Character Backstory Guide for Other Genres

Since getting a copy of The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide for my birthday, I’ve turned to it again and again for experience deepening my games. Its exercises are fun, diverse, and well-written so it’s a joy to do even if you feel your character is pretty deep already. I think it’s universally useful but it is written with a fantasy setting (particularly a D&D game) as the default so here are my thoughts on using it with some other genres.

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Voice Training with James D’Amato

Short update today but it involves some homework. I’ve been a longtime fan of the One Shot Podcast Network which features a whole constellation of great shows with amazing actors, master GMs, and great alternative viewpoints. The most recent (I think?) podcast on the network is Character Evolution Cast¬†and the first episode features James D’Amato talking about character voices.

You guys. It’s great.

The first 28 minutes is about James’ gaming philosophy and experience which is a great listen, but the best part for me was the second two thirds where he reviews voice acting tips and demonstrates techniques. I was worried that this would be too abstracted and dry but it was a fascinating listen and had me practicing various character voices in my car on the way to work. An amazing episode and I highly,¬†highly recommend giving it a listen even if you don’t think you’re someone who wants to do character voices.

http://oneshotpodcast.com/?powerpress_embed=2755-podcast&powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio