See Page XX – February 2019


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Which of these elements do you think are essential on a character sheet?

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9 Responses to “See Page XX – February 2019”

  1. Frank Gunnderson says:

    Umm… I don’t know how to handle your survey. There are multiple answers on the list that /are/ essential, but nearly all of them depend on the game you’re playing: Crunchy dungeon crawl? Name, Equipment, abilities and Xp, not much else. Politics heavy urban fantasy? personality and backstory. Gumshoe one-2-one? Contacts and a place to write down clues that I’ve gathered.

    • Cat Tobin says:

      For me, backstory space on a character sheet is always essential, irrespective of what game I’m playing, so I’m interested to see what others think is necessary.

      • gdave says:

        I also don’t know how to handle your survey. It only seems to accept one response. Is that a glitch? If not, it seems you’re asking what’s the one element that that’s essential, regardless of system? So, character name, I guess? There are several of the elements you’ve listed that I would regard as essential, regardless of system: character name, a list of abilities the character has, space for your relationships, space for tracking XP and spends.

        I agree with Frank Gundderson, others could be essential, depending on the system.

        Backstory, BTW, is the one thing I don’t think I’d ever consider essential, unless the system specifically required it.

      • Hypersmurf says:

        Heh. I usually have more backstory than will conveniently fit on a character sheet, so I tend to keep it in a separate document.

  2. Graham Wills says:

    I don’t generally keep story-related material on a sheet. My backstory typically evolves during play and is tied into the actual story, so I keep it as an evolving document.

    A character may start with as little story as “a Hal-elf monk who hates water as much as water hates him, who studied under the Three, the Crusader, and the Priestess” and then later end up with notes as to exactly how he became a devotee of St. Spindly, the Spider-god of the Drow and the degree to which his attribute of Legendary Carousing is related to this incident.

    For me, a character sheet is for me to reference to remind me of the things I am likely to forget. Like exactly what numeric values of attributes are (I cannot right now recall that number for St.Spindly devotion), or things he typically carries, spells typically memorized, money owned or owed.

    Story and relationships i generally remember well, so I don’t have that need to refer to it on a sheet. Having them written down is mostly for when i look back a decade later …

  3. George says:

    In an ideal world, the sheet has all the information that the player will need to play the character in a one shot in a convention. That includes rule summaries.
    That’s why i like Pbta playbooks.

    The character’s story can go on a separate page in my mind. I’d think of the sheet’s front page as real estate in UX terms. What info do i need as a player to play the game without any downtime (if possible) or the minimum amount of downtime.

    So a good character sheet will be a good sheet for the respective game. Relationships are important in some games (13th age, dramasystem, Swords of the Sentinel) less so in others.

  4. Toni says:

    Who needs his own Player name on a sheet? I can remember my name :)

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