Whether you perceive yourself to be a geek or not, you are likely to have heard of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). D&D has been around since the 70s and has gained worldwide popularity thanks to its appearance in Netflix’s hit series “Stranger Things”.
Dungeons & Dragons can be classed as a pen and paper board game, or more specifically as a table-top role-playing game. Unlike many other board games available, the objective of D&D isn’t strictly to win, the aim of this game is to have fun while telling a story that no one has ever told before.
Campaigns are unpredictable; your heroes may embark on treasure hunts, rescue missions or battle terrible foes to complete their quests.
All of this is only possible if you take your time to design a detailed character that will stick by you throughout your journey. Creating a character can be overwhelming, especially if you are a novice and have no experience doing so.
In the world of D&D, every character belongs to a race. Many of these races are humanoid, with the most popular characters being elves, dwarves and humans. Deciding the race of your character is not only crucial to its appearance but will also determine other traits like identity, history, and skills.
Every character must belong to a class. Classes determine where the strengths and weakenesses of your character lie. The most popular class for beginners is the Fighter. Opting for this class means that you don’t need to worry about anything other than dealing damage, giving beginners the perfect opportunity to get familiar with the game.
What you’re able to do in the game heavily depends on your ability scores, namely Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Wisdom, and Charisma. These scores are generated randomly when the character is created; however, they will be modified and adapted according to the race you choose.
After you have decided on the most basic information, you will have to outline your character’s personality, appearance, and background. These fields should be as detailed as possible, identifying what your character’s ideals are and their flaws. Your choices in this regard will greatly influence the way your character will act during the campaign.
When designing your character, their starting gear will be determined by their class and background. This is an easy way for beginners to get started, however, you will also have a certain amount of gold pieces to spend on personalised starting equipment depending on your class.
As a beginner, you’ll find yourself relying on more experienced players. Teamwork and cooperation are essential to improve the chances of finishing the campaign alive. So, make sure you keep the communication flowing with the other party members and with the Dungeon Master to fully enjoy this experience!