current one dies?

This was inspired by this question: Should I allow players to recreate the exact same character if they die? Whilst it was closed as too subjective (because it asks whether one should want to do this)...
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Should I allow players to recreate the exact same character if they die? [closed]

I'm a fairly new DM playing the 5e Starter Set campaign, Lost Mine of Phandelver, with a completely new group of 3 players. I know the players well and like most players they're attached to their ...
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How should I go about making a Pathfinder 3.5 Drow Sorcerer? [closed]

This is probably an odd question but here goes. I’m going to be joining a home-brew campaign for Pathfinder 3.5 which from what I’ve been told about this campaign by the DM it’s going to follow the ...
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What's the closest RAW build possible to the Gray Mouser in 5e?

I am of course referring to the legendary figure of Fritz Lieber's Lankhmar series (one of the things Gary Gygax said was his inspiration to invent D&D). I am assuming this character is so off-...
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Can Pun-Pun be created using the rules as written?

Pun-Pun is a theory-crafted kobold developed in an attempt to have the most powerful character possible at the lowest level possible. While I'm sure not many DMs would allow Pun-Pun as a PC, can such ...
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I'm a new DM and one of my players is abusing Min/Max. I'm looking for advice on how to deal with this fairly [closed]

The player built a human "dex" barbarian, with Dex and Con the top two attribute scores to maximize the unarmored defense bonus (AC 17 at level 1) and take half damage when raging. He wields a rapier ...
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What scores do I assign to concentrations in Deadlands Classic?

The Deadlands Classic rulebook says that if an aptitude lists concentrations then you must choose one, and that for 3 points you can choose an additional concentration. The sample character given ...
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Is the pregenerated dragonborn sorcerer's Charisma saving throw bonus wrong?

When looking at the Dragonborn Sorcerer's pre-generated character sheet, the character's Charisma saving throws seem to be wrong. For the level 1, 2, 3 and 4 sheets, I think it should be +5 instead of ...
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What variant rules are there on “overstacking” base saves for multiclass characters?

I am planning a character with a lot of different character classes mixed in mostly to have a lot of useful, flavory low level feats and a broad selection of skills. What bothers me is that the base ...
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How can I un-reveal a character's secret? [closed]

My gaming group just started a new RPG campaign, set in futuristic space using Modern Age 0.991 rules. Our campaigns have typically lasted 1-2 years each, so serious thought goes into each of my ...
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Are there viable crossbow-using builds without Crossbow Expert?

I like crossbows as a concept. There's just something about the loading and the aiming and the thunk. What I don't like as much are rapid-firing automatic crossbows or the kind of machinegunning that ...
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Should a player be allowed to keep a character they used for part of a campaign a year ago?

I have an interesting predicament. One player just entered my campaign after claiming that a year ago, he had leveled this character up to level 2. It's not that bad, but wait. He also claimed that he ...
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Is it possible for a tiefling warlock to cast Augury when they are first level?

I have started running D&D 5e just now, so I do not have an encyclopedic knowledge of character creation options. We played a first session, with half character generation and half low-key play. ...

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