5 Tips for Character Backstory (That Will Actually Get Used!)

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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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About Jack

BRIEF BIO: Jack Gunter is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and songs. He is the co-owner of Open Door Communications, a copywriter, an inventor, and a former broker and private investigator. He is a naturalist and an amateur scientist and cryptologist. He likes to compose music and to design and play games and puzzles of all types. He homeschooled his children. He lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with his beautiful wife, talented two daughters, his old friend and Great Dane Sam, and his three Viking Cats.

Posted on November 20, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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