Getting out of Character Ruts
I've just returned home from a Friday-night gaming session, and I'm too frustrated with myself to sleep. I've hunted around Gamegrene and other roleplaying websites, and I have yet to find a good discussion on the topic of character ruts, so here I am.
In preparation for a longer campaign using the same rules and setting, we played in a one-shot Serenity adventure with premade characters. The idea was to allow us to feel our way around the rules before we launch into the main gig. All of us being huge fans of both Firefly and Serenity, it wasn't too hard to get into the setting, although we had some initial troubles with the rules.
The session itself was excellent, and my frustrations here are primarily with myself as a player than anything else.
I find myself stuck playing the same personality over and over again, although he manifests in different bodies and character sheets. I even approached the game tonight with the goal that I would play a very different character than the one I'm used to, and STILL ended up twisting my premade character so that he perfectly aligned with common themes among all my characters.
I have a hard time playing characters that are reactive or passive, and characters who have questions about their own morality. As such, I tend to float towards the "leadership" and "moral authority" roles in the party, which are both things I'd like to avoid from doing every single game session.
So, do any of you Gamegreners have advice on how to break out of a consistent character rut?