Sidekicks & Sidequests

Building a world, one character at a time.

The Questions!

Questions to ask my guests

Pertaining to the guest themself

  1. Who are you and what do you do?
  2. Do you currently or have you ever played Dungeons & Dragons? If not, is it something that you have an interest in?
  3. Do you have a favorite NPC (non-player character) from an RPG/video games? Why are they your favorite? If you are not a gamer, do you have a favorite sidekick or supporting character from literature, history, or film/TV etc.? Why are they your favorite?
  4. Do you have a favorite sidequest from an RPG/video games? Why is it your favorite? If you are not a gamer, do you have a favorite B plot/minor plot from literature, film/TV, or particular minor event in history? Why is it your favorite?
  5. What are you passionate about and why?

NPC Creation

  1. Do you wish to make a character based on yourself, based on your favorite NPC, based off someone you know, improvise a character live on the air from scratch, or do you want to randomize a character using a table?
  2. What is this character’s name?
  3. What is their ancestry (i.e. human, elf, dwarf, halfling, etc)?
  4. What is your job or role (i.e. farmer, hierling/mercenary, shopowner, bandit, etc)?
  5. How old are you?
  6. Describe your physical appearance.
  7. Describe yourself with 3 adjectives.
  8. What is a valuable item/piece of lore/secret that this character possesses? Or do they value an ideal/concept or particular person (i.e. family member, guild member, honor, justice, love etc.)
  9. What is a particular quest you would be willing to recruit or hire the player characters to go do?
  10. What would be their reward for succeeding?
  11. What would be the consequence of failure or refusing the call?

Optional Questions - not required

  • What are the goals and motivations of your character?
  • How do these affect your general personality?
  • How do you normally interact with your family/friends/peers? With your enemies/rivals? With people who work for you/report to you? With player characters?
  • Do you have a particular accent or language? Any idiosyncrasies in how you act and speak?
  • What impact have you made on the world? How have you shaped the local area?
  • Do you have any current problems that prevent you from being a bigger player on the stage?