In the previous post, “Creating Your Character, the Don’ts”, we discussed things to avoid when establishing a character’s history in your favourite text game. In this article, we’ll look at what you can rather than can’t do! Research and flesh out your new player in one of the top MUDs based on these suggestions as you see fit!
- Research the area you want your character to come from. What are some potential customs? How would culture affect his or her personality or habits? Are there any traits that are particular to his or her race?
- Actively incorporate elements of your background into your current roleplay. Your past isn’t just your past -- it’s a part of you as you are now. For example, a character growing up in a poor fishing village with no education wouldn’t suddenly be dazzling others with his or her silver-tongued eloquence and knowledge of court politics. Similarly, a youth from an isolated desert tribe might have trouble adjusting to bustling city life.
- Embrace your character’s shortcomings. Be flawed! Allow yourself to not only lose or fail, but also recognise traits or personality ‘faults’. Be careful, however, to avoid beating others over the head with your character’s failings. Please don’t make the centre of your roleplay, “I couldn’t save my mother as a child from the terrible mage, LOOK AT HOW TRAGIC AND BITTER I AM NOW”.
- If you’re considering being bloodlined, make sure you consider all implications and possibilities beforehand. Be confident in the parents selected before going through with it to save future heartache, in case things don’t work out. Probe around and maybe even ask the opinions of others to ensure that you don’t end up with people you’ll hate. It might feel wrong to doubt, but it’s better for you to do your secondguessing now rather than later, when it can’t be undone.
- Spend some time in the game, getting used to the general canon, your class, and any organisations you might belong to. Find what feels comfortable for you before creating a background. Don’t be afraid to change things if your initial preconceptions of your character don’t work out!
Background is an essential part of one’s character. Although it’s certainly not the end-all and be-all, a solid base helps in establishing motivations and personality. Make it solid, believable, and if you are in doubt, ask for advice! If you've gone through these and thing you have something in mind, why not try one of the top MUDs from Iron Realms Entertainment, they're free to play and right at your fingertips!