nWOD / 2.0 CHARACTER BACKGROUNDS
a.k.a. "THE BIG FOUR"
- CHARACTER CREATION (FOR ALL GENRES) - BACKGROUNDS
(THE "BIG FOUR")
2. Learning & Skills
- BACKGROUNDS AND ENTERING THE STORYLINE
- FORBIDDEN BG ITEMS
- GETTING STUCK ON YOUR BG DETAILS
- LENGTH OF BG
- QUALITY OF BG
- NAME OF BG FILE
This page contains information on how to create a Background (character history.)
Everything on this page applies to all PCs in all Genres, regardless of what type of character you are making.
This does not include specific restrictions for individual genres. Anything specific to only one genre is on the individual Genres Rules Page. Be sure to read both this page and your genre page before submitting a sheet.
BACKGROUNDS: THE "BIG FOUR" QUESTIONS
Backgrounds are mandatory. They do not have to be long. They are not a creative writing exercise. Just the facts.
Your background must clearly answer the four questions below in the format specified, or it will be refused. If we can't quickly find your answers, it will be sent back.
Some genres are required to provide more information than this, check the sub-genres rules pages for info.
Do not send us another game's background questions or forms, just because you think it answers these. We want it in our format. Backgrounds that do not follow this will be refused.
Please don't send in your background until the character sheet is also completed. Please send them both together.
Also, please understand that Backgrounds are OOC, for ST use. Do not skip questions because your character does not IC know or remember the answers. We need OOC to know and approve of what the facts are from an ST perspective.
Please copy the following four questions onto a *.doc, *.rtf or *.txt document and include it
separately from your character sheet. Please answer each section separately, exactly as formatted below.
Do not send an unformatted freeform paragraph and make us have to fish through it for relevant data.
If we cannot clearly and quickly match your answers to the questions below, your BG will be returned to be redone.
 BEGINNINGS (HOW DID YOU BECOME WHAT YOU ARE?):Brief synopsis of how your character came to be what they are, from Childhood to now. (e.g.: A Vampire's Embrace, a Werewolf's first change, a Mage's Awakening, or simply how a mortal was raised and why.)
NOTE: It is REQUIRED that you put your character's actual age as well as perceived age on the BG. If there is a large enough discrepancy to be a problem, you must explain realistically (meaning being capable according to the stats you bought) how you dealt with this. (Driver's license, Resources, Jobs, Banking, Living Family or Friends, etc.) If you did things that require certain stats, you must buy them at creation.)
 LEARNING (HOW DID YOU LEARN WHAT YOU KNOW?):
Brief explanation of any dots you have in skills that would obviously have been taught, learned or earned (languages, weapons, academic subjects, etc.) Also, provide explanation of SKILLS you have with 3+ dots.
 PURPOSE/AGENDA (WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BE DOING IN DC?):
Mandatory Question for #3: What is one short-term (immediate) and one long-term goal your character wishes to accomplish? (And steps to do so, if you think you already know them) This question will set up the agenda your character should be up to at all times. This will also give you ideas for things to write in your downtimes. The purpose of this question is to make sure you aren't in a place where you have nothing to do. You should have a goal in mind at all times, even if you don't pursue it every day IC.
 USEFULNESS/SIGNIFICANCE (WHY SHOULD OTHER PCs CARE?):
This question will set the stage for the locations your character will use to enter the storyline.
Your Background and How It Helps You Enter the Story:
Some PCs, by virtue of their design, can't begin play as already being residents of DC. So they must "arrive."
Not all characters will newly arrive in DC being "in the know" where certain important IC locations are. This especially applies to, for example, knowing where Elysium is, what territories belong to what supernatural group IC so you don't accidentally go where you will be attacked, what clubs are "supernatural-friendly", etc. This knowledge is bought on your sheet, explained in your background, or earned via RP, or you don't have it.
What you should know is expected to be addressed either in your PCís Background (#4: why you came to DC & who you will hang out with), or through finding out IC from other PCs or your Allies & Contacts. If you do not indicate how you should know places or people in advance and have it approved in your background, you will be thrown into play blind and have to RP out combing the city IC to find a PC of relevance to yours.
FORBIDDEN / RESTRICTED BIG FOUR BACKGROUND ITEMS:
There are also certain background items that we may restrict for our own reasons. You may encounter PCs who already have something from the below list in their background, because they did it before we decided to cap it. They could very well be the reason it got capped.
Length of BG:
Quality of BG:
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