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Additionally, Blue is one of those weird math and science people who also enjoys writing, and she has been writing for over ten years. She loves good plotting, character development, and is always a sucker for a happy ending.
Cattle Barons want to expand their herds, while farmers are struggling to work the land. Greedy Miners are at odds with each other and the Natives who believe their land is sacred. The soldiers of Fort Langden have their hands full managing the situation and local law enforcement who resent their presence. Men and women looking for their fortunes have been flooding in since the rumors of gold running under the mountain came to light, and while the influx of people has been good for business, the proprietors are just waiting for the bubble to burst.
The place is a powder keg and all it'll take is a spark to set it off.
Come explore the sprawling western town with its various array of characters or wander the range where the multitude of cattle roam, get involved in the lives of farmers struggling to hold off the pushy cattle barons encroaching on their lands or explore the dangerous world of coal mining.
Is the government corrupt?
Are the farmers right in their wild accusations?
Is there something fishy going on with the coal mines? Is there really a massive vein of gold deep within the mountains just waiting to be discovered? Or will you create your own adventure?
Start writing and find out!
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Posted: Aug 27 2016, 12:07 AM
W ho is your character?
Some of you may know your character inside and out, but some of you may be surprised at how much a character might be holding out on you. It's from an old topic I used to write back in the infancy of about.com titled: Written Roleplay 101.
Do the questionnaire and see how much you really know about them
Character building isn't essential in RPG, however if you wish to write a full and well rounded character, you should think about who your character is as a person and what made them that way.
The challenge for the author/writer is to create characters that the reader and other players will care about or want to continue reading about. That means the character should be both real, so we can relate to them on a human level, and sympathetic, so we feel the time we spend in reading and writing with them in a story is worthwhile. Alternately, for a villain, you would want to make them someone we love to hate, and thus keep us interested in seeing them finally thwarted.
Writers create characters that others care about by making them a great deal like real people - a mix of good features and bad, of strengths and flaws. That mix varies, of course, with the kind of story the writer is writing within, and with the specific character.
Every character has to have good reasons for their actions, so the most important question we can ask about the character we are creating is why? But if we ask this question without a base to build on, we are almost sure to come up with a stereotypical and predictable answer. For example, We don't just ask what their name is, we ask why? Were they named after someone? Is the name meaningful in some way?
Sometimes there is a natural instinct to give our character our own list of causes, interests and hobbies. Beware of making your character look like a laundry list instead of a person by giving them too many detailed interests. Save some characteristics for another character. Most players have more than one.
There is a temptation, now we have all this information, to find places to insert it all into the story, and often all at once. Just because we know something about a character doesn't mean all other players need to know. ( We don't know everything about the people we meet or work with each day, just the things that affect our relationship with that person.) Not every fact is important for others to know. Select those which best illustrate the person and impact on the story, and leave out the rest. Sometimes this information is helpful to us as the writer to know how our character might 'react' from or because of this 'hidden' information.
The table below has many questions to answer, some you may know straight away and others maybe not until your character decides to let you in on their past. Either way, you don't have to reveal all these facts when writing for your character. They are there for you as the writer to know. Everything that has happened to your character in their life, just as it would in real life, shapes their actions and decisions.
Creating your character/s:
Your character - Basics
Date of birth: Place and country of birth:
Family of Origin
Does your character like his or her name? Why? Why not?
Current Family and Relationships
Family of origin
Employment / Career
Values and preferences
I have personally found my best characters to be the ones I know as well as I know myself. I wish you all the very best when creating characters of your own.