Consider this part of a series.
So, my friend Antimerus is the creator of a system called Yume En, or “Dream Play”. This is the newer name of the remake of a system formerly known as the Anime RPG system. I’ve been helping the process along by being a sounding board, devil’s advocate (which, as people who know me should know, I’m damn good at), and number cruncher (finally a use for that Mathematics degree of mine!).
Another friend of mine, rekenner, has decided to run a game in the remake of this system, using characters that we had in his previous campaign, in the original Anime RPG system. Confused yet? :)
In any case, I’m remaking my character Hero. This is actually the second remake, but that’s beside the point.
Hero is… not nearly as generic as his name would appear. He is a older teenager from the country of Viylyasin, a relatively small modern-tech country with large amounts of magic. He plays a lot of video games and has, over the course of his playtime, become confused and has problems distinguishing reality from fantasy. He really believes that he’s the main character of an RPG (or any other type of game, really) and frequently references tropes from those games. Which, given that he’s a PC in a pencil and paper RPG, means he’s often genre savvy – just sometimes the wrong genre.
He believes he is the perfect main character. Nothing could be further from the truth – in fact, he’d actually be classified more as a supporting character. In the Yume En system, there are six stats: Strength, Agility, Health, Intelligence, Charm, and Will Power. A standard leader-type character would be expected to have high Charm and Will Power, and probably a high Agility or Health. Hero? He has below average charm and Will. He’s me making fun of video games, basically.
I’m going to start detailing the process of recreating Hero and actually use my blog for something at least one person other than myself will read. :) However, the next set of posts will likely be confusing to people who know about the remake and extremely confusing for those who don’t. I’ll be giving a recap at the end of all of this, so you might want to just skip Parts 2-N.