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Fantasy Race Stereotypes (yawn.)

Tweet For many players, fantasy races — specifically elves and dwarfs — are a staple of fantasy settings. I’m of two minds when it comes to including fantasy races in a game. On one hand, players are used to this sort of convention. Players often have a preference. If I don’t provide dwarfs, for instance, some players will just make humans who are shorter than average, bearded, good miners and roughly Scottish. Part of me says, “just give the players what they want.” On the other hand, isn’t there enough breadth and depth within the human race to cover just about any fantasy character concept? If you want to play a short, gruff, bearded miner, can’t you do so within the constraints of the human race? If you want to play a smug, elitist naturalist, … Read entire article »

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Making Charcter Names: The Story of Naractes Chamter

Tweet One of the most threatening things for both players and GMs at the time they are creating their characters is the concept of creating a name. Often people will flake out and go with something that has absolutely no relevance to anything. Think about how many times you’ve seen the name “Bob” at the top of a sheet and wondered to yourself if this has to always be the weak link to your sound character concept. Well in this article I am going to present four methods to help create better character names, two specifically for a modern or futuristic setting and two for a fantasy setting. A. Modern/ Futuristic 1. Combine Names of Others There have been numerous instances where I have been stuck on an idea for a character and … Read entire article »

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