Ravensgate Character Creation
You can get a copy of the D&D 5E SRD here and a copy of the free “basic” rules (which includes some additional options for backgrounds) here. Players are also welcome to obtain a copy of the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Players’ Handbook (PHB) and use any of the options provided there.
Note: The DM will maintain a stable of pre-generated characters to allow players who don’t already have a clear idea as to what kind of character they wish to play to jump into the game.
4d6, drop lowest, arrange to taste OR arrange the “standard array” as desired: 15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 8. If rolling randomly, the player may discard any set of abilities that result in a combined modifier of less than +2 (for reference, the standard array gives a combined modifier of +5).
A PC may be a human, elf, dwarf, halfling, or gnome. Half-elves are also available, but should be rare. Dragonborn and teiflings work differently in Newold and may be selected only upon consultation with the DM.
Humans may choose whether to take a +1 to all ability scores or a combined +3 to any 2-3 ability scores, an extra skill proficiency, and an extra feat (from the PHB—just ask).
All classes and options for classes described in the PHB are available. Ask the DM if you want an option mentioned, but not described, in the SRD and don’t have your own copy of the PHB available.
All of the backgrounds described in the PHB are available: Acolyte*, Charlatan, Criminal, Entertainer, Folk Hero*, Guild Artisan (and the Guild Merchant variant), Hermit, Noble* (and the Knight variant), Outlander, Sage, Sailor (and the Pirate variant), Soldier*, and Urchin. Those marked by an asterisk are described in the free Basic rules-set.
If a player wishes to create a new background, the may select two skill proficiencies, two tool proficiencies or languages, a suitable array of equipment, and one special feature (minor ability). There are a number of new backgrounds available online that may be appropriate—just ask.