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Old 01-20-2018, 11:33 PM
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The way you role-play your character would really have a lot more to do with Wisdom and Charisma than with Intelligence. It's possible to talk to someone with a great intellect, memory, etc. for some time without it really being obvious (unless they demonstrated that intelligence in the course of the conversation). But if you're talking to someone who is extremely perceptive, strong-willed, charismatic, etc. - that's generally going to come across at once. Same thing goes in reverse - you could spend a while talking to someone without realizing that they're not very bright, but if they're slow-witted, weak-willed, or just plain unlikable, you're probably going to notice right away.
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Old 01-21-2018, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by dirkoth View Post
I agree... I basically run the ability scale as Score x 10 equal IQ
I think that might produce too many extreme values. Normalised IQ is distributed as ~Z(100, 15), so only 0.1% of the population have an IQ over 145 and only 0.1% have an IQ under 55. Meanwhile 3d6×10 has a standard deviation of about 29.6, which is nearly twice as high. About 4.6% of 3d6 rolls come out under 5.5, and about 9.3% come out above 14.5.

To get a distribution more like that of normalised IQ (which is not necessarily your goal), you could use values more like these:

Code:
3d6	 IQ

 3	 62
 4	 67
 5	 72
 6	 77
 7	 82
 8	 87
 9	 92
10	 97
11	103
12	108
13	113
14	118
15	123
16	128
17	133
18	138
IQ = (INT × 5) + 47.5 is close enough.

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Old 01-22-2018, 01:18 PM
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With a low INT score, I often give a reason to go with it. One of the PCs I had in here on a now-dead campaign had an INT of 8. I justified it by saying he wasn't stupid, he just never learned how to read so he was not very book smart. I see an INT of 8 more as people who had little patience for book learning and the like. Lower than that, then I'll play a bit dumb.
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Old 03-11-2018, 04:01 AM
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This may sound ridiculous but the Forrest Gump movie gives a decent model on how a person could roleplay a low Int character. Overly literal in response to questions or instructions, unable to grasp subtle sarcasm in others, lacking the imagination to worry about possible consequences of complete honesty, and more can be seen in that character.
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Old 03-21-2018, 04:09 PM
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As others have said, a score of 9 isn't terrible - just below-average. If you've ever watched Critical Role's first campaign, it's perfectly possible for a low-Int character to have a sudden epiphany. Travis's character Grog had an Int of 6. Often times he'd speak with simple words and misinterpret what others say, taking things literally or missing sarcastic remarks. Importantly, with so low a score, he couldn't read and had a very poor grasp of numbers, often attempting to haggle up rather than down. He essentially had the reasoning and problem solving skills of a young child.

Once in a while Grog would say something insightful (his Wisdom was a 10, on that note), and it was either based off of his previous experiences or due to a "simple is better" approach to the problem. On rare occasion, if Grog said something that seemed far beyond his realm of understanding, Matt would make a dice roll (d4 or d6) for Psychic damage against Grog "for attempting to think too hard" (Critical Role Ep92, 00:59:33 which, coincidentally, I'm watching as I write this). Not a necessary element, but could be a fun and funny way to play a low-Int character.

Again, your score isn't so low that you suffer the same problems as Grog, so I wouldn't let it greatly hinder your thought processes while playing such a character. As for the converse (having high Int but you yourself not feeling quite up to the task), it's a game first with role-playing second. Leaving much of your character's deliberations to dice rolls rather than your own mental flexibility is perfectly fine, I'm sure.
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Old 03-25-2018, 10:10 PM
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I think Kelly Capour has pretty much nailed how to role-play a very HIGH Int character...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynMzyaXIZxI
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Old 03-28-2018, 10:37 PM
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I agree with the weirdness that Character INT vs. Player INT can sometimes invite. One thing that I think makes it worse is that INT is so often the "dump stat" that no one invests too much in unless they are going Wizard. So often a party of all 8 - 11 INT characters, yet the party still goes full strategic at every turn if the group is experienced. Creates some oddball situations that seem difficult to believe. But hey, I admit it is still tough to pour resources into a high INT if you want to play a tactical-minded Fighter just to live up to your own sense of realism. The DEX, CON, WIS, etc. are just more tempting to spend on.
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Old 03-29-2018, 01:29 PM
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I agree that in 5e, INT much like STR is an ability that is not very important to most classes. As STR is not a mental ability, it does not interfere as much with role-playing a character as INT does.

I am currently playing a bard whom I deliberately gave CON 9 and INT 14. From a min-max point of view, this does not make much sense, but I don't want to play a dumb bard. Hopefully, the character will survive long enough despite the low CON score.
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I've played in a table top game where each character had 2 stats of 18 but 2 stats of 2. Yes, it is very difficult.

Intelligence; 4-5 would essentially be simple talk; Like Follow Me, Sit, Stop, Eat, Fight, Shhh anything that requires thought wouldn't be understood. This is the area where characters have difficulting separating right from wrong, shapes, tie a rope, fishing, using a door, or learning manners.


Intelligence; 2-3 Basic survival. Hungry? Hunt, Eat. Angry? Attack (fight or flee). No concept of religion, No concept of colors, shapes, clothing self. If you are in a bar, you don't go to the bartender for a drink; Instead you go directly to the nearest tabe and pour the drinks down your throat. If you see an attractive barmaid, you jump her and let nature take it's course. You don't get the concept of privacy.
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Old 01-17-2019, 12:59 PM
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Reading all these posts helped me as well. To everyone thank you.
I've also created a character with low Intelligence (8) however he does have high Wisdom (16). So it seems that to roleplay my character he would be great at spotting traps and tracking animal footprints it just that he won't be able to solve puzzles or riddles. Lastly, if I came up with a plan or an idea to solve a problem I could just roleplay that my character just took a step and Observe his situation, use common sense on how to solve the problem. Or I could say that my mentor taught me and I just happened to remember it.
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I'm currently playing a character (Clawmarked, Goliath Warlock) that has an INT & WIS of 8. Long story short, I inherited this character after the original player had to bow out of the game. The original player went for the obtusely dumb angle, which I found fitting and funny, but I also found hard to replicate without merely playing him as Hulk from the Avengers movies. That felt a bit restricting on character development, to me.

Instead, I tried to put a spin on it, where he is a Goliath of few words and tends to focus on simpler things, like how his friends are doing, or trying, unsuccessfully, to pet our party druid who prefers to stay in cat form. It works for me without having to sacrifice the potential for character development later on, since a truly dumb creature seems like it would just stay a plodding behemoth forever, never really learning anything new. There's a small part of him that knows he's not very bright, but doesn't understand why, so he does the best he can, which sometimes involves some questionable decisions by me as a player. The trick is trying to balance the character's supposed dullness without being a constant liability to the party.
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Old 02-05-2019, 12:45 PM
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Unless you go lower than eight there wouldn't be much difference, but 7 and below you get into the realm of dumb brutes.
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