Me, Dove, and a few guys from the other game got into a discussion. By the end I agreed whole heartedly, characters need to be motivated. While it has little effect on the current campaign, I want you guys to think about what goals your characters have, and what drives them.
To give a explanation of why, is that motivated characters rarely lack direction, there is not often a point where they have nothing to do. One example would be Grael, he is motivated to restore his god, among other things. As a result when it comes to missions, he is wanting to do things that further his cause.
Why is this a good thing? well if you’ll recall one session in Kingmaker, the party spent a good hour to two hours debating what to do, but not actually doing anything. The characters had no real motivation or goals, and as a result no one cared what they did, so no one pushed hard for one course of action. Motivated characters help drive things forward, and also offer a chance for increased RP as conflicting goals come into play.
One day i’d love to see people really get into the RP in pnp, but if nothing else the sheer benefit of keeping things rolling make it worth while. Why does a weresheep sneak in the night, what drives a landshark away from his home waters, and what does the Magus seek?
To summarize: What does your character want. You should also have a few goals, near and far.
- Symbol of Amaunator, in order to become a Sunmaster. (Complete)
- Restoration of Amaunator (Long Term)
- Death of Aris and Talis (Short-mid)
- Hinder, or otherwise disrupt the efforts of Alustriel (Short-Long)
- Kill Alustriel (Long Term)
- Conversion (Short-Long)
- Locate lost relics/temples of Amaunator (Short-Long)
- Drive out the pretender from the north. (Long term)
Obviously getting xp, gold, magical items, etc, would all go without being said. But the above list more or less helps drive Graels RP. For example, in the DSMC we’ve been given 4 possible questlines.
- He has no care for Kairi, so the merchants offer is irrelevant.
- He wants to kill Alustriel, albeit only after she has seen her grand plans turn to ash, so thats got no chance in hell.
- Alustriel wants Nesme to join the confederation, so if it gets beat up by trolls, maybe that would be good, or maybe if Nesme can better fend for itself it won’t want to join. So thats neutral
- Dwarves are not likely converts, doesn’t really show a sure profit, but in the confederation Harbromm is Alustriels chief rival, which puts him in favor of helping him. Not to mention lost temples and ruins of Netheril are all over the marches, never know what we’ll find in the process.
End result is I can filter the options through graels goals and have a clear idea what he would want to do.