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New D&D Character – The Creative Process

I love Wednesdays. Wednesdays are Dungeons & Dragons at Sketchbook Comics and Games! And after last week’s session, I need to build a new D&D character.

You see, last week, my dwarf paladin, Bullarygyn (Bull-ar-ee-gin) was knocked unconscious three times in row. My team would cast “Cure Wounds” to revive him and just before I could use “Lay on Hands” on Bullar, he would be knocked out again.

Part of the issue is how I see Bullar; I love “tanking” and so I try to put him in the thick of every fight. I try to keep our “squishy” players protected. At some point, I know that doing this will kill Bullar, but I don’t have a backup character to play when he does finally bite the dust.

My New D&D Character – Another Dwarf Pally?

So, where do I begin? My first thought is creating another dwarf pally. I’ve played World of Warcraft for a number of years and I’ve always played a dwarf pally. Meet, you guessed it, Bullarygyn of the guild Eradication.

Bullargyn, World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons

But wait, this is my chance to get creative. I mean, one of the points building a new D&D character is to expand my knowledge of the game and get out of the so-called “comfort zone.”

Well, I’m a big fan of comfort, so I decided, I’ll keep one foot in the “zone” for now. I still want a character that’s in the middle of the fight, yet maybe it’s time to start playing a new D&D character with a little more edge to them.

New D&D Character – A Fighter? A Barbarian?

Most times, people start with choosing a race but I’m not ready to commit to that yet. A fighter is cool. Then again, a barbarian seems to have that edge I’m looking for. Sure, a fighter can too but when I think about a barbarian I think brute strength and chaos. I see more room for a growth as a character. Maybe, he even develops a soft side.

I could see using a fighter for one-on-one battles, but I still have this unquenchable desire to tank.

A barbarian it is then.

What Race to Choose?

I’m looking through my son’s player’s hand book (PHB) as I write this trying to decide what race I should choose.

I’m trying to avoid making a decision based on racial modifiers but it’s hard not to notice the Half-Orc’s strength(+2) and constitution(+1) modifiers. On top of that, the Intimidation Skill sounds interesting.

I think the choice is obvious: A gnome.

Just kidding, I’m going Half-Orc barbarian.

What Should I Name My Half-Orb Barbarian?

Well first off, my new character is a female half-orc but there’s aren’t any names coming to me. I’m going to try one of the many random name generators on the web and see if anything pops out at me.

I’m just clicking through until I see something I like and now I’m see two: Borba or Shel. I like them both. Guess, I have to break out two D20s to break the tie.

Borba – 19

Shel – 12

Borba it is.

Borba Ogamogg

I think she’ll be a fine addition to the group should the need ever arise.

Now I must figure her stats out. I’ll let you know how she turns out!

Until next time, my fellow adventurers.


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