Characters in One Shot RPG exist in two worlds: gameplay and narrative. They interact with game mechanics and have to fit into a balanced party. The characters exist in a sci-fi and horror setting, where they need differing motivations, personalities, and backgrounds. Both of these aspects have to be considered when creating a cast of playable characters.
Diversity includes a range of factors, such as gender, body shape, ethnicity and race, sexual orientation, age, disability, and mental illness. When designing a cast of playable characters, giving special consideration to diversity makes sense from genre, community, business, and world building perspectives.
For One Shot RPG, an effective character design is based around a single defining visual element. This element is integral to the character, demonstrating their personality, motivations, and backstory. Secondary visual elements can also be used to show additional aspects of the character and to tie everything together.
Sci-fi and horror tabletop RPG settings sit on a sliding scale of realism versus fantasy. Each side of the scale brings its own set of benefits and drawbacks to the setting. Deciding where One Shot RPG falls will affect how the characters and monsters look and play.
In our present times, technologies like AI, VR, AR, and IoT are rapidly being developed. In the future version of our world, these technologies will have advanced further than we can even dream of. One Shot RPG should incorporate these technologies into its character designs, but in a way that doesn’t undermine the element of horror.
Robots, androids, cyborgs, creating organisms, modifying DNA, and extreme body modifications are part of everyday life in One Shot RPG. It’s up to an individual to choose if they want to stay natural or modify, if they weren’t already modified before they were born, that is.
One Shot RPG features a playable race of aliens who range from being made of stone to being made of plant material. All individuals of the race feature a naturally grown collar, and modifying it is used to show their status in society.
The animal people playable RPG race resembles a mashup of various Earth fauna. Like the chimera of ancient myth, the race combines the head, body, and legs of different species. Add in the sharp claws and fangs, and the race takes on a fierce appearance.
The fourth playable RPG race are beings made of living metal. They are not to be confused with androids or cyborgs, their bodies grow and age. The metal people have a mysterious connection with the invading cosmic horrors, and may have even arrived through the same means.
Suffering tragedy in his past, the flamethrower has taken up the life of a scum fighter. As his name implies, this premade RPG character carries around a large flamethrower that also happens to be his entire left arm.
The corporate R&D is a character that has unyielding loyalty to his employer, who turned his life around. He is working to take scum and develop a procedure that gives people powerful abilities, which has led him to the life of a scum fighter.
A lot of groundwork had to be laid before the cast of premade RPG characters could be constructed. Many questions had to be answered, such as how abilities and weapons work; the kinds of technology available to characters; and what aspects makes the RPG races unique. Answering those questions led to the creation of the initial cast of One Shot RPG characters.