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D&D 5E What Do You Think Is Essential in a Bare-Bones Character Sheet?

What elements of a character sheet are essential to playing the game?

  • Name

    Votes: 28 82.4%
  • Class

    Votes: 28 82.4%
  • Subclass

    Votes: 24 70.6%
  • Level

    Votes: 29 85.3%
  • XP

    Votes: 17 50.0%
  • Proficiency Bonus

    Votes: 19 55.9%
  • Abilities - Scores

    Votes: 24 70.6%
  • Abilities - Modifier

    Votes: 23 67.6%
  • Race

    Votes: 28 82.4%
  • Alignment

    Votes: 11 32.4%
  • Vitals - Age

    Votes: 1 2.9%
  • Vitals - Sex

    Votes: 1 2.9%
  • Vitals - Size

    Votes: 3 8.8%
  • Vitals - Height

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Vitals - Weight

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Vitals - Skin Color

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Vitals - Eye Color

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Vitals - Hair Color

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Senses

    Votes: 19 55.9%
  • Speed

    Votes: 25 73.5%
  • Racial Traits

    Votes: 21 61.8%
  • Background

    Votes: 17 50.0%
  • Background Feature

    Votes: 15 44.1%
  • Personality Trait

    Votes: 3 8.8%
  • Ideal

    Votes: 3 8.8%
  • Bond

    Votes: 3 8.8%
  • Flaw

    Votes: 3 8.8%
  • Inspiration

    Votes: 5 14.7%
  • Armor Class

    Votes: 29 85.3%
  • Protections

    Votes: 14 41.2%
  • Saving Throws

    Votes: 29 85.3%
  • Advantages

    Votes: 13 38.2%
  • Resistances

    Votes: 21 61.8%
  • Immunities

    Votes: 21 61.8%
  • Maximum HP

    Votes: 27 79.4%
  • Current HP

    Votes: 21 61.8%
  • Temporary HP

    Votes: 13 38.2%
  • Hit Dice

    Votes: 25 73.5%
  • Spent Hit Dice

    Votes: 13 38.2%
  • Exhaustion Level

    Votes: 8 23.5%
  • Death Saves

    Votes: 10 29.4%
  • Combat Features

    Votes: 16 47.1%
  • Weapons - Attack

    Votes: 23 67.6%
  • Weapons - Damage

    Votes: 23 67.6%
  • Weapons - Range

    Votes: 19 55.9%
  • Weapons - Weight

    Votes: 7 20.6%
  • Weapons - Notes

    Votes: 8 23.5%
  • Proficiencies - Armor

    Votes: 12 35.3%
  • Proficiencies - Weapons

    Votes: 12 35.3%
  • Proficiencies - Languages

    Votes: 19 55.9%
  • Proficiencies - Skills

    Votes: 26 76.5%
  • Proficiencies - Tools

    Votes: 24 70.6%
  • Passive Scores

    Votes: 8 23.5%
  • Class Features

    Votes: 25 73.5%
  • Feats

    Votes: 25 73.5%
  • Spellcasting Ability

    Votes: 19 55.9%
  • Spell Attack

    Votes: 22 64.7%
  • Spell Save DC

    Votes: 23 67.6%
  • Spell Slots (or Points)

    Votes: 23 67.6%
  • Cantrips

    Votes: 24 70.6%
  • Known/ Prepared Spells

    Votes: 24 70.6%
  • Equipment

    Votes: 21 61.8%
  • Encumbrance

    Votes: 5 14.7%
  • Treasure (and Magic Items)

    Votes: 17 50.0%
  • Other. Please explain in your response.

    Votes: 4 11.8%

  • Total voters
    34

DND_Reborn

Legend
Yep, this is exactly how I do it for my players. I usually list their proficiencies with tools in the skill list and put their armor/weapon prof in their trait section.

Its not too big. Should you print it now (I usually use the large template instead of the 2 columns one), it would be probably the size of 1/2 a sheet of paper, maybe less. Maybe Warlocks and Artificers would be bigger because of their Invocations/Infusions?

EDIT: that also depends on your eyesight. The one you posted is overly large for my needs, but some of my players would indeed require a larger print size.
This mock-up was done in PowerPoint and meant to fit on a 4x6 index card. I haven't bothered printing it yet, though.

I have to discuss it with the player on Saturday and find out what works best for him. It might just end up being a combat cheat sheet or index card, a proficiency one, a spells one, etc.
 

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Initiative should be on the bare bones sheet.

Things I left off:
Background - unless there's a mechanical benefit, not needed.
Vitals - again, play your character, change your color, it doesn't matter except for the narrative.
Encumbrance - it's like wiping your butt, unless it's full plate armor we don't need to know why it's a special occasion.

Most things that people feel should go on a character sheet detract from the rough-and-tumble nature of D&D. I started with Swords and Sorcery Greyhawk, where 1st level Magic Users ran from house cats after throwing a dart at them. The most important thing is playing your character consistently and developing a personality during live play.
 


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