# 2011-03-08 More Character Shortcuts

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< A bit over a year ago I wrote my first draft of the [[2009-12-14 Character Generation Shortcuts|Character Generation Shortcuts]] fold old school D&D with four backgrounds each for fighters, wizards and clerics. In a way I wanted to show that I didn't need thieves, rangers and paladins -- I wanted to model these classes using a base class with some appropriate background and equipment -- and I wanted to speed up character creation by avoiding rolling for starting gold and shopping for equipment. Half a year later I [[2010-06-24 Character Genration Shortcuts PDF|increased the number of backgrounds to eight]] and used it in a convention game I ran, but I still missed backgrounds for demihumans. The following is a list of four backgrounds each.

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> A bit over a year ago I wrote my first draft of the [[2009-12-14 Character Generation Shortcuts|Character Generation Shortcuts]] fold old school D&D with four backgrounds each for fighters, wizards and clerics. In a way I wanted to show that I didn't need thieves, rangers and paladins -- I wanted to model these classes using a base class with some appropriate background and equipment -- and I wanted to speed up character creation by avoiding rolling for starting gold and shopping for equipment. Half a year later I [[2010-06-24 Character Generation Shortcuts PDF|increased the number of backgrounds to eight]] and used it in a convention game I ran, but I still missed backgrounds for demihumans. The following is a list of four backgrounds each.

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< We'll see about adding more entries and revising the [[2011-03-15 Character Genration Shortcuts PDF|PDF]] when I have some extra time. :)

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> We'll see about adding more entries and revising the [[2011-03-15 Character Generation Shortcuts PDF|PDF]] when I have some extra time. :)

A bit over a year ago I wrote my first draft of the Character Generation Shortcuts fold old school D&D with four backgrounds each for fighters, wizards and clerics. In a way I wanted to show that I didn’t need thieves, rangers and paladins – I wanted to model these classes using a base class with some appropriate background and equipment – and I wanted to speed up character creation by avoiding rolling for starting gold and shopping for equipment. Half a year later I increased the number of backgrounds to eight and used it in a convention game I ran, but I still missed backgrounds for demihumans. The following is a list of four backgrounds each.

1d4Elf Dwarf Halfling
1you are a woodland hunter; you own an elven longbow with twenty arrows and a curved dagger decorated with silver runes; the lore masters have taught you the spell sleep to keep you safe while alone in the wilderness you are a miner but it was dangerous work for little gain; you own a canary bird in a wooden cage, a small pony to carry your load, a lantern, studded leather armor and a heavy pick you are a shepherd; you own a sling, a dagger, a woolen cloak, and a ferocious dog that will defend you in combat
2you are a student of ancient lore; you own a ceremonial elven longsword in the old tradition and a set of chain mail; the lore masters have taught you the spell read languages to help your studies you are a gem cutter by trade but decided to go looking for the real thing; you own gleaming chain mail, a beautiful two-handed sword and a jewel encrusted girdle handed to you from your father you are a gardener; you own a hammer and a sling and some ill-fitting goblin leather armor
3you are a spell singer; you own an elegant elven longsword, a dagger, leather armor, a wooden shield, a lyre and a silver flute; you have learned the spell charm person to keep you safe in human lands you are berserker with warding tattoos covering every inch of your skin; you own a two-handed dwarven battle axe inscribed with old runes of death and destruction and battered scale armor you are a scout and have travelled the wilderness; you own leather armor, a shield, a short sword and a sling
4you are a fae knight; you own a white horse, a white steel plate armor, a shield, a lance, a long sword, a mace; your master taught you the spell protection from evil before sending out into the world you are rune warrior and a defender of the realm; you own the finest dwarven plate armor, a heavy shield engraved with runes of protection and an axe.you are a bored landowner but left your siblings in charge of it all; you own a short sword, a shield, light dwarven chain mail and a sling

We’ll see about adding more entries and revising the PDF when I have some extra time.

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Typical – if you are elf, you can be awesome things like a hunter, spell singer, or fae knight, and if you are dwarf, you could be a rune warrior or berserker. But if you are a halfling, you probably used to be a gardener

Looks like Alex got a whiff of “implicit setting” here …

Harald 2011-03-08 19:54 UTC

Absolutely. One roll life-path, baby!

Actually, I’d love to brainstorm some more:

; Elf: a sea elf with trident, net, bow, longsword; a moon elf with a horse, a member of the wild hunt, a horn, a bow, a scimitar, a wolf hound companion; a shadow elf from a far realm, an illusionist with a spider companion and a dagger; a dark elf that lived under the hill, a member of the winter court, a forger of rings (lame easter egg?)

; Halflings: a crazy naked ferocious halfling cannibal; an escaped slave, broken by years spent in the darkness deep underground; maybe something crazy like a windling – those halflings that were picked up and blown across half the world by the five great storms; a fool that was sent on adventure by a wizard (lame easter egg?)

; Dwarf: Any ideas?

Dwarf - beardless outcast, apprentice brewmaster, grizzled campaigner (fought against orcs and goblins) Halfing - deputy shiriff

Nice! There’s also the Thief to think of… Cutpurse, burglar, harlequin or clown, dancer, rat catcher, assassin, contortionist (too much circus?), spy.

1d4Elf Dwarf Halfling
5you are a sea elf; you own a trident, a net, a longbow and a longsword; the captain of your first ship has taught you the sleep spell you are a surface merchant; you own a suit of chain mail armor, a shield, a hammer, a donkey, a cart, 200 gp in trade goods, and three gems worth 50 gp each you are a crazy naked halfling cannibal; you own a dagger, a femur bone usable as a club and a lot of blue body paint
6you are a moon elf and belong to the wild hunt; you own a horse, a horn, a longbow, a scimitar, a silver dagger and a wolf hound companion that will attack anything that flees; the lore masters have taught you the spell detect magic to aid you in your raids you are an escaped slave, broken by years spent in the darkness deep in a kobold mine; you own a pick axe, ill-fitting goblin armor, a serrated goblin dagger and a wooden shield
7you are a shadow elf from a far realm with a fist-sized spider companion; you own a billowing shadow cloak, studded leather armor, a black shield, a scimitar and a curved dagger; you have studied the spell hold portalyou are a brewmaster
8you are a dark elf from under the mountain and a member of the winter court, you own elegant flowing robes, a silver diadem worth 100 gp, a scimitar engraved with silver runes of banishment; you have studied the light spell you are a grizzled campaigner from the goblin wars, you own plate mail, a polearm (halberd), a hand axe, and a dagger

AlexSchroeder 2011-03-09 17:51 UTC

Gaah, need some dwarven background inspiration. Perhaps I should look at some Warhammer careers.

AlexSchroeder 2011-03-14 17:21 UTC

A dwarf criminal, his beard shaved off and his face branded, fled to the surface and surviving as a ruffian. Leather armor, club or axe, dagger.

What about an apprentice smith? Seems like an obvious one. Nice hammer or axe, decent armor, some gold.