D&D 5E How many more characters (full PC rules) have you made than you have played?

For many, especially me, making characters is a part of D&D you can play on your own. Often I sit and create new concepts, some conventional and others out there, but in different ways than I see online (minimal powers rather than maxed out). Some of these wind up seeing use as NPCs that have full PC rules behind them. Others just sit in my notebook, or twitter feed, or DnDBeyond to never see the light of day.

Usually I'm the DM, but have played a handful of characters. Recently I did the ratio of created to played characters for myself. It's a big number somewhere around 50:1.

What's your ratio?
 

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Mad_Jack

Hero
For just 5th Edition?

I've yet to play an actual game other than a play-by-post that pretty much fell apart before it really took off, but I've converted or created, let's see...
Yeah, there's basically four characters I've created or converted to 5E that I haven't played. Versus the one I have.


But if we're speaking about all editions... well...

I'm 50 years old and I've been playing since I was 8...

I have stacks of notebooks filled with fully-statted characters that I've never had the chance to play.
Versus the... eighteen(?) characters I've actually played in games.
 


Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Early on I did a bunch of theorycraft builds, looking to be viable levels 1-12ish. But I almost never play a theorycraft builds, so none of them ever hit "column B".

Since then I'll occasionally do one. 5e has a balanced number of character creation options for the rules complexity - some of the people I play with wouldn't be comfortable with more complex rules. But frankly the mini-game of character creation doesn't have the "replayability" of an RPG like Hero System. For Hero System I haven't been in a Champions game in over a decade, but I still make characters occasionally.

I used to be crazy with 3.5 with the vast amount of options, but when going back to look at my notes a few years later I realized it would be a huge undertakingto try to pick that back up with it scattered all overf the place - this racial level here, that PrC there. Unless I was constantly wading in it, there is no way I would want to do that again, vs. Hero System where it's all collected and there are so few exception-based character design (like those racial replacement levels).
 
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Early on I did a bunch of theorycraft builds
this is an example of my opposite of maxing

My next D&D character is a quilter. They craft the past and present of their community in order to build a better future. An Artificer who helps provide warmth and healing, they are a forest gnome. Their little friends help them with placing the squares, the batting, the long arm.

And yes, there's a full set of stats and such somewhere in a notebook.
 


Omand

Hero
Ummm ... lots?

While usually a forever DM, I have crafted many characters just cause I like rolling dice and coming up with ideas from time to time.

And this is for every edition, kind of a hobby sideline.

Cheers :)
 


overgeeked

B/X Known World
For 5E. I have made about 20. I have played 5. So about 4:1. I like having backup characters ready to go. I've played: Artificer, Bard, Barbarian, Monk x2.
 

J.Quondam

CR 1/8
For 5e, it's exactly 1:1 for me. And for all other editions, it's very close to 1:1, as well. I can't think of a time since the 80s that I built a PC just to tinker with and that didn't see play. Only one fully-built but unplayed PC* immediately springs to mind across all editions.

Character concepts (for PCs) just don't come to me until I'm thinking in the context of a specific campaign/setting that I'll be playing in.


* However... There have been a small handful of PCs I built for specific games that were planned but never got started, for whatever reason.
 

cbwjm

Legend
I create quite a few and, when I have a chance to play them, I create something completely new anyway. I often create a few when I think my current PC is gonna die. I have a few on Dndbeyond who are hanging around wondering why my current PC is still alive
 


MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Not sure if my answer is in the spirit of the question, but I've made well over a hundred PCs in D&D Beyond. Most of that is to help me understand player character options as a DM. I mostly DM and find that I have big blind spots on the mechanics of many spells and character options. Also, I like to build many of my NPCs up in the same way I would build a PC. So these are not PCs that I've built because I hope to play them someday but more theory crafting and self-education.

But also, building characters is a kind of mini game for me. I enjoy it. It is similar to doing world building on settings I may never get around to DMing.
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
As a player I've played maybe 70 characters in my life and can't offhand think of more than a very few I've rolled up and not played*. One or two for sure, rolled up for campaigns that simply never started, and another one or two rolled up as replacements and then never needed because the original was revived, but that's it.

* - ignoring NPCs rolled up as DM and then never encountered by anyone; there's been quite a few of those. :)
 

Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
I used to make characters with no immediate plans to use them in an actual game quite a lot, but haven’t done so of my own volition in many years. Pretty much since I switched to primarily DMing. That creative urge is more than satisfied by DMing prep for me. That said, I have a very creative partner who loves making characters, and loves collaborating with others (well… mostly with me) on character creation, making characters with various social connections to other people’s (again, mostly my) characters. So, I end up creating a lot of characters in tandem with them. We probably have at least half a dozen joint character concepts with varying degrees of likelihood of ever actually playing.
 

I'll sit at the other end of the scale - I don't generally construct characters unless I intend to play them. My ratio is probably pretty close to 1:1.
Same. I might have a few ideas in a rough draft somewhere, but nothing close to completion. For 5E, I'd probably say 2 or 3. Going back over the decades, I'm probably up to a dozen or two. It's just not worth the effort unless you're going to play them.
 

Lyxen

Great Old One
Very, very few, actually. I have made... I don't know how mant characters I've made but probably 100+ and I don't remember any that I've not played. I like to actually play the game, if I want to create something "offline", I create an adventure or a setting, so I create characters according to what is going to be played next. It's not like it takes a long time to create...
 

S'mon

Legend
For many, especially me, making characters is a part of D&D you can play on your own. Often I sit and create new concepts, some conventional and others out there, but in different ways than I see online (minimal powers rather than maxed out). Some of these wind up seeing use as NPCs that have full PC rules behind them. Others just sit in my notebook, or twitter feed, or DnDBeyond to never see the light of day.

Usually I'm the DM, but have played a handful of characters. Recently I did the ratio of created to played characters for myself. It's a big number somewhere around 50:1.

What's your ratio?

Zero - I did have Kyre, an unplayed character in D&D Beyond for a little while, an experiment in making a DEX-based Paladin, but then I needed a new PC for a new game so I used her.
 

Probably 4:1 or 5:1,and that's only if you count "characters I made when applying for a game" as unplayed characters. I don't tend to make characters unless I'm at least attempting to play, unless I'm making them for the sake of argument. I mostly tend to look at the options themselves and try to figure out how they'd piece together.
 

Horwath

Hero
about 3:1

I like to have 2 backup characters ready anytime.
That is, if my character dies and resurrection is not immediately available, I do not like to hassle other players with that or missing out a session or more to get my character resurrected.
 

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