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To create a character for this campaign, players should follow the guidelines for Character Creation in Chapter 2 of the Player’s Handbook (starting on page 14). Nothing from the books listed in Bibliography is restricted or banned. Play whatever race and class you think you will enjoy the most. It is probably a good idea to keep in mind the four character roles and to discuss your choices with the other players. It is recommended that each of these roles is represented. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Ability Scores: Players will generate ability scores using either the Standard Array (Method 1) or Customizing Scores (Method 2) found on page 17 of the PHB. I recognize that this may be an unpopular decision, but I am going to give the game designers the benefit of the doubt that this is intended to improve the game. Now, if we experience a party wipe in the first few encounters we’ll revisit this subject, but in the meantime you can make perfectly viable characters using either of these methods.
Alignment: We’re all adults. I intend for this to be a heroic adventure, the party vs. the forces of darkness. A Good or Lawful Good alignment is appropriate for the game. However, if you feel that your character being Unaligned makes more sense, you are not forbidden from doing so. That said, I expect you to justify his lacking moral compass. Furthermore, if your character makes decisions that stray into the darker shades of grey, expect repercussions. ICA = ICC.
Equipment: Starting gold is 100 gp. This is mentioned in Chapter 2, but it is easy to miss. If you can afford it, you can have it. This policy only applies to starting gold expenditures.