Non gamer nerds can probably safely skip this entry, but I found the process amusing.
So this weekend I volunteered to run a couple sessions of IKRPG for charity. https://www.tdadental.com/JA/ Hey, gaming for a worthy cause. Sign me up.
Since I don’t know who I’m playing with, we’ve got limited time, I want them to get their charity dollars worth of entertainment, and since it is capped at a whopping 10 players(!) I figured that meant I needed to come up with some pregenerated characters for people to use.
However, I’ve always struggled with jumping into a one off game and using a pregenerated character. Most of the time they’re pretty boring. And how are you really supposed to get to know what your character’s personality is like and how to play them? You’ve got limited time, so why waste it being all like, how should I play this dude?
Then I thought of my friend Steven Diamond and his desire to channel the spirit of Raylan Givens through all aspects of his life…
So I decided to use the power of Pop Culture! TV shows to the rescue! So now I’ve got ten pregenerated characters for everybody to choose from with a diverse set of skills, and you can take one look at who they are based on and know exactly how to play them!
IKRPG divides characters up into four basic archetypes, smart, magical, fast, and strong, and then they’ve got jobs. This will be gibberish to most of my regular readers (I suppose some of it will make sense to those of you who read Into the Storm or Instruments of War)
Sir Thomas Mangum P.I. – Intellectual Ordic Human Military Officer/Investigator – Retired from the Ordic navy, he now solves crimes for a living, rides around on the nicest horse in town, and everybody thinks he is awesome. Women want to be with him and men want to be him. Plus he has an amazing mustache. Motto: Damn it, Higgins!
Burt Hynedwarf & Buster – Intellectual Rhulic Field Mechanic/Explorer and his trusty laborjack. Burt too has awesome facial hair, but he is a stoic, scientifically minded individual who is driven to explore the myths of Western Immoren. Buster crashes a lot and Burt patiently puts him back together. Motto: Myth busted.
Fyona Glynyn– Gifted Nyss Arcane Mechanik/Alchemist. A refugee from the Nyss lands turned to a life of crime and gun running. If there is a deadly mechanical device or explosive, she can build it. Motto: Should we shoot them?
Barnabus Stimson – Gifted Cygnaran Human Aristocrat/Arcanist A powerful wizard who lives his life by a strict code based upon picking up hot chicks and looking awesome doing it. An eternal optimist, nobody really knows what he does for a living, but he always seems to have money. Motto: Challenge accepted!
Bone Ax Barrakus – Mighty Trollkin Man-at-Arms/Fell Caller. BA was once a Cygnaran commando but was framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he uses his muscles and powerful Trollkin fell calling to right wrongs. If you can find him, perhaps you can hire him. Motto: I pity the fool!
Sir Charles “Chuck” Finley – Mighty Cygnaran Knight/Man at Arms – A larger than life hero of the people who doesn’t take his knightly duties too seriously. He is often known as “the one with the chin”. Motto: You know knights, bunch of bitchy little girls.
Loph Dundgren – Mighty Human Khadoran Ranger/Bounty Hunter – A surprisingly educated man for somebody who makes his living beating people senseless, it is said that Loph punches bears for fun. All of the bears were unavailable for comment. Motto: I will break you.
“Old Spice” Haleceaserterrycrews – Gobber Pistoleer/Highwayman – He is the biggest damned Gobber you will ever see, Old Spice is four feet of badassitude cloaked in awesome sufficient to melt your face off. Welcome to the gun show! Are you gobber enough to play to Old Spice? Motto: Boom-lay, boom-lay, boom!
Zyva Dyvyd – Iosan Mage Hunter/Spy – A crafy angry elf who secretly wants to murder all human magic users, for now she bides her time, pretending to just be a mercenary, playing it cool. But darn if these worthless human round ears are slightly likable in their strange customs. Motto: Never say you’re sorry. That’s a sign of weakness.
Wolowitz – Khadoran Human Rifleman/Soldier – Not nearly as awesome as he thinks he is, okay, he’s basically weird, annoying, and gross but he does grow on you. His rifle is a mechanical wonder and he secretly worships the Cyriss, the Maiden of Gears, first because she digs on engineers, and second, she might be a hot chick, or maybe a planet, but at least she’s a girl planet. Motto: Well, when you say it like that you make it sound creepy.
Back to front, left to right, BA, Zyva, Chuck Finley, Buster. Middle, Fyona, Loph, Tom, Barnabus. Front, Old Spice, Wolowitz, Burt.
So yes, if you are around Utah this weekend and you want to come and game for charity I can promise this exciting level of constructive effort!