Five Questions For Every Main Character
Around the same time that my wife and I were informed that she won an ENnie, I was leafing through a friend’s copy of Hollowpoint. Hollowpoint is an impeccably streamlined RPG, based around hired-killer movies. It was written to be pulled out and played quickly, and as such, gets to the heart of the matter in terms of character creation with a speed and efficiency that is, well, worth stealing.
I mean, emulating. Worth emulating.
While there’s the traditional dice elements, the bulk of character creation boils down to five questions. Five incredibly useful questions. Here they are with the genre-specific elements removed:
- What visual element makes you stand out?
- What would you never do?
- What’s an object that is precious to you?
- Why do you love what you do?
- Why are you good at what you do?
More on those five questions, and why they’re important, over at the blog.