I am a brand new player trying to create a character for D&D 5e. I have the PHB and a character sheet and am trying to figure out how to proceed, and I'm getting stuck a lot.
I have the normal character sheet for 5e from the D&D website, but lots of the boxes make no sense to me. The character creation seems to require a lot of back and forth throughout the entire book and it's very confusing. I was able to figure out my class (rogue), and race (high elf). I found out my proficiency bonus, and did my stats, but other than that I really don't know what I'm doing. I have lots of small questions that I can't really type into google, and the index in the book has been a life saver but only goes so far. But I am left with a large number of questions I'm having trouble finding the answers to by looking them up in the index, like:
- What number and above is a success for a death save?
- What number and below is a fail?
- What are the lines next to the skills for?
- What do I put in personality traits? Is that just for fleshing out your character, or is it important to how you play the game?
- What do I put in bonds? Is that important or just fleshing out?
- What do I put in flaws? Important or fleshing out?
- What do I put in ideals? Important or fleshing out?
- What do I put in "other proficiencies and languages"
- What do I put in equipment and character notes?
- What do I put in features and traits?
- How do I fill out my attacks and spell casting sheet?
- And more.
How do I get started to where I understand the rules enough to fill out a character sheet like this? There's a lot to the game, it appears, and I have some familiarity with the lingo from Geek and Sundry's Critical Role, but the learning curve seems really high.
D&D looks like a TON of fun, but I need a character first, ya know? How can I get through all these details so that I can get started?