In this episode of LarpForge the LazyLarper is talking about how to make a character and what to think about when creating a character. What is the essence of character creation? What makes up the character? And who is he/she?
No matter what system or game you are playing in, you always need a character/role.
Things to take into consideration when making your character:
What he/she is:
- What do I want to play? (personal motivation, no limits)
- What can I play? (limits of the setting/rules etc.)
- What can I pull off? (costume, acting, personal limits etc.)
Now that we have the “frame”/skeleton/cardboard cutout of the character, it is time to put some meat on the bones.
Who he/she is:
- Behaviors (polite/rude, accent, gets-car-sick, etc.)
- Habits (rolls his eye, swears, subconscious movement, etc.)
- Background story (reasons for behaviors, how they grew up, reasons for profession, etc.)
I think what makes the core of the character is defining: who the character is. It’s what takes the character and gives them an identity, making a character into a person.
When this “person” then interacts with other characters, they create an immersive environment. This is what creates role-playing, which is what we want, is it not?
Examples on a character
Name: Tobias Kettle
BG: Grew up in a Inn with family. He have a lot of older brothers and one older sister.
Habits: Heavy drinker ; swears a lot ; brag a lot
Behaviors: Accent from the country/small town, where he grew up ; Bow down people of higher status, but talk about them behind their back ; Is a coward, but will fight like a fierce tiger when cornered ; more bark than brawl
Pleas share some examples of your characters, and how you came up with them in the comments.