I encountered the challenge of having many students who had d&d 5th edition pdf character sheet played RPGs all trying to create characters at the same time! It was a bit chaotic, with Player’s Handbooks and Basic Rules being passed around, and constant questions and confusion. So I went home and developed this little guide just to make it a bit easier the next day.
It’s no magic bullet, but I did find it helped, so I’m going to post the same steps here in hopes that others may benefit from it as well, whether DMs with new players to help, or new players themselves. Background, motivations, goals, personality, etc. You may want to use a favorite fictional character as reference or inspiration. Remember that if you don’t have access to a Player’s Handbook you may want to stick to the races and classes in the free Basic Rules PDF. For now just keep them written on a scratch piece of paper. You may not need to write everything down. Select a background and record any skills, equipment, or other features.
Backgrounds can be found in chapter 4. Just pick one that you like and that makes sense to you. You may roll for the characteristics or just choose characteristics that fit your idea of your character. Find your class in chapter 3. Quick Build’ and follow the suggestions for where to place your ability scores.
Place all 6 of your ability scores now. Don’t forget to add any racial bonuses to them. Alternatively, you can take an ability score, subtract 10, then divide that by 2. Example: 13 minus 10 is 3, divided by 2 is 1. 5, rounding down gives us 1. To make it easier, go through the equipment choices in your class section. Write it down in the equipment section.
10 plus your perception skill modifier. If so, let me know. Not sure how the mage spells work for leveling up a character or what specific spells you start with initially. That varies a lot per class. I’d recommend checking out my character creation videos for information on that. Cleric, and Wizard might be good places to start. I encountered the challenge of having many students who had never played RPGs all trying to create characters at the same time!