Choosing a Character Creation Method

The following methods are different from one another. Some produce more powerful characters than others (although none produces extremely powerful characters). For this reason, every player in your game should start out using the same method.

If, at some later point in your campaign, you want to change methods, simply announce this to your players. Try to avoid making the announcement just as a player starts rolling up a new character, lest the other players accuse you of favoritism. You know you aren't playing favorites, but it doesn't hurt to avoid the appearance.

The advantages and disadvantages of each dice-rolling method are described below (also see
page 13 of the Player's Handbook). Five sample characters created with each method illustrate typical outcomes the different methods are likely to produce.

(See also
Alternative Dice-Rolling Methods, Players Handbook)

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