I really like the official 5e character sheets (downloadable HERE) but I still took a quick pass at remixing what was already there to try to find an even more streamlined layout, hopefully making it easier for new players to learn the game. I also really wanted to have a sheet that was compact and yet with plenty of room for adding additional notes and equipment stats.
How fast can the canals of a city be traversed in a rowboat? How long would it take to travel to the next kingdom while riding on the back of a dragon? How long did it take the party to ride the ceremonial elephants from the city gates to the royal palace?
Now includes both the D&D 5e map units version and the English Units version!
Critical hits bring a lot of fun to the table so you would think that critical misses could do the same. D&D now fully embraces a natural roll of 1 to be considered an automatic miss but can anything more interesting also happen? These other possible results are usually referred to as fumbles. Fumble charts are often either praised for how they introduce unpredictability to the game or maligned for being so punitive to the player characters. On paper they sound great but in practice they usually result in doubling the punishment instead of doubling the fun. Let’s see if we can come up with some “interesting failures” for a fumble chart.
You originate from a region of the outer planes but were cast out to and reconstituted in a mortal body, losing all powers and attributes of your previous form but retaining scattered flashes of who you were and of those you knew. Your first memory with your new body is of waking up alone with no material possessions except a few mysterious trinkets, clues to your past.
I’ve started to write up some custom character backgrounds for DUNGEONS & DRAGONS 5th edition. Here is the first one, the cult member.