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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Can I have a nameless character?

I am planning on running a High Elf Far Traveler Sorcerer, whose "far traveler" motifs are due to a loss of memory early in life. He lacks an upbringing to draw motivation from - he is self-motivated ...
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What's the best build for a mounted archer/caster?

My PC is an air genasi fighter 1 with ability scores of Str 12, Dex 19, Con 14, Int 14, Wis 10, and Cha 7. My plan is for my PC to become eventually a mounted archer and spellcaster that emphasizes ...
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Can you use the starting money from your background to buy items before the campaign starts? [duplicate]

I'm playing my first campaign soon. While making my character, I noticed that you get money from your background. I was wondering if you can use this money to buy basic shop items before the campaign ...
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How to reach Strength 19 during character generation?

We are playing Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition with pen and paper. Some subraces (e.g. Sylvan elf, see The Complete Book of Elves) or some Humanoids (e.g. Ogre, see Player's Option (...
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What patron would best suit a warlock who struck a pact to get vengeance? [closed]

The character concept I came up with is a warlock who struck a deal with her patron after the murder of her father and now her sole purpose is finding out who killed him and exacting her vengeance ...
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Is there a starting class that has all the necessary skills for the Shadowsmith prestige class?

I am looking into making a character that will go into the Shadowsmith prestige class from Tome of Magic page 132. I want to get into it as soon as I can so I am looking mainly for a class that has ...
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Creating a character, is Noble a class or a background?

I am getting back into D&D after about 15 years. Reading through the Players Handbook it refers to Noble as a class but it is found in the Background section. Super novice question and I ...
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Did I miscalculate this Variable Power?

I've been messing around with Character Creation in Mutants and Masterminds 3e, and I want to double check to see if I have this right. I wanted to have the Variable power (from p. 132 of the Hero's ...
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Is there an upper limit to the number of advantages you can have?

In Anima: Beyond Fantasy, at character generation, through Disadvantage use (up to the limit of three Disadvantages), you can end up with nine Creation Points with which to buy Advantages, many of ...
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Is it possible to create an “archer caster” who can infuse their arrows with magic elements?

I was wondering if it's possible to create an archer with the ability to infuse their arrows with magic elements to make different types of arrows (fire arrow, electric arrow, etc.) and use them in ...
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As the Dungeon Master, how do I handle a player that insists on a specific class when I already know that choice will cause issues?

I agreed to DM the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure for a group of my friends. One of them wants to play a wizard. Based on past experience, I know that she will ignore the prepared spells and just ...
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How to handle a player who asks me never ending questions about roleplay things

Recently I started up a new game. I recruited players, got them to make characters, and was ready to have some fun with them. One of the players keeps asking questions. They ask about every detail ...
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How do I assemble this Perception-based Defensive power into Mutants and Masterminds?

My Tabletop group has been discussing running a game of Mutants and Masterminds in the future, so I thought I should get a head start and attempt to build a character. The character i have in mind is ...
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Can I play a mimic PC?

I am new to D&D. I have always liked mimics in all sorts of games like Enter the Gungeon or Terraria. Can my character's race be a mimic?
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Do lightfoot halflings get +2 to Acrobatics?

I'm creating a lightfoot halfling bard via 5e Companion App, and it automatically added a proficiency to Acrobatics. Is that legit, or do I need to remove it?
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Is it possible for a character at any level to cast all 44 Cantrips in one week without Magic Items?

As a DM, I enjoy [metaphorically] playing with fire. For no particular reason, I am considering introducing the following Rite to my campaign: Rites of Destruction. When the world was created, the ...
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As a Game Master, how should I handle a situation where a character can and does do everything?

I have made a number of characters that can do everything in a party across a wide variety of role-play systems, and seen several more as both a GM and as a player. I have also seen these characters ...
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How many points of Benefit to be President of the United States?

How many points in the Benefit advantage would you need to be President of the United States (or the leader of a similarly powerful nation, like Russia or an alternate universe United States or ...
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I'm feeling like my character doesn't fit the campaign

My boyfriend is DMing a D&D 5e game for a good friend of mine and I. It's a pirate themed campaign, which I was excited about, and takes place in a universe where magic is not believed in by most (...
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What are the pros and cons of using pre-made character sheets for new players and DMs?

I'm a new DM starting the D&D 5e Starter Set campaign Lost Mine of Phandelver for a group of new players, and I am trying to decide if I should use the pre-generated characters or have them make ...
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As GM, how do I deal with a player who makes a “do everything” build? [duplicate]

I have made a couple of builds that do everything, and seen several more as both a GM and as a player. These are builds that go beyond powerbuilding, and into the realm of taking over for the entire ...
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What does 5d4 x 10 gp mean?

What does 5d4 x 10 gp mean? I’m creating an Eladrin Ranger/Bard and I’m trying to figure out my starting wealth.
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What is Eldritch Blast's maximum range?

To fulfil a prophecy: What is Eldritch Blast's maximum range? The range I care about is between the Tiefling and the max-distance target at the time of the Tiefling making their attack. Assuming the ...
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Can a non-thin-blood vampire learn thin-blood alchemy?

I'm preparing a Vampire the Masquerade v5 campaign, and I'm trying to plan for some questions my players might ask me. One question I have is: Can a non-thin-blood vampire learn thin-blood alchemy? (...
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What is the largest a player character can get using only official material and UA? [duplicate]

I was presented a concept for a one shot session from one of my players. He comes up with some strange ideas, and I'd like to see if this one would be viable: The scenario goes that the Tarrasque has ...
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Would a character with eternal youth be AL-compliant?

