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Scarab Sages

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In another thread, I confessed that I have a separate binder for each character, complete with page protectors, and a separate set of dice. Here are a couple more of my embarrassing gaming confessions.

1. 99% of my characters are elves.

2. I like using minis so much that I pick the mini first, then make the character to suit it.

3. When I play fantasy RPGs on a console, I try to make characters resembling my current tabletop characters.

What are your 'embarrassing' gaming confessions? Do you do dice training? Have a lucky dice bag? Spent way too much on a custom character illustration or painted mini? Share your darkest secrets - well, okay, maybe not those.


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I collect dice. I have nearly 700 individual dice, divided into two sets. One set is made up of individual dice or incomplete sets, and the other is made up of dice that are in complete sets of certain colors or manufacturers.

I only play Humans.

I can say with nearly 100% certainty I've only actually lost 8 dice. I've given away sets as gifts to people who really like them, but my dice are the only things I'm somewhat OCD about.

I don't allow the "furry races" in my homebrew world.

I altered the official PF Hobgoblins to resemble Klingons. I've done this since I first began playing in 1985.

There are no Half Orcs in my campaign. They are a full race of primitive and savage humanoids.


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I have customized miniatures to match new weapons that I have found. Even made weapons out of Green Stuff when I could not find one in the proper appearance.

Sovereign Court

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I spend a lot of time making characters, reading RPG news, and prepping for my upcoming game as GM on my work PC while at work.

Scarab Sages

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Pan wrote:
I spend a lot of time making characters, reading RPG news, and prepping for my upcoming game as GM on my work PC while at work.

I don't GM, but I have a habit of making new characters that I'll probably never get to play - and I do far too much of that while at work.


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It is possible there are 4 dragons, a triceratops, an ogre mage, a rift drake, and Cthulhu all protecting my PC monitor right now.

Because my minis collection has outgrown the first box.

And the second box.

And the plastic storage bin that came after the boxes.

And the divided crafts box that happens to be just right-sized for minis that was added on top of the other boxes and the bin.

I CAN STOP WITH THE MINIS ANYTIME I WANT!

Right after I finally get around to painting that last load of Bones minis that I got in that totally-a-shipping-box-and-not-more-minis-overflow-storage-if-my-wife-asks box.

Oh, and the Warhammer 40K stuff in that other box over there...

Nope, nothing embarrassing here!

We'll just overlook the multiple pounds of dice. Because those are totes normal.


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'Embarrassing' Gaming Confessions

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAH~!

... no.


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Not so much 'embarrassing' as funny, but some years ago my group and I were playing Dark Conspiracy and when one of the other PCs was relaying a message to me (and trying to be subtle since we had reason to believe we were being monitored) he suggested that my PC 'go eat at Subway' as code for 'meet me down in the subway tunnels'.

Being fairly young and new to tabletop gaming (probably 13 or 14 at the time) the nuances of such secret messages were lost on me, so my character literally went and had lunch at Subway instead.

Much to the good-natured amusement of the GM (my older brother) and the other players :)


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Dire Elf wrote:
Pan wrote:
I spend a lot of time making characters, reading RPG news, and prepping for my upcoming game as GM on my work PC while at work.
I don't GM, but I have a habit of making new characters that I'll probably never get to play - and I do far too much of that while at work.

Same here.


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I have conversations with my characters in my head.
I even have conversations between different characters of mine who somehow met up in a bar somewhere to figure out their different take on things.

Oh and then there's all the background detail that will never come out about the character's family, childhood, favourite food, embarrassing secrets etc that I end up knowing somehow....


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I'm still buying materials for games I like but no longer really play.

I've spent WAY too much money on gaming stuff... over the years, easily over ten grand!

My wife is annoyed with me for taking over one of the bookshelves in the living room with my vast collection of gaming books and materials.

I put mostly gaming books on my Christmas list for the... um... probably 30th year in a row...


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I once got an adrenalin high from play Gotcha Force; which proceeded to loop somehow and caused me to lose five days of sleep over the next two weeks, I then did little but sleep for the next five days.

I buy books for games I will likely never get to play.

I know every detail of the lives of my PCs and NPCs.

Shadow Lodge

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All of my characters for home games are functionally a personality fragment of me.

Needless to say, I don't like playing angry or evil characters.


I played Pathfinder for about three years, understanding some very complex rules well, but not understanding at all how point buy worked. I thought 15 point buy was at a 1 for 1 rate, no matter how much you spent on a stat with it.

