The following guidelines are set to aid in streamlining the process of creating a Player Character (PC). It also encourages gameplay cohesion. During a player’s first session, The DM Team will walk through the steps of creating your own character.

Please feel safe to ask for clarifications or help with any of these parameters. Questions about character creation asked in our Discord (link sent in email) will be readily answered between sessions.

What Can I Play?

• Ancestries (also known as Race or Species) from Player’s Handbook (PH), Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, One Grung Above, and Locathah Rising

• Class and Subclass options from Player’s Handbook, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, Sword Coast Adventures Guide, and Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything
– Excluding Artificer

• Background customization ruleset from Player’s Handbook (PH)

• Determine height, favorite color + food + animal (for RP)

• Abilities Scores using standard array or point buy from PH
– Ancestry bonus placements permitted: original and flexible method (from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything; TCE)

• Start at Level 2 in Season 2

At leveling, these sourcebooks are also permitted to develop your characters:

• The Player’s Handbook (PH or PHB)
• Sword Coast Adventurers Guide (SCAG)
• Volo’s Guide to Monsters (VGM)
• Xanathar’s Guide to Everything (XGE)
• Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything (TCE)
• Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes (MToF)
• Mordenkainen’s Monsters of the Multiverse (MMoM)
• Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons (FTD)

What Numbers Can I Use?

• Abilities Scores using Standard Array or Point Buy from PH

• Ancestry bonus placements permitted: original and flexible method (from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything (TCE))

What Level Am I?

• Start at Level 2 in Season 2

• Milestone leveling will be used (based on attendance and storyline plot points)

What About My Backstory?

A character’s Background gives us an idea about who the character was before they begun their fantastic journey. An Alignment (not necessary at the start) can help guide a character’s moral code. The Ability Scores and Skills are numbers that represent what they are capable of at any given moment.

With all of this in mind, the stories that unfold in the world of Ludos will be fundamental in getting to know and shaping your character. We will be focusing on who the characters are when confronted with challenges and when interacting with others in the adventuring party.

Instead, we strongly suggest that you determine your character’s height and a few of their favorites (color, animal, food, etc.). This helps with roleplaying with one another right from the start.

If the process of writing a backstory helps you become comfortable with your character after initial creation, then go for it! Keep in mind that they will be new to adventuring.

What if I want to play a … ?

Re-flavoring is strongly encouraged to make these builds and mechanics feel better for your characters.

This is a lot…

Character Creation can be both incredibly fun and overwhelming. The Player’s Handbook is essentially a textbook of guidelines. We will be here to walk you through the process.

Additionally, if the character does not feel like a good fit after playing them for a few sessions, you’re allowed to change aspects of them until reaching Level 5, at which they build will be locked for the sake of story continuity.