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This one has been listed elsewhere in various forms, and is mentioned at con games, but it's a favorite of us so we're plugging it again.

The D6 System is one of the only games that a new player can be taught everything she needs to start playing in five minutes or less -- including character creation.

The way to get fast character creation is to offer the player a selection of templates (check out our free section online for a bunch you can print out), and then offer slightly abbreviated creation method.

  • Method 1: The player picks one skill she's really good at (called the "tag" skill) and adds +2D to that skill. She then adds +1D to five other skills that she's pretty good at.
  • Method 2: The player picks one skill she's really, really good at and adds +3D to that skill. She then adds +1D to four other skills that she's pretty good at.

Both methods are remarkably fast, since they reduce the number of choices to a bare minimum. Of course, such characters are possibly not as well-balanced or "optimized" as other character creation methods, but it's fast, easy to understand, and takes about a minute to teach.

If either method is used, it's suggested that "default" skill penalties not be applied (except for the most egregious "I don't know how to do this, but what the heck" examples), since the character won't be as well-rounded as one who's spread those points a bit thinner.
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