Characters of the Greasepaint Series

In response to playtest comments, I’ve simplified one of the core systems of the DramaSystem engine, which powers the Hillfolk game. To test this, I’ve started up a non-Hillfolk game with the Thursday night group, because we already laid that epic series to its fitting conclusion. This time I threw the choice of setting open to the group, enabling us to collectively create something that isn’t intended for publication. The gang arrived at Carnivale with the serial numbers filed off, and thus are portraying members of a traveling show in dustbowl-era Texas. I’ve dubbed this series Greasepaint. Here’s who they’re playing.

Player

Character

Role

Relationships

Desire

Dramatic Poles

Paul

Jo-Jo the Wildman

Freak

Dr F is his father

B is his rival

Acceptance

Human or freak?

Rachel

Barboa

Snake Charmer

C is her childhood friend

J is object of pity

Control

Independence vs Neediness

Chris

Dr. Fritz

Impresario

Sees B as a daughter

C is rival for status

Protect the show the way it is

Arrogance vs. Wonder

Damian

Caravaggio

Magician

Owes J a debt

lionizes F

People to trust

Honor vs. Suspicion

Scott Foster Aerialist

Wants power from Dr. F

alliance from J

Dr. F’s job

Short-Term vs. Long-Term

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