Here’s a quick overview of the not-so-secret project I’ve been working on since Gen Con.
Great Character is a small project to collect scans of actual character sheets used in RPGs by authors and game designers. The idea is to share some fun gaming stories and uncover a little RPG history. Character sheets can be: a really old one from junior high that you still have, an iconic character in RPG lore that started out in someone’s home game, a character that later appeared in a novel, or anything else you think is particularly fun or distinctive. Characters can be from any RPG. There’s no need to “clean up” your character sheets, we want to see them as they existed, with whatever scars and doodles they bear. If possible, a short paragraph explaining the significance, or just a fun anecdote about the character, would be excellent, along with your own author/designer bio.
The character sheets will be collected in a tumblr gallery and made freely available. It will eventually be highlighted by a post at io9. Sending me a scan of your character sheet means you consent to having me and/or io9.com publish the scan of your character sheet.
I’m currently aiming to launch Great Character on October 1st of this year. I’d to do something fun for the launch — maybe a Twitter party?
If you’re interested in contributing, contact me at email@example.com. Please feel free to pass along word of this project to authors or game designers you know. I also want to make it clear that you don’t have to wait for me to invite you or email you to contribute. Just send your character sheet to that email address (or ask me any questions you might have there). I don’t know everyone in the gaming industry, obviously, and there are authors that I don’t know are gamers, so I might not even know to ask you to contribute. So feel free to proactively join the party.
Thanks for helping out with this project!
I’ve assembled my annual list of Magic: the Gathering artists who will be at Gen Con this year for my own purposes. I share it here in case it’s of use to you.
Robot Viking is no longer an active gaming blog. It was hacked. The hack is fixed. As a result of that, however, the old theme is gone, hence the generic “beach” theme. Hey, robots like the beach too. I’ll fix it up at some point. The old articles and comments will remain intact, however comments are now disabled.
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