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Why does the Starter Set wizard have six spells in their spellbook?

While this might not be the case in the Starter Set you are looking at, in the official rules (the full Player's Handbook), 1st-level wizards (PHB 114) are granted a spellbook containing 6 spells. ...
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WotC Pre-rolled Level 1 Bard Character - Can't get it right in D&D Beyond

It looks to me like you may have missed out adding character background A 'background' adds two extra proficiencies to your character, so missing that out would account for the shortfall you've ...
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Are there mistakes on the pregenerated Starter Set wizard and ranger character sheets?

The omission of passive perception is a mistake - nothing else is wrong here. The Wizard gets proficiency in Perception from being an elf. All elves get the following: Keen Senses. You have ...
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How can I handle my DM's requirement that I play a female character in his one-shot when I don't feel comfortable with doing so?

Don't do something that makes you uncomfortable RPGs should be fun for everyone involved. If you are actually uncomfortable with this the DM should not be asking you to do it. As is always the best ...
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Why does the pre-gen Drow Rogue have a 0 Str modifier but a Strength score of 8?

It seems to be a mistake in the file. There is nothing special going on that I can see, so the number is likely just wrong. I don't know of any rule in the game that would be able to change an ...
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When can we use proficiency with ability checks?

In the top block which lists your abilities, the black/white mark in front of the ability shows your bonus (and proficiency) for Saving throws. It says so under the block. So when you become the ...
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Is the pregenerated dragonborn sorcerer's Charisma saving throw bonus wrong?

The Dragonborn Sorcerer has a Charisma of +3 and a base Proficiency of +2, meaning that a +5 Charisma Save is accurate for levels 1-4. At level 5, the Proficiency bump means that +6 is accurate. By ...
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How to balance a Communist pregen PC for a Paranoia one-shot?

On the contrary - the Communist secret society in Paranoia is no better nor worse than any other secret society. (In 2e, at least, there are no meaningful mechanical differences) The key here lies in ...
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What are the pros and cons of using pre-made character sheets for new players and DMs?

The Lost Mine Of Phandelver pre-gens have quite a bit going for them I agree with everything NautArch said in his answer - talk to your players. Whatever you decide to do, it's much more likely to go ...
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Why does pregen character Iseph have +11 to acrobatics and +10 to piloting at level 1?

You miss Ace Pilot character theme. It states that Ace Pilot gets pilot as his class skill, but if it's a class skill for 1st level - Ace Pilot gets +1 to their piloting. So, piloting should be: 4 dex ...
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Why does this WotC pregenerated human paladin have an Int modifier of +1 if their Int score is 11?

Human error that simply hasn't been fixed. The only reason why a 10 or an 11 would be a +1 modifier is because at some point someone made a mistake and it just hasn't been fixed. Either because no one ...
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How can I handle my DM's requirement that I play a female character in his one-shot when I don't feel comfortable with doing so?

I want to start by saying that I understand your impulse, here. Maybe not fully-- I'm not in your head, I don't know the precise reason for your reluctance-- but I do understand it. I shared it in ...
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Why does the pre-gen Drow Rogue have a 0 Str modifier but a Strength score of 8?

In addition to Erik's answer, I would like to confirm that the mistake is in the (+0) indeed. It could be that the mistake was at the 8 STR instead, but it follows that: 15 Charisma, 14 Dex, 13 Int, ...
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Is the pregen character Obozaya encumbered at level 1?

Paizo used the errata'd weight for Hygiene kits I've double checked all your information and you seem to be right per the original PDF... but not according to the latest information on https://aonsrd....
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Why does the Starter Set wizard have six spells in their spellbook?

This is quite straightforwardly explained in the character sheet: Spell Slots. You have two 1st-level spell slots you can use to cast your prepared spells. Prepared Spells. You prepare four 1st-level ...
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Where are the pregenerated character sheets for the Hunt for the Thessalhydra adventure on D&D Beyond?

They are not available, from the DnD Beyond Forum, as per 15 June 2019: DDB currently doesn't have a means to copy character sheets from one user to another. Without this framework, they have no way ...
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How do I understand the Starter Set attack roll?

Character has +3 Strength... This means your character will get a +3 to any roll to which strength applies. ...and +2 Proficiency Bonus... Also will get +2 to any roll to which proficiency is ...
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How do I understand the Starter Set attack roll?

Great question, after having walked a few first timers through 5e, I can now better understand the confusion. The simple answer is that the attack roll is always d20 + Ability Modifier + Proficiency (...
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How can I handle my DM's requirement that I play a female character in his one-shot when I don't feel comfortable with doing so?

Do Something That Makes You Uncomfortable Sadly, many nowadays are unable to distinguish between legitimate PTSD triggers or considered moral/ethical lines and simply "being uncomfortable" in terms ...
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What are the pros and cons of using pre-made character sheets for new players and DMs?

Challenging the question: ask your players what they want I'll let others dive into potential pros and cons of using pregens vs player-built, but I think the potential pros and cons should be ...
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Can you run pregen characters with only the System Reference Document?

First of all, while that is the official SRD, trying to play based on those files would be miserable. I recommend trying an online, hyperlinked SRD, such as d20srd.org. That organizes things better, ...
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Can a Pathfinder Society adventure created for pregenerated characters be played without them?

No, that is not allowed. The adventure states on page 2: How to Play Origin of the Open Road is a Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for 5th-level pregenerated characters (Tier 5). Likewise, on ...
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How can I handle my DM's requirement that I play a female character in his one-shot when I don't feel comfortable with doing so?

Sound out the whole group This problem may go away if you talk with all of the other players. Ask the GM to assign that role to another player If you are uncomfortable with playing that character,...
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How does a ghost hunter use the screwdriver and string in the “gost [sic] hunting kit?”

Strings can be stretched across openings and secured with tape: any physical object that passes through the opening would pull the string loose. A bit of string can be wedged into a doorframe: if the ...
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How to balance a Communist pregen PC for a Paranoia one-shot?

Secret Society and Mutant Power only matter if the player makes them matter. Balance isn't really a problem, since Paranoia is almost exclusively a one-shot or a short run of sessions. More ...
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