#RPGaDAY2018: Day 30 — Share a thought about playing characters


Today’s prompt was to share something you learned about playing your character, but I don’t get to play rpgs very often. I’m a DM. I’ve been a DM almost exclusively for 40 years. I do however have some thoughts about playing characters and I thought that would be a good thing to share with you today.

The best players, to me, are those that find that happy medium between their personality and that of the character they are playing. They are able slip between the two, seamlessly. They have a player persona and a character persona.

I think this helps with player to player interaction and character to character interaction as well.

They are clearly defined.

You should always be able to tell the difference between Angela from Accounting and Angelique the Black Raven, a notorious arcane trickster from the town of Crowhaven.

This is important and helps to avoid player conflict. Character conflict I’m fine with, but I want the players to have a laugh and a good time.

Knowing who your character is, what defines them, really makes the game click. D&D is not a game you play to win. It’s not about accumulating the most stuff. It’s about having fun with your friends and being part of a living and breathing story where you’re one of the principle movers and shakers of the narrative.

Just one day left in this year’s RPGaDay Extravaganza. It’s been a great run, thus far, with some terrific prompts. Let’s send it off on a high note tomorrow. See you then.


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