How Do YOU Make Characters?
I find it extremely interested to watch and learn the way that people approach making characters for games. How do YOU make characters?
I find it extremely interested to watch and learn the way that people approach making characters for games.
My friends Charles, the ultimate munchkin, immediately hones in on attributes, skills, and powers that will make him a combat god. Afterwards, he'll cobble together a lame thinly strung attempt of a background story.
As a GM, I make players write out their background stories before making their characters. Sometimes, I make their characters for them, based on their backgrounds.
Charles will try something like a Navy Seal Sniper who received a hardship discharge five years in after his unit was wiped out. Amazingly, this character suffers to mental or physical trauma from this event. This optimizes his combat potential.
Another friend of mine, Freddie, tends to come up with a movie based concept. A pirate based on Captain Jack Sparrow mixed with the Princess Bride and a few Japanimation characters. Then he'll use that base and create a character that fits the world.
My sister in-law makes a good looking mage. Usually a noble. This is irregardless of the gaming system and sometimes even the genre being played.
My wife prefers playing a character who can fight in a straight forward run in and kill everything style. She prefers not having any other responsibilities. She does crave romance in games but plays unapproachable characters.
Jeff plays insane characters that are seemingly random bits and pieces of other character ideas. His characters aren't useful in most cases, although they are... interesting to be around.
By way of comparison, I write up detailed background stories that include my family, relationships, training, personality, and motivations. My backgrounds are usually two or three pages long. My characters are usually the product of abuse and typically grew up poor. They are resourceful but bitter and narcissistic. They also tend to be great fighters although they aren't combat focused. A Jackie Chan-like thief, for instance.
During the game I try to discover my character's humanity and to have them learn and grow emotionally. My ultimate goal is to have them plumb the depths of despair and love, to marry and raise a family, and to fight for what they believe in.
So... how do YOU make characters?