wait, I can be ANY color?

The Essentials Players Book, like the 1983 Mentzer Player’s Book, starts with a solo adventure that teaches the basic D&D concepts. One difference is that in Mentzer, you play a male human fighter – a lovable, goofy, dumb fighter. In Essentials you can build any of the 4 main D&D classes: fighter, wizard, cleric, and rogue. But that choice comes later. First you choose your gender, race, and appearance.

“Your hero can be a human, an elf, a dwarf, or a halfling […]. Your character can be male or female, and can have whatever color skin, hair, and eyes you can imagine.”

Wow, I feel like I’m drinking from the firehose of narrative power! My character will forever define my unique spirit! I think I’ll be an elf with ebony skin and violet eyes!

More Red Box thoughts…


4 Responses to “wait, I can be ANY color?”

  1. […] get a chance to make an attack in the first round of the first combat. My noble cleric (skin: gold and red in vertical stripes; eyes: tan with white irises; hair: blonde) uses a minor action to heal the dwarf merchant, a move […]

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  3. […] my haste to Choose My blue-skinned cleric's Own Adventure, I skipped this interesting passage from the beginning of the player's book, […]

  4. […] my first time through Essentials character creation, I'm playing a fighter. A green-skinned fighter with rainbow hair. In my first combat, I learn about standard, move, and minor actions, hit rolls, defenses, and […]

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