Character Building for TTRPGs and Beyond

Real Women of Gaming

Who of us has not sat for an inordinate amount of time in front of a character creation screen or avatar maker app. If you haven’t then you’re probably one of the few of us who does not enjoy bouts of maladaptive daydreaming. I both admire and pity you.

Since I could click a mouse, I’ve been engrossed in building the perfect digital me. Then I’d roleplay that confident, boisterous, completely graceful unicorn version of myself in forums, video games, and TTRPGs. Dedicating myself to the role of DM in my home game, however, has meant relinquishing control over the personalities, desires, and style choices of the main characters in my narrative.

I have become what I so love: a character builder.

And you wanna know what? Watching my friends struggle has reminded me how much practice it takes to put together a roleplay-able fantasy self.

In this article, I’ll…

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