Thursday 9 July 2015

D&D 5: Shorthand Backgrounds PDF

I love the concept of backgrounds in D&D 5 but find their verbosity a bit overwhelming, both in terms of the amount of information to read and the number of decisions that are required, what with all the lists of flaws, bonds, etc. I'm sure those add a lot to a character, in the right campaign, but I tend to prefer presentations with simple basic rule summaries and extra details elsewhere, for use if desired.

So, I just got the urge to make a summarizing table of all the backgrounds in the PHB. I've wanted to try this for a long time as I've always felt that they could be expressed (in their most basic form) as a table on a single page.

So, here you go, as a PDF.

Seeing them presented like this also encourages me to invent some more backgrounds of my own!


  1. THANKS! This was on my list of things to do before the next AL season starts but you have saved a very tired organizer's brain from bursting. Yeah!

    1. Glad to hear it's useful!

      I feel it's a real shame that WotC didn't include these kind of summary pages in the PHB.


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