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2024 Character Creation Challenge After Action Report

And we’ve reached the end of the 2024 #CharacterCreationChallenge. If you made it to 31 days, congratulations. Send me a note via email (carl (at) on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. My daughter is currently working on a new graphic for those that completed the challenge and I’d like to make sure that it gets sent to you upon completion.

I did make it to 31 characters, but I was delayed by a few days due to a family emergency. Thank you to everyone who reached out to me to ask. One poster mentioned that they had seen a lack of entries for the last two days. My mother and grandmother were involved in an automobile accident. The good news is that they are OK with no injuries and they are just fine (other than needing to replace a minivan). But it was a little scary for me when I found out.

I noticed that the Scooby Doo gang was used in a lot of different themes by participants (seeing Velma and Daphne in the Doctor Who RPG was a hoot). It was interesting to see them show up in different gaming systems. On the discord server there was a very good representation of characters from 80’s movies represented in the Power Rangers Roleplaying Game. It was kind of a trip down memory lane since I hadn’t seen some of these moves in a LONG time. There was also a participant who was making Star Trek characters for three different RPG systems for several entries. It was interesting to see the characters side-by-side. One of the most unexpected discoveries wasn’t a current participant, but someone who participated back in the first challenge in 2021. Apparently it got him out of some serious mental funk that he had been dealing with. It got him back into blogging and eventually back into writing RPGs (that he had done before). It was an emotional moment for me when I read his blog post.

Of the entries that I used for 2024, the games that stood out to me were Monty Python, Fallout, White Lies and Star Trek Alpha Quadrant. I really enjoyed making a character for Teenagers from Outerspace and I’ve been watching some classic comedy anime lately While Vintage Space didn’t fully scratch the FASA Star Trek itch that I was trying to recall, it did get some gears turning that may result in a future project. I also appreciated the publishers that responded when I posted characters for their games. They were able to answer some of my questions that I had raised in the blog posts. I tried to post those responses in the “Additional Notes” section of an entry a day or two later.

The disappointments were those games that were needlessly crunchy or overbearing. I had a few readers on Mastodon and a few of the message boards respond with similar experiences, which made me feel like I wasn’t such an idiot. I’m still digesting Cowboy Bebop and I have a few things I want to check out before I post my unboxing and final thoughts entry.

Here is my 2024 list of characters:

Day 1: Fallout Character: Ragnal Walker of Vault 47
Day 2: Hackmaster Basic Character: Cid the Kid
Day 3: White Star Galaxy Edition Character: Jenker Slix
Day 4: Fantasy Quest (Dicing w/ Dragons) Character: Alric Hinman
Day 5: Top Secret S.I. Character: Nick Tanner
Day 6: Tiny Wastelands Character Stewart Barlow
Day 7: The Dark Eye Character: Halmar
Day 8: Star Trek: Alpha Quadrant Character: Tropp
Day 9: Monty Python Character: Sir Richard Hammond
Day 10: Basic Fantasy 4th Edition Character: Durlan Torven
Day 11: Teenagers from Outerspace Character: Prince Zaxxod
Day 12: The Spy Game Character: James “Captain Slow” May
Day 13: Star Ace Character: Balkor
Day 14: Ninjas and Superspies Character: Luke Ward
Day 15: Conan Character: Braga
Day 16: Boot Hill Character: Noah ‘Lasso’ Johnson
Day 17: White Lies 2nd edition Character: Jack Sterling
Day 18: Vintage Space Character: Troxtor
Day 19: Fantasy Hero Character: Drokkin the Dwarf
Day 20: Shadowrun Anarchy Character: Spike
Day 21: Nights Black Agents Character: Kendal Barker
Day 22: Barbarians of Lemuria Character: Kruk
Day 23: Starfinder Character: Sarangari
Day 24: Crypts & Things Character: Azor
Day 25: Cyberpunk Red Character: Indigo
Day 26: Dungeons and Dragons Essentials Characters: Pelloth Graysoul
Day 27: Cowboy Bebop Character: Wayne Wolf
Day 28: Rolemaster Fantasy Character: Hobson Silversting
Day 29: Tiny Frontiers Character: YYZ-2112
Day 30: Pathfinder 2nd edition Character: Rogar of the Granitebender Clan
Day 31: Anarchy Character: Marcell Freeman

Also, if you purchased anything after clicking on the link to DriveThruRPG or Amazon, thank you. I’m not doing this blog to make money, but the kickback helps when making game purchases for future challenges.

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2024 Character Creation Challenge Day 9: Monty Python’s Cocurricular Mediaeval Reenactment Programme

It’s… Monty Python’s Cocurricular Mediaeval Reenactement Programme. (Liberty Bell march starts playing) and it’s my Day 9 entry in the 2024 #CharacterCreationChallenge.

