With more than 120 entries and almost 20,000 words worth of character concepts submitted, CNET readers have outdone themselves. There were so many great character concepts we'd love to sit at a table and party up with. We'd encourage everyone to gofor some great ideas to get your own creativity flowing or to borrow ideas from for NPCs in your own campaigns.
Unfortunately there can be only one winner of such an amazing prize package, courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, the makers of Magic the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons. The pack includes the new Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set, a full set of signed core rule books (Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual) as well as an additional full set of rule books and four Player's Handbooks to get the rules in front of everyone in your party, and then more adventures and accessories, this AU$1,000 package is the kind of prize that will be treasured for many years to come.
Many concepts made it on to our initial shortlist, but after much debate we managed to narrow it down to a final four.
Special mentions go to:
Karitsu, for their halfling mage on a journey to achieve enhanced physical strength and size.
Onecoolmama07, for their beauty pageant bard who multi-classes into barbarian when her fashion sense is compromised.
VanRicter, for their half-orc barbarian/warlock whose mother had made a pact with dark powers on his behalf.
They were all clever ideas that gave great background, good use of the rules and potential for long-term development.
But the incredible 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons prize pack goes to someone with a deliciously simple, yet surprisingly deep character concept that had our judging panel salivating at the roleplaying opportunities the concept would offer.
Congratulations to Centralus for introducing us to his halfling fighter, Le Gourmand!
"Banished for taking the life of a restaurant critic, Le Gourmand now travels the wild lands hunting rare and fantastical creatures to cook into daring avant garde dishes. Reviled by the forest folk but adored by the upper middle class, he now lives only for the satisfaction of slow-roasting the mighty Tarrasque before the eyes of the Food & Wine editor."
Thanks again to everyone for their wonderful concepts and we hope everyone has fun in their shiny new 5th Edition D&D campaigns, wherever you play and whoever you play with!