So you've spent the time to create a character you love, you've written up a backstory, you've given your DM several places and NPCs that are important to your new character, you have all of their stats and a few basic events that were important to their lives ready to go. You sit down at on the couch (or at the computer screen), ready to open your mouth when another player asks you what your character's favorite food to it is and you have no idea what to say.
For a lot of us, that scenario up there is our worst fear. Improv is what makes role playing games fun but it is also stressful because no matter how much you prepare, you can still be blindsided.
Since we've been playing for almost 30 sessions with these same characters, a lot of our initial fears have passed and our character's backstories, likes, dislikes and reactions have grown with each passing game. It's made us love them even more. Just like discovering the new world your DM has laid in front of you, discovering things about your own character can be just as rewarding.
Here are a few things we've done to help get to know our characters better:
- Draw your character- This one is pretty obvious, but if you like to draw, why not draw a picture of your character and possible the other party members? It's much easier to go about RPing with someone if you know what they look like. Are you playing a very charismatic character? Might be nice to have a reference to remember that cocky grin. Plus, if you draw everyone's character's they will love you for it. Make your friends happy!
- Find a reference for your character- Maybe you're like a lot of us and weren't blessed with artistic ability. For those of us that have NO IDEA how people make lines into picture, head over to Pinterest, type in "DnD Female Cleric" and see what comes up. Get a reference of your character so you have a picture in your head. That way if you decide you want to commission an artist to draw your character one day, you have a jumping off point. Trust me when I say that the artist will appreciate it. Sam loved us for already having references picked out!
- Write a story in your character's perspective- I might not be able to draw but I can write. It's so helpful to get into the mind of your character in a safe environment, put them in different situations and see how they would react. Plus, you can add other members of the group in to the stories and if you're brave enough, you can share them and let people see what your character thinks of them!
- Keep a journal in character- This is similar to the last request but you might find it more helpful or easier. I keep a journal of important things while playing the game but I also keep a journal of the events that happened in Lena's voice (which you can read on this blog, if you are interested). It's a fun way to recap what happened in the sessions, it allows you to reflect how your character thinks about all the trials they face and you learn what it is really important to your character. Plus, it's fun for other members of the group to see how the things they've done effect your character and you might get to reveal information that you weren't able to share in game!
- Make a Facebook Page- That way you can post up pictures of your character, share things you thought was awesome about last game and keep in touch with your other party members!
- Make a Pinterest collage- This is one I stole from the book blogging community. I love Pinterest inspiration boards and thought it would be a fun experiment to do them after DnD sessions. So basically, you hunt for pictures that represent what your character went through during that session. This is one I created during our journey through Hell in Alaemon's domain, representing Lena's painful past. Teo was hurt badly in a fight with Lilith, a monster that had always been at her side was hunting them and Lena felt trapped between her tiefling past and her religion. We have a lot of fun creating these, picking quotes and interrupting what the person is thinking when they made them!
- Make a Twitter account- This is a pretty new development for us but we've been having SO MUCH fun with it. Having Twitter conversations between sessions really helps you learn how your character responds to things because you get a chance to think about your responses before you say them. You'll find that the more time you spend RPing online, the better you'll be when you sit down to play. We've even had a few people make characters of their own to interact with our characters and we think it is great! If you have a DnD character you want to try out, make an account, follow our characters and join the world of Albion with us!
Character Twitter Accounts:
- Lena- @lena_tul
- Xiara- @xiara_sylvar
- Brink- @AlchemicBrink
- Lainie- @LainieTul
- Butter- @Butter_Bodkin
- Shea- @DryadShea
- Chad- @ChadtheDM
- Teo- @MateoTul
- Billy- @billy_boffin
So those are some things we've done to help get into characters better. Do you have any tips or tricks that you'd like to share with us?