At the heart of all great stories are strong characters. It doesn’t matter whether you’re reading a short story, writing a novel, or watching a play. The characters found in TV series, comic books, and games are more alike on a creative level than they are different. The symbiotic relationship between character and story is universal across media.
In this book, we’ll explore what goes into crafting memorable and enjoyable characters. While the focus is on tabletop roleplaying games, I’ll be using writing terms rather than RPG jargon. It’s not going to be about crunching numbers or picking abilities. I’ll talk about writing your character, rather than just playing them. Because while there are other hats that we wear around the table, including those of performer and tactician, we’re all writers. Even if we never put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, it’s the writer’s craft that we’re dabbling in.