thread: 2005-05-20 : Things on Character Sheets

On 2005-05-20, Chris wrote:

Slight related tangent-

Recent experience between playing some bog-standard Unknown Armies and collecting artbooks and sketching is teaching me how far away rpgs are in dealing with characters than how comics, movies, cartoons, videogames or any other media deals with them.

For many games, you "build up" a character as a collection of traits and mechanical abilities and then draw an idea of who your character is from that... which may or may not match with the concept you had to begin with.  For any other media, you get the concept, and then add details later.  The filtering process of the "build up" character often prevents certain kinds of character concepts from ever being reinforced mechanically, while the "build down" usually has a lot of integrity to vision.

The myth that the sheet = character is just another ugly myth we can shoot any moment now.


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