Robin Hood

Sep. 8th, 2013 07:49 pm
calissa: (One Peace)
I've been meeting a few new people around DW and have realised that I don't have a sticky post introducing myself here. I plan to work on that in the near future.

I have also realised that I don't even have a tag here for role playing. This is of particular significance because one of my regular groups started a new campaign yesterday. Having just finished a long-running, Firefly-esque sci-fi campaign, the GM is looking to fill in some time while he prepares for his next long-running campaign. He decided to run a short, low-magic fantasy campaign based on Robin Hood.

Yesterday the group met to create characters. There had been some email discussion previous to this, so we all had fairly good ideas of the sort of characters we wanted to play. The meeting was a chance to really get down to the nuts and bolts of it and to start putting it on paper.

All of the usual suspects were up for grabs, excepting the villains. Being the only female of the group, I had been considering playing Maid Marian. To my astonishment, however, no one wanted to play Robin Hood. Without a player to take this role, it would have fallen to the GM to cover it. This would mean that the GM would essentially be leading the group as Robin, making for a very forced dynamic. The best campaigns are the ones that allow space for stories and relationships to develop; having the GM lead the group around by the nose is a recipe for a really boring campaign.

So I decided to take on the role of Robin. I also decided to play Robin as a female character, since that is what I'm most comfortable with. The GM and I also agreed that it would make a nice twist on the story.

I am awesomely excited--so much so that I had trouble getting to sleep last night. We'll have our first proper game in two weeks. After yesterday's character creation (essentially putting together the statistics for the game), the GM emailed me with a list of questions to think about as we attempt to create Robin's backstory. This piecing together of characters, relationships and stories is something I adore and is the reason I'm a writer. We've been emailing back and forward all day.

I'm so excited about it that it has pushed out the current story I'm working on right out of my head. Since that particular story has a rapidly-approaching deadline, I hope I get Robin pieced together soon.

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