In my defense I almost exclusively GM and run published material; so I'd made about two characters from scratch that entire time.


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The Usual Suspect wrote:

All of my characters for home games are functionally a personality fragment of me.

Needless to say, I don't like playing angry or evil characters.

Brother!


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Still not sure if it's 'embarrassing' but it's more serious than my last one and it relates to my experiences doing Play-by-Post here. I have a hard time relating when people tell me that they've legitimately cried over PC deaths (whether theirs or someone else's) or have gotten emotional writing a post or have actually experienced sleeplessness or other out-of-game distress relating to the game.

This is absolutely not an attempt to pass judgement on anyone; if anything my own lack of responses puzzle me a little because I've certainly had emotional responses to reading a good book or seeing a good movie. But I think I've gotten emotional writing a post exactly once and while I think PC death stinks and try my best to avoid it happening, my attitude is always more along the lines of, "Bummer...guess I'd better be thinking of a new character now." The closest I've come is feeling guilty after a character of mine made a bad call in a game and nearly got herself and half the party killed, but to be honest? I didn't want to admit it at the time but I actually felt a little resentful that I felt guilty.

Does that make sense to anyone?


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I've purchased hundreds of dollars' worth of D&D books that never got used. Later, when we entered some financial strife, I had cause to regret this.

Grand Lodge

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The only voice I use for characters makes them sound like they chain-smoke every day.

I construct characters that either cannot contribute to combat at all, or will destroy any combat in 1-4 rounds.

I collected roughly $280 USD worth of DnD 4e books. When I was 9. Seriously. Hanukah.

I love to gm, but can never bring myself to kill characters, no matter how much they should be d-e-d dead.

My very first rpg character ever was a 4e dragon born fighter who never used a sword. They carried around 5 gallons of oil and a box of matches at all times.

My very first rpg character nearly burned down our boat when we were attacked at sea.

I own the first ever printed copy of ponyfinder. (It even says 'proof' on the very last page)


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I think of every character detail that will never have any impact in the game. Body hair, underwear, one character only had laces on his clothes not buttons, what time do they get up in the morning, whats their favorite ice cream, birthday, silly background events or dialogs that I play out in my head.

I pick a theme song and a font that matches the characters handwritting.

And my last semester (animation) I submitted three short animations of my cleric of Erastil. In one of them he greets the viewer, I spend a day browsing voice actors online and payed 20 euros to get the perfect voice.

Edit: ... also there's these images of my characters photomanips, 3D models and sketches printed out and plastered all over my workspace.


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An animator!

*Begins to follow Alni around, nodding and jotting down notes at everything they say and do*


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Kobold Cleaver wrote:

An animator!

*Begins to follow Alni around, nodding and jotting down notes at everything they say and do*

... let me graduate first :p


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Oh, of course, of course!

*Scribble scribble*


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My favorite character of all time was played in a one-on-one format for most of the almost 20 years I got to play him. He was an anti-hero from day one, and those types of characters are still a favorite to play to this day.
He started as an anti-paladin in 2E, spent some time in GURPS, then to D20 after the gestalt rules came out, and finally played with the rules of the GM's home-brewed game system.
I've played with better DMs, and had other characters I really, really enjoyed, but those games, and that character will always be my favorite.
When playing that character, the dice always landed where they needed to whenever he was doing something crazy, or arrogant, or in regards to his faith in his god. Every, single, time. Haven't had that with any character since.

I guess the "embarrassment" factor comes from my favorite character not being from a game with other players, in a game that's intended to be at least four people plus DM.


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Alni wrote:
I pick a theme song and a font that matches the characters handwritting.

sounds neat, kid


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Alni wrote:
I pick a theme song and a font that matches the characters handwritting.

WOWIE! THAT SOUNDS FUN! TELL ME, HUMAN: WHAT FONT WOULD YOU PICK FOR ME, THE GREAT PAPYRUS?

Grand Lodge RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

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I enjoy roleplaying in non-RPGs. For example, I really love imagining how my creatures react to things (especially bizarre things) in games of Magic: the Gathering. I like narrating scenes based on dramatic successes/failures in board games. Stuff like that. I can't seem to not have a narrative in my gaming.


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Alni wrote:


I pick a theme song and a font that matches the characters handwritting.
.

