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  • 06:03 AM - Arvok quoted Kristmaus in post Awkward Characters
    I decided that he wouldn't talk in common... unless it's a "The Simpsons" quote. My question is: if he doesn't understand Common, how does he know what is an appropriate reply? Unless there is some sort of magical curse affecting him and limiting what he can say, the biggest problem he would have is understanding what the rest of the party is saying. He would probably be able to have a pretty good idea of what's going on when there are physical cues, but if the "face" of the party is negotiating with somebody (or some similar situation in which people are simply talking), I don't think he would know what was going on, and thus wouldn't know what quote to use. I like the idea of having a PC that doesn't speak Common (I once DM'd a party with 2 dwarves; 1 didn't speak Common so the other dwarf had to translate everything spoken in Common to Dwarven for him), and that was a lot of fun. Having a PC limited to quotes from a modern TV show seems a bit gimmicky to me.
  • 05:02 AM - Autumn Bask quoted Kristmaus in post Awkward Characters
    Do you enjoy playing with "awkward" characters? I am usually a DM in other RPGs, but recently I was invited to join a D&D5 party, and I wanted to make a Barbarian Goliath... so, to make it more fun to play, I decided that he wouldn't talk in common... unless it's a "The Simpsons" quote. My first concern is how difficult that would be to maintain, but maybe you're very good at conjuring quotes to mind on the fly. If you really, really decide you want to do this, I'd suggest first picturing scenarios from your previous campaigns, but instead replace one of the characters with your own and try to imagine having to come up with things to say on the fly that fit within that restricted glossary. My second concern is that this "gimmick" (which is what I would call it, rather than awkward) has no interesting or explorable substance to it. I've played with several players who have based their character concept around a gimmick, and they turned out great, but that's because A. the gimmick was...
  • 02:15 AM - GlassJaw quoted Kristmaus in post Awkward Characters
    Do you enjoy playing with "awkward" characters? I am usually a DM in other RPGs, but recently I was invited to join a D&D5 party, and I wanted to make a Barbarian Goliath... so, to make it more fun to play, I decided that he wouldn't talk in common... unless it's a "The Simpsons" quote. There's a big difference between awkward and corny. What you described had nothing to do with creating a character with an interesting quirk or flaw. I really dislike joke names and bringing modern memes and jokes in game as it breaks immersion and is just distracting. You can joke and have fun at the table but there is a line that gets crossed.

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