CRB is a repository of all the creative things that float through my mind about the RPG Pathfinder. Two major features are random character generation and building characters based on the god they worship. Anything that seems like it adds to the creative aspects of the game will pop up from time to time, including location descriptions, adventure ideas and even short stories. CRB won't just be my own creativity, it will open the floor to anyone who has an idea sparked by what I present to you.

Random Character Generation

Welcome to the Creative Repository Blog. This blog will be dedicated to getting the creative juices flowing by letting you glimpse my creative juices. One of the features of this blog will be a number of character explorations which will all be done using the same thought exercise, completely randomly rolled characters.

I’ve been gaming for about 30 years now and in all the time I’ve found that I very much tend to play the same characters over and over. The histories and personalities may be different but the skill set and mechanics all tend to be the same. So to that end I like to get my creative juices flowing and think outside the box by randomly rolling up a character.

How does this work:

Step one) randomly pick a race – A lot of the early character explorations that will be posted I did on a Pathfinder page on facebook and I asked the members there to pick a race for me.

Step two) randomly roll stats straight down the line – I like to do 4d6 drop the lowest but only keep sets that have at least +3 total ability score bonuses. The characters are supposed to be heroes (or anti heroes or villains) and as such they should be above average.

Step three) Roll on the random background generator – The random background generator first appeared in ultimate campaign and you can roll on the individual charts if you like. But there are two sites that have an auto generator using this information. I use the ones at Archives of Nethys now, but I originally started with the one at the d20pfsrd.

Step four) Choose a class –I look at the stats, race and background of the character and decide what class all of these things would drive the person to become.

Step five) write a background - Taking the disparate pieces of information I’ve got I write a background for the character. Usually a short affair, only three to five paragraphs.

Each character exploration will be posted as two parts. All of the random stuff;  race, stats and random background. This will be posted on Mondays. This will give you, the readers, time to play along if you wish. Write your own backgrounds however short or long, or just decide what class you think the character will be. On Fridays I will post my background for you to see. The joy of this is to see how the same information can spark different ideas among different people.

Anyway I hope you enjoy these character explorations as well as the rest of the stuff that will be posted on this blog. Let's get the juices flowing.

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