There is a playlist on my iTunes account of character theme songs, for playing in the car en route to conventions, to get into the right mindset.


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Lady Ladile wrote:

Still not sure if it's 'embarrassing' but it's more serious than my last one and it relates to my experiences doing Play-by-Post here. I have a hard time relating when people tell me that they've legitimately cried over PC deaths (whether theirs or someone else's) or have gotten emotional writing a post or have actually experienced sleeplessness or other out-of-game distress relating to the game.

This is absolutely not an attempt to pass judgement on anyone; if anything my own lack of responses puzzle me a little because I've certainly had emotional responses to reading a good book or seeing a good movie. But I think I've gotten emotional writing a post exactly once and while I think PC death stinks and try my best to avoid it happening, my attitude is always more along the lines of, "Bummer...guess I'd better be thinking of a new character now." The closest I've come is feeling guilty after a character of mine made a bad call in a game and nearly got herself and half the party killed, but to be honest? I didn't want to admit it at the time but I actually felt a little resentful that I felt guilty.

Does that make sense to anyone?

Yes, it does.

I got emotional once that I remember. It was a campaign game with lots of politics. You had to have a very detailed character backstory. We were lvl 8 with that set.

The DM announced some new critical rules he was trying. First combat, some low level mook fires a arrow. 20. Confirm 20, confirm another 20! Auto kill. two weeks of work wasted in 5 minutes due to a stupid new rule.


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Kobold Cleaver wrote:

Oh, of course, of course!

*Scribble scribble*

Gets out Flitgun, sprays for kobolds....


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CoolSkeleton95 wrote:
Alni wrote:
I pick a theme song and a font that matches the characters handwritting.
WOWIE! THAT SOUNDS FUN! TELL ME, HUMAN: WHAT FONT WOULD YOU PICK FOR ME, THE GREAT PAPYRUS?

Wingdings.

Dark Archive

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I read the forums. I hear a lot of optimization consensus that I disagree with fundamentally. I then make a character that literally proves the consensus wrong and then play it in games where nobody is aware of the consensus or even the forums.

The result- strange but effective things.


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I would really love it if this thread could avoid the standard trend in "gaming confession"-type threads of turning into a bunch of people taking passive-aggressive jabs at messageboard controversies.

Please. C'mon. Please. Just this once.

Grand Lodge

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My characters spend their free time wishing they didn't have free time because I do not enjoy bars and it translates to in game taverns.

Dark Archive

I saw the title, thought I had something of interest. I wasn't aware that this was a trend within these thread types. I also stripped a lot of my thoughts and opinion and feelings out of my post to keep it as utterly relevant as possible. Simple sentences with no real backdrop or monolog or railing at anything. I also simply stated facts. In many cases provable facts.

If that was me being passive-aggressive and potentially derailing the thread then *shrugs* there is nothing I can do about it now and I would delete the post if it was uninteresting or inappropriate.

*grumbles*


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I spend... far more money than I care to admit every year commissioning art of my characters. I think I've passed the 90 picture mark.


oh FFS, nobody ask to see the facts!

Shadow Lodge

I hate heavy armor. I hate it so much that in 33 years of role playing only one character has ever worn heavy armor. If I can't sleep in it comfortably, my characters don't wear it. I play a lot of front line characters anyway.

I love skill points, but hate rogues.


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DrDeth wrote:
CoolSkeleton95 wrote:
Alni wrote:
I pick a theme song and a font that matches the characters handwritting.
WOWIE! THAT SOUNDS FUN! TELL ME, HUMAN: WHAT FONT WOULD YOU PICK FOR ME, THE GREAT PAPYRUS?
Wingdings.

Tra la la ~

Beware the man who speaks in hands.


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1) I buy weird dice - things like d3's, d11's, d16's, etc. - and have them in my dice bag along with my regular dice. I have so many of each type that it's now gotten to the point where hunting for the "normal" dice each week has become cumbersome, much to the amusement of my group.

2) I really want to play a pony character (from Ponyfinder).

3) I once played a dwarf paladin with a German accent, to counteract the standard "Scottish dwarf" stereotype. When my group made some Nazi jokes, I ran with it. He talked about how "ze gnomes" were taking everyone's jobs and hurting the local economy. As a consequence, the standard of living was low (*arm out, palm down, fingers together*), and so needed to be raised up heil for everyone (*raises arm upward*).


