Character Creation Challenge

31 Day Character Creation Challenge
Feel free to share this image on social media to spread the word.

UPDATE: There will be another challenge in January 2024. Details Posted Here. See new links below.

In November 2020 I was unpacking boxes of different Role-Playing books that I had collected over the various years. This was the first time a lot of these books had seen the light of day. I was wondering what I could do to get more use out of these books besides sitting on the shelf, then it dawned on me.

One of the biggest ways that I enjoyed the game when a campaign wasn’t running was to create different player characters for the game. I may never get a chance to use them, but the act of creating the characters was a way to learn about different aspects of the system. I should take a challenge where I create a different character once a day for an entire month.

When should this be done was the next question. Every January people usually challenge themselves to a “New Year, New You” where they try to get into shape, change habits or just eat healthier (i.e. the infamous “New Years Resolutions”). Why not adopt this theme for the Character Creation Challenge and run this event in January. In the Inter-mountain West, January is one of the wintry months with bad travel and extreme cold weather. These combinations usually stuck people indoors. This also led to the conclusion that January would be a perfect month for this event.

So I created the graphic/meme seen at the top of this page and started posting it on different social media sites. I was amazed how a lot of players not only shared the idea stating they wanted to participate, but also offered suggestions to make the event better. The hashtag of #CharacterCreationChallenge was adopted and several questions were answered. I’ll be posting some of them below.

Do I have to make characters for one system or can I do multiple systems? I plan to do a different system each day. Some participants have told me that they will only be using one system or a handful of systems. The final choice is up to the participant.

Where do I post the characters that I’ve created? I plan to post mine on this blog as an entry once per day. Then I can share the blog posts to various message boards and social media platforms. Where you decide to post the new characters will be up to you. Just sharing them with the hashtag of #CharacterCreationChallenge will help other participants to find your entries.

Can I use a character creation app to make my characters? If that is how you have fun creating the character, then go for it. I am planning to use the books and roll the dice for my entries for the challenge.

Do I have to make up the character on the day or can I prep ahead of time? Aspiring authors participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) are allowed to prep before the month starts so that when it comes time, they are completing their writing challenge within the time allowed. I am taking this same attitude for my own challenge and I am planning out which games I will be creating on which days. I may write down a few notes before hand (Name, race, concepts, etc.) just as I would before creating a character for a campaign.

An additional challenge could be to created characters for games you have never played or haven’t played in five years. I can see where this would be enticing for some participants. That determination will be made by the people taking the challenge.

How much detail is needed for the characters? Besides generating the stats and equipping the character, I also plan to make sure that enough information is available for the character to start play. For me this includes name, traits and a little bit of a background.

What’s the most important reason to participate in the Character Creation Challenge? To have fun and to share that fun with others.

Let me know where you’ve posted your characters by emailing Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com and I’ll try to include the links in an after-action report.

2024 LINKS:

Here are some of the locations where people have been posting their entries into the Character Creation Challenge. I’ve also noticed that the hashtag #CharacterCreationChallenge has pulled up entries on various social media sites. If I’m missing your site, please email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com and I’ll add it.

–message boards–

RPG.net Message Board– Character Creation Challenge (message board with lots of entries) *Previous participant*

RPGPub Message Board– Character Creation Challenge (message board with lots of entries) *Previous participant*

RPG Geek Message Board– Character Creation Challenge (message board with lots of entries) *Previous participant*

Reddit /rpg– Character Creation Challenge (thread for Reddit users)

Steve Jackson Games Forum– Character Creation Challenge (Message board)

The Piazza– Character Creation Challenge (Message board)

Dragonsfoot Forums– Character Creation Challenge (Message Board)

Alternity Message Board– Character Creation Challenge (Specifically for the Alternity game. This thread has been running since 2021)

Giant in the Playground– Character Creation Challenge (Message board)

Myth Weavers Message Board– Character Creation Challenge (Message board)

The Tavern– Character Creation Challenge (Message Board)

Rollspel.NU Message Board– Character Creation Challenge (Swedish language message board with entries)

–blogs–

1 in 6 Snoop (WordPress blog)

31 Characters (Blogspot blog) *Previous participant*

A Continent of Banalities (Blogspot blog) *Previous participant*

A Late Night Horror Show (Substack blog)

Andrew Manitt (WordPress blog)

Attronarch’s Anthenaeum (Blog)

Barking Alien (Blogspot blog) *Previous participant*

Behind the Curve (Blogspot blog)

Caverns Measureless to Man (WordPress blog)

Concrete Lunch Gaming (Blog)

Dark Paths and Wandered Roads (Blogspot blog)

Disciple’s Riposte (Substack blog) *NEW*

Eurotrash (Tublr blog)

Flubs and Boons (Blogspot blog) *Previous participant*

Gaming with the Gnomies (Blogspot blog) *Previous participant*

Grim Tokens (Blog)

Harpy Historia (WordPress blog)

Rocket Cat (WordPress blog)

Roleplay Rescue (Blog)

Stories with Dice (Blog)

Subplot Kudzu (Blogspot blog) *Previous participant*

The Crafty DM (Blogspot blog)

The Other Side (Blogspot blog) *Previous participant*

The Watch House (Blogspot blog) *Previous participant*

The White Minotaur (WordPress blog) *Previous participant*

Three Kobolds (WordPress blog) *Previous participant*

Tiger’s Lair (Google blog)

Traveller (Blogspot blog) *Previous participant*

Weltwandlers (Blog)

Woefulch’s Tabletop RPG & Other Musings (Blogspot blog)

(more to be added soon)

*NEW* = added since last update. *Previous participant* = Known participant of past challenges.

See Also: Prepping for the Character Creation Challenge. (Blog Post)

All blog posts tagged with Character Creation Challenge.

In order to keep this page from getting to unwieldy, I’ve moved the links from the previous years into their own sections.

2021 Character Creation Challenge

2022 Character Creation Challenge

2023 Character Creation Challenge

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