D&D Starter Campaign (1): Cally’s First Character for 5e

If you have played pen and paper or Tabletop Role Playing Games (TTRPGs) or even some of the modern Massive Multiplayer Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) online, then you know the joys of creating your own character.

In D & D this can take a few minutes or a few hours.  Online can be quicker, but you could painstakingly modify every facet of your avatar’s body along with their stats, skills, race, class, and so on.

Cally’s first D&D Character sheet.

Diving into D&D with Dad

Building a character is hard work.

Cally created her first ever Dungeons & Dragons 5e character!  She’s played Live Action Role Playing Games, and video Role Playing Games (RPG), but never before a Tabletop RPG.

Cally designed a rogue fairy, wizard-academy dropout, with a penchant for mischief, by the name of “Pitaccio The Pink”. Pitaccio even has a familiar, a little bat named Fuzzball, though he mostly just sits on her wizard hat as a lookout. She spent days building her character and drawing pictures of what her character looks like.  Cally even picked what spells “Pitaccio” will learn all the way through level 5.  She agonized over every choice!

In other words, she is really getting into her first D&D experience!

Like father, like daughter.

I have played many characters since the first edition of Dungeons and Dragons was released when I was a kid. They were almost always spell casters, and usually some kind of wizard, so it was cool that Cally chose a wizard (academy dropout)!

For me, the biggest draw of fantasy is magic and what it can do.

We are planning to join an online campaign run by one of my childhood friends. They use some tools like roll20 and other Virtual Tabletop tools. Role Playing Games are best in-person, in my opinion, but when friends get scattered across the country, these are good options.

TTRPs are more memorable than video games.

When I grew up, video games were literally in their infancy.  The first games, like Pong, were really cool at the time, but didn’t command your attention for long.  That soon changed as video games rapidly became better and more realistic.

My kids learned about TableTop Role Playing games later than I did, but came to understand why they are so cool.  When you come home after a hard day of work and want to decompress, you can sit in front of the console and play a video game without much thought.  However, running a character in an adventure like Dungeons & Dragons requires planning and a lot of thought.  

Role Playing Games are interactive and much more memorable.  I have played hundreds (thousands) of hours of video games, but only remember stories from RPGs.

The exceptions for video games are the MMORPGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games), because they are really a mix of video game and RPG. Without the story, video games are just a passive activity, like watching television.

My long-lasting memories of fun games are mostly from RPGs and I look forward to sharing some new D&D memories with Cally!

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

  1. Are you an RPG fan?
  2. What was your favorite character you’ve created?
  3. Do you ever role play as a human?
  4. Have humans been nerfed too much in 5e or are they just too boring?

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  2. While I may be a 2nd generation Lord of the Rings fan, I consider myself to be a 1st generation D&D role player! I rarely played a human, but almost always some kind of magic user. One of my favorites was a gnome illusionist named Xerox. I liked illusionists, since their power could be as great or as weak as the Dungeon Master would allow! In my opinion, D&D 5e takes away all of the downsides for selecting a race and only has bonuses. That makes it a bad choice tactically to play a human. In my opinion, there are too many bonuses all around at low levels. That includes race bonuses, class, sub-class, background, and bonuses from features. A first level character is about 10 times as powerful as when I started playing!

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