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Building Characters

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How can you create memorable characters with great story potential?

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At the heart of all great stories are strong characters. It doesn’t matter whether you’re reading a short story, writing a novel, or watching a play. The characters found in TV series, comic books, and games are more alike on a creative level than they are different. The symbiotic relationship between character and story is universal across media.

Building Characters explores what goes into crafting memorable and enjoyable characters. While the focus is on tabletop roleplaying games, writing terms rather than RPG jargon are used. It’s not going about crunching numbers or picking abilities; it's about writing your character, rather than just playing them. Because even though there are other hats that we wear around the table, it’s the writer’s craft that we’re dabbling in.

With clear step-by-step instructions, you can:

  • Identify the types of character personalities
  • Develop a compelling and useful character history
  • Explore the character's motivations, aptitudes, and experiences

Building Characters is system-agnostic and can be used with any game system, setting, or work of fiction.

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April 3rd, 2018
Although the misspelled words are annoying, the advices and almost hand-guiding instructions on character design are useful. Other works' advices usually feel too vague when trying to put them in practice, and that is where these ones will come handy. [...]
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November 4th, 2017
First of all, I see how this book can help some people. It's certainly not useless. However, this book, like Story Setting by the same publisher, has many typos, feels a bit laundrylisty, and tries to fill in more pages when things could be described [...]
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August 8th, 2016
It is the perfect product if you wish to create concise motivations for characters. Well laid out and easy to use. [...]
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June 18th, 2016
As a person who has a lot of general ideas but struggles with details, this is a big help. Really walks you through the generation of charecter background and allows for as much depth as one could want. Highly reccomended. Does contain some edditing is [...]
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June 16th, 2016
Again, not to make two reviews sound the same, but I've read a number of books on building characters, not just for rpgs, but also for general stories. Most have different takes on the various archtypes, but this book combines alot of that information [...]
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RWR1601
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This title was added to our catalog on May 26, 2016.