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Princess in a Castle

Princess in a castle
Character Creation Guild Wars

I’m part of this year’s Newbie Blogger Initiave (see the badge on the right) and they asked the community to either give advice or write guides for beginning game bloggers. One of the topics I’m personally very interested in is creative writing. I’m working on my own game and novel at the moment. One thing that’s very closely related to creative writing is character creation.

In RPGs, you have the chance to create an avatar. In some cases, you can even add the background story of your character to its bio so other players can read it as well. I never add a background story for my avatar. I don’t know them until I start playing. My character’s story grew by playing the game. This also keeps me from writing a universe inaccurate background story.

The role-playing aspect made this character not an avatar of me or a set protagonist in a story, but I could make any character I want and let them experience a story with the choices I make. These choices shouldn’t just be something you pick at random. What good would it do to make a good decision now and then cancel it out later with an evil decision? Most of these games have neutral options if you want to stay neutral.

To guide me through the decision-making progress I started writing the background stories of the characters and these stories became more complex each time I took a decision. Why would my character save this murderer? Sure, he followed bad advice, but he still killed dozens of people. Does my character show him mercy, or does she kill him on the spot? I don’t just think about the what, but also about the why. Why does she make these decisions.

If you write down the ‘why’s and turn into a narrative, congrats! You’ve written your first fan fiction for the game.

I know there are bloggers out there who keep a weekly diary of their characters living in the MMO-world. I play and read a lot of Guild Wars 2 blogs and these diaries are fun to read. It’s an excellent way to get more involved in the world and the lore.

Have you written any character diaries or background story? Please leave a link in the comments so I can check them out!

 

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    Izlain
    08/05/2014

    Nice! I’m working on a novel myself. My sister got me involved in this writing group and it’s been holding me accountable for getting some writing done each week. So far I only have an outline and a forward, but I’m working on getting it going. I think it’s a pretty original idea, and have always wanted to complete a story I’ve started. That hasn’t happened yet, but I’m trying to change that.

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      Endalia
      08/05/2014

      If you need help or a beta reader, let me know. I’ve done beta reading in the past :)

      Keep me up to date!

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    Doone
    08/05/2014

    I hadn’t really thought any of that through. This is probably why I’ve never successfully written a fanfic story :) I’ve really been wanting to try, though. The Shadowrun universe is my current favorite. Thanks for this guide. It’s inspired me to go back to my notebook and try a different approach.

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      Endalia
      08/05/2014

      Good luck! Shadowrun seems perfect for my method. Link me when you’re done please :D I would love to read it.

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    Urebril
    09/05/2014

    Very nice ideas which will be implemented on my blog. I appreciate any help you can provide with the Scouts’ blog. I get lots of compliments but it would be an honor if you could offer some insight as to how to improve the experience for the reader. You have my gratitude in advance for sharing some of your expertise with me. Sincerely, ~ Urebril

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      Endalia
      10/05/2014

      I’ve glanced at your blog, but I’ll promise I’ll make time to really read your entries and give you some feedback :)

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    Miss Mojo
    09/05/2014

    This actually sounds kinda fun. I have never written a backstory or diary like this before, but I’m tempted to try now. Cause one thing thats getting harder and harder for me in games is the immersion, really getting into the games. This would be an awesome thing to do, to get that adventure feeling back. I would’nt go as far as starting novels as I’ve not done much creative writing, but putting a bit of rp into the game and think about the decisions would be nice Good post :)

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      Endalia
      10/05/2014

      I’m glad I’ve inspired you and I hope it helps with immersion too :D If you need any help or advice, let me know. I’ll gladly help you out. Tweet me when you’ve posted something, ok?

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    rowan
    13/03/2015

    This is awesome. I wrote something similar a few years ago: http://ihavetouchedthesky.blogspot.com/2010/12/developing-character-backstories-in.html
    I have few stories up on my blog, as well. I love reading about people’s online adventures.

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      rowan
      13/03/2015

      Oh, I meant to ask, what game is the picture from?

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        Endalia
        13/03/2015

        This is a screenshot from the original Guild Wars

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      Endalia
      13/03/2015

      I’ll check them out soon

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