Questions tagged [character-sheets]

For questions about character sheets, documents used to keep track of the main mechanical and narrative attributes of a player character.

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Are all players supposed to be able to see each others' character sheets?

We're about to play our first game of Dungeons and Dragons (all things being equal) and we've just noticed a rather basic question that we can't find the answer to in the Player Handbook or on a Web ...
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What information do I actually need from my players’ character sheets?

I am a DM for two D&D 5e games. I always ask for character sheets when we first start out, so I can have a general sense of what I'm in for, and to get working on incorporating backstories. Our ...
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What to do when a player loses or forgets their character sheet?

Sadly, most of the games I play in have monthly sessions at best. Also, players travel from a somewhat greater distance to play. A consequence is that during the month many players misplace their ...
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Show off your Character Sheet Designs [closed]

Notice: This thread has a associated meta-thread, If you want to discuss if it is on topic please do so there. This is a chance to show off the great character sheets you have created. Rules: 1 ...
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Does the ability score modifier go in the large box or the small oval?

When filling in the ability scores section of the standard character sheet as used in the D&D 5e Player's Handbook, I've seen a lot of people put each ability score in the large box, and the ...
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Why doesn't the Vampire City character sheet have “Hubris” or “Dark Gifts” traits?

I'm trying to create a character for Vampire City but the character sheet doesn't have room for "Hubris" nor "Dark Gifts", which you have to define on Steps Five and Six. "Hubris" is the character ...
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Is there an online interactive character sheet for Dungeons & Dragons 4E?

Is there an interactive web-based character sheet for Dungeons & Dragons 4E like there is for Gamma World? I'm not looking for a character builder.
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Where can I get ready-to-play characters for D&D 3.5? [closed]

The last time I played D&D was about 10 years ago. Now I've decided to show it to my university friends, who have never played it before but are pretty excited. For that first game, nobody would ...
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Is there a tool to make custom character sheets? [closed]

Is there a tool out there, preferably free, specifically for making custom, system-agnostic character sheets? I'm looking for something a little more focused than a general program like PhotoShop/GIMP,...
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Is there a good way to distribute pregenerated characters?

I am preparing for a game with a bunch of new players, with a mix of varying familiarity with the setting/system and RPGs in general. To get them to taste the setting ASAP I decided to play a one-off ...
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Character Sheets paper or plastic? [closed]

What do you guys use for character sheets? I used graphing paper for a while. My biggest problem is the whole erasing things after a while the paper gets... lets say well used... Anyway to make the ...
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How can I format a Dungeons and Dragons 4e character sheet such that players are more likely to remember (and use) their class features?

In a game I play in, almost all of the players routinely forget to use and apply their class features that do not appear as powers. The players forget their class features and little-used powers due ...
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How to track character resources (spells, ammo, items) [closed]

I am playing a Wizard in a pathfinder game and despite several different reworks of his character sheet I've still not found a decent way to track his daily spells which can change daily (plus how ...
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Is it legal to make a D&D 5e character sheet app?

I am working on a simple Android app. My app implements a D&D 5e character sheet. It lets the user fill form fields and calculates the effects of level progression and attributes. I am not using ...
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Which modifier shown in the D&D Beyond character sheet do I add to attack rolls with my longbow?

I'm a little uncertain what to add to my attack rolls. Can anyone confirm which of the below highlighted modifiers I should be adding to my D20 roll for attack with the longbow? I am proficient in ...
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How can I organize absurd monster sheets?

A friend wants me to develop several CR 40+ monsters for Pathfinder, by chain-applying useful templates to high-CR monsters. This endeavour includes one CR 61 creature, which will be an advanced (as ...
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Form-fillable PDF AD&D 2nd Edition character sheets [closed]

I am scouring the net for any type of downloadable AD&D 2nd edition sheets that you can edit and print out for easy information tracking.
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Is the FastCharacter website incorrectly calculating HP for my Sorcerer?

Based on my current knowledge, a Sorcerer with 14 Constitution (assuming you did HP averages) would start with: Level 1: 6+2 = 8 hp Level 6: 8+5x(4+2) = 38 hp But on fastcharacter.com ...
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Do you use character sheets? Or, do you use a blank sheet of paper? [closed]

Also, what are the advantages and disadvantages for each approach?
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Don't understand where to get all the derived stats during character creation

I've created a new D&D character and I'm filling in her character sheet. I always gets stuck on what values I should be using for Inspiration, Initiative, Temporary Hit Points, Hit Dice, and ...
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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's the best way to use a tablet computer for your character sheet?

I have a Kindle Fire HD that I'd like to use as my character sheet for a Pathfinder game. What's the best way to go about doing this?
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What is “Current Stress”?

The InSpectres character sheet includes a space for me to write in my "Current Stress," but I can't find that phrase anywhere in the manual! How do I know what to write in the "Current Stress" box on ...
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Where can I get an editable PDF character sheet for Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space?

I am a new GM, and need to write up a number of character sheets for NPCs, for my campaign in Doctor Who- Adventures in Time and Space. I would much prefer to do this by typing into the PDF of the ...
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Where can I find a foldable character sheet for The Dresden Files?

I saw a question on Area 51 for the proposed questions for this site about "What's the point of the foldable character sheet that is available for Diaspora?", and it was flagged as a good question, ...
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How do you keep rewriting the sheet for a new morph from breaking play rhythm?

