Character Questionnaire

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Here’s a copy of the “generic” character questionnaire I use as the basis for my game-specific ones. Feel free to print out, alter, use, fold, spindle, or mutilate this list to fit your own game. Link to this page as freely as you like, but please don’t republish it (including posting it on another website) without my permission. Unless otherwise noted, please answer the questions in character.

The Basic Six:

  • What do you look like?
  • Everyone has a few manners or quirks unique to them. Describe three of yours.
  • If you could accomplish one thing before you die, what would it be?
  • Name five things about you that would drive a college roommate nuts.
  • What do you, as a player, like best about your character?
  • What do you, as a player, like least about your character?

The Past:

  • What was your childhood like?
  • What is your most vivid childhood memory?
  • Who was your best friend as a child? Are you still in contact with her?
  • What were your teenage years like?
  • Did you have a childhood enemy? Who was he? Is he still in your life now?
  • What was your religious upbringing? Was it important to you?
  • Did you have any kind of training or apprenticeship while growing up? What was it?
  • Is your master or mentor still part of your life?
  • Are you still undergoing training, or have you completed it?

The Present:

  • How old are you?
  • What’s your occupation? Do you enjoy it? Why or why not?
  • Where do you live? Why?
  • How do you dress?
  • How do you carry yourself?
  • If you could save only one thing from a fire, what would it be?
  • What gives your life meaning?
  • Describe your ideal home.
  • Do you practice a religion? Is it the same as your childhood religion? If not, why?
  • Are you a devout believer or do you practice out of habit?
  • Do you believe in an afterlife? If so, describe it. If not, what do you think will happen to you after you die?
  • How would your best friend describe you? How about your worse enemy?

Who do you know?

  • Are you a social person? Do you have many friends or just a few?
  • How’s your love life? Do you have someone special to you?
  • If you’re single, why? Is it by choice?
  • What would be your ideal mate?
  • Who do you most often hang around with?
  • Do you have any contacts or allies? Describe them.
  • How important is your family to you?
  • Who do you consider to be your family?
  • Are your parents still alive? Your grandparents?
  • Do you have any children? How old are they? Where are they now?
  • Do you have any brothers or sisters? How many? Where are they?
  • How do you feel about [wizards, vampires, psions … whatever fits your game]?

The Future:

  • Name five of your goals. These can be anything from “find the best ham sandwich in town” to “conquer the neighboring galaxy and become it’s sole ruler”.
  • What would be your perfect death?

5 responses to “Character Questionnaire

  1. Hi! I want to say thanks for an interesting site about a subject I have had an interest in for a long time now. I have been lurking and reading the posts avidly so just wanted to express my thanks for providing me with some very good reading material. I look forward to more, and taking a more active part in the discussions here.

  2. Also enjoying the content. I’m quite proud of one further question I put to my players recently (including my two 10-year olds) as they created their characters for a new 50 Fathoms campaign: Name one secret about your character that you don’t want the other players to find out. Came up with some good answers.
    Mike Page´s last blog post ..Savage Legend Druid

  3. I created a similar sheet that can be found here. It doesn’t have as many specific questions, but does cover general things like goals, memories, and backgrounds. It also includes a secrets system like Mike Page suggested.
    JourneymanGM´s last blog post ..A Gamemaster Manifesto

    • @JourneymanGM – Thanks for the link to your questionnaire. I’m always on the lookout for new questions I can steal…er, use with my own group. 😉 .

  4. I like your questionnaire… I think to use it before my next game session. Thank you! ;)))

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