Matt Colville has a homebrew method of rolling out attributes for Dungeons & Dragons intended to encourage players to "discover" their characters. You roll for each attribute in order, and cannot rearrange them, but you discard the entire rollout and start again if you do not have at least two attributes that are 15 or more.
Well, this tool turned out to be a lot more popular than I expected! I really appreciate all the feedback folks are offering on this. I particularly liked the few Reddit threads that developed around this, where many users shared their own methods of rolling out ability scores. I've gone ahead and added some options to this tool to allow folks to tinker with different methodologies, though the default settings remain Matt Colville's original homebrew process.
After seeing this tool's continued popularity almost half a year later I've gone ahead and built a dedicated web app you can use for all your D&D stat rolling needs. It features this Colville methodology along with Matt Mercer's over-seventy approach, and a customizable requirement system so you can define your own rollout criteria. Check it out!
Each attribute roll is the now-standard highest 3 of 4d6. That is, you roll four six-sided dice, and discard the lowest value. This gives you better outcomes on average than the classic 3d6. 3d6 averages between 10 and 11, for example, while the most frequent roll with the contemporary highest-three-of-four method is 13. ↩︎