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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Player Character Image Gallery

 

These are the images I used for all of the different character sketches for the ready-to-play character sheets. If you are trying to decide which character type to play in your next Dungeons and Dragons game, these images may give you a little inspiration.

Animal Companion / Familiar Character Sheets

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Animal-Sheet

This is a character sheet for animal companions and familiars for Dungeons and Dragons Lite.

This is a multi-layer PDF file. When you open it, it will be unreadable until you turn off some of the layers. To use it simply turn off all of the layers except for those that contain the information you desire.

1) For a blank sheet – turn off all of the layers except for the “Sheet” layer.

2) Turn on the layer “Animal Companion – Wolf”  for a ready-to-play wolf animal companion.

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2) Turn on the layer “Familiar-Rat” for an almost ready-to-play rat familiar. It has the information filled in for a normal rat, but you will need to adjust its statistics based on your player character’s as explained in the 3.5 Players’ Handbook.pdf-xchange_1

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Please let me know if you discover any mistakes, or if you think I should have created these differently.

UPDATE: There is now a fillable version of this popular file – Find it on this post: Animal Companion / Familiar Character Sheets – Fillable

UPDTATE 2: By request – you can now download a completely blank version (no layers) for those of you who prefer to print out a bloak sheet and fill it in by hand. Click on this link  animal-sheet-blank

Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 Lite – Addendum

I will eventually update Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 Lite, but until then you should make these corrections and changes.

Words to be removed are shown with a strikethrough.

Words to be added are shown in red.

p.5       Under Gnomes: “Speed: 30 20 feet”

p.15     Under Ranger special abilities: “The following are the special abilities available to clerics rangers.”

p.17     Under Rogue: “Class Skills: Climb, Climb, Decipher Script, “

p.18     Under Sorcerer: Delete the sentence “A Sorcerer is the easiest class for a player to play.”

p.19     Under Wizard Spells Explained: “The saving throw difficulty class (DC) of his spells is 10 + the level of the spell + the druid’s wizard’s Int modifier.”

p.21     Insert this entire section before Special Knowledge Rules:

Skills that have changed:

The skills Craft, Perform and Profession have been omitted as they are not adventure related.

The Track skill has been added as a separate skill, a sub-skill to Survival. Survival is no longer considered a trained skill, but track is. Any ability that adds points to the Survival skill (such as Nature Sense) also adds the same number of points to the Track skill.

p.22     Under Acquiring languages beyond first level : “Unlike those selected at first level, the selected language must be one that he has been exposed to it long enough to have learned to speak and understand it.”

p.23     Under Dying : Your character dyes at zero minus 10 HP or zero minus (his Con modifier + his level), whichever is lower. Characters die when their negative hit point total reaches -10 or one-third of their full normal hit points, whichever is a larger value.

p.23     Insert this entire section before Natural Healing:

Magical Healing

If a character with negative hit points receives healing, he returns to 0 hp before any healing is applied.

p.30     Under Size  modifier: “Your size modifier is 0 unless your size is S, then it is -1  +1

p.31     Under Misc Modifier: Add

Hide (Gnomes and Halflings  +4)

Where there are differences between the posts on this site and the entries in the book, the posts take precedence.

Fast-Play Character Sheets

Character-Sheet

Human-Sheet-Front                   Human-Sheet-Back

Half-orc-Sheet-Front                 Half-orc-Sheet-Back

Halfling-Sheet-Front                  Halfling-Sheet-Back

Half-elf-Sheet-Front                  Half-elf-Sheet-Back

Gnome-Sheet-Front                  Gnome-Sheet-Back

Elf-Sheet-Front                          Elf-Sheet-Back

Dwarf-Sheet-Front                  Dwarf-Sheet-Back

 

These are fast-play first level character sheets for Dungeons and Dragons Lite.

They are multi-layer PDF files. When you open them they will be unreadable until you turn off some of the layers. To use them simply turn off all of the layers except for those that contain the information you desire.

