Party Development

I’ve been playing around with party development schemes for some years now, and have settled into a design I like well enough that I’ll proceed with it. I consider the release dates of canonical Wizards of the Coast (WoC) publications, and try to use only characters whose racial ability score and skill bonuses match with the highest and second-highest class and build ability scores and corresponding list of suggested skills. The classic example is the halfling trickster rogue, who appears right from the start in H1 Keep on the Shadowfell, and who can be easily constructed from the Player’s Handbook. His ability score bonuses are dexterity and charisma, of primary and secondary importance for the trickster rogue, and his skill bonuses for acrobatics and thievery exactly match the suggested skill list. The eladrin war wizard is another classic example.

However, I’ve found this limits party development a bit more than I like, so I’ve decided to mix in some random (produced by the WoC character builder) combinations, character for character. I make note of these systematic and random design elements in the table below. By the way, I don’t use humans for player characters, nor do I use races without at least two skill bonuses. Elsewhere I’ll blend all this with some storytelling and the appropriate action details.

08/05/20 H1 Keep on the Shadowfell
race ability ability alt abl skill skill skill
dragonborn str cha n/a hist inti
dwarf con wis n/a dung endu
half-elf con cha n/a dipl insi
halfling dex cha n/a acro thie
tiefling int cha n/a bluf stea
class build abil abil abil skill skill skill skill skill skill
cleric devoted wis cha str arca heal hist reli
fighter great weapon str con wis athl endu inti
paladin avenging str cha wis endu heal inti reli
rogue trickster dex cha str acro bluf insi perc stea thie
warlord n/a str int cha athl dipl endu heal hist inti
wizard war int dex wis arca dung hist reli
Possible Combination
race class build pow src prm role sec role
halfling rogue trickster martial striker controller
Random Addition
race ability ability alt abl skill skill skill
shifter, l str wis n/a athl endu
class build abil abil abil skill skill skill skill skill skill
warlock deceptive cha int con arca bluf insi thie


08/06 Dragon 364
race ability ability alt abl skill skill skill
warforged str con n/a endu inti
Possible Combinations (Total)
race class build pow src prm role sec role
halfling rogue trickster martial striker controller
warforged fighter great weapon martial defender striker
Random Addition
race ability ability alt abl skill skill skill
minotaur str con wis natu perc
class build abil abil abil skill skill skill skill skill skill
warlord insightful str wis cha athl dipl endu heal
Possible Combinations (Total)
name race class build pow src prm role sec role
Dannad halfling rogue trickster martial striker controller
Victor warforged fighter great weapon martial defender striker
Cliff shifter, l warlord insightful martial leader


08/06/06 Player’s Handbook
race ability ability alt abl skill skill skill
eladrin dex int n/a arca hist
elf dex wis n/a natu perc
class build abil abil abil skill skill skill skill skill skill
cleric battle str wis cha dipl heal insi reli
fighter guardian str wis dex heal inti stre
paladin protecting cha str wis dipl heal insi reli
ranger archer dex str wis endu heal natu perc stea
ranger two-blade str dex wis acro dung endu heal perc
rogue brawny dex str cha athl dung inti stea stre thie
warlock scourge con int cha arca hist inti stre
warlock (star) cha con int arca bluf hist inti reli stre
warlord inspiring str cha int athl dipl heal hist
warlord tactical str int cha endu heal hist inti
wizard control int wis dex arca dipl insi natu
Possible Combinations (Total)
name race class build pow src prm role sec role
Dannad halfling rogue trickster martial striker controller
Victor warforged fighter great weapon martial defender striker
Cliff shifter, l warlord insightful martial leader
Dayereth eladrin wizard war arcane controller striker
Random Addition
class build abil abil abil skill skill skill skill skill skill
barbarian whirling str dex con acro athl perc


08/06/17 Monster Manual
race ability ability alt abl skill skill skill
bugbear str dex n/a inti stea
doppelganger int cha n/a bluf insi
drow dex cha n/a inti stea
githzerai wis dex int acro athl
gnoll con dex n/a inti perc
gnome int cha n/a arca stea
goblin dex cha n/a stea thie
hobgoblin con cha n/a athl hist
kobold con dex n/a stea thie
shadar-kai dex int n/a acro stea
shifter, r dex wis n/a acro stea
n/a
Possible Combinations (Total)
race class build pow src prm role sec role
halfling rogue trickster martial striker controller
warforged fighter great weapon martial defender striker
shifter, l warlord insightful martial leader
eladrin wizard war arcane controller striker
bugbear rogue brawny martial striker controller
doppelganger warlock deceptive arcane striker controller
goblin rogue trickster martial striker controller
Random Addition
class build abil abil abil skill skill skill skill skill skill
psion telepathic int cha wis arca bluf dipl insi
shaman eagle wis dex con heal insi natu perc
paladin virtuous cha wis str endu heal insi reli
Possible Combinations (Total)
race class build pow src prm role sec role
halfling rogue trickster martial striker controller
warforged fighter great weapon martial defender striker
shifter, l warlord insightful martial leader
eladrin wizard war arcane controller striker
bugbear rogue brawny martial striker controller
doppelganger warlock deceptive arcane striker controller
goblin rogue trickster martial striker controller
doppelganger psion telepathic psionic controller
elf shaman eagle primal leader striker


First Party Split
Party One
name race class build pow src prm role sec role
Aelar elf shaman eagle primal leader striker
Dannad halfling rogue trickster martial striker controller
Dayereth eladrin wizard war arcane controller striker
Brinjin bugbear rogue brawny martial striker controller
Victor warforged fighter great weapon martial defender striker
Party Two
name race class build pow src prm role sec role
Cliff shifter, l warlord insightful martial leader
Splug goblin rogue trickster martial striker controller
Toox doppelganger warlock deceptive arcane striker controller
Sim doppelganger psion telepathic psionic controller

Party Development

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