Alternate Point Buy Chargen for B/X and OSR D&D

I've previously written about non-random character creation for OD&D / Swords & Wizardry, but lately I've been thinking about running a B/X style game again via G+ Hangouts and wanted to have an option for creating characters without needing any dice rolling.

Similar to the option for S&W this system is based on keeping track of the ability score bonuses and penalties. Each character begins with 1 point which represents a +1 bonus or *13* in an ability score. All other ability scores have no modifier and are assumed to be a score of 11. For each ability score penalty point a character takes, they may take an additional bonus point as well. So if a character had an ability at 7 (-1 penalty) they could take an additional attribute at 13 (+1 bonus) or raise their 13 to a 16 (+2 bonus).

Here are the ability scores and their bonuses or penalties when using this non-random system for creating characters:

3 * -3
5 * -2
7 * -1
11 * 0
13 * +1
16 * +2
18 * +3

An example character using this system would be:

S 18, I 7, W 11, D 13, C 11, C 5

Update: Thanks Joe, my bad math is corrected. :)


Joe England said...

Not sure I understand the buy after looking at the example:
S 18, I 7, W 11, D 16, C 11, C 7

Strength looks to be +3
Dexterity looks to be +2
Charisma looks to be a -1
Intelligence looks to be a -1

So with your initial +1 and the two attributes you took down one step you have +3.

But it looks like you spent 5 points with strength at the +3 level and Dex at the +2 level.

What did I miss?

Stuart said...

What did I miss?

My terrible math! :D That'll teach me to post so quickly on a Sunday morning before I've had enough coffee. :)

It should be

S 18, I 7, W 11, D 13, C 11, C5

SAROE said...

Why bother with ability scores then? Just use the modifiers for everything.

Stuart said...

I generally agree -- although some DMs like to use "roll under ability score" and you occasionally find magic that will raise an attribute.

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