Quick Characters for D&D

We’ve all been there..

You’re about to run a session of Dungeons and Dragons, you have your snacks and drinks all set out.  The chairs are all wiped down.  Ambient music is playing in the background.  Your players have all arrived and you have all just sat down to play..

Only.. You forgot that tonight was the night of the 4 hour taven brawl and you forgot to roll up NPCs!

Yeah, you could fudge some numbers and throw some together real fast, but with hollow stats the players will easily take down the entire taven in minutes!  No, you want some NPCs with meat on their bones!

No taven brawl for tonight?  Okay, perhaps you have your players going through a major dungeon crawl that is infested with a variety of unsavory NPCs..

OH! Or better yet!  What if two of your players brought someone new to the group and they don’t have characters rolled up??!  Do you really want to take time to wait for them to roll up new characters or do you want to jump right into the action?

Okay, so check this out..

Mike Mearls over at dnd.wizards.com released a .pdf file from Unearthed Arcana (the download is directly from Wizard’s D&D site):

Sometimes you need quick characters for a D&D session.

Whether you’re running an impromptu game with limited time for character creation, you want to get a new player into an established game quickly, or you need a new PC to replace a dead adventurer, these optional rules are for you.

Unearthed Acana: Quick Characters

For a quick character, made in less than 3 minutes, I came up with:

a Neutral Good Entertainer proficient in Carpenter’s Tools.  She was a Wizard with a Strength of 18 (yeah, odd for a wizard, but that’s what the table shows), 14 for Dex, 12 for Con, 8 for Int, 8 for Wis, and 6 for Con.  For cantrips she got Acid Splash, Ray of Frost, and Mage Hand.  Her spellbook contained Burning Hands, Detect Magic, Disguise Self, Mage armor, Magic Middle, and Silent image.  Oh, and she was a Hill Dwarf.

Okay, not bad for a super fast, on the fly character creation, however, I did override the stat numbers and swapped the Strength and Intelligence scores.

I have also used this chart for creating several on the fly dungeon dwelling characters and it’s worked out perfectly.  The only thing I added was more options for the Score Array (I have 30 options to roll my d30 against) and I also added a d20 table for random loot (players love phat lewt!).


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