Thom Denick and Weird Works have released a 22-page free download via DriveThruRPG for Zero Level characters in 5E.
The idea is that adventurers begin at the first level, but commoners like cooks, farmers, shop keepers, blacksmiths, and other “mundane” occupations are effectively pre-level.
Other RPGs do this, and, in fact, Thom Denick notes that the Zero Level Rulebook for 5E is primarily based on the rules provided by Dungeon Crawl Classics.
Why play a Zero Level character?
Weird Works tackles this question on their DriveThruRPG shop shelf, saying;
Playing a Zero-Level adventurer is an exciting experience. Any wrong move could result in a permanent (and messy death.) Taking risks means something entirely new when the risk could mean the a character’s story.
Zero-Level campaigns are no less epic than a standard 5E campaign; you’ll uncover ancient artifacts, battle vicious abominations, explore unlit depths, and solve mind-bending puzzles. Our aim with this supplement is to open up this fun, alternative avenue of play to 5E players.
- Free to Download: Weird Works’ Zero Level Rulebook for 5E
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