original (February 1998) players were sent the following instructions:
- Each of
you will design your own character and the shadow where he or she resides.
The details of both of these are entirely up to you. Knock yourselves
- Your character
knows exactly nothing about Amber, Chaos, Pattern, Logrus or Trump.
These things may or may not be shown to exist later in the campaign.
This is not to say that your character is ignorant. He or she can know
about shadow and even be able to travel into it, if that's the way you
see the character. Your characters, though at a knowledge disadvantage
early on, are not necessarily green beginners.
- When you
have sent me an initial description of the character, I'll tell you
how many points it sounds like to me. Point balance is a low priority
for me, and I don't see it as a huge factor in the campaign.
will be no auction. You will spend your points blind of your relative
position vs. other players and NPCs alike.
- I will
not use ranks. To the extent that they are used, I will use points to
determine primacy, not ranks. Spend enough experience points, and you
can overtake the best.
to Character Creation
the Campaign Introduction Page.
describe your character, including both a physical and personal description.
Give me a little history, tell me about his hopes, fears and dreams.
Describe the home shadow.
discussing the character with you, I will assign base character points
to the character.
the Character Questionnaire.
- Send me
a complete character write-up, in the following format:
Total Character Points:
symbols or colors
of Artifacts, Constructs or Creatures
of home shadow
of any unique powers
in anything you are doing for extra points. Extra may points may
be had for the following contributions:
|Each Submitted Character Journal Entry
||+1 Point, to a max of 10
|Each Submitted Poem or Character Story
||+2 Points, to a max of 10
|Each Submitted Piece of Original Artwork
||+5 Points, to a max of 10
Character journals can be transcripts, but should be in the first
person, past tense, and should include the character's thoughts
on the events described.
Webpages should include greater detail than the 'public knowledge'
pages on this site. Ideally, they will eventually include a portrait
and your campaign contributions. If you do not have an account where
you'd prefer to keep the page, send it to me and I will put on this
has two parts. The first consists of questions for the player about the
character. The second consists of questions for the character, and should
be answered in character.
Part I -
- What are
your character's most and least admirable traits?
you want to invite your character to dinner? Why or why not?
three skills that your character excels in. Name three common skills
that your character is has no facility with.
- In what
way is your character like yourself?
- What do
you desire more than anything else?
- Who cares
- Are you
right or left-handed?
- If you
could change any one thing about the universe, what would it be?
- If you
could have any one question answered, what would it be?
would you give up your life for? If the answer isn't the same as to
the first question, why not?
makes a person attractive? Do you fit that description?
- You meet
an old rival. Not a hated enemy, merely an important rival in a field
close to your heart. You have improved since your last meeting and are
sure of your superiority. How would you handle the meeting? In what
field were you rivals?
your favorite place. Why is it your favorite?
- And lastly,
stolen from Sarah because it is a darn good question...
What do you want on your tombstone?