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This is a nice RP sheet that helped me flesh out some characters of mine, it helps answer some critical questions about your character, and can help you feel confident when you answer the inevitable background questions.

Part 1: The Basics
1. What is your full name?


2. Where and when were you born?

3. Who are/were your parents? (Know their names, occupations, personalities, etc.)

4. Do you have any siblings? What are/were they like?

5. Where do you live now, and with whom? Describe the place and the person/people.

6. What is your occupation?

7. Write a full physical description of yourself. You might want to consider factors such as: height, weight, race, hair and eye color, style of dress, and any tattoos, scars, or distinguishing marks.

8. To which social class do you belong?

9. Do you have any allergies, diseases, or other physical weaknesses?

10. Are you right- or left-handed?

11. What does your voice sound like?

12. What words and/or phrases do you use very frequently?

13. What do you have in your pockets?

14. Do you have any quirks, strange mannerisms, annoying habits, or other defining characteristics?



Part 2: Growing Up


15. How would you describe your childhood in general?

16. What is your earliest memory?

17. How much schooling have you had?

18. Did you enjoy school?

19. Where did you learn most of your skills and other abilities?

20. While growing up, did you have any role models? If so, describe them.

21. While growing up, how did you get along with the other members of your family?

22. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

23. As a child, what were your favorite activities?

24. As a child, what kinds of personality traits did you display?

25. As a child, were you popular? Who were your friends, and what were they like?

26. When and with whom was your first kiss?

27. Are you a virgin? If not, when and with whom did you lose your virginity?

28. If you are a supernatural being (i.e. mage, werewolf, vampire), tell the story of how you became what you are or first learned of your own abilities. If you are just a normal human, describe any influences in your past that led you to do the things you do today.



Part 3: Past Influences


29. What do you consider the most important event of your life so far?

30. Who has had the most influence on you?

31. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

32. What is your greatest regret?

33. What is the most evil thing you have ever done?

34. Do you have a criminal record of any kind?

35. When was the time you were the most frightened?

36. What is the most embarrassing thing ever to happen to you?

37. If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be, and why?

38. What is your best memory?

39. What is your worst memory?


Part 4: Beliefs And Opinions


40. Are you basically optimistic or pessimistic?

41. What is your greatest fear?

42. What are your religious views?

43. What are your political views?

44. What are your views on sex?

45. Are you able to kill? Under what circumstances do you find killing to be acceptable or unacceptable?

46. In your opinion, what is the most evil thing any human being could do?

47. Do you believe in the existence of soul mates and/or true love?

48. What do you believe makes a successful life?

49. How honest are you about your thoughts and feelings (i.e. do you hide your true self from others, and in what way)?

50. Do you have any biases or prejudices?

51. Is there anything you absolutely refuse to do under any circumstances? Why do you refuse to do it?

52. Who or what, if anything, would you die for (or otherwise go to extremes for)?



Part 5: Relationships With Others


53. In general, how do you treat others (politely, rudely, by keeping them at a distance, etc.)? Does your treatment of them change depending on how well you know them, and if so, how?

54. Who is the most important person in your life, and why?

55. Who is the person you respect the most, and why?

56. Who are your friends? Do you have a best friend? Describe these people.

57. Do you have a spouse or significant other? If so, describe this person.

58. Have you ever been in love? If so, describe what happened.

59. What do you look for in a potential lover?

60. How close are you to your family?

61. Have you started your own family? If so, describe them. If not, do you want to? Why or why not?

62. Who would you turn to if you were in desperate need of help?

63. Do you trust anyone to protect you? Who, and why?

64. If you died or went missing, who would miss you?

65. Who is the person you despise the most, and why?

66. Do you tend to argue with people, or avoid conflict?

67. Do you tend to take on leadership roles in social situations?

68. Do you like interacting with large groups of people? Why or why not?

69. Do you care what others think of you?



Part 6: Likes And Dislikes


70. What is/are your favorite hobbies and pastimes?

71. What is your most treasured possession?

72. What is your favorite color?

73. What is your favorite food?

74. What, if anything, do you like to read?

75. What is your idea of good entertainment (consider music, movies, art, etc.)?

76. Do you smoke, drink, or use drugs? If so, why? Do you want to quit?

77. How do you spend a typical Saturday night?

78. What makes you laugh?

79. What, if anything, shocks or offends you?

80. What would you do if you had insomnia and had to find something to do to amuse yourself?

81. How do you deal with stress?

82. Are you spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan?

83. What are your pet peeves?


Part 7: Self Images And Etc.


