D&D 5E The "Sealed Envelope" Character Campaign. Would you play?

DND_Reborn

The High Aldwin
Sometime I did back in AD&D, and of course requires player buy-in, but I wondered if people (in general) might be willing to give this a try:

A dozen (or more) pre-generated PC concepts are made and placed in sealed envelopes. Each concept will include race, ability scores, backgrounds, along with alignment and personality traits.

Each player gets to choose two envelopes to open and review the concepts inside. You MUST play one or the other. You cannot change your race or your background, etc. Ability scores can be adjusted only by reducing a score two points to increase a different score one point.

You then choose your class, starting equipment, etc. as normal.

If your character dies, by default your new character is based on your second envelop selection, using the same rules, but will enter the game at the same level as your deceased character.

If both characters die, you can make a sidekick character to continue playing or may leave the game as a player. If envelopes remain, you can choose a third as well, if your first two PCs are deceased. You may continue to come to view how the game unfolds if you wish, of course!

So, the question: would you play in such a campaign?

There is a challenge here, of course, and I expect players who "only want to play what I want to play" will say "no". I also understand for many people playing time is limited, so having that view is not by default a bad one (no judgement here!).

As I opened with, I have run such games in AD&D with a lot of success, but with modern views I am not certain how well received it would be.
 

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Maybe. There are character types I strongly prefer, but this could be a refreshing change.

I don't know how long I would be in it though... Hmm, hard to say. Of course, I haven't played in > 20 years, so there's that too.
 


TwoSix

Unserious gamer
Weirdly, the fact that they were pre-generated beforehand makes it a bit of a turn-off. I'd totally be on board with doing a random generation if I rolled the race, class, personality traits, etc, on a table, but having someone else do it for me makes me feel not attached.

Not a logical stance, I know, but that's how I feel about it.
 

Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
+1 to Oofta, above
For a short campaign, yes. This would be a different set of restraints / options to try out / practice.
For a long campaign, no. I know how I play (what class, stats, &c best synergize) and want to increase my chances of making it all the way to the end, not play against type.
 


Irlo

Hero
I’d play if that were a condition of the invitation to play, because I don’t get enough invitations to play. But I’d want to know the reason for the odd character generation methods.
 



Lanefan

Victoria Rules
Weirdly, the fact that they were pre-generated beforehand makes it a bit of a turn-off. I'd totally be on board with doing a random generation if I rolled the race, class, personality traits, etc, on a table, but having someone else do it for me makes me feel not attached.

Not a logical stance, I know, but that's how I feel about it.
Yeah, I hear this.

The random pluck two pick one pre-gen idea sounds great for something like a convention game or one-night wonder where time is of the essence - I might one day steal it for such.

But for anything longer I guess I prefer a bit more of a hands-on approach, even if all those hands are doing is rolling a lot of dice and writing down the results. I've done the completely-random character thing numerous times in long-standing campaigns and some of them have worked out quite well, so if a whole campaign were slated to start out this way I'd be in like Flynn.
 



cbwjm

Legend
Sometime I did back in AD&D, and of course requires player buy-in, but I wondered if people (in general) might be willing to give this a try:

A dozen (or more) pre-generated PC concepts are made and placed in sealed envelopes. Each concept will include race, ability scores, backgrounds, along with alignment and personality traits.

Each player gets to choose two envelopes to open and review the concepts inside. You MUST play one or the other. You cannot change your race or your background, etc. Ability scores can be adjusted only by reducing a score two points to increase a different score one point.

You then choose your class, starting equipment, etc. as normal.

If your character dies, by default your new character is based on your second envelop selection, using the same rules, but will enter the game at the same level as your deceased character.

If both characters die, you can make a sidekick character to continue playing or may leave the game as a player. If envelopes remain, you can choose a third as well, if your first two PCs are deceased. You may continue to come to view how the game unfolds if you wish, of course!

So, the question: would you play in such a campaign?

There is a challenge here, of course, and I expect players who "only want to play what I want to play" will say "no". I also understand for many people playing time is limited, so having that view is not by default a bad one (no judgement here!).

As I opened with, I have run such games in AD&D with a lot of success, but with modern views I am not certain how well received it would be.
I'd be keen, though I think I'd prefer completed characters rather than just race and background.

I should note that I wouldn't even open the second envelope unless/until needed, I'd go with the first envelope.
 





tetrasodium

Legend
Supporter
Maybe but the half built PC is too built while also not enough built. I'd be cool with roll stats or draw stats from a hat long term or one shot... Draw preset stats/race/background/bifts & finish it would just be annoying needing to finish it before play, this nine tenths is just semiblind pregen pretending to be something else.
 

I would be in without a second thought.
Already tried it for a whole campaign.
It was CoS. Characters were complete though...
6 different characters from 6 different worlds, and one was a police officer with guns, riot armor and all. All were taken by the mists.

So your concept is not foreign to me and I would jump on the boat to face the challenge. A shame I have so little time.
 

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