Currently I am part of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign pushing 1 1/2 years in length. We’ve seen characters and villains come and go in this amount of time, months have passed, and lives have been saved. All-in-all, we have been fairly successful! That’s not to say that we haven’t lost people though.
One of the characters that we met along the way was a blacksmith by the name of Alan Smith (Played by our other writer, Nick). He was a man in his late 30s with a wife, a steady job, and his own small business. Average Joe right? Well, not so much. He was also a cleric of the god of wisdom and knowledge that was pretty finely in tune with what his patron desired. He was a powerful warrior and caster with a strong moral compass. An interesting note, though, is that Alan was intended to be a completely “normal” person. He was supposed to view everything through the eyes of an NPC instead of a party member. The weird and quirky things about the party we’re completely lost on him and some of our choices seemed like foolhardiness in his eyes. But with all that said, Alan was not (and never could have been) a “normal” human being.
See, the whole idea behind most tabletop RPGs (DnD especially) is to make your players the heroes. The stars of the show! With this being the case, it doesn’t matter how off-beat a character acts or how droll they tend to be, they are extraordinary beings that are destined for greatness. It’s simply their destiny.
So when you’re planning your next RPG character, just remember that you are destined to be so much more than “normal.” Make your character your own, not matter where they fall on the scale from average to ludicrous. The whole world is in your hands, and your destiny is to shape it.
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