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Player Advice: 5 Roles For You Character To Fill

I recently began rolling a character for a new game I will be playing in.

Yes, playing.

I can't quite explain how excited I am. It's been quite some time since I've actually been a player (close to two years to be precise). I do the full write up; stats; backstory (blog about that forthcoming), personality, etc.

However, there is one thing that the players' handbooks and core rulebooks never delve into. Something that is never quantified or noted on a character sheet. That missing element?

What role will the character play?

When I say role, I don't mean melee damage sponge, arcane battlefield control, divine healing or skill-whore. Those are roles granted by classes and class abilities. They are the roles most folks imagine when they think about roles. What I am referring to is the role their personality will play in the party.

A character is more than the sum of their attribute scores and saves. There is a personality that comes out when we play that isn't ea…

50 Shades of Greyhawk: How Your RPG Group Is Like A BDSM Relationship

A gaming group is sort of like being in a relationship. It requires trust, good communication, and the desire to achieve a common goal. It can be emotional and often requires a lot of effort to really make it work, but in the end, it is worth it to see the mutual satisfaction on the faces of everyone involved, and that warm feeling of knowing something you did made them happy.

However, the kind of relationship a gaming group resembles is something a bit different than what many are used to. I had intended to write a fun little article about how gaming is like being in a relationship, but somewhere along the way, I took a hard left turn into uncharted territory, to a place with significantly more leather.

"Not exactly what I meant by Dungeon Master..."
So, let this be a disclaimer of sorts. This article will deal with some mature themes pertaining to the power dynamic of alternative relationships. It is some heavy stuff not for the faint of heart. If the topic of Dominance, s…

Roleplaying With A Mental Illness

Do you remember a fellow by the name of Ed The Bard? I daresay I used to read something about the man. He was a blogger if I recall correctly. Liked talking about roleplaying games, like Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder. I haven't heard from that guy in months. I'd say he'd been eaten by wandering owlbears if not for the occasional tweet.

What happened to that guy?

Well, intrepid reader, I can tell you with no small measure of certainty that I am not only alive but somewhat sassy to boot. Yes, I am a sassy, sassy bard. And, like any good bard worth his salt, I have a story to tell. It's a personal tale, one that may seem bleak in some areas (all the best stories do), but it has a happy ending, I can assure you.

I've wanted to tell this story for some time. Since I started this beautiful blog in January of 2016. Every time I sat down to tell it though, the words didn't feel right. As a bard, I am very particular when it comes to words. Words have power. Pu…