You’ll need this in addition to your character sheet—a collection of the different moves available to all players in the game. At the beginning of the game, you have access to the basic moves. Advanced moves will come later.
Strength is being able to crush a tomato. Dexterity is being able to dodge a tomato. Constitution is being able to eat a bad tomato. Intelligence is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put a tomato in a fruit salad. Charisma is being able to sell a tomato based fruit salad.
A brief breakdown of what each characteristic represents:
Strength(STR): Physical prowess; in the class, this corresponds to the “Rhetorical Action” course objective
Dexterity (DEX): Flexibility and agility; corresponds to the “Situated Process” course objective
Constitution (CON): Endurance; corresponds to the “Academic Practice” course objective
Intellect (INT): reasoning and memory; corresponds to the “Sources” course objective
Wisdom (WIS): ability to apply knowledge to situations; corresponds to the “Social Practice” course objective
Charisma (CHA): force of personality and self-expression; all of the course objectives are relevant in some way
A warrior is more likely to depend on their brute strength or their ability to take a hit before they rely on their brains. So choose either your Strength (STR) or Constitution (CON) as your highest characteristic.
The Bard relies on Charisma (CHA) and the ability to express themselves. It may do to make Intellect (INT) your second highest characteristic for magic checks.
The ranger relies on Dexterity (DEX) to make quick strikes, and Intellect (INT) to plan out their attacks. Wisdom (WIS) might also be helpful for a ranger.
To create a mage, you first need to decide on your background. Warlocks have a natural talent for magic, and are more likely to rely on wisdom (WIS) for spellcasting. Wizards require a higher intellect (INT). Choose one background and then make the corresponding characteristic your highest.
As you put together your character, your background and your avatar’s background should overlap somewhat. You are essentially translating yourself into a fantasy setting in which the existence of magic is a well-kept secret. Your avatar is joining a school for the study of magic.
As you go about creating your character, play to your strengths. Remember that the unique abilities that each specialization possesses will come into play often.