character creation

Character creation can be tricky for any player and even more so in a already established world like Star Wars. And because like many GMs I reward good role playing here are some good places to start or helpful tips.

((Stolen with permission from The Stray on the Wizards of the Coast community forums))

The Ten-Minute Background

In an attempt to get all the information I need to create stuff from character backgrounds without having to continually push for information, I am asking that you create backgrounds the following way:

  • Step 1: Write 5 background and concept elements that you feel are important to your image of the character. These can be a concept overview, a list of important life events, a physical description, a personality profile…whatever you need to get an image in your mind. 5 is just a minimum…more elements are encouraged!
  • Step 2: List at least two goals for the character. At least one of these goals should be one that the character has, while another should be one that you, as a player, want to see developed over the course of the game.
  • Step 3: List at least two secrets about your character. One is a secret the character knows, one is a secret that involves him but that he is not actually aware of yet. This will help me in creating plots that center around your character. I will also be creating a third secret which you as a player will not be aware of, so expect some surprises!
  • Step 4: Describe at least three people that are tied to the character. Two of them are friendly to the character, one is hostile. If you like, you can include an enemy of yours here as well, so I have an instant NPC nemesis to throw at you.
  • Step 5: Describe three memories, mannerisms, or quirks that your character has. They don’t have to be elaborate, but they should provide some context and flavor.
Some questions to ask your self about your character:
  1. How does my character feel about Jedi and the Force ?
  2. How does my character feel about droids ?
  3. How does my character feel about the current government?

Jedi are always interesting characters to play and a very iconic class. What people often don’t understand is that a Jedi is very much like the DnD paladin. They are held to a higher standard then those around them. People often start to feel that having a lightsaber is a right not a privilege. A question to ask your self before making a Jedi character is “If I didn’t have a lightsaber would I still want to play this character?”

character creation

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