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19th Oct 2015, 7:50 AM

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kidra on 19th Oct 2015, 7:50 AM

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Today I want to talk about first RPG characters. Everyone had to start with something, and if you’re like me, that first character may have gone a little differently than it would have now.

For me, I started with a character based off Captain America. He had a shield to fight with and we gave him an archetype that used a shield a lot. The problem was, the archetype was horrible, and just some other problems later on led me to change his path as he leveled up. Eventually, he turned into a dual rapier wielding, dancing shield using, home brewed prestige class involving dragons leveling character.

As cool as he was, he definitely wasn't Captain America. I think I could do a better build of Captain America now though, and part of me really wants to.



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The Old One on 19th Oct 2015, 10:12 AM

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My Cap clone is a warpriest (pathfinder). I took a throwing shield as his focus weapon, so he gets damage buffs on that. Magic blessing lets me throw a melee weapon and have it return. Lots of nifty shield feats to keep the shield interesting.

Then i gave him a level of bloodrager so's i could have faster movement and Hulk's rage. I always prep spiritual weapon and cast it as a hammer, so i have Mjolnir. I just need to get some full plate with flight on it and a longbow with a bunch of trick arrows, and i am the one-man Avenger.

The multiclassing to make Widow work into that would seriously impede my combat effectivness, so integrating her is still on the drawing board

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kidra on 19th Oct 2015, 12:03 PM

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Bob on 19th Oct 2015, 2:27 PM

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Except Black Widow...

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Otaku on 19th Oct 2015, 9:29 PM

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...don't ask.

Please don't ask. Brain bleach isn't real so do not ask. @_@

AAA on 19th Oct 2015, 10:38 AM

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Of all things, my first game was Call of Cthulhu.

My character, Neil O'Meara, was definitely created with roleplaying in mind, with an involved (and stereotypically tragic) backstory.

My inexperience, and the skill-based nature of the Basic Roleplaying system that CoC is based on resulted in Young Neil having little in the way of specialization or useful skills.

However, his eagerness to investigate and be involved in the lives of the other investigators endeared him to the group. Our group was so risk adverse and bad at investigating and the GM so reluctant to kill us that he lasted way longer than any CoC character ought to, and when he eventually went*, he was mourned greatly, and is remembered fondly, and I am still proud of him.

* the supernatural entity supposed to be killing him was less involved than intra-party conflict and botched rolls, story for another question

Drazon on 19th Oct 2015, 2:09 PM

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My first character resulted from a misunderstanding with my first DM. The system was DnD 3.0
I wanted to play an archer. He said that there are many classes that can be plaey as an archer. I asked which class would do a lot of damage. He didn't connect this question to my archer concept and just said "A Barbarian does decent damage.
And so the adventures of I-forgot-his-name, the Half-Orc Barbarian Archer began.
None of the Barbarian class features support ranged combat. Yes, he can use a bow, but his rage mainly buffs your strength which is completly useless as an Archer...

Someday I will revisted the concept with throwing weapons.

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Disloyal Subject on 19th Oct 2015, 3:04 PM

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I don't know about Pathfinder, but a 3.5 archer relies just as much on Strength to deal damage as anyone else; they just need a Compound Longbow suited to their Strength bonus. Archerians usually trade out Rage for Ferocity, though, since Dex affects accuracy with ranged weapons and Con is less useful when standing comfortably away from melee.

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Disloyal Subject on 19th Oct 2015, 3:13 PM

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I'd forgotten until now that my Drow Rogue/Ranger was my first character. I made a Chaotic Good renegade drow dual-wielding shortswords on chains... Then I found out that Drizzt existed, whined about people whining about Drizzt clones, and shelved him. Years later I revisited the character as a Chaotic Neutral akin to Monkey D Luffy - cheerfully apathetic about your problems unless you ask him to help or are his friend, perfectly willing to befriend you, and quick to solve his and his friends' problems with horrifying violence. Though ranged melee was done with God of War-style chainblades instead of rubber arms.

As for the first I played... Gestalt Fighter/ Wizard/ Ultimate Magus with multiple stats in the 20s (I rolled REALLY well, and THEN found out there was a houserule for boosting a stat by 1 every level, not every 4th... and we were starting at 11th for a oneshot) is monstrously good, but I forgot to cast buffs before getting into a fight and ended up being less useful than a Fighter of equal level, lower stats, and more focused equipment selection would have been, standing still and missing with my Githyanki silver sword while my party tripped over themselves and my Knight cohort tore the enemy apart with a spiked chain.

Jarimor on 19th Oct 2015, 4:00 PM

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My first was a Dawrven Fighter in 3.5 when i was in college. His party was actually fairly tropical. The thing that stood out most to me was this-
I WAS NEARLY HUNG BY THE FUCKING ELVEN BASTRDS WHOSE CITY WE ENETERED. Seriously, they tried to hange me for being a dwarf and i yelled at my party after this exchange in this exact maner.

Elf-Come with us or your entire party dies.
Me-Fine, if i cant even sit outside of the restuant my firneds are inside of to wait on them, i aint going to cause trouble.
(insert hanging scene here)
Me-GET ME THE HELL DOWN FROM HERE!

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Otaku on 19th Oct 2015, 9:42 PM

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My first character was one of the GM's homebrew races for GURPS 3e, called a "random"long before we became familiar with the internet term (this was early to mid 90s).

