I don’t even play D&D (YET!?!?), but I made a D&D character (4th edition). I thought it would be fun. It was! I did a lot of it online, and we also whipped out some of my partner’s large collection of D&D books in order to help with the many options. The great thing about the online system is that it spits out printable cards with all your attacks on them, with necessary stats on each, and color-coded.
Meet Dara, the level 1 half-elf swordmage. That isn’t her real name. I know her first, middle, and last names — but I’m not telling you because neither is she. She’s going by Dara because she’s not too proud of a certain event in her past. She travels around trying to get back to something that happened years ago.
Dara has a familiar, because I thought it would be fun to have one. Also, it gives her fire resistance, because I know it sucks bad to be on fire all the time (thank you, WotC podcasts with Penny Arcade, PvP, Wil Wheaton, and celebrity DM Chris Perkins [who is totally cute]).
She’s highly intelligent, which wasn’t actually my first choice, but when I started constructing her stats, all her good attacks were int-based. She’s also got a knack for success to help her friends and an aegis of assault to mark an attacker — look out, monsters! So far she only has leather armor — look out, me! Dara is good with Arcana and History, but terrible at bluffing. She’s pretty decent with Insight. She’s got a booming blade and a lightning clash, which seem fun. Even better is her Vanishing Blade attack, where she becomes invisible and teleports. Wheee! It’s a daily, but a cool one.
Dara is currently unaligned and prays to Ioun.
My partner, of course, thinks this is awesome, because he also is a giant nerd. A hot nerd. Who bought a very hot table (“Suck it, Swiss army”). Another reason I am a nerd is because I want this, even though I have no real use for it. No use, and nowhere to put it. And it would be ridonkulous expensive. But still.
#2 has played D&D first edition (with the boy she had a crush on in middle school, she was DM), D&D second edition (with her first boyfriend and his friends, she was a Psionocist), and D&D third edition with her partner and some of his friends of friends (she was a cleric). That’s not counting all the computer games she used to play, ending with Neverwinter Nights.
#2 sometimes makes role-playing gaming jokes in class and a small handful of students will giggle. She wishes a subset of that small handful would learn to make friends with soap and water.