Good Stats Rock!
OK, congratulate me! I just won the “No Shit Sherlock” award for blog post titles. However, it’s important to remember that I’m right ;). Now, I’m not talking about giving a fighter great strength, or a rogue good dexterity, those are a normal use of good stats. What I’m advocating is something different. Below, I’ll outline a few examples for ya.
- Bardek is a rogue. Like most rogues, he’s quick and agile. However, unlike many rogues, he’s known in the thieves guild for his incredible wisdom. In fact, he’s avoided falling pray to many enchanted traps that would beguile lesser minds.
- Merrick is a fighter. Born on the farm, he grew up big and strong. However, he’s as smart as many mages of the realm!
- Philamond is one of the great wizards of the realms. He’s capable of magics that that make the earth tremble. With all that in mind, it’s easy to overlook that he’s as strong as an ox!
All of these character concepts are unusual, because they don’t fit the stereotypical mold of what a particular classes strengths and weaknesses are. Coupling odd strong stats with odd weak stats can go a long way toward creating someone memorable in your campaign. Now, take these concepts and mold some role playing concepts on top of them and you’re way ahead of the role play curve!