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More Character Sheets

I’m still playing with the idea of a simpler character sheet to run at the table. I realize that this is one of those decisions that is based purely on personal preference… cards work great for some people, the CB-generated sheets for others, power2ool.com, etc.. In this case, I was interested to see what would happen if I took the D&D Encounters character sheet format to an extreme… could I get a 6th level character on 2 sides of a single page. I built these sheets for 4 of the 5 players in my regular game (the Psion is very happy with his card sleeves).

First up is a Dragonborn Paladin (Cavalier). Don’t pay too much attention to the actual build as some of the powers are house-ruled thanks to an up-close-and-personal encounter with an Aspect of Bahamut. You’ll notice that I’ve laid out the powers in tables and grouped them roughly by how they’re used: reactions and interrupts, utility, melee, ranged, and magic item powers. One goal on this sheet was to make page 1 a “on their turn” summary and page 2 the “on my turn” view. Clearly higher level characters will need legal paper or a third page, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

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The Longtooth Shifter Cleric Templar and the Dwarven Swordmage sheets follow a very similar format, but I didn’t stick as closely to the “their turn” / “my turn” break-out. The Elven Ranger, however, required a slightly different approach given how many of his powers could be used as either melee or ranged attacks. I partitioned the attack powers table down the middle, making space for both the ranged and melee variants of the power.

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As before, I stole some of the look and feel from the D&D Encounters character cards, but this time I removed the colorful backgrounds for increased legibility and to make them more printer-friendly. Checkboxes make tracking things like healing surges and power usage easy. I also embedded certain racial traits or feats into the power matrix when they represented potential actions the player could take.

Feel free to take these for your own personal use and make them your own. I’d love to hear your feedback.

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