I know everyone is excited about the new Famine in Far-Go Gamma World expansion. It’s been all over Twitter and the D&D Blogosphere almost since Gamma World came out. I am not ashamed to admit that I am excited too. That’s why I’ve been working on some new character creation tools to get your players from “how do I make a character?” to “roll initiative!” in no time.
Character Creation in 10 Easy Steps
This PDF walks players through character creation with minimal input from you, as the GM. No more “Which origin is an 18?,” and “I rolled a 2 for my skill; which one is that?” questions from six directions at once since you’re the only one with the book. All the relevant charts for new characters are included on two sheets. They will need you to help roll for starting gear, and that’s it. Also included is every origin’s traits and novice power, for player reference during the game. Best for: New players and groups that don’t have more than one Gamma World rule book. Get it
The Excel Character Creator is a great tool if you have a printer nearby. Have the player roll a few dice, make a few decisions, and the spreadsheet does all the calculations. Print the character sheet, and you’re off! This does take a little bit of the fun out of filling in a character sheet, but since the sheet generated by Excel is kind of spartan (preview), players may want to transfer the info to a new sheet anyway. Best for: Players that still like to roll the dice for origins and stats, but don’t like figuring out all the bonuses. Get it
The Random Character Generator was developed for players whose characters die in the middle of an adventure, and want to spend as little time as possible making up a new character. On this spreadsheet, you literally fill in what level the character is to be, push a button, and print. A player can go from “You’re dead” to “Hi! I’m new here!” in about 30 seconds. This tool takes every ounce of fun out of character creation (and we freely admit character creation is fun), but it does very well what it was designed to do. This generates the same spartan character sheet as the “interview style” Excel sheet does. Best for: When characters die in the middle of an adventure or for groups that don’t want to spend any time creating characters. Note:This spreadsheet has an embedded macro to help generate a new random character every time you hit the button. Get it
Bonus! Character Origins Sheets
The Character Origins Sheets should go along with any level 1 character sheet. They sum up every origin, its traits and bonuses, and the origin’s novice power. I will confess that I did not make this PDF myself, however; I found it somewhere else, and I pass it along to you. If you download the first of the three tools listed above, this PDF will already be included in the zip file. Get it
Each of these tools will also find a permanent home on our downloads page, so be sure to bookmark it for easy retrieval later!