Creating characters on the fly can be really hard, especially if, like me, you tend to overthink every decision. It’s something I’ve found ways to work around, but I thought of a handy tool that might be able to help.
I made a detailed printable with 23 character tables, so you can crack out your beautiful dice and roll a random character (or use Google’s dice roller), and not have to worry about so many of the little details.
I’ve included a lot of random tables, so you can use this to have really in-depth D&D characters, you can use it for creating npcs, but it can also be used for creating characters for a custom campaign setting, or if you’re writing a novel (especially fantasy). If you ever need to create a character on the fly, this should help you create one really quickly.
It should be especially helpful if you’re doing NaNoWriMo and don’t want to waste time or energy coming up with a character.
I also made a list of websites with generators for story prompts and plot hooks, and most if not all of them have more randomizers for creating characters or randomly generating character names.
Here are a couple of sample characters I rolled with this printable (and yes, I did bust out the dice for this):
Character 1: Dwarf Cleric
Age: 41-50 years old
Hair: dark brown, straight, pulled back
Eyes: vivid green
Additional Features: dimples, has a stutter
Alignment: True Neutral
Character Archetype: The Caregiver
Star Sign: Pisces
Myers Briggs: ESTJ
Proficiencies: Deception, Medicine
Highest stat: Dexterity
Lowest stat: Intelligence
Personality: energetic, frugal, mature, emotional
Character 2: Human Rogue
Age: 21-30 years old
Hair: flaxen, uneven, very short
Eyes: dark brown
Additional Features: birthmark, excessive swearing
Alignment: Neutral Good
Character Archetype: The Innocent
Star Sign: Leo
Myers Briggs: ENFP
Proficiencies: Athletics, Investigation
Highest stat: Intelligence
Lowest stat: Charisma
Personality: reserved, cowardly, hardworking, dependent
You can download the printable below! I’ve condensed it all onto a single sheet so it works more easily as a reference.
Why Use a Randomizer?
Well, first of all, it can be extremely useful for saving brain power and quickly generating an appearance and disposition, regardless of whether or not your writing a character in a novel or a batch of npcs to pull from during a session of Dungeons and Dragons
Second, and maybe most importantly, it forces you out of your comfort zone. I don’t necessarily advise this for your first game of D&D, but it’s good to challenge yourself, and with a random character creator, you might end up with some attribute that you wouldn’t normally have picked. It also forces you to be more creative in coming up with connections for why this character is the way they are.
And finally, it’s just…fun. It’s exciting to see what you might get when you let the dice decide for you. Like unwrapping a present, but each layer adds something to who the character is.
Try it out for yourself!
Do you struggle to make characters? Have you ever used a randomizer to help you make one? What sort of character were they? Let me know in the comments below!