Background Characters

I did this for this game when I tried running it in Play-By-Post on RPG.net, and it helped me a lot in integrating the PCs into the world:

When you make your character, think up two (2) NPCs who are relevant to his or her backstory. Ideally one of them should be a superhero or supervillain type who could qualify as your own character's nemesis or chief rival, but the other can be anyone or anything that seems appropriate. Sidekicks, love interests, best pals, pets, whatevs. 

By doing this, you'll guarantee us some more story hooks to play with, offer a spin on the setting, let me know what you're into, and just make my job a little easier. 

Jason Corley's given a great example already for his guy Gemini, so check out his character page.

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Morfedel
  • Sun, Mar 20, 2011

    Personally, I LOVE big detailed backstories. :)

    Mathey
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  • Sun, Mar 20, 2011

    I wouldn't sweat a big background. If anything, a big detailed back history can be a drag. 

    Morfedel
  • Sun, Mar 20, 2011

    Ugh. I wrote a big long background in the text box... and my computer decided to crash on me.

    That'll learn me. Next time, I'll write it in word with autosave on, and copy/paste it when I'm done. :P

     

    Mathey
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  • Fri, Mar 18, 2011

    James: 

    1) Yep

    2) I'm cool with that - I honestly didn't fully latch on them as an idea in past readings of the rules, but we can use them here. 

    3) Yeah, that sounds right to me. 

    Morfedel
  • Fri, Mar 18, 2011

    I finished my characcer. I want to make sure I did it right though:

     

    1. 250 pts

    2. Using Archetypes

    3. Assuming that some skills can be used untrained, but other skills cannot be, like Knowledge: Nuclear Physics ?

     

    Once I make sure that's correct, I can start typing it up.

    JDCorley
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  • Wed, Mar 16, 2011

    It's never too late to start being a Holmes nerd.

    Morfedel
  • Wed, Mar 16, 2011

    LOL, Corley, maybe you should be playing my character then, as my Holmsian knowledge is pretty much restricted to tv and movies, LOL!

     

    JDCorley
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  • Wed, Mar 16, 2011

    He also was pretty damn strong, able to unbend a bent fireplace poker "with a single sudden motion of his hands".

     

    Holmes nerd 4 lyfe

    Mathey
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  • Wed, Mar 16, 2011

    Strictly going by the stories, he didn't do a LOT of action as we currently understand the term now, but he was athletic and capable in a scrap. Holmes was a competent fencer, skilled with a fighting cane, and practiced a martial art called "baritsu", which is mispelled-or-intentional reference to Bartitsu, a real style developed by a Victorian guy. 

    Morfedel
  • Wed, Mar 16, 2011

    I'll do it with mine. I have a question, if any of you know: I never read the Sherlock holmes stories. I know he was amazingly deductive, but did he do any "action" in the stories too, or was he all about the sleuthing?

    It is important. :)

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