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Build a Atomic RPG System Character

Build a fun and strong character in the Atomic RPG System and you are sure to have a great time. Just like other RPG’s such as Dungeons & Dragons, the characters are the heart of the Atomic RPG System. Since the character is central to a Atomic RPG System game, it’s important for a player to have a good understanding of what they want.

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However, if you aren’t, we suggest you keep on reading to get an idea of the important steps to character creation!

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When playing the Atomic RPG System it is very important to keep these two things in mind. 

There are a few things to keep in mind when building a character. The core mechanics are in place to provide fairness, fun, and flexibility to the Atomic RPG System. Much of the fluff has been taken out of the game in order to maintain balance and pacing. It’s not fun to play characters who are obviously not balanced with the rest of the group. Or the game grinds to a halt with rule debates and exceptions. The Atomic RPG System  has made playing more fun and balanced.

What all characters have in common (base characters):

As you can see, the “must have” mechanics are in place. We’ve removed anything that slows down the game and takes away from the character. In the Atomic RPG System, you can play what you want to play within the realm of  your imagined world and the GM’s limitations. We don’t think you should have to roll for the chance to obtain your character concept. When you know what you want, why would you have to roll for it? When you are disappointed in your character, you certainly aren’t going to be as invested in playing it.

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Let’s Get Started Building Your Atomic RPG Character

If this is the first time playing the Atomic RPG System, it’s best for the GM to start at level one.

Know that the online Character Sheet does most of the work for you. But we are going to go through the nitty gritty here so you know how a character is calculated. Plus, this will help you plan for when your character levels up!

Keep these things in mind as you level:

  • Characters start with 12 Trait Points at 1st level to distribute among the three Character Traits.
  • Characters gain 1 Trait Point per level after 1st.
  • Characters gain 1 Specialty per level
  • Characters get 2 Skill Points per level.
  • Starting money is automatically set for 1st level PCs at 2,250.

Steps to Build and Level a Atomic RPG System Character

Whether a character is starting at level 1 or level 10, a player should follow this order for each level of character creation:

  1. Know your Character Concept
  2. Assign Character Trait Points
  3. Choose Character Skills
  4. Choose Character Specialty
  5. Add Character Items and Gear
  6. Add or Create Character Powers
  7. Add Character Notes and Details (if needed)


Make sure to go in order, because in each step, you’ll make certain decisions that will effect the next step in the process.

Atomic RPG System System Character Tiers

In the Atomic RPG, the strength of a character is determined by the character’s level. Characters also have a Tier rating, which is dictated by the character’s level. This Tier will be used in many calculations and is a centerpiece of a character’s strength. Tiers come into play when we mention things like “Add your character Tier to Attacks.” or “Tactical Advantage grants a character their Tier as a bonus to Attack.”

This is a very easy way for the GM to quickly assign bonuses or penalties. Reference the table below to determine character Tier.

The last column in the table (Description) gives players and GMs a general idea of how well-known the character or NPC is within the realm.

Character LevelCharacter TierStatus% of PopulationDescription
1 thru 41Commoner90%Commoners are the most abundant Tier in the Atomic RPG System game world. Players may be known locally in their town or apartment floor but not really elsewhere.
5 thru 82Popular5%Popular characters are those that have begun to make a name for themselves. They are elevated above most others. They may be heroes of a village or known in an entire skyscraper.
9 thru 123Famous3%Famous characters are known in an entire region. They can be great heroes, presidents, and even kings or queens.
13 thru 164Legendary2%Legendary characters are known to most in a very large area. They are powerful kings and queens, emperors, or corporate CEO’s that own a country.
17 thru 205World Renowned.0000001%World Renowned characters are extremely rare and powerful individuals. They are the figures of epic legends, rulers of entire galaxies, and unstoppable conquerors. These are the most powerful mortals in existence.

The table above is a general guide, but a GM is welcome to change things around as they see fit for their campaign. Generally, characters and NPCs gain reputation and power as they advance, gaining more powerful allies and enemies.

If you are looking to make a memorable character that everyone will remember and one that almost plays itself, check out this short article about how to build a character. It offers some great insight and ideas for how to make your character come alive.

These are the basics of how to build and create a character in the Atomic RPG System. As you can see it is much easier and more streamlined than many other RPGs. One of the primary focuses of the Atomic RPG System is to limit the time managing a character so players can increase the time they play them. With the streamlined characters and way they are created it is very is to build a character for the Atomic RPG System.

If you have questions, concerns, or ideas about building characters visit the Atomic RPG System forums and ask the community.

Create your own custom worlds easily in any genre or setting online for use at the tabletop!

Play for free as long as you want! Take your time to see just how flexible the Atomic RPG is with it's combination of digital tools, balanced rules, and ease of play.
Free To Play