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
Con 13 Saving Throws:- Dex and Int
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
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