How to Create a Character

You’ve joined a game in Roll20 and you need to create a character. This document aims to assist with this process. This article will take you through the very basics of how to add your character, navigate your character sheet, assign permissions, edit your sheet, link character art and tokens, and use your character sheet. 

Add Your Character

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To begin, your GM will need to Add a Character in the Journal tab. This will generate a sheet with an auto-generated name that will become your character. Before you can access the character to go through character creation (and to change the name), ask your GM to assign you permissions. Edit & Control capability is only able to be assigned to those that have joined the game already, so the GM has to wait for players to join before assigning them character sheets to work with.

Navigate Your Character Sheet

Once your character sheet is created and you are assigned Edit & Control permission, you can now edit your sheet! Select your sheet, click the Edit button at the top

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  1. Name
    • Input your character’s name.
  2. In Player’s Journals
    • The GM can allow all, some, or none of the players to be able to see the Character Sheet. Players with permission to see a sheet are able to look at it, but are unable to edit unless they also have Edit & Control permissions.
  3. Can be Edited & Controlled By
    • The player who owns this character will be listed here. If you are unable to make a session and wish for another party member to control your character, you can ask the GM to assign Edit & Control to someone else as well.
  4. Tags
    • The GM can tag character sheets to create an easier way to search for them in the journal (such as “NPCs” or “BBEG”). This is useful for GMs that have a lot of characters in a game, but entirely optional. 
  5. Avatar
    • Drag or upload the picture you’d like to use for your character. You can also ask your GM to do so. This image will show up in the Journal tab with your character sheet. Note: it will be what appears when dragged on the virtual tabletop if there is no default token.
  6. Default Token (Optional)
    • After a GM has configured a Token on the tabletop to be controlled by your Character and has set any Vision & Light or token bar configuration settings, the selected token can be linked with the Character Sheet to keep those settings intact.
  7. Bio & Info
    • You can write to your heart’s content about your character here. Any players with permission to see your sheet can see this space. It’s a great place to keep campaign notes and thoughts.
  8. GM Notes (Only visible to GM)
    • Your GM may use this in many ways. They can keep track of any status effects, hidden agendas, your lines & veils, character backstory hooks, and more here. Only the GM has the ability to see this space, so it can act as a safe space for notes that you don’t wish the other players to see (example below).

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Link Your Character & Token Art

When in edit mode, you can drag character art right from your Art Library in game on to your character sheet. Under Free Assets, you can find goodies of all sorts of styles, or you can upload your own image to use. Your GM may also have some other options as well, so make sure to ask.

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Before selecting a Token as your Default Token, ask your GM to edit the Token to represent your character and that any token bar or Dynamic Lighting settings are saved. This will make sure that the token is all set and ready to be dropped onto the virtual tabletop.

Building your character with the Roll20 Charactermancer

Playing D&D 5e or Pathfinder First Edition? You can take advantage of the Roll20 Charactermancer! The Charactermancer walks you step by step through creating your character, and can access any compendiums you own or that have been shared with the game. 

If you are playing D&D 5e or Pathfinder First Edition, ask your GM if they want you to use the Charactermancer. You can also edit the sheets manually, regardless of system. 

Using Your Sheet

No matter what system you're playing, using a Character Sheet Template makes it so much easier. While each system has very different sheets, they all work in the same way. Click on the name (be it a skill, an attack, a saving throw, or even a straight up ability check) and it will automatically roll for you, modifiers and all, using Quantum Roll.

Every character sheet will have places to keep track of your basic stats, your inventory, your hit points, your level and abilities, your skills, and more.

Find Your Sheet for details and specifics on each:

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