If you're like most gamers, you cringed a little when you heard that phrase. It's such a stereotype that I think it's more a terrible thing that everyone knows gamers say than a thing that gamers actually say (although this may just be another case of my naturally forbidding demeanour and inherent volubility putting people off).
In many cases, though, "tell you about my character" amounts to no more than "tell you about my game," since if you're a player you tend to experience the game mainly through the lens of your character.
So I'm not going to tell you about my characters per se, but use them to tell you about games I'm in (or have been in), in particular about how the game wound up changing the character.
A word about archetypes: I tend to play characters in about half a dozen core roles: worried nerds, good-natured lummoxes, by-the-book stiffs, and more or less clear heroes.
|Fuck you lookin' at?|
The thing that pleases me about this character is that he developed in a way that could only really happen in an RPG -- that is, he isn't the product of a single author, he's the product of a bunch of different interactions that come from lots of different people doing their own things. And yet I don't think he feels random or patchwork. He does that problem all long-running characters have, in that he's been through way more weird shit than seems to make sense ("and then there was the time I went to another dimension ... and then there was the time ...").
|Oh, Brave and the Bold. You were too beautiful for this world.|
It was a weird game, and it was a lot of fun, but it fell victim to real life. Deiphobos was fun largely because of his role as the team "leader" (ish), or at least the guy most likely to be very focused on a case, and because the system (Strands of Fate) had a lot of elements that rewarded being an observant strategic thinker and just generally good at stuff ("second best at everything" is another common thing I do -- Danny is likewise smarter than a tough character and tougher than a smart character). He didn't have like a richly developed personality; that wasn't the way in which creativity was expressed in this game. He was more a tool for me to do creative stuff with the world in general, if that makes sense.
So yeah; characters. I'll see you tomorrow for the thing we all really care about: dice!