It was a very silly shape-shifting blob name Ayamah Fahreek. It was also before the GM really knew the rules for shape-shifting. This led to a lot of improvised calls as I applied comic book logic that doesn't care about RPG system mechanics, instead just extrapolating like it was a Silver Age Superman comic.

We stumbled across some ceremony with a bunch of baddies. A member of our group was a mage and was prepping an explosive fireball. This doesn't take too long in GURPS, which gave my character time to indulge in some silliness (he was a pyromaniac). Instead of getting into a form for combat, Fahreek shifts into a form resembling Disco Stu from The Simpsons and just starts to boogey (fire means its a party!). No one had told me we were being spied on by one of the gods of my people... and he was a very, very silly god. So he got into it suddenly popping up with turn tables, a disco ball, etc. playing "Disco Inferno".

Said deity also turbo charged the fireball so that it wiped out the entire enemy party and nearly our own. Not me though; he liked my style. XP

Red on 19th Oct 2015, 10:43 PM

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My first was a human rogue in D&D 3.5. The other people in my group were another human, a dwarf and a half-elf. I made my guy be really racist against non-humans (best part was that I rolled bad starting stats). If a bad guy was about to kill them I would always help out and then joke later.
When talking to my squad mates I would refer to the human by name and the others by race. The main thing I did was try to come up with esoteric 4th-wall breaking insults.
"Get back in the kitchen and bake me some cookies",
"Well excuuuuuse me Elf",
"Maybe you should quit being a Ranger and go back to dentist school".
The best bit occurred after the group was awarded loot. I got a Cloak of Talking to Animals or something and the elf ranger obviously wanted it (I was obviously going to give it to her).
Elf: "can I have the cloak"
Me: "Nah, I need it"
Elf: "what for"
Me: "To talk to lesser creatures"
Elf: "When are you ever going to talk to animals"
Me: <roll dice and cover it up with a cup>
Me: "Its helping me right now"
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Elf: comical rage
Elf {I kick him in the nuts} Roll dice
Me: <lift up cup, its a low number> {get kicked in nuts}.
Me: <pinch nose to raise voice>
Me: "OK, you can have it".

Barnacle on 20th Oct 2015, 5:56 AM

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My first character was a human stray in The Dark Eye. Strays could be played in multiple ways ranging from assasins to catburglars and conmen. So I rolled background on a random list and ended up with a pacifist thief who was falling for any kind of rogue character fast, her strongest crush till today was on a cleric of the god of thiefs.

She managed to accidently kill 3 orcs once, critical fail on the GMs part, sending them tumbling of a cliff.

aylatrigger on 20th Oct 2015, 7:44 AM

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I was 8 when I first played D&D. I had finally gotten my brothers to let me join. Being 8 years old, I wanted a character a bit like me, but more awesome. So I made her an 8-year old girl. ...But a half-ogre. Which gave +5 racial strength. Then I rolled for her stats... It was 2nd edition and we were using d20 stats, and I rolled a natural 20 for strength.
A 1st level fighter with 25 strength. Who was a little 8-year old girl. She could pick up enemies and throw them. I definitely thought she was awesome at the time.

...Though now with munchkinning I can do better.

cicely on 20th Oct 2015, 8:00 AM

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My first character was in an otherwise all-guy group, playing AD&D (1e). It was...a less than satisfying experience; my character was a female human cleric, and allowed no weapon but a sling---that, when used, acted as a Sling of Missile Attraction, no matter WHAT the guys' characters were doing.

MY job was to hang back, take cover, and heal the REAL heroes' up after combat.

I left that group soon after I connected with a different group, which I played with twice weekly for YEARS; then, more sporadically, as Real Life allowed us to get together.

Filler strips

Complainer on 20th Oct 2015, 10:34 AM

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When are we going to get back to the filler strips about the Avengers?

AAA on 21st Oct 2015, 1:03 AM

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I like those a lot too, even if they take away from the main storyline a little

Complainer on 21st Oct 2015, 9:38 PM

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I meant that the main storyline feels like a filler strip lately...........

Tiger Druids are OP

HaruNoHikaru on 20th Oct 2015, 1:45 PM

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my first character turned out pretty well. I'd played dnd before, but this was my first time making a character that I would actually play. She was an elf druid, and the first 5 levels we had 3 players, but then the fighter left, so it was just me and the wizard, and my animal companion of course. We continued playing until we were lvl 17, and I kinda abused the fact that tigers are awesome. They had slightly better stats than Lions, so as soon as I could, my animal companion was a tiger, whom the wizard had permanently buffed to have magic claws, I could turn into a tiger, and could summon nature's ally about 10 more, easily. I actually quartered the main villain of the campaign with tigers, once we got to him. I was 12.

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DragonTrainer on 21st Oct 2015, 7:12 AM

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My first character was for a Freeform Dragonball Z forum-based RPG. He was a half-Saiyan (of course) with a pet baby dragon who could turn into a sword (among other weapons). He grew up on a planet inhabited by wild alien creatures before finding the space pod he was sent in when he was a baby. He also had the ability to use a random special technique that he has seen before (GM's choice). Also, yes... he was a goofball who liked to eat a lot.

... I was twelve when I made him, kay? >_<

MrBreaksit on 20th Jul 2016, 6:40 AM

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My first was a Chronicles of Darkness Mummy: the Curse game.
Mummies are some of the most powerful creatures in that setting that you can actually play as, still I wasn't particularly well optimised.
I did start off with an "aura of flame" sort of ability that I later augmented with an ability to fly and go incorporeal, which lead to a combat style of hovering just out of reach and letting everything around me catch fire.
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