Character Creation Guidelines.   Posted by The Keeper.Group: 0
The Keeper
 GM, 1 post
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 17:19
Character Creation Guidelines
The following steps should be taken in creating a character for And Then the Darkness. These steps are taken from pages 34 and 35 of the 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu rulebook.  To be honest, the character creation process seems more involved than in the previous edition of Call of Cthulhu and it is something that I am working to learn and become more comfortable with. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions during any portion of the process. I will be glad to help in every way possible. The goal is, assuredly, to create the persona that you would truly like to play.
  • Roll 3d6 for the following characteristics: Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Appearance, and Power. Each roll should be multiplied by 5.
  • Roll 2d6+6 for the following characteristics: Size, Intelligence, and Education. Each result should be multiplied by 5.
  • Decide the character’s age. Based on the age chosen, certain improvements and/or deductions may be applied to the characteristics generated. I will provide instructions for any modifications once an age is selected.
  • After characteristics have been finalized, divide each total by 2 and by 5. The full, half and fifth totals for each characteristic should be entered on the character sheet.
  • The number of Sanity points your character begins play with is equal to the Power characteristic.
  • The number of Magic points your character begins play with is equal to one fifth of the Power characteristic.
  • Roll 3d6 and multiply the result by 5 to determine your Luck score.
  • Determine your Hit Points by adding your Strength and Constitution scores and dividing the total by 10 (round down).
  • Your character’s Movement Rate is determined by a comparison of Dexterity, Strength, and Size. I will provide the score to you.
  • Determine your character’s profession. In And Then the Darkness, this will likely be “Private Investigator”, though there are other professions that could be utilized as well. In the 7th Edition rules, the choice of profession serves to determine what characteristics are used to calculate the number of available Occupational Skill points.  Once a profession is selected, I’ll figure the number of Occupational Skill points for you.
  • Invest points in your Occupational Skills. I will provide the list of skills that can be selected based on the chosen profession. Please note: Each profession has a specified Credit Rating range associated with it, which I will provide. Some Occupational Skill points should be invested to bring the character's Credit Rating into the identified range.
  • Determine your Personal Interest skill points, which are calculated by multiplying your Intelligence score by 2. Personal Interest skill points may be invested in any skill.
  • The combat values Damage Bonus and Build are determined by your characteristics. I will provide these scores to you once your characteristics are generated.
  • I will also provide you with your character’s financial information, including Spending Level, Cash on Hand, and Assets, all of which are determined by your Credit Rating score.
  • Choose any equipment you would like to have on hand at the scenario’s beginning.
  • The character sheet, which is adapted from the sheet provided with the 7th Edition rules, includes several prompts regarding your character’s backstory. Completing these is entirely optional. Feel free to make use of any that help to flesh out your persona, or none at all.

With regards to mechanics, if one or two of your characteristic rolls are glaringly bad, feel free to reroll them. If, by virtue of a poor set of rolls, the entire lot is bad, the whole set can be rolled again. If there are any changes/modifications/alterations you would like to make, don’t hesitate to bring them to my attention. Again, the ultimate goal is to enable you to create the character you envision and would like to portray.

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:59, Sun 07 Feb 2016.