5 Tips for Character Backstory (That Will Actually Get Used!)
For the past few weeks I’ve taken a break from Dungeon Mastering to work on some novel re-writes, which you can read an excerpt from by following the chapters tab on the left. But why would you do that? It’s not funny, and it’s not about role-playing. Come on man, stay focused here.
While comparing notes with the rest of my party during character creation, I came to a realization about building backstory. It doesn’t happen.
Sure, the players had character sheets where they recorded rows of numbers for how hard they can sock it to an Orc. Or a bar wench. Or an Orcish bar wench. But aside from this numerical wench-slaying value, the players were content crafting human-animal hybrids in chainmail, sticking a sword in their hands, and pushing them out the door, sans personal history. In fact, my understanding of our party’s fighter begins and ends with…
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