Character Creation Questions
The following are some questions that may assist in character creation. It certainly isn’t necessary to have an answer to each and every one. In fact, I often find I discover a lot of things about my characters after I’ve driven them around for a bit. Those questions you do answer, however, may help solidify your character, and help the decision making when it comes to choosing attributes, hindrances, skills and edges. Feel free to copy this page and either post to the forum or send me your answers. Enjoy!
- What is your name?
- How old are you?
- What do you look like?
- What kind of clothes do you usually wear?
- What are your prevailing facial expressions? Sour? Cheerful? Dominating?
- What is the extent of your education?
- What is your idea of a good time? Drinking? Gambling? Sitting by the fire? Etc.?
- Do you have any habits, illnesses or quirks?
- What is your favorite thing about yourself?
- What is your least favorite thing about yourself?
- What gets you excited?
- How is your sense of humor?
- Are you open minded, or do you tend to reject new things and ideas?
- List 5 of your favorites (ie- color, food, drink, animal, past time, skill, etc.).
- Is there a place you call home?
- What is your race or nationality? (Everybody is human in the weird west, but you may be caucasian, Asian (Chinese mostly), Native American, African American or otherwise) What are your feelings about your race’s general place in the world? What about that of other races?
- Were you born in the U.S. or somewhere else? If somewhere else, where, and how and why did you come to be in the U.S.?
- What was your early life like?
- What kinds of things have you been up to thus far in your life? (The archetypes listed in the Deadlands: Reloaded Players’ Guide may help with ideas here.)
- How well traveled are you?
- Have you made any friends or enemies in your life? If so, to what extent are they friends or enemies? Is someone out to kill you? Is there someone you feel the need to protect? Is there someone who has wronged you?
- What was the best thing you ever did, and why was it so great?
- What was the worst thing you ever did, and what make it so bad?
- How do you feel about other people? Are you a loner or general friendly? Do people tend to react to you favorably or with some negativity, and why?
- The Weird West is an uneasy place with several factions on the brink of hostilities at any moment. How do you feel about the following groups: The Union, The Confederacy, The Rail Barons, the Native American tribes? Have you had contact with any of these groups? Are you now or have you ever been a member of any of them?
- What are you feelings and relationship with the law?
- Do you follow any particular religion, Christianity, Buddhism, Native American Spiritualism, voodoo, etc.?
- What are your greatest fears? (This one will require an answer.)
- What is your greatest nightmare? (This one will require an answer.)
- Do you already know any of the other characters in the posse? If so, do they know you know them? What is your relationship?
- Do you have any secrets you are keeping from the rest of the posse, your employers, etc. (note: secrets from the GM are not allowed.)?
- Do you have a favored weapon or other piece of equipment?
- Have you ever encountered any of the more weird stuff in the Weird West? If so, how did you deal with it? How well did you deal with it?
- What brings you to Sutter’s Flats? This town is pretty much a nothing. Are you, like most folks, just passing through, or did you come here for some specific reason? How did you get there?
- Why would you accept an offer to join a cattle drive that is headed to Denver? What do you hope to gain from it? Are you hiding from something? Running from something? Out to prove yourself, or just looking for a paycheck, etc.? Are you leaving or have you left something, or someone, behind?
- How are you at shooting a gun? Do you prefer pistols or rifles? What is your experience with these like?
- How are you are throwing things, a lasso or a knife for instance? What is your experience with these like?
- How are you on horseback? What is your experience with horses like?
- Are you a gambler?
- Are you a good tracker?
- Are you ok traveling the wilderness, by yourself or with others?
- Is there that certain special someone? If so, where are they?
- Out of character- What is something you would like to see your character do? Something that you would like to see happen to them?