This last weekend, I sat down around my dining room table with four of my closest friends and walked them through the character creation process for Dungeons and Dragons (5th edition). I couldn't believe it was actually happening.
My friends are a rag tag bunch of English teachers. They are not your typical D&D players, and I never thought I would see the day they were willing to learn how to play D&D. Nevertheless, I told them to bring a pencil and their imagination, and they dove right in.
In order to streamline the process, I made this handy guide. We were able to get through the entire process, minus backstories, in about two hours. I cannot stress how helpful it was to do everything together, and go through step-by-step. Trust me, as a DM of four new-timers, it made it less like herding cats and more like directing traffic.
Obviously, this guide does not solve all problems. As a DM you will have to fill in some gaps of knowledge and direct them through their character sheets. I'm just telling you. If everyone shows up at the same time, and you use this sheet, you can be done in two hours. TWO HOURS.
One more time. TWO HOURS.