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Recurring roles

Do any of the other GMs on my F-List have characters who appear (in some form or another) in nearly all your games?

I've had a number of characters show up in various games, sometimes with their looks, names or backgrounds changed (and sometimes not). One of my very first RPG characters (my Toreador horror writer from VtM) has shown up in my games as not only a writer, but also a bookstore owner and a college professor (neither of which were vampires).

More recently, there's been the redheaded knight-in-shining-armor type who's been a Scathach sidhe (CtD), a monster-slaying FBI agent (CJ Carella's WitchCraft), and a Fianna Garou (WtA).

Does anyone else do this sort of thing?


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Jul. 30th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, one or two. Initially a self insertion character of mine, and a character very strongly based on a friend.

I just try not to overdo it.
Aug. 1st, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
The ones that tend to pop up in my games are ex-PCs as well (like the ones mentioned in the original post), so that may have something to do with it.
Jul. 30th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
I don't usually keep the same names or even character concepts, but I generally stay with similar roles.

If I play female characters they are usually small (as in short or halfling), sarcastic, but nice characters.. generally I play thiefs and rogues or do the polar opposite and play a monk or a more lawful/orderly character type.

If I play male characters they usually embrace a particular personality trait that I have myself to the extreme. My C.J. Carella's Witchcraft character portrayed my neurosis and flair for fashion and my Mage: The Ascension character was my studious, honorable, and academic side of my personality for example.

All my NPCs follow none of the above rules. They just facilitate certain roles or needs as they come up.
Jul. 30th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
sometimes, but not so much. It tends to make games boring if the same NPCs are in it again and again, even with different names.

PCs are another matter, and something I battle with constantly in myself. I try very veyr hard not to play the same damned thing over and over.
Jul. 30th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
I think you already know my answer. :)

Although I don't think Hob will fit into the new Changeling game too well.

Jul. 30th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
I generally try to avoid NPC recycling. It lets people that have played under you before know what is going on with an NPC just by hearing a name or a description. Also I feel lazy and uncreative when I do something like that and I feel that way enough when running has it is. That said because some NPC roles come up in every game there are some repeats I just try to mix up the habits, attitudes, or looks of those roles so that players can make no (or at least few) assumptions. Also NPC recycling can work if you have an entirely different group of players or are purposefully playing in the same game world and they are used sparingly to provide a sense of continuity (i.e. 'hey we made him prince' or 'we cut off his arm').
Aug. 1st, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of Michael Moorecock's Eternal Champeon.

I've never done this, but I have made an effort to play characters that I rolled up for previous games but didn't have a chance to play. Often times these charactes kind of get under my skin and demand to be let out and it's a joy when I finally have the opportunity. If this nWoD game gets underway, for instance, I'll probably play a character I rolled up nearly six years ago.
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