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1. I hate playing normal race characters. I will go out of my way to avoid playing the big six since I have been almost every iteration of each of them at some point from 1982 on. It's gotten to the point I even suggest to other players that we should all play non big six characters in extended or adopted families. This probably says something about I how I see myself and others.

2. I hate RAW. Really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really hate it, and those who use it for everything. That attitude grinds every time I read it on the forums or the Facebook Pathfinder RPG group.

3.I use bizarre spells when I play spellcasters. For example, I will take things like passwall and then use them to make holes in ceilings, and then use rope trick to create a crawl space for my familiar and I to sleep in when playing a wizard. Or raise plants via plant growth as a druid and sing to them while breeding a specific flower, even though IRL I have a thumb of blight.

4.I have now begun to question whether buying all of the 1st and 2nd Ed D&D books and then ogling the illustrations when I was much younger was a really good idea....

5.I enjoy silly character builds way too much. Like the squirrel hurler druid or the ranger with the angry housecat as an animal companion that doesn't get any bigger.

6. I play Rifts.


Oh...I played Palladium games too. Forgot to mention that.


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1. I hate playing normal race characters. I will go out of my way to avoid playing the big six since I have been almost every iteration of each of them at some point from 1982 on. It's gotten to the point I even suggest to other players that we should all play non big six characters in extended or adopted families. This probably says something about I how I see myself and others.

2. I hate RAW. Really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really hate it, and those who use it for everything. That attitude grinds every time I read it on the forums or the Facebook Pathfinder RPG group.

4.I have now begun to question whether buying all of the 1st and 2nd Ed D&D books and then ogling the illustrations when I was much younger was a really good idea....

I will play a weird race when everyone is playing the basic six, and i will play a human when everyone is playing a weird race.

why do you hate me? :-(

well, it hasnt effected me any. They even let me use the computers here at The Home. Nothing sharp, tho....;-)


Let me rephrase on RAW first. It's more of a annoyance then a hatred when I want to try something outside of the rules set or run as a GM and add in house rules. As for playing normal race characters, it's mostly boredom from too many elf rogues and halfing fighters and dwarven thief-acrobats. I try not to hate anyone in real life though.

And awesome you invented the thief class, Dr. Deth. I still call them thieves to this day.


I usually picture my character's armour as similar to stereotypical fantasy female armour.

Nobody asks, and I don't point it out (except the time I played a priestess of Sharess), so it's just part of my awareness.


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I read through posts like these and I realize why I game.

You people are interesting. Really, really interesting.

And I'm not embarrassed to admit that :)

Silver Crusade

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Almonihah wrote:
I spend... far more money than I care to admit every year commissioning art of my characters...

Same.


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I get art of mine done for free by a friend. :)


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
I get art of mine done for free by a friend. :)

I try my hand at my own character art sometimes. The drawings have never gotten past very rough sketches...but the custom-sculpted minis have. How else was I supposed to get a thick-set female half-orc in tidy, pretty plate armor with a glaive? Or a man in an American Revolution-style seacoat and tricorn hat with a very obviously wizard-y staff? Or a half-orc barbarian with a gnome riding in his backpack?

Also, nearly all my characters end up with at least three to four typed pages of backstory. Often more. Written in full narrative. Even when I know for a fact it'll make precisely no difference to anyone else I play with.

We just started Wrath of the Righteous in my IRL group. Most of my fellow players introduced themselves by reading off the blanks on the top of their character sheet. I brought a girl who recently failed out of the Hermean citizenship tests, placed by way of clever geas under gag order concerning the colony until she finds her parents, sent to the Arnasse festival with a shipment of supplies as a way to get rid of her. After [redacted for spoilers' sake] ensued, what's left of those supplies is my equipment, purchased pound-by-pound from the trade goods section.

I might get a bit into this hobby. ;)

EDIT: Oh, and I currently have...*counts*...seven boards on Pinterest of collected character art. With...*does maths*...2,092 pieces of art total. *nods*

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I haven't played a human since 2002.

I haven't played a guy since 2006.

More than 80% of my characters have been planetouched, and of those 75% have been tieflings.


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All of the characters from my first six or seven years in the hobby (c. 2000-2006/7) could easily have been early '90s GrimDark comic book antiheroes, a la Rob Liefeld's work.

Also, early in my first gaming group (the group lasted from around 2000 to 2011), I insisted on making "soundtracks" for each adventure, and included more than one song by Creed.

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