In preparation for my Monday post, which will be: How to Create Your First RPG Character, I have decided to re-release my most popular article. As always, I hope you enjoy it and that it helps. DML
(I built this from several questionnaires I found online. I hope it helps your NPCs or your player character’s backgrounds)
Why was the character given the name he has?
Does the character have a nickname?
What is the source of the nickname?
Is it flattering or not?
What is the character’s hometown?
How long has he lived there?
Does he like it or want to get away or already miss it?
Has he traveled much?
Where & Why?
Has he lived for a long period in another town?
Which town(s)? Why?
Has he lived in any unusual/harsh environments?
How does he react to it?
How old is your character?
What would somebody see at first glance (i.e. height, weight, skin color, eye color, hair color, physique, race, and visible equipment)?
What additional attributes would be noticed upon meeting the character (i.e. Speech, mannerisms)?
Does your character have any personality quirks (i.e. antisocial, arrogant, optimistic, paranoid)?
Does your character have any distinguishing marks (birthmarks, scars, deformities)?
Are your parents still alive?
What do they do for a living?
If one or both of your parents are dead when and how did they die?
Who raised you after your parents died?
What do they do for a living?
Do you have any siblings?Have any of them died?
If any siblings have died how did they die?
What do your siblings do?
Is your character married?
Does your character have children?
What social class is your character from?
How has their upbringing affected their world view?
What is your character’s moral code?
Is your character religious?
What are your character’s personal beliefs?
How did your character get started in their chosen class?
Where did your character learn or train their skills?
Why does your character adventure?
How does your character view his/her role as an adventurer?
Does your character have any heroes or inspirational figures?
Does your character have any significant personal items?
Is your character guided by a prophecy?
What is your character’s view on magic?
Has your character ever served in the military?
Has your character ever been arrested?
Did they do it?
How did your character meet his current adventuring companions?
Has your character ever crossed anyone?
Does your character have any enemies?
What are your character’s goals in life?
How important is the accumulation of wealth?
How does your character get along with others?
Is there anything that your character hates?
Is there anything that your character fears?
Does the character have a mentor? What is he like?
Does the character have a best friend? What is he like?
If your character died tomorrow what would they be remembered for?
Does the character have someone he wishes to impress? Why?
Does the character have someone/something to avenge? Why?
Does the character have an enemy? What caused the issue between the two?
Does the character know other members of the party? What does he think of them?
Did the character have any schooling?
Does the character have any non-game related special skills? (For example, is he a good cook?)
Was there something unusual about his childhood? (Enslaved, given a kiss by the queen for some good deed, etc.)
Well, I hope this helps, and that you enjoy it.
If you like it, want to check out some of the other things I post about, talk about RPGs, or just say hello come hit me up at @DMLeviathan