84. Describe the routine of a normal day for you. How do you feel when this routine is disrupted?

85. What is your greatest strength as a person?

86. What is your greatest weakness?

87. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

88. Are you generally introverted or extroverted?

89. Are you generally organized or messy?

90. Name three things you consider yourself to be very good at, and three things you consider yourself to be very bad at.

91. Do you like yourself?

92. What are your reasons for being an adventurer (or doing the strange and heroic things that RPG characters do)? Are your real reasons for doing this different than the ones you tell people in public? (If so, detail both sets of reasons...)

93. What goal do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime?

94. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

95. If you could choose, how would you want to die?

96. If you knew you were going to die in 24 hours, name three things you would do in the time you had left.

97. What is the one thing for which you would most like to be remembered after your death?

98. What three words best describe your personality?

99. What three words would others probably use to describe you?

100. If you could, what advice would you, the player, give to your character? (You might even want to speak as if he or she were sitting right here in front of you, and use proper tone so he or she might heed your advice...)
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Wow, one-hundred questions. Good questions for the most part, but I personally don't recomend more than twenty questions - and would really only answer about five or ten myself before becomming convinced that the answers don't actually matter.

100 questions per player seems to me like the DM is just asking questions to be asking questions, and won't acutally be able to use much of the information to make the game more interesting for the entire group.

ATTENTION:  If while reading my post you find yourself thinking "Either this guy is being sarcastic, or he is an idiot," do please assume that I am an idiot. It makes reading your replies more entertaining. If, however, you find yourself hoping that I am not being even remotely serious then you are very likely correct as I find irreverence and being ridiculous to be relaxing.

Great questions.

Way too many.
If you think there are too many, then don't answer them. I was able to answer many of these questions without inventing anything new for my character, and this is not intended to be fully-completed, just to help you clarify the finer points of your character.
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If you think there are too many, then don't answer them.

Questions that you don't expect to be answered need not be asked. Not meaning any sort of offense, just sharing my views in an attempt to understand yours.

I was able to answer many of these questions without inventing anything new for my character, and this is not intended to be fully-completed, just to help you clarify the finer points of your character.

So many of those questions give attention to parts of a character that are either obvious because of the type of story being run, or information that could easily be discovered simply by playing the character - that makes them either unanswered to start, or redundant once the game starts going.

I'm going to go through and answer them all in a word document for both of the characters I am currently playing just to see exactly how many of those questions result in redundant info, or info that would never come in to play.

ATTENTION:  If while reading my post you find yourself thinking "Either this guy is being sarcastic, or he is an idiot," do please assume that I am an idiot. It makes reading your replies more entertaining. If, however, you find yourself hoping that I am not being even remotely serious then you are very likely correct as I find irreverence and being ridiculous to be relaxing.

Just to clear the air a bit, I did not make these, I do not take credit for any of these questions, but I am not using this as an excuse to avoid an argument. I take credit for posting this here on these boards, and nothing more.

I did do a Word document for my dragonborn pally, and let me tell you (Aaron): that I was able to find a lot of redundant questions, my greatest regret, most important life event, my worst memory, a thing I wanted to change from my past, and the time I was most frightened were all the same event. The destruction of the city my character spent his childhood in managed to be the answer to all these questions, so yes, an obnoxious amount of redundancy is possible.

I posted this because I felt that it helped me flesh out my characters, I understand that I am not the only person who RPs and I can't guarantee that this will be the thing for everyone, personally, I like having this many questions, it helps me find out how deep my character really is, thst is what I THINK helps, that doesn't mean that it is the best method.

As for stuff that would never come in to play, how would a player know that something wouldn't come into play? If they met with some sort of seer, maybe he would ask them their best and worst memories, there is no way of knowing for sure whether or not something would come in to play.
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My favorite types of questions are the ones that set a scene rather than being straightforward questions like "What is your favorite X?". Iron Heroes had a few examples in its Roleplaying chapter:

1. You’ve just returned to civilization after a long expedition into the
wilds. Where in town do you go first and why?

2. You’re sitting in a bar with a few friends when someone armed with
a knife bursts in. What do you do?

3. An ogre guards a door that you need to get through. How do you
deal with the ogre?

4. You have uncovered information that reveals that your sworn enemy
is in town. He’s staying at an inn in a rough area. What do you do?
This list could very easily be turned into a completely helpful tool for fleshing out a character, once all the questions like "did you enjoy school?", "When was your first kiss?", and "are you a virgin? that don't really mean anything in the course of a typical game no matter how you answer them are removed.