1) Download the front and back sheet for your character’s race.

2) For a blank sheet – turn off all of the layers except for the “Sheet” layer.

3) Turn on the “Class” layer for the class you are going to play to get all of the standard information, including the default equipment, for your character. You can print this out and it will be ready for you to add a background skill and to roll your ability scores. Everything for a first level character will be filled in that is not dependent on your ability scores.

4) Turn on the “Abilities” layer for the class you are going to play to get a ready-to-play character sheet. Everything except the character’s name, sex and description will be filled in and ready to use. The “Abilities” layer and the “Class” layer must both be for the same class or the numbers won’t add up correctly.

5) Optionally – on the Back sheet – you can turn on a “Sketch” layer for your character class. This will give you a drawing of your character. (These were all found on the internet, converted to black and white and scaled to fit on the sheet. They are all male characters.)

EXAMPLE: If you want a ready-to-play first level Half-orc Monk character. Download the files “Half-orc-Sheet-Front.pdf” and “Half-orc-Sheet-Back.pdf”. Open both of them using Acrobat Reader. On the Layers menu turn off (by clicking on the little eye beside the layer name) all of the layers except for these: “Sheet”, “Race_Half-orc”, “Class-Monk”, and “Abilities-Monk”. On the Back sheet, you can turn on the layer “Sketch-Monk” for a drawing of the character. Print both sheets (they are designed to print on the front and back side of a single sheet). Now all you have to do is fill in the name and sex and you are ready to play. The character’s description on the back side has been left blank for you to describe him as you see fit.

 

BEHIND THE DOUNGEON MASTER’S SCREEN

(For those of you that are interested in what I did and why I did it this way.)

For abilities I used this default ability array: 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8

This makes for interesting characters with everyone having some ability that they excel at and one that they are very bad at. With most of the abilities above average this makes for heroic characters.

I then assigned the abilities (highest to lowest) based on the character’s class.

Barbarian, Fighter, Monk: STR/DEX/CON/WIS/CHA/INT

Bard, Sorcerer: CHA/DEX/CON/INT/STR/WIS

Cleric, Druid: WIS/CHA/INT/STR/ DEX/CON

Paladin:  CHA/STR/DEX/ INT/WIS/CON

Ranger, Rogue:  DEX/STR/WIS/INT/CON/CHA

Wizard: INT/DEX/CON/WIS/CHA/STR

 

I tried my best to make the abilities work well for each class. I am sure others might have assigned them differently.

On a side note – I originally intended to have at least one class have an ability score of 8 (a -1 ability modifier) for each of the abilities, but I decided not to give anyone a score of 8 in Dexterity. Strictly interpreting the rules, if your character’s dexterity score is very low he is easier to hit if he is aware of the attack than if he isn’t! This is the result of a negative DEX modifier on his armor class. This reminds me of Jar Jar Binks leaning into the punches, but I think that even his flat-footed AC would be lower than his normal or touch AC.

Next I applied the standard ability score modifiers for each race.

Then, based on their ability modifiers, I modified or calculated:

- Saving throws

- Initiative (Dex)

- Armor class (Dex) [and (Wis) for monks]

- Hit points (Con)

- Melee weapon attack (Str)

- Ranged weapon attack (Dex)

- All of the skills [I selected a skill that I thought would be useful for a background skill]

- Loads (Str)

I also gave the classes these default Alignments:

Barbarian, Chaotic Neutral / Bard, Chaotic Good / Cleric, Matches his Deity / Druid, True Neutral / Fighter, Lawful Neutral /Monk, Lawful Neutral / Paladin, Lawful Good / Ranger, Neutral Good / Rogue, Chaotic Neutral / Sorcerer, Chaotic Neutral/ Wizard, Lawful Neutral

 

A lot of people are not familiar with multi-layer PDF files, but if you have any trouble turning layers on and off just let me know.

This gives you a total of 77 different ready-to-play characters.

Please let me know if you discover any mistakes, or if you think I should have created these differently.

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