I hope everyone has been enjoying the little spreadsheet type thing I’ve been doing for the Portal to Gaming cast. I know I’ve been enjoying writing them, and I’ll be finishing them up next week with two more characters.
What do those numbers mean?
As I’m sure everyone has noticed by now, I’ve written up a set of stats for Fen Willows and Daniel Evans, and those stats have some high (or low) numbers. What do those pesky things mean?
I used to be a tabletop role-player in high school. It wasn’t a weekly thing or even a twice a week thing. My ex-boyfriend would come over when he could, bring his Dungeons and Dragons books, and we’d sit at the table (most of the time with my brother and stepbrother; sometimes with my former best friend and one time with one of Craig’s cousins) to play. When we’d start a new game, we’d have to create a character and take 6 six-sided di and roll them. We’d roll for numbers to assign to a set of six key areas for role-playing – constitution (health), dexterity, wisdom, intelligence, charisma, and overall physical strength. Depending on the type of character you wanted to play, you wanted high numbers for specific things – wizards and clerics high intelligence and wisdom (or they couldn’t learn their spells); warriors high strength and constitution and so on. I’ve added these bits as part of the nostalgia of role-playing and, because the story is inspired by the game Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, added in skill sets, like writing, cooking, smithery, and the like.
In so many ways, I’m a reinvigorated old soul. I love the nostalgia of tabletop role-playing, and I look forward to establishing a gaming group at some point. I also love the nostalgia that Star Ocean brings me. These are part of my roots as a geek and as a writer. I pay homage to them.
Once I’ve published The Sons of Thor, I will do another round of character sheets like what I’m doing with Portal to Gaming and will continue to do so all the way through Book 5 of Arc of Fantasy, The Intergalactic Chase. After that all, all of the players (characters) will be on the board and the fate of the universe determined.
Now for a total geek-out, I’m looking forward to buying and playing the latest Star Ocean game, titled Integrity and Faithlessness. From what I’ve been reading, they’re turning more to Till the End of Time than The Last Hope (love both, I really do), and that super excites me. Till the End of Time is my favorite game of the series (so far – got to play one and two yet), and I would absolutely love to see another game with Fayt Leingod.
That’s just me, though, and I’m geeking out over the prospect.
Until tomorrow, my friends!