A questionare that assumes you are a professional adventurer and focuses on that aspect of your character might serve better.

ATTENTION:  If while reading my post you find yourself thinking "Either this guy is being sarcastic, or he is an idiot," do please assume that I am an idiot. It makes reading your replies more entertaining. If, however, you find yourself hoping that I am not being even remotely serious then you are very likely correct as I find irreverence and being ridiculous to be relaxing.

The extra stuff helps, for me at least, I'm not certain if it helps anybody else, but I don't want to deny them anything if it does.
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This list could very easily be turned into a completely helpful tool for fleshing out a character, once all the questions like "did you enjoy school?", "When was your first kiss?", and "are you a virgin? that don't really mean anything in the course of a typical game no matter how you answer them are removed.

A questionare that assumes you are a professional adventurer and focuses on that aspect of your character might serve better.

both "when was your first kiss" and "are you a virgin" both came up in the last session I played in...

<_<
both "when was your first kiss" and "are you a virgin" both came up in the last session I played in...

<_<

I did say "typical game."

I would wonder though, out of the last 10 games in which you participated: how many different games did your character's first kiss or virgin/non-virgin status come up in?

ATTENTION:  If while reading my post you find yourself thinking "Either this guy is being sarcastic, or he is an idiot," do please assume that I am an idiot. It makes reading your replies more entertaining. If, however, you find yourself hoping that I am not being even remotely serious then you are very likely correct as I find irreverence and being ridiculous to be relaxing.

I did say "typical game."

I would wonder though, out of the last 10 games in which you participated: how many different games did your character's first kiss or virgin/non-virgin status come up in?

Three. Two of which the character was a virgin and the most recent of which the character was not.
Would you mind telling us where you got this questionnaire?

The usefulness of this questionnaire, as said before, depends on the players and the DM. I printed this out for my rogue and sure, it got a bit repetitive. Even if you don't fill it out, it does get you thinking if you do want to have quirks like, "My character hates sausage," or "once had a pet gerbil." And it is a good starting point for a DM if he wants to make a questionnaire; just cut out the parts you don't like, etc. Add a few things.

I am just wondering, do people fill out these things IC or OOC?
Judging by the last question, which has the player give advice to the character, I'd say probably OOC.
I meant in general. Also, for this particular slew, most of the questions (99 of them, actually) posed imply a first person response.

Do people like to answer questionnaires IC or OOC?
I meant in general. Also, for this particular slew, most of the questions (99 of them, actually) posed imply a first person response.

Do people like to answer questionnaires IC or OOC?

I say if it implies first person answers, then answer IC. Helps you get used to thinking as your character.

If the questions where full of "your character" wordings, then I'd say answer it OOC so that whoever reads it doesn't think you have gone over the edge.

ATTENTION:  If while reading my post you find yourself thinking "Either this guy is being sarcastic, or he is an idiot," do please assume that I am an idiot. It makes reading your replies more entertaining. If, however, you find yourself hoping that I am not being even remotely serious then you are very likely correct as I find irreverence and being ridiculous to be relaxing.

I meant in general. Also, for this particular slew, most of the questions (99 of them, actually) posed imply a first person response.

Do people like to answer questionnaires IC or OOC?

If it was entirely OOC then you'd only ever fill it out once and revisit it, you answers to most of the questions wouldn't change :P

It definitely has the format of an interviewer asking your character questions with the exception of question 100.
Would you mind telling us where you got this questionnaire?

The usefulness of this questionnaire, as said before, depends on the players and the DM. I printed this out for my rogue and sure, it got a bit repetitive. Even if you don't fill it out, it does get you thinking if you do want to have quirks like, "My character hates sausage," or "once had a pet gerbil." And it is a good starting point for a DM if he wants to make a questionnaire; just cut out the parts you don't like, etc. Add a few things.

I am just wondering, do people fill out these things IC or OOC?

Ok, finally getting back to this thread, sorry for the delays everyone.

1. I got this questionnaire from a player in the Silver Wolf Clan, a guild of mine back when I played Age of Conan, I thought it looked intriguing so I posted a much more basic version on the forums here as well, but I thought that some people would like the advanced one.

