Characters in Conan 2d20
Making a character for Conan 2d20 is as “easy” as heading over to the online character generator at https://conan.modiphiusapps.hostinguk.org/
. Why do I use quotations, you might ask? Well, because the character generator makes more sense if a user understands what one is choosing – and why.
Like most rpgs, Conan 2d20 uses Attributes and Skills to define core capabilities. Also like most rpgs, Attributes “govern” the Skills. The value of an Attribute is the Target Number (TN) at or under which a roll of a d20 has to land to score a “Success.” For some tasks, a single Success is all that is required for the action. For others, more are required, and, for these tasks, a player has to figure out how to roll more than the standard 2d20 allowed for task resolution. Moreover, Skill Expertise under an Attribute raises the TN by exactly that amount of Expertise. And even moreover, Focus in a Skill represents the number that a d20 has to roll at or under to award two successes.
So keep this in mind as you’re plugging along in building a character while using the generator. Also keep the following common misunderstandings/pitfalls in mind.
If you’re making a character for the Beowulf Campaign, the books available to you are the Core Book and Barbarian. Make sure you click those two options. Moreover, you can use either Normal character creation or Play The Hand You Are Dealt. In fact, I recommend Play The Hand You Are Dealt, because it is more simulationist of “reality” – none of us chose our parents, neither did most of us choose our education and upbringing. Also, the method simply results in a fun and surprising character to play, perhaps a cocktail you might not have considered.
Whatever the case, please also keep in mind the focus of the campaign. In other words, I really would appreciate it if at least somebody played a character from one of the regions detailed in Barbarian.
A feature of character creation that tends to confuse new players – and rightly so – is its terms of “Best” and “Worst” to define bonuses assigned to Attribute choices. Please know that if you select an Attribute as your “Worst,” it is quite the contrary! That is the “Worst” of the bonuses
you are adding to the Attribute. In other words, the “Best” Attribute is receiving a +3, the “Worst” a mere +1, and those you leave alone are getting +2.
Similarly, “Optional Attributes” are not mutually exclusive but instead additional Attributes (and sometimes the same ones as the “Best” and “Worst”) that receive bonuses. I don’t at all understand what Modiphius was thinking with this terminology!
Look out for this page! Sure, an Antler Horn Knife is cool, but it is not clear, from this interface, that this is a dropdown menu
from which users are meant to select the item of their choice! In other words, Antler Horn Knife hasn’t been randomly assigned to your character – even if you selected the all-random option for character creation – but simply begins with “A.” Incidentally, the same caution goes for the other menus on this page.
Similarly, many users make a choice on the page pictured above without quite knowing what they are doing. If you make any
selections on this page, you are permanently
sacrificing a Fortune Point
for your character to be a little bit better in some things. Fortune Points are metacurrencies that have a variety of uses in Conan 2d20, but, most commonly, they are used to “preroll” a d20 on a Skill test as a 1, which usually thereby rolls under the Skill Focus and automatically awards 2 Successes on an action. PCs begin every session with 3 Fortune Points, unless, during character creation, one takes this option.
Is everything clear as mud? Good! Now go generate that adventurer!
At the end of the process, Export to PDF. You might want to export to both kinds of PDFs. The official character sheet is pretty busy. The “printer-friendly” sheet is a lot cleaner. Either, as long as they are form-fillable, will work for the Beowulf Campaign.