In EP, it is as easy to change your Morph as it is to change your car today. It is much more frequent for Firewall agents who have to travel across many environments and face various threats. I use ...
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What is a good pdf/excel/app to use to create a computerized character sheet and power cards without the DDI (Dnd Essentials)

I've been searching the net for a way to make a nice looking / easy to read/access character sheet, similar to the ones that are given out at encounters. I've found a couple, and I'm curious if there ...
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Are there more pre-generated characters for the D&D Starter Set available?

I'm about to run the D&D Starter Set adventure for a few of my co-workers, and I foresee having more than 5 players. Is it possible to get extra pre-generated character sheets somewhere in the ...
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Help w/Character Sheet: What are ability modifiers and how do I calculate them?

So I was filling out the character sheet and suddenly I saw an "ability modifier". I'm confused, and am asking these questions for clarification: Where do you put your "Standard Array" number. In ...
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What are Hero Points in D&D 5e?

I've just downloaded an Excel character sheet, and it has a slot for Hero Points. I have many of the official 5e books (the Player's Handbook, MM, DMG, SCAG, VGtM, MToF, and XGtE), and I'm fairly sure ...
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Custom paper character sheet that's updatable without erasing [closed]

So far I've been using a printed copy of the official character sheet for my D&D characters. It features a blank space for every stat. As a consequence of that, every time my character levels up ...
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Where can I find a Pathfinder character sheet that works in Libreoffice? [closed]

Where can I find a Pathfinder character sheet that works in Libreoffice spreadsheet (the new Openoffice)?
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Is there a cap on experience for Ironsworn?

The Ironsworn character sheets have bubbles for tracking the experience that you mark by fulfilling your vows. The portrait character sheet has 30 bubbles, and the more-recently-released landscape ...
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What are the dots in the skills section of the standard character sheet for? [closed]

I'm filling out a pdf character sheet for my character who is a high elf wizard and I'm not sure how the skill box works. I've got all my saving throws done but I'm really just confused with the dots ...
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Techniques for rote-learning a character sheet layout?

I'm a relatively new player, and have been trying to learn and follow as much of the mechanics as possible. Compounding on this, is my (in)ability to be able to find anything on a character sheet (or ...
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I need help with how to fill out character sheets

My friends and I got together and decided to play first edition AD&D recently. (My friend already has AD&D 1e and we don’t want to buy new books.) I've never played nor DMed before, but I'm ...
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What is the process to officially trade magic items?

In D&D Adventurers League, if two players are not playing at the same table, I know that they can still trade magic items if they spend downtime days. How does this work? Do the players just have ...
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How do I change the numbers on my character sheet when I level up?

I've just started playing D&D 4e using the starter kit. Our group has gotten to the point where we level up for the first time, and I'm confused about how to alter the numbers on my character ...
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Where can I download an Everway character sheet?

I've dug up my old Everway set for a game I'm running this weekend, and realised that I can't find my character sheets. I can easily improvise one, but Everway's weirdly beautiful sheets are part of ...
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Tree-like abilities system for Rolemaster

One of the things I like less from Rolemaster is that all you know from one thing can't be applied to another, and, at the same time, you can not specialize in something. You either know One-handed ...
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Is there a good character sheet set up for the Unchained Variant rules, especially Consolidated Skills?

My personal abilities at graphic design are horrible. I've tried making my own character sheets, to no avail. So now I'm searching - one of my campaigns is using lots of the Pathfinder Unchained ...
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What was this 4th edition paperback character booklet product I used to use?

Long ago, a friend and I had a 4th edition fillable character sheet. More of a full portfolio, with some twenty-ish pages. I'm pretty sure it was official Wizards merchandise and I've searched on ...
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How can I make a Talislanta character sheet that will work for Roll20?

I need a character sheet for the game Talislanta. It needs to be able to the take Strength value and add it to appropriate skill rolls whenever I click to button for that roll. I've been trying to ...
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Where do I keep track of sorcery points on a character sheet?

I’m a little confused about the sorcery point system, mainly where I keep track of them on my character sheet. Should I keep track in the “attacks and spellcasting” box, or is there somewhere else I ...
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How many weapons should I have and how many attacks should I list on my character sheet?

Fairly new to D&D and my question relates to what should be listed on my character sheet for weapons in equipment and what attacks should be listed. Given a Fighter's Equipment listing under ...
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Where can I find premade characters for D&D 4e? [closed]

I'm going to play D&D 4e tomorrow, and I don't have the time to make my own character. Does anyone know a place where I can find premade character sheets that people have shared?
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How do I understand the Starter Set attack roll?

I've only played D&D a little once and I'm trying to organise a game. I decided to go with the starter set to help me get into it. I have a question about the attack bonus for characters. Example:...
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How do I fill the DnD 4E Essentials Character Sheets? - clarifications

I'm exercising to start as a DM, and one of the things I'm doing is know how to fill the 4E (especially Essentials) character sheets. I'm not sure what I should fill What are the "Modifier", "Misc" ...
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Digital character sheets?

I find it annoying and impractical to go to the library to print off character sheets (I don't have a printer at my house), so I decided to see if there were any character sheet apps for my 4th gen ...
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What is armor “properties” on the default character sheet?

On page 2, the AC Items table at the top has a "properties" column. What goes in that slot of the character sheet?