2. I filled out 99 of the questions IC, that was just the way I did it, and I do not know the original intention.

Personally, I think that some of the questions on this sheet are redundant and unnecessary, I did not wish to omit anything because if at least one person likes the extra questions, then I've helped that one person develop his character.
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Hey, Orenthes, I made a quick .PDF for you! It isn't exactly "pretty", but I tried, dang it!:P

Here it is!

(Please note; you'll need WinRAR or WinZIP to open the ZIP file.)
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nifty, I'm beside myself with gratitude, thanks Fenrir.

Edit: Wow, I just went over the thing, great job, I like how you have my name in that fancy calligraphy, and a quote, its awesome, this is a thing to treasure.
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nifty, I'm beside myself with gratitude, thanks Fenrir.

Edit: Wow, I just went over the thing, great job, I like how you have my name in that fancy calligraphy, and a quote, its awesome, this is a thing to treasure.

No problem, Orenthes! :D
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I should share this with my group.
I have homework for my players. :P
I'm trying to fill this out for one of my current characters, but I'm perplexed as to how to answer some of the questions, namely about family. You see, he was an orphan raised by Pelorite priests, but he does have a father and a half-sister. At the moment he's met his half-sister (the party's non-multiclass rogue), but neither of them know they're related yet. And neither of them have met their mutual father before. He never knew who his mother, the elf that left him for the priests, was, so that's not an issue.

How do I answer the questions pertaining to family members, if we've established that they are there, but the character themself doesn't know about them yet?
I'm trying to fill this out for one of my current characters, but I'm perplexed as to how to answer some of the questions, namely about family. You see, he was an orphan raised by Pelorite priests, but he does have a father and a half-sister. At the moment he's met his half-sister (the party's non-multiclass rogue), but neither of them know they're related yet. And neither of them have met their mutual father before. He never knew who his mother, the elf that left him for the priests, was, so that's not an issue.

How do I answer the questions pertaining to family members, if we've established that they are there, but the character themself doesn't know about them yet?

I think a simple "Father (unknown)" type of answer works.

It's sort of like the answers to those questions for my character that is actively evading association with his own family - he has family, but he wouldn't tell you about it no matter how much you asked. I just put down that he did in fact have family, but that he would never admit relation.

ATTENTION:  If while reading my post you find yourself thinking "Either this guy is being sarcastic, or he is an idiot," do please assume that I am an idiot. It makes reading your replies more entertaining. If, however, you find yourself hoping that I am not being even remotely serious then you are very likely correct as I find irreverence and being ridiculous to be relaxing.

I'm trying to fill this out for one of my current characters, but I'm perplexed as to how to answer some of the questions, namely about family. You see, he was an orphan raised by Pelorite priests, but he does have a father and a half-sister. At the moment he's met his half-sister (the party's non-multiclass rogue), but neither of them know they're related yet. And neither of them have met their mutual father before. He never knew who his mother, the elf that left him for the priests, was, so that's not an issue.

How do I answer the questions pertaining to family members, if we've established that they are there, but the character themself doesn't know about them yet?

Answer only what your character would know, if you had a certain priest that you considered a father, than use him as a stand-in, if there was no particular individual who acted like a father, than don't answer. Like when it asks for you to describe growing up with your family, instead answer what it was like to grow up with monks, they are, after all, your foster parents.
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AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! I will use it to my great pleasure (I love Character Ideas) and use it to describe my main character.
Thanks, if you want me to email it to you (in fancy PDF form, thanks to Fenrir) for future use, don't hesitate to ask
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It's an interesting pile of questions, I look forward to filling this out with a couple of my characters.
Wow, one-hundred questions. Good questions for the most part, but I personally don't recomend more than twenty questions - and would really only answer about five or ten myself before becomming convinced that the answers don't actually matter.

100 questions per player seems to me like the DM is just asking questions to be asking questions, and won't acutally be able to use much of the information to make the game more interesting for the entire group.

i don't think these questions are meant for the DM. they're meant for you to get to know your character better so that you can more accuratly represent the character as himself. the pint is that if you don't know these answers right off hand, your character will act and feel more like the player contrloing him than a unique person of himself. now, if you're trying to play your character as a mirror of who you are in real life, that's fine, you don't need these questions, but if you're trying to play a character that's remarkably different from you, then this will help you make the character act as you intend him to.
76. Do you smoke, drink, or use drugs? If so, why? Do you want to quit?

this is a very interesting caveat that i had not previously considered about dnd characters....

thank you for the inspiration
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