The Face Of Angels: Character creation

As the first step of play, each player besides the World will make up a protagonist character (PC). This will be a character you will play the role of for the entire game. He or she will start as a high school senior on graduation night, but may be anything by the end of the game.

What does the World do?

The World is not going to have a lot of solid things to do in character creation. Her role is to help everyone understand what they have to do and to give lots of suggestions.

Choose a personality type

Your character will fall into one of four personality types: a specialist, a supporter, a leader, or a weirdo. Each one of these personality types is represented by one of the face cards. You will pick a face card in this step to represent your character.

You do not have to make your decision based off anyone else's choice, but you should feel free to discuss what type of character you're interested in playing with everyone else.

Jacks are specialists or skilled individuals. They might be good in auto shop, at computer programming, or accomplished athletes. The point is that they excel above and beyond others in a particular area. Make a note of the area in which your character is skilled.

Queens are good at making friends and being a supporter. They might be members of the pep squad, friends of the most popular kids in school, or on the yearbook staff.

Kings are natural-born leaders. They are the most popular kids in school. They might be captain of the football team, the head cheerleader, or the head of the chess club.

Aces are freaks and weirdos. Remember, A stands for Ally Sheedy. Write down what makes your character an outsider.

Once you've chosen, write this down in front of your pie slice, outside the circle.

Describe the main characters

Once you have the personality type chosen, the other details about your character should come pretty easy. You need to answer all the basic things that are obvious, but a complete detailing of your character will best come out in play. What you need to know at this step is what your character's name and gender are and what social group they identify with.

Once you've done this, write at least your character's name on the game record sheet in front of your pie slice, outside the circle.

Pick starting relationships

Each character player should now make two relationships for their characters. One of these relationships is the character's friend and the other is a foe. (“Friend” and “foe” can mean many things here: “ally” or “mentor” for “friend;” “enemy” or “nemesis” for “foe.”) Each one of these should have a name and a short phrase as their description.

Write these non-protagonist characters (NPCs) down on the game record sheet inside your slice of the pie. Write whether they are your friend or foe next to them.

Now, choose one other person's relationship on the sheet to be one of your relationships. You can choose whether this person is a friend or foe of yours. Write this, in your ink color, next to that character.

The World should make their own non-protagonist characters during this step. She should make a friend or foe for every protagonist character. She can have one NPC be relationship to two or more PCs, and that's fine.

All of this stuff should be done out in the open. Talk it up, and take other people's suggestions.

Connect the main characters

At this step, everyone should talk out how the characters know each other, what their general feelings about each other are, and why they'd all be in the same place on graduation night. This should be done as a group, with the World giving suggestions as well as the regular players. The relationships they have are the first place to look for connections.

Make secrets

As the last step, each character player should make up a secret their character thinks they know about each other character. Take an index card and write down the character's name and the secret your character thinks he knows. This should stay hidden until later in the game when it is revealed.

The World does not get to create secrets.

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