Expand Your Dungeons And Dragons Character With These Accessories – Forbes
Dungeons & Dragons players and their Dungeon Masters can benefit from writing prompts in books like … [+]
Roll And Play Press
If there’s one truth across every edition of Dungeons & Dragons it is that people love their characters. Players memorialize them with art commissions, tell stories about their adventures to friends and mourn them if they fall in battle. They also love to delve into their past and think about their future to make them seem real.
I’ve been sent review copies of a few accessories to help players dig into the backgrounds of their beloved characters. There’s also a book series that extends play beyond the normal 20-level end game. Knowing where a character has been or where it’s going can make play experiences feel as deep as an epic novel series.
Roll & Play
Writing prompts focus creativity during those moments when the blank page is looming. They help flesh out details of a character that can influence the story. How does my character’s favorite food influence how feel about a noble when it is served at the castle?
Roll & Play: The Fantasy Character Kit offers prompts like these categorized by D&D classes and races. There are also lists chock full of character inspiration like distinctive features, magic style and even the names of churches and monastic orders. A book like this is super helpful for new players who might find themselves over whelmed with character choices and ideas.
There are other offerings in the same style. An upcoming Sci-Fi themed kit looks to dive into space opera and cyberpunk characters. Dungeon Masters can pick up The Game Master Fantasy Toolkit for a similar collection of lists that include everything from why there’s afestival in town to just how critical that hit was.
The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide
Players looking to delve depper into their character’s history should check out The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide by James D’Amato. This book offers dozens of prompts on everything from family to fears and other emotions. A deck of cards can help generate some random ideas that otherwise might not have occured about your character.
This version also features multiple genres such as sci-fi, horror, punk games, super heroes and westers. It’s an excellent choice for tables that play in more than one genre. It ends with a series of questions useful for any genre.
Building an individual character is fun but setting up a group dynamic can help players move into the story more quickly. The classic setup of “you all meet at a tavern” still works, but players having relationships and rivalries with other players lets tables get to the meatier story bits sooner. It’s a lot more compelling if the person asking your group to go into the …….