Last night a friend on the FW forum helped me tremendously with a character that I wanted to use for the the new Wasteland Series RP . I had one character already set out, but as she is not going to be used quite yet, I wanted something to use a little more immediately. I had the basics, what he looked like, supplies and weapons, but I did not know who he was. Havoc suggested a character interview and I agreed.
The first question was his name, which I had not picked out until moments before. Alex seemed reasonable, though odd for the part of the country he originated from. From there we did a little history and his thoughts on some of the things going on in the setting. It turns out that he is a thief, thug for hire and occasional sniper. Alex is not your ordinary night walker however. He is a vampire whose family has a long and bloody history. In fact, his family is endangered of being wiped out because of their own foolishness. Meddling in certain areas of magic do not make for a long an happy life.
Another thing that I found very interesting was the fact that as the interview went on I had the nagging suspicion he was looking for someone. Someone very important. I dropped out of character and provided that bit of information and I knew it was his sister. I had no idea that he even had one until that moment.
I have tried to interview characters myself, but jumping from character to self had never seemed to work. By utilizing a friend to do the interview, it allowed me to immerse myself in the character a bit more fully. I am pleased with Alex and the fact that he might have given Havoc another plot thread to work with later.
If you write and are stuck in a portion of the story have someone try this little trick with you, it might just help immensely.