I’m a big role-player when it comes to tabletop role-playing games. If I don’t have a full backstory for my character, I find it hard to have fun in the game. Recently, a technique I’ve been doing to explore my characters is to answer a questionnaire–whether or not I like the questions asked. I’ve compiled a list of questions I found on the internet so you can get to know your favorite PC or find a reason to love a PC you have that you might not be very into yet.

 

NOTE: This list is an amalgamation of questionnaire lists I’ve found online and questions a friend suggested– unfortunately, I can’t find where I found them, so I can’t link you guys up to the actual lists, but let me declare that this list is not mine, just a mishmash of things found online. If you find the creator of some of the questions, please feel free to comment the link so I can credit them properly. Thanks!

 

  1. Why were you given the name you have?
  2. Do you have a nickname?
  3. What is the source of the nickname?
  4. Is it flattering or not?
  5. Where is your hometown and how long did you live there?
  6. Did you like it or want to get away or already miss it?
  7. Have you traveled much?
  8. Where & why?
  9. Have you lived for a long period in another town?
  10. Have you lived in any unusual/harsh environments?
  11. How did you react to it?
  12. Given the choice, where would your character go for a visit/vacation?
  13. Given the choice, where would your character settle down in?
  14. How old are you?
  15. What would somebody see at first glance at you?
  16. What additional attributes would be noticed upon meeting you?
  17. Do you have any personality quirks (i.e. antisocial, arrogant, optimistic, paranoid)?
  18. Do you talk to yourself often? Do you space out when you do? Have people noticed this about you?
  19. Do you have any distinguishing marks?
  20. Are your parents still alive?
  21. What do they do for a living?
  22. If one or both of your parents are dead when and how did they die?
  23. What is/was your character’s relationship with their mother like?
  24. What is/was your character’s relationship with their father like?
  25. Do you have any siblings? Which one are you closest with?
  26. What do your siblings do?
  27. Are you married?
  28. Do you have children?
  29. How do you feel about having children?
  30. What was your character’s favorite toy as a child?
  31. Was there something unusual about your childhood? (Enslaved, given a kiss by the queen for some good deed, etc.)
  32. What did your character dream of being or doing as a child? Did that dream come true?
  33. If the younger version of your character met your character now, how would your younger version react?
  34. What’s your favorite color?
  35. Do you wear your favorite color?
  36. How important are your looks to you? How important are others’ looks to you?
  37. What would you do if something happened to you that marred your looks? How would you feel about it?
  38. What social class are you from?
  39. How has your upbringing affected your world view?
  40. What is your moral code?
  41. Are you religious?
  42. What are your personal beliefs?
  43. How did you get started in your chosen class?
  44. Where did you learn or train their skills?
  45. How did you get or why did you choose to excel in the skills you have?
  46. Why does your character adventure?
  47. How do you view your role as an adventurer?
  48. What is your role in your party?
  49. Do you have any heroes or inspirational figures?
  50. Are you guided by a prophecy?
  51. What are your views on magic?
  52. Is your character’s current socioeconomic status different than it was when they were growing up?
  53. Do you have any significant properties?
  54. Is your character materialistic? Why or why not?
  55. Have you ever served in the military?
  56. Have you ever been arrested? What for? Did you do it?
  57. Has your character ever witnessed something that fundamentally changed them? If so, does anyone else know?
  58. How did you meet your current adventuring companions?
  59. Do you have any enemies?
  60. What are your goals in life?
  61. How do you get along with others?
  62. Is there anything that you hate?
  63. Is there anything that you fear?
  64. Do you have a mentor? What is he/she like?
  65. Do you have a best friend? What is he like?
  66. If you died tomorrow what would you be remembered for?
  67. Do you have someone you wish to impress? Why?
  68. What impresses your character?
  69. Do you have something to avenge? Why?
  70. Do you have an enemy? What caused the issue between the two?
  71. Do you know the other members of your party? What do you think of them?
  72. Is there someone you hate/love? Have you told them? Have you acted on your feelings?
  73. How easy or difficult is it for your character to say “I love you?” Can they say it without meaning it?
  74. Did you have any schooling?
  75. What is your character’s biggest relationship flaw? Has this flaw destroyed relationships for them before?
  76. How does your character react to sexual tension? Can they flirt well?
  77. What are your character’s views on intimacy?
  78. Are you attracted to a specific gender/race?
  79. Are you a top or a bottom?
  80. Do you ever initiate?
  81. Do you have any non-game related special skills? (For example, are you a good cook?)
  82. On an average day, what can be found in your character’s pockets?
  83. Does your character have recurring themes in their dreams?
  84. Does your character have recurring themes in their nightmares?
  85. Has your character ever killed someone?
  86. Does your character feel more comfortable with more clothing, or with less clothing?
  87. In what situation was your character the most afraid they’ve ever been?
  88. In what situation was your character the most calm they’ve ever been?
  89. Is your character bothered by the sight of blood? If so, in what way?
  90. Does your character remember names or faces easily?
  91. Which does your character idealize most: happiness or success?
  92. Is your character more likely to admire wisdom, or ambition in others?
  93. In what ways does your character compare themselves to others? Do they do this for the sake of self-validation, or self-criticism?
  94. How does your character take criticism?
  95. If something tragic or negative happens to your character, do they believe they may have caused or deserved it, or are they quick to blame others?
  96. What does your character like in other people?
  97. What does your character dislike in other people?
  98. How quick is your character to trust someone else?
  99. How quick is your character to suspect someone else? Does this change if they are close with that person?
  100. How does your character behave around children?
  101. How does your character normally deal with confrontation?
  102. How quick or slow is your character to resort to physical violence in a confrontation?
  103. What does your character find repulsive or disgusting?
  104. Describe a scenario in which your character feels most comfortable.
  105. Describe a scenario in which your character feels most uncomfortable.
  106. In the face of criticism, is your character defensive, self-deprecating, or willing to improve?
  107. Is your character more likely to keep trying a solution/method that didn’t work the first time, or immediately move on to a different solution/method?
  108. How does your character behave around people they like?
  109. How does your character behave around people they dislike?
  110. Is your character more concerned with defending their honor, or protecting their status?
  111. Is your character more likely to remove a problem/threat, or remove themselves from a problem/threat?
  112. How does your character treat people in service jobs?
  113. Does your character feel that they deserve to have what they want, whether it be material or abstract, or do they feel they must earn it first?
  114. What does your character believe will happen to them after they die? Does this belief scare them?
  115. What now?

 

If you answer this questionnaire, feel free to tag our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/greasysnitches) so we can read it! Good luck!

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