Sunday, March 4, 2018

Redesigning The 5th Edition Character Sheet

My recent forays into character creation in 5th edition have inspired me to do some information rearranging. I'm particularly inspired by the way that the LoTFP players handbook lays out the character sheet with what everything means. It's a helpful addition for new players and I don't know why it hasn't been more widely adapted.

It inspired me at first to do something similar with the 5e sheet. Which takes it a bit farther and just says what everything is. Which I know is something I frequently take for granted. It's amazing how many people don't know or care what hit dice are.

At first I was like, PERFECT. I'll just pass this around the table when people are making characters and everything will be good. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that it's still pretty confusing. I think this stems from the fact that the way that the PHB and the character sheet weren't really designed as a set, or at least it doesn't feel that way.

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I decided to take it upon myself to do something that I know has been talked about a lot. A character sheet for 5e that teaches you how to make a character RIGHT ON THE SHEET.

This is a tall order- there's a lot of shit on this sheet and it's organized in such a way that it all fits all nice and neat on (mostly) 1 piece of copy paper (Why the fuck is there no spell save/spell attack portion on this sheet it's like the only thing missing).

So I decided to at least take a swing at sheet that has everything (mostly) that you need to make a level 1 character. It's definitely still going to take a more experienced person to run you through it but I think at least it all goes in the right order and has labels for where to find everything in the PHB.

Here's the link to download for yourself. Enjoy!
And if you can make it better, please do.


  1. I love this. I'm running 5E which I don't usually play and dear lord getting new players through character creation was painful–made ven more so by the fact by the time we're playing they aren't even sure what have the things are.

    Will give this a shot next time around. If you make any discoveries after testing out please share your what you learn or any iterations you make!

  2. My one issue is that Initiative is nowhere on this sheet! Not even mentioned under Dexterity

  3. Thats fair, I made this sheet primarily for my own use, and I use simple initiative (players and DM each roll a d6 at the start of the round to see who goes first) so I didn't even think to add it.