How to Make a Character in Roll20

By | January 8, 2021

When you have joined a game in Roll20, you will have to create a character. But, how to make a character in Roll20? Here, we will reveal the information about it so that you will be able to make a character on that site.

How to Add Your Character in Roll20

Your GM will have to add a character in the Journal tab. There will be a sheet with an auto-generated name and it will be your character. Before you have access to the character to go through character creation and to change the name, the thing that you have to do is to ask your GM to assign your permissions.

The capability of Edit and Control can be assigned to players who have already joined the game. It means that the GM must wait for players to be able to join before assigning them character sheets to work.

Navigating Your Character Sheet

If you have created your character sheet and you are assigned Edit and Control permission, now you are permitted to edit your sheet. So, the thing that you can do here is to choose your sheet and then click on the Edit button at the top. Below, we have the description of each part in the sheet.

Navigating Your Character Sheet
  • Name

Here, you have to enter the name of your character.

  • In Player’s Journals

The GM is able to permit some, all or even none of the players to be able to see the character sheet. If the players are permitted to see a sheet, they can look at it. Nevertheless, they are not able to edit unless they also have Edit and Control permissions.

  • Can be Edited & Controlled By

In this section, the player who has this character will be listed. If you cannot make a session and you want another party member to be able to control your character, the thing that you can do is to ask the GM to assign Edit and Control to others as well.

  • Tags

The character sheets can be tagged by the GM to create an easier way to find them in the journal. For your information, it is beneficial for GMs that have a lot of characters in a game but wholly optional.

  • Avatar

You are able to drag or upload the picture that you want to use for your character. If you want, you can also ask your GM to do that. This picture will display in the Journal tab with your character sheet.

  • Default Token (Optional)

If a Token on the tabletop has been configured by a GM to be controlled by your character and GM also has set any Vision and Light or token bar configuration settings, then the chosen token is able to be linked with the Character Sheet to keep those settings complete.

  • Bio & Info

In this section, you are allowed to write anything about your character. Any other players who have permissions to see your sheet will be able to see this space. So, you can keep campaign notes and thoughts here.

  • GM Notes

This section is only able to be seen by GM. Your GM may be able to use it in a lot of ways. They are able to keep track of any status effects, your lines and veils, hidden agendas, character backstory hooks and many more here. Since this space is only visible to the GM, so you can use it as a safe place for you to make notes that you do not want the other players to see.

GM Notes

Linking Your Character and Token Art

If you are in an edit mode, you are allowed to drag character art from your Art Library in game on to your character sheet. Under Free Assets, there are goodies of all sorts of styles. You are also able to upload your own picture to use. Do not forget that your GM may also have some other options so you can ask them.

Linking Your Character and Token Art

Before you decide to choose a Token as your Default Token, you can ask your GM to edit the Token so that it can represent your character and that any token bar or Dynamic Lighting settings are saved. It is done to make sure that token is all set and ready to be put onto the virtual tabletop.

Making Your Character with the Roll20 Charactermancer

If you play D&D 5e or Pathfinder first edition, you are able to take advantage of the Roll20 Charactermancer. It will help you to create your character and can have an access to any compendiums that you have or that have been shared with the game. If you are playing D&D 5e or Pathfinder First Edition, you are able to ask your GM whether they want you to use the Charactermancer or not. Also, you are able to edit the sheets manually.

Using Your Sheet

If you decide to use a Character Sheet Template, it will be easier for you no matter what system that you are playing. Even though each system has different sheets, they will work in a similar way. If you want to use it, you are able to click on the name and then it will automatically roll for you, modifiers and all using Quantum Roll.

It is important for you to know that every character sheet has places to keep track of your basic stats, your hit points, your inventory, your level and abilities, your skills and many more.

Some Video Tutorials of How to Make Characters in Roll20

To make it easier in making character in Roll20, you are able to watch some videos about it on Youtube. Here are some videos that you can watch.

  • A video of Daelric entitled Basic Roll20 Tutorial: Make a Character which was uploaded on May 15th, 2017.
  • A video of Roll20 entitled Meet the Roll20 Charactermancer: How to Build and Play a Tabletop Character in Minutes which was uploaded on June 26th, 2018.
  • A video of Davvy Chappy entitled How to Make a Character on Roll20 – Warning! Educational! which was uploaded on April 29th, 2020.

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