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Newbiespud 1st Aug 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
I love me some guile characters and veiled casual conversation for the sake of probing for information, but boy does that playstyle have its challenges. Sometimes your only consolation is the twin daggers your character has holstered beneath their tailored clothing, or all the arcane might just a few words or gestures away.
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DuoScratch 1st Aug 2019, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
I think I've grown into flexile characters a lot. I tend to have a character that fits very nicely into several of the basic party rolls, and can do them pretty well. I either tend to lead by example or aid others to doing what they do, but better. Favorite archetype is the older campaigner that's leading this group of newbies around so they don't die, then eventually garnering respect for them as they "prove themselves". I do my best to not make that as overbearing as that sounds. XD
albedoequals1 1st Aug 2019, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
That sounds dangerously close to the guy that is the same level as everyone else, but still says, "Not bad, for a beginner" every time someone else accomplishes something. A.K.A. the character all the other players want dead. :p
DuoScratch 1st Aug 2019, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
It probably is. That's actually a really bad habit of mine, picking archetypes that are really super easy to fuck up, and would piss others off if I did. It's never a conscious effort, but when I really think back...I've done it a lot. Luckily, I'm always invited into the next game, so I HOPE I'm doing it right.
Anvildude 1st Aug 2019, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
Just to change things up, you should try the Wide-Eyed newbie who lucks into the right decisions sometimes. It can be fun to just have your character be really enthusiastic about the whole adventuring thing.
Winged Cat 1st Aug 2019, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Speaking of flexile, I tried making a scholar/techie character for an upcoming oneshot, but our GM kept suggesting a certain combat class ("Background"), which implies it'll be needed. That said, he's still got enough scholar (in this case: lore, medic, and crafting) chops to fit in anywhere - which, combined with said combat specialty's focus on punching, lets me unapologetically use a certain theme that goes with everything.
Digo 1st Aug 2019, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
The first time I tried out D&D 5e I played a half-ork barbarian with a pretty decent charisma score. She wasn't the party face, but she sure tried to fit into various upper societies to try and learn information (or to just not get the party into trouble). It was a lot of fun playing a brute that was attempting to not punch all her problems, and failing Charisma checks was often more fun and interesting than succeeding. XD

At some point I'd love to revisit that character.
TheStratovarian 1st Aug 2019, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
TheStratovarian
Interestingly, getting folks into trying new rolls and types is often being a foil to them so that they can be true to their idea, but also be a point that you aren't.

Our 5e kobold thief is an infinitely better mechanical diplomat than my 5e bird wizard. But at the same time, we have usually vastly vastly different dc's for our diplomacy.

He is playing true to kobolds, snarky, sometimes cruel, or cold, but he tells it like it is. He is the bad cop of diplomacy. He will insult you, belittle you, and 'he's not wrong or untruthful' through it all.

And everyone in our party has the moments we are very much opposites in social situations. The bird will be the foil to the dragonborn, our human to the bird even.

Everyone is together in how we play, but we each stand aligned apart, and respected for it.
Anvildude 1st Aug 2019, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
The most difficult part of playing a guilefull character is when you have a DM who... isn't. You try and do the classic "I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine" and they have the NPC Mob Boss go "I've got scratching posts, honey. Cash. Now."
Story Time 1st Aug 2019, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
When the worst fear the GM put is... Something they liked to do with a previous character in the past. Any good story like that? As the GM let you take a look at the things someone liked in the past only to be shamed thinking "how could I liked this?"
Guest 1st Aug 2019, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Was this one scene the whole reason for having Rarity's player play Smolder?
Guest 2nd Aug 2019, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
Good question!
Mr. Guy 1st Aug 2019, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
Reminds me of a character I played in post-apocalyptic game. He was just called 'the Chairman' and he was an amoral snake that could talk his way out of anything. In a game where character death is commonplace he was the only one to survive to the end of the campaign. It helped that he wasn't particularly greedy or hateful. He just wanted to run his business and only caused trouble for people looking to interfere with it.