Weak Is Not Bad
Is it possible to play a dnd game without a good character build in dungeons and dragons? The answer is yes. Most people tend to over focus on making super builds or one million formulas to make the perfect warrior. I am here to tell you that you do not have to do that. I am pretty sure a lot of people out there will be shocked to here the words play with a weak character, but there is nothing wrong with it.
Let’s present the disadvantages of weak characters. They get beat to death by enemies, they get attacked or yelled at for say the wrong stuff, they are clumsy, some can not even swim well, and they may even lack the ability to flee from time to time.
And I know this is obvious, but the advantage is they give the player room for creativity in role playing as well as learning how to deal with a complicated scenario.
No worries. I will give an example soon that will bring us back to a previous topic that a lot of people shot down at the reddit site. I know a lot of people loved reading some of my posts about the drow, but this is not going to cover them this time around. Instead it will cover some other character I mentioned before.
But before I get in to that, let us examine what an obvious weakness is. Well the most obvious would be low ability scores which tend to be hard to get with the new 4th edition rules. It is however to get them in the older editions. Anything that is lower than an 8 score is most likely a weakness. I have personally played a character that was lower than a 5. There are other weakness that can be caused by curses as well as penalties from armor worn. Being weighed down can cause a temporary weakness. Another downside can be caused from skills that subtract from the die roll instead of being added (most likely linked to a low ability score).
Dealing with a Weakness
So, how does a person deal with this? With a smile and a lot of ingenuity. So if you were to have a low charisma, you better try to get some party members to speak for you. People with a low intelligence or wisdom may do best to avoid certainspellcasters. These are a few obvious things.
Now, let us say the person with a strength score of 3 and a dexterity of 5 ends up in combat. Maybe party members are sick of him and trying to dispose of his sorry butt. What is he to do? Well, first of all, he needs to stop focusing on what he sucks and instead pay attention to his strengths. If he had high charisma, he could hopefully persuade the enemies not to attack him. Another alternative would be to look around at his surroundings. If there was hole, he could drop into it and maybe take some damage due to the fall and survive due to a high constitution (larger bucket of hit points).
The big trick to a weak character is to think outside the box.
Now, as I said before, I am going to go over a previous story I told on another post. This is about everybody’s favorite human rogue who wore plate mail in a narrow passageway. He was cornered between a dead end and a doorway. There were orcs heading his direction.
Backstory of the Rogue
Well, most people have already said that normally any rogue in their right mind would not wear such armor. Which that is very true.
Here is the answer why he wore it. As a background story, he had a father who was a warrior who died in battle. He never had the opportunity to go into the field like his dear old dad. Instead he ended becoming skilled as a rogue and developed attributes in that area. Unfortunately, he still had the inner most desire to be a fighter and so he would from time to time try to act like one by wearing such armor. Another weakness he had was forgetfulness and forgot to bring a weapon with him in the dungeon.
Survived Wearing Plate Mail
So, if he actually payed attention and thought for that split second instead of getting beat to a pulp then an alternate result would have happened. Instead of getting beat to death, he could take off his helmet and attempt to throw at it at the orcs or even better try to play dead. Considering that he has a considerable amount of strength from having to wear full plate mail in the first place, he could attempt to try to break the door down with his bare hands and get to the treasure. So for a screwy situation, it is surprisingly possible for a rogue in the wrong gear to get out of a tight spot.
Just remember, that weak characters are not a burden, but a fun and exciting new aspect to explore for those tired from just focusing on numbers and getting that perfect die roll for character creation. Dungeons and dragons is not about who has the best build. It is about having fun with friends around a table regardless of what characters they may be using.
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