Starting Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) was tough but the 5th edition has made D&D tougher. Initially, you need a Dungeon Master (DM) who acts as narrator and describes everything and other players. Most D&D group has 3-5 players but one player can play too with two polyhedral dices, a pencil, and a D&D character sheet. D&D Character sheet is a summary of 2-3 pages about all the details of the character.
These are the simple steps of creating it.
First, acquire a character sheet from one of the three best ways:
DnD Wizards TRPG Resource: Get a selection of four different character sheets, and a number of character sheets for pre-generated characters. Pre-generated characters are ideal for those who want plug-in characters. This also helps beginners with the final character sheet.
Wizards of the Coast 5e Character Sheet: An official, fillable character sheet for your character from Wizards of the Coast. This is great for players who have physical D&D books, and know how to create a character.
D&D Beyond: It’s actually for beginners. Just sign up and start creating a character with quick simple instructions. It won’t teach how to create character through dice but surely help you start the 5th edition D&D.
Other websites that are helpful with storing information through notes/character sheets are Roll20 and the 5th Edition Character Sheet.
Ability scores and skills
Ability scores convey the character design. Most ability scores are chosen by the roll of the dice and then can change depending on the class or race the player picks. For example, for bard, it makes sense to put points in Charisma which powers spell. The same goes for Intelligence with Wizard class or Wisdom for Clerics. Now, if you’re a Tiefling as well as a bard, you get a +2 as a racial bonus to your Charisma, on top of the dice score.
What do these ability scores do, and how does that lead to skills?
Skills are things that your character can do. Higher skill means more effectiveness. The skill score is reliant on your ability score, so if you’re playing a bard with a high score in Charisma, your skill score in Deception, Intimidation, Performance, and Persuasion will be higher, and more effective. Skills are important in D&D because they will also be helpful in fighting outside your adventures too.
D&D character sheet: roleplay and backstory
Now, you will create a character by adding basics such as height, name, background, ideals, flaws, etc. in your character sheet. It may create inconvenience by asking for alignment but it’s an outdated system and can be ignored.
Character backstory will be tough for first-timers. Some websites also help in creating this such as The Who the F*ck is My DnD Character.
Now fill in details like eye color, hair, etc, and then let that concept link into ideas such as relations, flaws, and ideals. Imagine your character then add these details. Your DM or other friends can also be helpful. Some characters are best when created with other characters and it also helps in roleplay in your adventure.
Now you can create a D&D 5e character sheet. If you know about ability scores, skills, and background story you can start playing in the world of your DM.