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20 questions for any characters creation

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Remæus on Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:06 pm

In response to your questions on how to improve your character's
background and your own roleplaying questions I'm posing a series of
questions. Sit down and answer each of them carefully, and you'll have a
much better idea of who your ranger is. Turning a "character" into a
memorable "person" is the one thing that seperates true roleplaying from
munchkinism (there's that word again) but it can be done.

20 questions for any characters creation.

1) Who were the character's parents? Did they raise the character? If
not why? If not them who?
2) Did the character have any childhood friends? Any siblings? Where
are they now? Does the character stay in touch with them or have they
become seperated?
3) What was childhood like for the character? Calm and peaceful or
turbulent and traumatic?
4) Does the character have any or did the character have any role
models? Describe them?
5) What did the character do before he / she entered the story? Who
trained the character to do what she / he does now?
6) What are the character's moral and religous beliefs? What lengths
will the character go to defend those beliefs? Who or what taught those
beliefs to the character?
7) Does the character have any unusual habits or physical traits? How
do others tend to react to them?
8) What is the general reaction to the character of other characters?
Why, in the character's opinion, do they act that way?
9) Can the character kill? Why would the character kill? Does he / she
have any enemies at all? Would or could the character kill them?
10) What kind of relationships does the character currently have? Does
he / she have any close friends? Bitter enemies? If so who? What are
they like?
11) Does the character have any mental problems? Phobias? If so
what are they? What do they stem from?
12) How does the character generally treat others? Does she / he trust
easily? Or not?
13) What does the character look like? Does he / she have any scars or
tattoos? If so how did she / he get them?
14) What is the character's normal daily routine? How does he / she
feel when it's interupted for whatever reason?

Next sit down with your DM and consider these questions
15) Was the character present during any key events in the history of
the campaign world? How did that event affect the character?
16) Does the character have a notorious or celebrated anscestor? What
did he / she do? What do people assume about the character when his /
her ancestery is known? Does the character actively try to live up to
the reputation, try dispel it or try to ignore it?

Finally consider these questions:
17) What are the character's dreams? Ambitions? Goals?
18) How does she / he seek to obtain them? How does adventuring fit
into this dream, or does it at all?
19) Does the character ever want to have a family of his / her own
someday? If so with who or what type of person?
20) Has the character ever considered the possibility of his / her own
death? Has he / she made a will?

Only after going through this process will I let a player choose an
alignment, since that is formed from past experiences more than anything

I hope this helps.

The Marvelous Magnificent Michael Morris the Maniacally Mad.
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