I’ve been a fan of Monty Python every since I saw my first episode on our local PBS station. There isn’t a gaming session that didn’t make it out with at least one Monty Python quote (much to the chagrin of my Dungeon Master). So when I discovered that there was going to be a Kickstarter for a Monty Python Role Playing Game Cocurricular Mediaeval Reenactement Programme, I had to make a pledge. And no, Mediaeval is not spelled incorrectly. Yea, I had to look that up.

In the past I’ve posted about some of my Kickstarter rewards, such as the one for Mystery Science Theater 3000, The B/X Advanced Bestiary and the XDM 2nd Edition book. I haven’t written about the Monty Python RPG and the RPG for Cowboy Bebop because the physical books haven’t arrived yet. But I promise that I’ll give you first looks when I can. Until then, they have sent me the PDFs for both books. Today I am making a Participant Character for this comedy game. This is for students of history who will use the programme for a memorable learning experience. Most of the items in this game came from the Monty Python movies: The Life of Brian and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. But there are references to other works from the comedy troupe.

The PDF is 360 pages long with the Character Creation process listed on page 84. The character sheet is one page. And now for something completely different.

Oh and I should mention, the GM is called the Head of Light Entertainment aka The HoLE. It is possible that the HoLE could get sacked while in session.

Your participant is a member of a Situation. This is also called job, role, career or calling. Basically it’s the character’s class, but the game doesn’t call it that. Probably because when you choose your Situation, you also choose if you are Upper Class, Middle Class or Lower Class which is how some NPCs might react to your character (not all class types available for all situations). The possible Situations to choose from are Churl (peasant), Cleric, Enchanter (aka the Wizard), Eremite (A hermit like the one seen in various Monty Python episodes), Knave (aka the Thief), Knight, Monarch (Well I didn’t vote for you.), Monk/Nun (Pie Jesu Domine, Dona eis requiem. [WHACK!!]), Noble (not Donna from Doctor Who) and Troubadour (aka the Bard). Do I want to be a king? Do I want to be a knight? I wanna hit things. Knight it is.

So look at the “Creating a Knight” section and it says that he is definitely upper class. So I circle that. On my character sheet is a very colorful section for Traits. A Knight has the Valour trait, which is doing various manly deeds of strength and arms. This could be serious or silly. If it is more on the serious side, you roll a larger die when attempting to complete a task or a test. These dice range from D4 to D30 (there are a lot of standard and no-so-standard dice for this game). Now for each Trait, you get an Accoutrement. This is a device that your character owns (and may have some minimum requirements for). I roll a 1d10 and it came up with Shield which gives me +1 to Strategy. I also get to roll the type of shield and it came up Buckler. Next Trait for the Knight is Chastity, which helps my character avoid temptation (oh boy, avoid the Castle Anthrax). The Accoutrement for this Trait rolled up an elaborate codpiece (why am I suddenly thinking of first season Black Adder?) which gives the character +1 Decorum. A Knight also has a Manservant as a retainer (it takes one of my colorful slots) which will be the character’s squire. The remaining two slots are selected from a list available, which I chose Heartiness and Strategy. My character’s indifference is Subtlety (i.e. he can’t do this trait).

I wrote down the character’s Spiffing Serious Ability, which is Slay. If I use it during a game, I roll a D30 and consult a chart. This could have good or bad results. And if I’m reading the steps correctly, we are done making this character. There is a section on the sheet for money (of the different types of currency) and Merits/Demerits (system currency earned in the game). Let’s give our Knight a name, which is Sir Richard Hammond (wink). Here is the character sheet.


I liked that some of the links within the PDF didn’t go where you thought they would go. Very sneaky and on tap with the brand of humor. There was a ton of in-jokes and easter egg references. But you don’t need to know them all to understand the game.

While making this, I was thinking that it could be useful for that other famous British fantasy comedy, Blackadder (well not the fourth season that takes place during World War I). But I was getting the same vibes.

I know I didn’t really go into the system too much for this blog entry, I think I’m saving that for the physical book review. But what I read, it did make sense. There were a lot of flowery words used in the book, but this was part of the Monty Python charm. I really think that the writers were able to capture the spirit of the comedy troupe. They even had warnings about forcing the humor. If played well, the humor would naturally come into the game.

There is a lot of unusual dice used for Monty Python’s Cocurricular Mediaeval Reenactement Programme. Luckily I had some dice for the Dungeon Crawl Classics which had all but one of the need die. I wonder where I can find a D18?

(in bad French accent) Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time.

Additional Notes:

There were quite a few readers who did not know that Star Trek: Alpha Quadrant existed. This is not surprising since it is a fan made game that was released about the same time as Star Trek Adventures. It probably got brushed to the side with the first official Star Trek licensed RPG in 15ish years.

I discovered another message board with a Character Creation Challenge thread. I’ve added the link to the list of participating sites. The thread itself isn’t very large, but the other threads have been interesting to read. I’ve signed up to post on The Piazza, but at the time of publication, I hadn’t been authorized yet.

Coming Up Next:

Basic Fantasy Roleplaying Game 4th Edition

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