Without Fear

Ryan K Lindsay – Writer

Month: February, 2021

D&D Level 1 Character Sheets for Download

D&D character sheets are wild arcane artefacts of text/number alchemy. I love reading them, and creating them, and doing so on DnDBeyond is a really effective way to do it, which helped me greatly recently.

I run a D&D club at my school, and this year I decided to generate a variety of character types and their full sheets on DnDBeyond – this way the students could just have the character made and then work on how to read and use the character sheet. It’s important to figure out the things you need the kids to know/do and the things you can do with/for them. I want them to use a great character sheet to play in great ways, so I might as well do the first half so they can focus on the second.

I tried to make a variety of interesting characters, so some of them are mashed up a little so they can be role played well. I feel like a huge dragonborn barbarian is played, but a halfling barbarian will give you room to roleplay like a boss. I also tried to make combinations that were exciting.

The interesting thing about this was I couldn’t seem to find any sheets already made out there on the internet. Maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough, I’m certain they do exist, who knows, regardless…I had a blast making these 16 characters and I know they’ll serve a specific educational purpose in my club. As such, for educational purposes, I thought I’d share them with you so you can use them in your own games, or school clubs. Anything to share the bounty and halve the workload.

I originally posted this on my Patreon – click here to view and support my writing of all things weird.

I think it would be amazing to look at all 16 and work out how they all click together in one town. That would be a fun writing prompt.

Click here to access a Google Drive folder to download all 16 character sheets in PDF form.

A Bit of Focus and Gratitude

I write a weekly newsletter about my writing and brain and D&D and thoughts. If you dig me as a writer/person, the newsletter in your inbox every Monday is a decent way to keep up with me because it’ll go deeper than my social media ever will.

At the end of each newsletter, I have a Post Credits section where I normally just wing it 2 minutes before launch. Last week I sprayed out some words that swirled together a lot of my thoughts/feelings in a decent way, so I thought I’d share them here. If you dig the following, be sure to check my newsletter out:

Post Credits on a Homeopape

Reading about climate catastrophe. Learning a friend is about to face a very hard time in life. Getting a set back in a project. Feeling like a failure.

All different shades of shit.

But also a chance to search for gratitude.

Hunting down those moments in each day where I can be thankful that I get to have that moment.

Seeing my kid help another kid. Holding my wife/being held by my wife. Writing that perfect sentence. Laughing.

Sounds wanky to appreciate the little things, to write a list of gratitude, to be thankful for what you’ve got. I know it does, but it also helps. It makes me want to find more of those moments. A minute with a good book. A good coffee in the morning. A plan to do it again.

The bad shit happens by accident, but the good shit doesn’t always seem to. Inversely, sometimes the bad shit happens because you didn’t have a plan, and the good shit happens when you plan for it.

Then, sometimes, shit just happens, and you gotta wear it before you know if it’s good or bad.

So if it’s gonna happen regardless, I at least don’t wanna miss the good shit because the bad shit was in my eyes. I wanna get every moment I can to build that highlight reel I’m determined to end with. I wanna make as many good times in this life as I can, and sometimes that means you need a reminder.

How many moments in a day? Least I can do is choose which ones I’ll dwell on, right?

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