EP Character Questionnaire

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ShadowDragon8685 ShadowDragon8685's picture
EP Character Questionnaire

Alright, so, I made a Thing. Specifically, I made a Questionnaire to be given out to players, for them to fill out for their characters, as a character-building tool, a way to get into their character's heads, for them to flesh out their backgrounds, and such.

It's quite long, and I don't really want to reproduce it here, because the EP forums squeeze everything down to a tiny viewing area, which will make it gigantor long. Also, since Eclipse Phase is licensed under a CC license, I didn't know whether or not the questionnaire would be considered an adaptation thereof, so I erred on the side of caution and cited it as an adaptation thereof, under the same CC license, and it would get more Inception than I want to get to try and revamp the disclaimer at the end to note that this forum copy is itself an adaptation of an adaptation.

Eclipse Phase Character Questionnaire, on Google Docs.

Please note that anyone can highlight text and leave a comment. Please do so! Feel free to point out any spelling errors or egregious grammatical errors, but don't bother pointing out to me that I put punctuation inside the close parenthesis.

And please, if you think of any good questions to ask that aren't on here, speak up! I'll probably add them!

(General comments are more than welcome, too. Comment everything! if you see fit.)

Skype and AIM names: Exactly the same as my forum name.

My EP Character Questionnaire
Thread for my Questionnaire
The Five Orange Pips

Steel Accord Steel Accord's picture
Thanks!

Hell yes! Something like this is awesome for character nuts like myself!

Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

ShadowDragon8685 ShadowDragon8685's picture
Glad somebody likes it. :P

Glad somebody likes it. :P

As a word of caution: Moira's copy, the one I used as an example, will probably be horrifying to many folks from our modern day. Personally, I kind of think that anyone who considers themselves a transhuman of some stripe or another should be at least a little scary to modern-day humanity.

I still love her, though. (I wish the GM hadn't flaked! >_< I want to play her again. :( )

Skype and AIM names: Exactly the same as my forum name.

My EP Character Questionnaire
Thread for my Questionnaire
The Five Orange Pips

ORCACommander ORCACommander's picture
very thorough and makes a

very thorough and makes a short biography. I know length can be an issue with these kinds of things but i feel a rather large portion was committed to sexuality. I think this needs to be balanced out a bit the inclusion of more topics. What do you do is way more general than it needs to be. ask more questions relating to hobies, pass times, maybe their favorite form of media entertainment. What do they feel nostalgic for. How they feel about functional immortality. A question on forking might be a good idea to include. A section on past regrets and what they would prefer to change if it was possible. inf other words i think Number 15 is far to general.

left a couple comments for clarification

ShadowDragon8685 ShadowDragon8685's picture
I responded to your document

I responded to your document comments in the document.

As for a large portion of it being committed to sexuality... I suppose it was. Folks do spend a lot of time bonin', or thinkin' about bonin', or engaged in bonin'-related activities.

Still, more is always better. I'll expand 15 sooner or later, though Shadowrun Returns just updated, so first I'm off to Berlin to do some decking.

Skype and AIM names: Exactly the same as my forum name.

My EP Character Questionnaire
Thread for my Questionnaire
The Five Orange Pips

Lilith Lilith's picture
Objectivity

A little less author bias in some of the descriptions would be nice.

ShadowDragon8685 ShadowDragon8685's picture
Alrighty. I've updated the

Alrighty. I've updated the questionnaire, with the assistance of ORCAcommander's and Bibliophile's suggestions as regards new questions.

There's now a Tracked Changes section.

I also updated Moira's copy, the example copy.

Skype and AIM names: Exactly the same as my forum name.

My EP Character Questionnaire
Thread for my Questionnaire
The Five Orange Pips

Erulastant Erulastant's picture
The prompts for a lot of the

The prompts for a lot of the factions still show bias. (For example, implying that anyone who thinks sunwalling Jupiter is immoral is crazy. Hating the Jovian government and believing that it is morally justifiable to slaughter Jovian civilians are very different viewpoints but you do not present them as such.)

Your questions about gender seem to actually be questions about morph sex. You should change the wording of the questions to accurately reflect that.

You, too, were made by humans. The methods used were just cruder, imprecise. I guess that explains a lot.

uwtartarus uwtartarus's picture
This questionaire is awesome.

This questionaire is awesome. There are biases but that isn't a flaw with your copy since CC means we can alter it to have OUR biases! There are a few spelling errors, and I will comment on it once I get a chance to from a desktop, google docs acts a little strange on my mobile device.

But I enthusiastically support this thing. It is pretty great, going to tinker with it a little maybe and distribute it to my players! Thank you for this labor of game material periphenalia.

Exhuman, and Humanitarian.

ShadowDragon8685 ShadowDragon8685's picture
Just in case anyone still

Just in case anyone still cares or is using this thing (for purposes other than mocking it on 4chan, anyway,) I gave the questionnaire a tune-up just now. No real no content, but the formatting is now consistent across all questions, etc.

Skype and AIM names: Exactly the same as my forum name.

