~How to Create a Character~
It's hard to imagine your favourite story without its characters. Imagine Star Wars without Han Solo, Hitchhiker's Guide without Marvin, Game of Thrones without Tyrion... etc, etc. They're important, and I'm sure you don't need me whipping out metaphor after metaphor to express it. Seeing how they're so important to any plot, how should you go about making one? What's the magical recipe? If a tree falls down and no one's there to hear it, is it a prime location for a Nickelback concert?
Alright, so you're thinking of joining an RP and thus wonder what kind of character you want to make. Here are some tips in thinking up some basic ideas!
"What kind of RP is it?"
This should be a very "duh" kind of question. If the roleplay you're joining is a comedic one, perhaps the orphaned child who grows up into the vengeful and destined warrior isn't the best fit. Knowing the plot and knowing where the GM wants to take the RP can help you on your quest in creating the great character that RP deserves!
"Does the RP require a certain type of character?"
The RP that's gotten your interest happens to be a fantasy RP. We have three possible classes - Warrior, Archer, and Mage. So far everyone has picked warrior, and a one other mage. It does a great deal of justice to the RP to utilize all of the GM's stock. Character variety doesn't only help the GM, but it helps the the story branch out in more colourful sparkling moments which cannot be possible with seven clones of the same character.
"What is the situation?"
So, we have an RP... there's most likely going to be some sort of plot, and where there's a plot there's a situation. So, what's the situation? Are we trapped in a room filled with nibbling mice? Are we travellers heading en route to a lost temple? Rugged soldiers fighting a never ending war? Silly men wearing false-moustaches robbing a supermarket? Your character needs to fit the situation, regardless as how fun it'll be to RP as an suicidal wolf-hybrid who murders for a specific batch of strawberry cupcakes if the story is in fact about a office employees solving an water cooler mystery.
"Are there any characters willing to work with mine?"
Sometimes we can work with other members to weave interesting, and often times fun, character webs. Character interactions are key to any RP, and if you've got someone who is willing to bounce back ideas of possible interactions, it'll help you sculpt your character to a much finer fit to the Roleplay, chiselled abs n' all.
"Habba dab herp bo?"
You are drunk... go home!
~Making the Character Sheet~
This is basically your resume to the GM to show you're not a complete brain-dead wanker. Character sheets range from all sorts of different kinds of variations, but they all follow somewhat of a structure. Hopefully the RP you're interested contains adequate information on what each section of their Character Sheet requires... which will send you off in the right direction!
To make this as educational as possible, lets throw down some simple RPs so you can see what I mean by variation.
*I'll be updating this list with more tips as time goes on*
Feel free to ask any questions or ask for help in making your character!