Creating a Character

Use this handy character creation guide; in conjunction with the Pathfinder RPG PRD and the basic info from the 3.5 books.

Step 1: Generating Ability Scores

There are a number of different methods used to generate ability scores. Each of these methods gives a different level of flexibility and randomness to character generation.

Racial modifiers (adjustments made to your ability scores due to your character’s race—see Races) are applied after the scores are generated.

Standard: Roll 4d6, discard the lowest die result, and add the three remaining results together. Record this total and repeat the process until six numbers are generated. Assign these totals to your ability scores as you see fit. This method is less random than Classic and tends to create characters with above-average ability scores.

Purchase/Point Buy: Each character receives a number of points to spend on increasing his basic attributes. In this method, all attributes start at a base of 10. A character can increase an individual score by spending some of his points. Likewise, he can gain more points to spend on other scores by decreasing one or more of his ability scores. No score can be reduced below 7 or raised above 18 using this method.

See Table: Ability Score Costs for the costs of each score. After all the points are spent, apply any racial modifiers the character might have.

The number of points you have to spend using the purchase method depends on the type of campaign you are playing. The standard value for a character is 15 points. Average nonplayer characters (NPCs) are typically built using as few as 3 points. See Table: Ability Score Points for a number of possible point values depending on the style of campaign. The purchase method emphasizes player choice and creates equally balanced characters.

Campaign Type Points
Standard Fantasy 15

Score Points
7 -4
8 -2
9 -1
10 0
11 1
12 2
13 3
14 5
15 7
16 10
17 13
18 17

Step 2: Choose a Race and Class

Stats for Races
Races not allowed: Halflings and Half-Orcs.
Include racial abilities from link on your character sheet.

Stats for Classes
Classes not “advised”: Barbarian.
Include special abilities from your class on sheet.

Special Class Info: Depends on class, choose a wizard we discuss spells and theme, choose a cleric we discuss deity and domains. Etc.

Step 3: Choose Skills and Feats:

(Starting skill points listed under class description)

Special Rule: Extra Feat at 1st level! Hurrah! So choose two.

Step 4: Choose Alignment

It’s a guideline not a strait jacket…don’t worry.

Step 5: Choose equipment

Really. You guys are important people. Equip yourself with whatever a 1st level character should have. (FULL PLATE AND A TOWER SHIELD MIGHT BE PUSHING IT.) Then roll 6d4x10 for pocket change.

Choose Languages Everybody gets R/W Trade Tongue for free (record on your sheet). I recommend Wensharian, Elvish, and Giant in that order if you buy languages. If you want to be a linguist, then ask me for more info.

Step 6: Record all info on character sheet.

Use the one on obsidian portal if you like.

Main Campaign Site
Create New Character
Use the Pathfinder universal sheet…lets see how it works.

Step 7:

Notify DM for more cool stuff.


Creating a Character

Alfaysia SkidAce