I want to have my character be cursed with eternal youth from a backstory perspective. She'll still be "killable"; she just can't age. Would that break AL rules? I know you can add to or change ...
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What class is best to play when a level behind the rest of the party?

I am playing in a campaign where it seems I will likely always be a level behind the party. For some story, we play every Sunday for 5 hours, but I have work through it so I only get around 3 hours in....
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Am I required to clear the use of class, race, or sub-race found in sources outside of the PHB with my DM? [duplicate]

Am I required to clear the use of class, race, or sub-race found in sources outside of the PHB with my DM?
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Would a Ghostwise Halfling Druid be able to use Silent Speech to communicate while in Wild Shape?

A player in the campaign I am preparing to run has asked me if he could play a Ghostwise Halfling from Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide so he could mitigate not being able to communicate with the party ...
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What do the terms CO and TO mean in the context of characters and builds?

I have seen the terms CO and TO when reading about RPGs like in this Reddit post, this EN World forum thread, this Paizo messageboard thread, and this Giant in the Playground forum thread. Also, see ...
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Is there any way a PC can offer pacts to NPCs, in exchange for their power/support?

Is there a class or a build or something similar to create a D&D character that can offer powers or the like to NPCs in exchange for their soul/some benefit to the character. Almost like a ...
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What is the highest possible temporary AC at level 1, without any help from others?

Assuming you are level 1 and have access to any item that you can afford at character creation rolling the maximum amount of starting gold, and all spells that are available to you due to character ...
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What is the highest possible permanent AC at character creation?

Assuming you are level 1 and have access to any item that you can afford at character creation rolling the maximum amount of starting gold, how high can your permanent AC become (permanently, not for ...
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Can I choose the same starting skill twice?

All (that I know of) schools in the first edition of Legend of the Five Rings provide the set of starting skills for the characters. Sometimes one or more of those skills are "open ended" like "any ...
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How can I build an effective gun kata character?

Character Concept For a new campaign I had the idea to play a John Wick style build that maximizes the effectiveness of dual-wielded hand crossbows. I want him to be a wise-mouth former mob enforcer ...
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How, as a Pathfinder DM, can I help my players create characters at the correct optimization level for a given adventure?

My D&D 4e party is a few levels away from the end of their epic campaign, and they want to keep playing D&D with me. I have recently discovered that I really like some of the Adventure Paths ...
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What is the CR of my BBEG? [closed]

I am creating the Big Bad Evil Guy for my campaign and I don’t know what the CR would be. BBEG Medium humanoid , lawful evil Armor Class 22 (Natural Armor) Hit Points 285 (2d8/18d6+200) ...
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Can a tabaxi rogue with the Criminal background start with 8 skill proficiencies?

Assuming: If a character would gain the same proficiency from two different sources, he or she can choose a different proficiency of the same kind (skill or tool) instead. (PBR, p. 36; PHB, p. 126) ...
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Why does the Starter Set wizard have six spells in their spellbook?

One of the characters in the Starter Set is a 1st-level high elf wizard with an Int mod of +3. How does this character have 6 spells? I understand that one is a ritual, but it has 5 more and not 4? ...
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What character skill would be able to be used for medical/healing purposes?

For a character in the Dresden Files who is a doctor/medic, which of the Skills is supposed to actually be used/rolled on to try put that medical ability into use? For instance, I'd say "scholarship" ...
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How can a Gloomblade fighter extend the list of throwable two-handed weapons?

I'm currently building a Gloomblade fighter with the Two-Handed Fighter archetype. The ranged option of this character is thrown shadow weapons, and I am looking for ways to expand the list of options....
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How can I make a Beorning Shapechanger in MERP?

My friends and I are starting a MERP campaign and only I have experience with MERP. One of my friends wanted to be a shape-changer, but my Second Edition MERP book does not cover how to use Martial ...
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Why would a blaster dip crossblooded sorcerer instead of going sorcerer primary? [closed]

I saw this build that had 1 sorc crossblooded orc draconic 19 wizard admixture. Is this build still doable as primary sorc? Can anyone tell me why people say to still go wizard? I'm not understanding....
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Can a Tiefling have more than two horns?

I was trying to figure out if a tiefling could have more than two horns. The PHB doesn't specifically state how many horns they can have and most depictions just have two so I wasn't sure if that was ...
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Do I have to worry about players making “bad” choices on level up?

When I came back to RPGs (after 20 years) I discarded pathfinder after reading about the complexities of the systems and the fact that there was a real chance of getting “bad characters” if you made ...
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Character Optimization: highest DPR with the Shillelagh cantrip

I'd like to optimize my character concept: I want my main damage source to be a Shillelagh'd weapon and squeeze that source for all it's worth. Table character limitations: Character is level 5 ...
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What is the average point buy of a stat array from a 6x6 matrix of “roll 4d6, drop the lowest die”?

For character creation my group sometimes uses a weird method to generate stats. We roll 6 stat arrays using 4d6d1 (rolling 4d6 and dropping the lowest), and arrange them on top of one another to make ...
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How to stat out an awakened player character [closed]

I am thinking of creating a character who is an awakened animal. How would I convert the creature's statblock into one for a player?
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What would be the level adjustment of an awakened wolf?

The players are currently at 2nd level, soon third. We are playing a campaign with high mortality. I was thinking about creating backup character as an awakened wolf. From what I read, the class ...
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What is the longest distance a player character can jump in one leap?

After asking What is the longest distance a 13th-level monk can jump while attacking on the same turn?, my curiosity got piqued. By RAW, what is the longest distance a player character can jump in one ...

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