Triple Crit

A Blog for Writers, Roleplayers, and Gamemasters

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5 Steps to Writing a Killer RPG Character Backstory

Whether this is your first or your hundredth time rolling up a character for a new roleplaying game campaign, coming up with a compelling backstory can be tough. Maybe you’ve spent a ton of time trying to come up with a character, but you still end up bored with them or worry that they’re one […]

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A Conflict-Driven Character Creation Questionnaire

What is an RPG campaign if not a series of conflicts between player characters and the world, conflicts between player characters and non-player characters, or conflicts within and among the player characers themselves? The following questions just popped into my head as a new way to facilitate character backstory generation–specifically by getting to the heart […]

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Seven Steps to Character Creation Worksheet

Over the last few months I’ve refined a one-page character background worksheet to fill out when I’m a player or to hand out at the start of a campaign when I’m game mastering. It’s designed in such a way to get players thinking in broad strokes about what sort of character they want to play […]

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A Contest-Worthy Character?

I was sitting at the red light at Five Corners, puzzling over who I wanted to submit to DriveThruRPG’s Tell Us About Your Character Contest. None of my creations immediately leapt out at me, and the more I thought about it, the more it bothered me. Why was I looking at Solandre, my blood elf […]

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A Double-edged Sword: Making Your Greatest Strengths Your Greatest Weaknesses

For the typical D&D player, the game essentially boils down to “winning.” You slay the monsters, find the treasure, level up. A steady upward climb. Fun, to be sure, but I’d rather just play a board or video game if I wanted that. Tabletop allows for a little something more, that is to say, the […]