Friday, 10 July 2015

My First Fifth Edition Character

  I've just bought the new 5th edition rule books after much hooing and hawing and I'm really enjoying reading through them. Wizards have packed a lot into the pages without it becoming overwhelming and confusing. In fact it is really easy to find stuff and there are no over complicated equations for how far you can jump or what the DC is to climb along a 9" wide slippery ledge on a windy day.

  After making up my first character what has struck me is how good the backround system is with it's traits, ideals, bonds and flaws. Instead of an anonymous murder hobo or pages of elaborate backround notes the DM will never read through we have a neat little procedure around which to base a character's personality.

  I decided that my guy's traits would be that he was polite, respectful and meticulously tidy. His ideal was personal responsibility and his bond was to his old service buddies but that he had trouble trusting them or anyone else after his unit routed and left him in the heat of battle. This served the soldier-standard bearer backround that I had given him and I picked the trinket of a scrap of cloth from an old banner to further reinforce his past. Job done in half an hour and ready to play!

Human Rogue     Level 1
AC 14                  Alignment LG
HP  9                   Proficiency Bonus +2

Str    11                Armour:- Light
Int    15                Weapons:- Simple, Hand Xbow, Longsword, Rapier, Shortsword
Wis   9                 Tools:- Thieves' Tools, Land Vehicles, Dragon Chess
Dex  16
Con  13                Saving Throws:- Dex and Int
Cha  14
Speed 30'              Languages:- Common and Goblin

Skills:- Athletics (Str), Insight (Wis), Intimidation (Cha), Investigation (Int), Perception (Wis),       Persuasion (Cha)

Abilities:- Sneak Attack 1d6, Expertise (Thieves' Tools and Insight), Thieves' Cant

Armour:- Leather
Weapons:- Shortsword 1d6; Shortbow 1d6, Range 80/320; 2 Daggers 1d4, Range 20/60

Equipment:- Backpack, bedroll, mess kit, tinderbox, 10 torches, 10 days rations, waterskin, 50' rope, An insignia of rank, cilhadrai drinking horn, deck of cards, set of common clothes, 10gp