Looking for a relatively simple character creation guide


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So I'm a teacher and started a Pathfinder Society club for some middle school students. We're having a meeting tomorrow wherein I need to help 30 kids create their first ever PFS2E character.

Does anybody have a relatively simple and easy to follow character creation guide I can give out to the kids (or groups of kids)?


In the Beginner Box, the Hero's Handbook has an extremely simple seven-step character creation process laid out on pages 12-13.

It might be worth your while to purchase the Beginner Box PDF ($15) and use that as a player's guide for your students.

Beginner Box

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The Pathbuilder 2E app makes, making characters super quick if you are familiar with the rules yourself. From there you can print the sheet it makes or copy the info to a blank paper sheet.

All but one og my current players are long time ttrpg players so they are good to di the reading if I guve them the pdf or the aon website. But that probably won't work for 30 students.

I don't know what tools you have available to you but I think in a situation like that I would use a projector to go over the character creation process in the core rulebook together as an activity but start by reading the cover page of each class first. Than do an fill out each step together until you are all done and have a character.

It also might be beneficial to see if there is anyone in your community or school who is familiar with the game to help you out.

Good luck and happy gaming.

Silver Crusade

Nicolas Paradise wrote:

The Pathbuilder 2E app makes, making characters super quick if you are familiar with the rules yourself. From there you can print the sheet it makes or copy the info to a blank paper sheet.

All but one og my current players are long time ttrpg players so they are good to di the reading if I guve them the pdf or the aon website. But that probably won't work for 30 students.

I don't know what tools you have available to you but I think in a situation like that I would use a projector to go over the character creation process in the core rulebook together as an activity but start by reading the cover page of each class first. Than do an fill out each step together until you are all done and have a character.

It also might be beneficial to see if there is anyone in your community or school who is familiar with the game to help you out.

Good luck and happy gaming.

I would do this but I’m not sure if the students will be able to access Pathbuilder from their school laptops.

Silver Crusade

Dancing Wind wrote:

In the Beginner Box, the Hero's Handbook has an extremely simple seven-step character creation process laid out on pages 12-13.

It might be worth your while to purchase the Beginner Box PDF ($15) and use that as a player's guide for your students.

Beginner Box

Oh this is perfect. Buying it now.


There are also the pregenerated PCs (pregens), especially for any drop-ins that visit the club. Not only is there a set of diverse premade characters, but the layout of their sheets instructs about each ability/spell/feat they have, i.e. it won't just list Sudden Charge, but say what it does. Our local PFS leaders bring binders of them as they're so useful for the casual player to pick up and play.

They're free in the products section:
https://paizo.com/products/btq01zt5?Community-Use-Package-PF2E-Iconics-Preg enerated-Characters


It's worth to mention that the base character creation guide in the Core rulebook is relatively simple and functioning. And it's worth reading in full at least once if someone is going to play the game. It's also on AoN: CCG

Silver Crusade

Castilliano wrote:

There are also the pregenerated PCs (pregens), especially for any drop-ins that visit the club. Not only is there a set of diverse premade characters, but the layout of their sheets instructs about each ability/spell/feat they have, i.e. it won't just list Sudden Charge, but say what it does. Our local PFS leaders bring binders of them as they're so useful for the casual player to pick up and play.

They're free in the products section:
https://paizo.com/products/btq01zt5?Community-Use-Package-PF2E-Iconics-Preg enerated-Characters

Yes I have all of the pregens printed out and passed them around at our first meeting so the kids could get an idea of what they wanted to make. Originally, I was going to have them tell me what ancestry and class they wanted to play, and I was going to use Hero Lab to make their characters. But then I remembered how much fun making characters are.

Silver Crusade

Errenor wrote:
It's worth to mention that the base character creation guide in the Core rulebook is relatively simple and functioning. And it's worth reading in full at least once if someone is going to play the game. It's also on AoN: CCG

Of course, but I can't give 30 kids copies of the CRB. The ones who are really enjoying the game I will certainly encourage to but their own rulebooks.


Bigdaddyjug wrote:
Of course, but I can't give 30 kids copies of the CRB. The ones who are really enjoying the game I will certainly encourage to but their own rulebooks.

Archives of Nethys (often referred to on these boards as "AoN") is Paizo's contribution to making table-top role playing games accessible to as many people as possible.

AoN's explicit charter is to provide all the rules, for free, to anyone who wants to use them. For people who are just getting started, it can be overwhelming, but for dipping in to check out a rule or a class or a background, it's awesome.

Here's a link to the CRB 'character creation' information on AoN

Character Creation


I'll note that our very own Captain Morgan has put together a handy guide for just such an occasion. It may be a bit more in-depth than you want to go immediately, but it seems like the sort of thing that might be helpful to you at some point in the process (or as a further handout for the kids who want to go really in-depth first thing) and it's free.

The discussion thread for the guide is here, and the guide itself is pretty obvious from that point.


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Sanityfaerie wrote:

I'll note that our very own Captain Morgan has put together a handy guide for just such an occasion. It may be a bit more in-depth than you want to go immediately, but it seems like the sort of thing that might be helpful to you at some point in the process (or as a further handout for the kids who want to go really in-depth first thing) and it's free.

The discussion thread for the guide is here, and the guide itself is pretty obvious from that point.

Thanks for the plug Sanity! I thought about doing it myself here, but my guide is definitely written for an intermediate audience, or at least one who reaaaally enjoys character building.

Although... The first 5 basic principles are worth sharing with the kids if they are building unsupervised. Either verbally, or even a printout with just the bolded first sentence. Just to keep them from making bRbarians with 14 strength or whatever.

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