My EP Character Questionnaire
Thread for my Questionnaire
The Five Orange Pips

Kojak Kojak's picture
Awesome, because I still use

Awesome, because I still use this with my players; even though only about half of them actually do it, the ones that do provide me with a ton of material to work with for their characters.

EDIT: BTW, do you have some sort of collated set of links (or something similar) to all the homebrew stuff you've done over the years? I use some of it but I'm guessing I've only ever seen a fraction of it cuz I've never had the chance (or inclination, given all the MRA nonsense that used to clutter the place) to go back through the archives to hunt it all down. But I'd like to because I like a lot of the stuff of yours I've seen over the years.

"I wonder if in some weird Freudian way, Kojak was sucking on his own head."
- Steve Webster on Kojak's lollipop

ShadowDragon8685 ShadowDragon8685's picture
No I don't, but I can throw

No I don't, but I can throw together a fast list of the things on my Google drive before I go to bed.

The EP Character Questionnaire.

Angela Moira Delaware's character sheet. My first character, this is her sheet.
Angela Moira's Character Questionnaire.
Angela's Family, or a portion thereof, as well as the Exosolar planet New Kattegat and the Sleipnir++ pod morph.

Eclipse Phase Custom Stuff, a doc containing a bunch of random homebrew I needed a place to store when I was GMing my Dry Ice campaign. Includes a few guns, some armor, some morphs and stuff like that.

Eclipse Phase Character Sheet template, my template for a very prettified, extensively (perhaps excessively) comprehensive, spreadsheet-heavy character sheet.

EP Fluff Stuff - Just some fluff, simulspace games and the like. No X-Risks here.

Expanded stuff about the Get Your Ass to Mars Swarm, from my Dry Ice campaign.

Random drug effects.

The Self-Constructing Outpost.

Anna Erikssen's Supersheet.
Anna Erikssen's Character Questionnaire.

SI-4 Standard Equipment, a huge pile of homebrew that I made for the SI-4 campaign I played in awhile back.

How Not to Train your Operative, a short and humorous Firewall-PoV dissection of Anna's introductory mini-adventure, and all the reasons why screwing with the minds of friendly operatives for training purposes is an asinine idea.

The Book of Armaments, a giant sheet of my homebrew weapons, including links to other homebrew weapons and such which were sufficiently niche as to need their own documents.
The Guns of Titan, expanded and muchly-copied content from my SI-4 standard equipment doc.
Shotguns by Shadow.
F.U.B.A.R. Arms. Co., a doc full of highly-ineffective yet FULLY AWESOME weapons that fire SHURIKEN.
Martian Motors, some heavy vehicles inspired by (stolen blatantly from) Red Faction: Guerilla.

OPERATION SILENT ROCK, an in-character briefing document I made for my players when they got a proper mission from Firewall, whence everything went squirrely. They did surprisingly well, though.

Skype and AIM names: Exactly the same as my forum name.

My EP Character Questionnaire
Thread for my Questionnaire
The Five Orange Pips

ORCACommander ORCACommander's picture
no love for the seed?
Kojak Kojak's picture
ORCACommander wrote:no love

It's in there, about halfway down the post.

"I wonder if in some weird Freudian way, Kojak was sucking on his own head."
- Steve Webster on Kojak's lollipop

ORCACommander ORCACommander's picture
I needed coffee >_<

I needed coffee >_<

zkline zkline's picture
Really Nice

I like this questionaire a lot, and am glad I found it. I've never really thought about doing this kind of thing for my RPGs before, but it's definitely a tool to consider. I know I don't always feel like I have a great handle on my own characters.

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.

Gnothi_Sauton Gnothi_Sauton's picture
Thanx!

Very helpful! :)

sysop sysop's picture
I've found regular use of

I've found regular use of questionnaires really helps me anticipate what players and characters really want in a game. (I've had a player who basically lies to himself about what he really wants and this helps get around that issue.)

It may be useful to make a second version that's trimmed down for use mid-campaign as well. As players settle into the character over time things shift and change in how they view them. So one aimed to be used between act 1 and act 2 of your campaign could be really handy as well. :)

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I also sometimes speak as website administrator and/ moderator.

o11o1 o11o1's picture
This looks really nice for

This looks really nice for when my group starts up a 2nd edition game!

I went and added some suggestions as well. Questions 12, and 13d

A slight smell of ions....

MNMadman MNMadman's picture
Thanks!

Awesome questionnaire! I'm going to use it for all my characters from now on!

+Anarchist Interests
+Biochauvinism
+Personal Improvement
+Revenge
+Survival

GenehackedGynoid GenehackedGynoid's picture
sysop wrote:I've found

sysop wrote:
I've found regular use of questionnaires really helps me anticipate what players and characters really want in a game. (I've had a player who basically lies to himself about what he really wants and this helps get around that issue.)

That's an interesting and often tough situation to be in, yeah.

sysop wrote:
It may be useful to make a second version that's trimmed down for use mid-campaign as well. As players settle into the character over time things shift and change in how they view them. So one aimed to be used between act 1 and act 2 of your campaign could be really handy as well. :)

Agreed. I may write something up to this effect if no one else does.