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Transit
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« on: November 14, 2007, 03:52:04 PM »

My players easily come up with traits like "I'm great with a gun" and "I never lose a fistfight" but they get stuck when it comes to thinking of traits that are more about personality or story or character background.

So we've decided that we'll try a session where we'll create characters by drawing traits at random, on slips of paper or something, just so they can get a feel for playing with characters that have more varied and interesting "non-combat" traits.  But of course, that still requires coming up with ideas for interesting traits in order to draw them at random.

So has anyone here ever made a list of example traits?

Or would anyone that has a few old dog characters lying around like to contribute their trait ideas, so a list could be compiled?

(I know some people are going to say "you don't need examples, just force them to think of something" but I've tried, and these players just aren't good at it.  I'm hoping that once they see how different traits can be brought into play, they'll have less trouble coming up with their own traits when they create a new character.)

Thanks.
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Ben Lehman
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2007, 04:34:06 PM »

Casual:

Everyone likes me
No one notices me
I'm very attached to my hat
Can quote freely from the book of life

Problematic:

I've died once before
I don't believe in God
I smoke
I'm not a virgin
Illiterate
I never flinch or hesitate
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jburneko
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2007, 05:35:48 PM »

Traits from my own play that were memorable:

I sin so others don't have to.
Cynic in the face of youthful idealism
Things were better in Goblin Valley.
I watched all my younger sisters get married.  (Note: PC was a female).
I have never reconciled using violence to do The King of Life's will.

Jesse
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2007, 11:03:19 AM »

My favorite from my player-character, Brother Newton:

"My hat stays on"

It's pretty surprising how often that factored into conflicts without having to stretch or shoehorn it.

Best, Ron
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Transit
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2007, 05:37:30 PM »

These are some great examples!  Thank you!
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Chris Crouch
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2007, 09:13:17 PM »

Here's some from 2 session that I ran at a Con recently (http://www.vorpalcon.com/forum2/index.php?topic=148.0 for the whoel thing)

 I know my bible
 Mine is not to judge
 The value of mercy

 That shooter don't scare me
 I find the lost ones
 Learnt that from Poppa
 Don't let the darkness in
 You'd be surprised what you can learn from books
 People are stronger than you'd think

 Likes walking in the forest
 Often took care of the cows
 Voices in my head
 Is beauty there to trick us?

 Unflinching Gaze
 My word is law
 I cannot always bring peace

Chris

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Mikael
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2007, 09:36:52 PM »

I have only killed in anger
I used to be a stripper
Bored with white men's tales
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2007, 07:33:59 AM »

You remind me of my pa.

(This one was very scary in play. Look out.)
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2007, 01:52:00 PM »

My all time Favorite:

I preach from the Book of 6 Chapters

also

Today's Lesson will be from the Book of Smith & Wesson, Chapter 44 verses 1 through 6.
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2007, 05:41:01 AM »

My favorite one is "My face burnt", in conjunction with "No-one should feel sorry for me". We used these on one of our premade Dog PC's in a con game. They were pregenerated traitwise, but they didn't have a name, gender or accomplishment. One of the players that picked the Dog with the burnt face also got the trait "I watched my baby sister die" from his accomplishment, which also explained his burnt face. Good stuff.

Another premade Dog had the traits "I'm just as good as the young dogs" and "I'm relaxing with my pipe". I'm really happy with all of these.
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« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2007, 05:52:53 AM »

People are stronger than you'd think

Wow, I'd love to hear how this turned out in play.
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-Arvid Axbrink Cederholm
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« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2007, 01:54:13 AM »

My six year old daughter helped me create some pre-gens for a recent con.

I'd ask her what the character was like, or what they could do and then modify her answers a bit. Got some good one's like

I can doctor some
I'm Good with children
I like animals
I like to read
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« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2007, 11:04:35 AM »

Last Saturday, in a new Dogs game, my new character acquired two traits as a result of initiation, using the initiation trait, experience fallout and long term fallout:

"That was humbling" and
I should be a better teacher

Charles
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Nathaniel
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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2008, 08:25:29 AM »

I don't want them to repent
I'm the new Anointed High Prophet and Ancient (even if the others [or even I?] don't know it yet)
Things are true because I believe in them
I believe in things because they are true
I leave a trail of broken hearts
I'm pregnant
It's us versus them
I dream dreams and see visions
Whatever curses I speak come true
I only hit her because I love her
I spent lots of time gossiping at the quilting circle
That mountain person didn't poison our well
I cen't ever forgive Ma



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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2008, 09:53:44 AM »

I won't use a weapon on a human.
Violence is never the solution.
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