Let’s be real. Creating your character is one of the best parts of playing Dungeons and Dragons. Deciding who you’re going to be, what you’re going to look like, what kind of personality you’ll have, how you’re going to fight… These are all big decisions. You’re basically deciding who you would want to be if you lived in a fantasy world. There are some guidelines to creating your character that you need to be aware of, but don’t get scared off by them. In past editions, character creation was much more complicated, but 5th Edition has simplified it GREATLY.
To start, what race do you want to be? The basic options in 5th Edition are shown in the picture above.
Gnomes are friendly little folks who are smart and good at making things. They are dedicated creatures who have several names.
Halflings are like Hobbits (think of Bilbo and Frodo). They tend to be kind-hearted, helpful, and curious.
Dwarves are gruff, stubborn, and greedy, but they’re also good fighters and love their ale.
Elves are graceful and secretive. They have keen senses and are known for their abilities to sneak and move quickly.
Half-elves are a mix between Elf and Human, sharing qualities with both. They tend to have the cunningness and quickness of Elves, with the charisma and chaos of humans.
Tieflings are part human as well, but look much more frightening, with horns, thick tails, and sharp, protruding canine teeth. Others tend to be afraid of these creatures as they are dark and brooding, and have a tendency to lean toward evil.
Humans are restless travelers who seek adventure. Their traits and skills can vary greatly, just like humans in real life.
Dragonborn look like, you guessed it, dragons. They’re basically large lizards. These creatures are self-sufficient and tough.
Half-orcs are savage, strong fighters, tending to like things such as eating, drinking, wrestling, and wild dancing.
After choosing your race, you need to pick your class. This basically means, what is your style of fighting? If you want to cast spells and be extremely wise, you probably want to be a wizard. If you want to be sneaky and cunning, a rogue would be a great choice for you. There are many options to choose from, and it all comes down to what kind of skills you want your character to have.
There are additional elements to character creation, such as choosing what weapons you’ll use and what spells you’ll have. My best advice is to find some sort of tool that can lead you through this process step-by-step, or one that can do all of the work for you. You can use the official character builder tool, provided by the official Dungeons and Dragons website. To use this, you will have to create an account. If you want to be a little more independent, you can use a character sheet and guide to help you go through the process on your own. Or, if you really don’t want to put much effort into this part at all, you can have a website do most of the work for you.
Whatever you do, don’t feel like you have to make your character a specific way or with a certain tool. No matter how you choose to do it, the main purpose is to HAVE FUN!