Triple Crit

A Blog for Writers, Roleplayers, and Gamemasters

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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 […]

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Six Degrees

No doubt you’ve heard of the Six Degrees by which everyone is purported separated. But in role-playing, you can use that idea to create more complex relationships and increase your investment in the character. At the table, it makes for some pretty hilarious or moving scenes, while in “massive” contexts, it’s essentially required in order […]