Hello adventurers, welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 22nd episode of our background series. In this article we have a real treat in store for us today. We’re going to be taking a look at dnd 5e gambler background. This is found in the acquisitions incorporated book and i really like i think it’s cool.
I love almost everything by acquisitions incorporated so i am a little bit biassed in that regard. However i think a lot of people are gonna be in agreement with me over this. Now without further ado let’s take a quick look at it’s description here. If you haven’t checked out our dnd backgrounds guide and if you would like to then please have a look at it through the given link.
As a gambler background dnd 5e all of you need to make a ton of gold is a little gold. But except at those situational times when all of you need to have no gold at all is a little gold. Of course whether you’re one of the good gambler or a bad one rarely matters, just because no one could be divine the whims of a Lady Luck. But sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. But here is the things about the gambling is that someone has always been willing to take a bet.
Very cool stuff! Kind of humorous a little bit acquisitions incorporated is just hilarious in general so it makes sense. Now let’s take a quick look at its mechanics here. Also Read haunted one 5e.
Under skill proficiencies you’ll see deception and insight which are both incredibly useful especially in the gambling trade. Under tool proficiencies you gain one gaming set of your choice be it drake, chess, dice, cards whatever it is you’d like under language is anyone of your choice as well. And under equipment you gain one gaming set, a lucky charm like a four leaf clover or something like that. A set of fine clothes and a belt pouch containing 15 gp.
- Skill Proficiencies: Deception, Insight
- Tool Proficiencies: One gaming set
- Languages: Any one of your choice
- Equipment: One gaming set, a lucky charm, a set of fine clothes, and a belt pouchcontaining 15 gp
Overall really kind of standard i do like the fact that both deception and insight are your proficiencies as both are incredibly useful. Now let’s take a quick look at its feature here. The feature for the gambler is called never tell me the odds and reads as followed.
Feature: Never Tell Me the Odds
Here the odds and the probability are like your bead and butter. While downtime activities which involve games either of the chance or figuring out odds on the best plan, and you could get a solid sense of which choice is likely to be a best one and which opportunities seem mush good to be true, at your DM’s discretion.
What this is essentially the augury spell built into a nice little feature. Woe and wheel and all that nonsense it’s gonna be worth having a conversation with your dungeon master during session zero ideally how exactly you determine whether or not something’s a bad idea.
For example the roll of the dice, the higher the number indicates it’s a good idea and the lower the number means you should become more cautious. I think that’s arguably the easiest way to do this, however if you want to perform some kind of a tarot card read with your deck you could do that as well i suppose. It’s all up to you and how you want to flavor your character.
Now let’s move on to some suggested characteristics. I would really recommend getting the acquisitions incorporated book and actually reading all of the options as some of them are likely to make you chuckle.
Some gamble out of the necessity. So normally others do so out of the boredom. Of course, still others would become addicted to the thrill of winning or even losing everything on a turn of the fortune. So for some. the gambling is the less a matter of chance and also more a matter of seeking in an every advantage for ensuring the outcome. Any how the best gamblers can lose everything, simultaneously the worst gamblers sometimes win. So, regardless of this, you can always be tell to the gamblers by the look in their eyes. The lady luck would haunt them too.
But for this particular example for the personality trait, i went with “I am one of a ladyluck’s favored. anything i try is destined to succeed.”
|1||I plan for every contingency. Leave nothing to chance!|
|2||Every copper wants to be a silver. Each bet is an opportunity.|
|3||I'm one of Lady Luck's favored. Anything I try is destined to succeed.|
|4||I've lost so much to gambling that I refuse to spend money on anything anymore.|
|5||Nothing is certain. Planning is a coward's act.|
|6||I can't be sure who I've swindled, cheated, or defeated, so I keep a low profile in public.|
|7||The perfect bet is out there somewhere. I just have to keep my eyes open.|
|8||I have beaten my addiction, but all it takes is one weak moment and I'll be back at the card table.|
Under ideal i put “bravery, if you want to succeed, you have to take risks and this will lend you to the more chaotic end of the spectrum.”
|1||Knowledge: Knowledge is power, and knowing which horse to back is the key to success. (Any)|
|2||Fate: Whatever happens is fated, regardless of any planning or striving. (Lawful)|
|3||Bravery: If you want to succeed, you have to take risks. (Chaotic)|
|4||Survival: You can't win if you're dead. Live to fight another day—when the odds might be more in your favor. (Any)|
|5||Reliability: When I was in need, I was able to rely on others. Now I want to be the one others rely on. (Good)|
|6||Victory: Winning is the real measure of a person. In the end, the only thing that matters is the scoreboard. (Evil)|
Under bond “i am loyal to the friend or family member who taught me how to gamble” rather interesting.
|1||One person in particular owes me a lot of money, and I need to keep them alive if I want to be repaid.|
|2||I'm loyal to the friend or family member who taught me how to gamble.|
|3||The person who saved me from my gambling addiction is the only reason I'm alive today.|
|4||A patron once fronted me money in exchange for a percentage of my winnings. I owe them a debt of gratitude. And a lot of cash.|
|5||A criminal syndicate I once played for isn't happy I left the game, and its enforcers are looking for me.|
|6||Urchins once helped me find marks for my games. Now I'm driven to help them escape the streets.|
Under flaw “I don’t know when to quit, Especially when everyone else is telling me to.”
|1||I don't know when to quit. Especially when everyone else is telling me to.|
|2||I save my sympathy for my friends, and I have no friends.|
|3||You think we're in trouble now? Let me tell you how bad things are likely to get!|
|4||You can loan me a little, right? I've got a sure thing. I'll double your money, guaranteed.|
|5||I was once a terribly flawed person, like you. Let me tell you how you can save yourself.|
|6||I'm a great gambler. I'm just bad at math and logic.|
I think this is fairly common trait of those who struggle with gambling, not to make light out of it but just to make an accurate character. I really do like the bond in particular because odds are the one who got you involved in gambling is likely to be an avid gamblers themselves and likely enough they’re gonna run into a spot of problems here or there and likely get the party involved.
So it does have a little miniature quest arc built into it. Which is quite cool and i’m always in favor of great character development. Very good stuff now let’s get on to my personal thoughts about it. you may also like to know about infernal 5e language.
I really like the gambler, i think it’s great, i think there’s a lot of potential good role play opportunities for this particular background. There’s a lot of gamblers involved in d&d, they just usually use different backgrounds i like the criminal for example almost always has a gambling tendency at least that’s what i’ve noticed in my adventure league.
However the gambler themselves especially with that feature and the deception and insight proficiencies would probably make a much better choice.
In any case let me know what you think about the gambler down beneath in the comment section. Be sure to mention any thoughts, questions, comments or concerns you may have regarding it. I hope you all have a wonderful day and as always happy adventuring everyone.