Sunday, 21 October 2012

Dreamlands: Random Character Backgrounds

Following on from my recent post on B/X character backgrounds, I thought I'd share the one-page PDF I've made for players in my upcoming dreamlands campaign.

One of the concepts of the campaign is that adventurers from virtually any possible world can enter the dreamlands -- thus there is essentially no "campaign setting". The point of this is two-fold:
  1. To give players complete free reign over the character they create, with no limitations imposed by the DM's preconceived notions of a campaign world.
  2. To encourage an odd mashup of characters. Just for fun.
So, we could have a cleric of St Cuthbert, straight out of Greyhawk, teaming up with a star-faring barbarian and a clockwork dwarf from a steampunk maze-world.

To this end I thought it'd be helpful to produce some random tables for players who like random character generation to roll on. So we have tables for the following:
  • Sex
  • Sexuality
  • Skin colour
  • Cultural origin
  • Religion
These are, obviously, heavily influenced by Jeff's What Went Wrong.

Here's the PDF.

Recommended for use with JB's B/X Headgear and 100 Reasons tables.


  1. Initially I read that as "Randolph Carter Backgrounds"...

  2. Awesome. Random tables are always appreciated.

  3. Wonderful, and very nicely typeset. Thanks for sharing this.


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