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#1 Sep 20 2010 at 3:23 AM Rating: Good
When you're making a new character for an MMO or even for an offline RPG, what considerations are most important for you?

Do you try to make a character that resembles yourself? Or one that you feel represents your personality? Is it important to have a character that lets you 'be yourself'?


Or do you look for a character you think would make an interesting story? Perhaps a character that is most different from yourself in order to experience this new role. Do you enjoy making a character who is nothing like yourself so you can roll play and adventure as someone you never actually will be?

Do you just look for what you think is the most aesthetically pleasing? Or perhaps the least?

Do you look for something you haven't tried before or do you try to make something close to previous characters in order to remake a previous character story?

Do think of what other people will think of your character? Do you make a character you think other people will find friendly? Intimidating? Powerful or mysterious? Frightening?
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#2 Sep 20 2010 at 3:46 AM Rating: Decent
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I build my characters based on their practicality. Which is generally a smaller one since being in cave/dense areas it's easier to look around from a shorter perspective. Or animation wise. If I have to look at these characters long term I want the animations to NOT grind at my nerves. I wouldn't mind a character more representative of me but I'm tall/fit and every time I make a human character like me, I just can't enjoy it for some reason.
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I just wanted to make cool looking character that I would be happy with 50 levels down the road. I plan on playing Melee classes, so I wanted a bigger and buffer character. I liked the Hyur Highlander, but even with the cool facial tattoos, I couldn't get over not having any eyebrows, so instead I settled for a Midlander.

As far as starting stats go, supposedly their irrelevant in this series.. so it really comes down to what you think looks the best.



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This really depends.

In most MMOs, the customization is a joke, so I typically tend to just choose what I like, because there's usually not many options I'll like to begin with.

For races, I usually choose the "ugly" or unusual races. I'll choose to play a goblin before I'll ever choose to play a human. This is part of the reason I'll be playing Lalafell. I just don't like normal looking characters (pointed ears and tails aren't enough to not make them look like basic humans).

For humanoid guys, it really depends on my mood and what the game offers. I tend to prefer the "hardened middle-aged guy" look, but most games make it very hard to do that. Otherwise I typically make a brown haired guy that usually has semi-long hair. I always avoid spiky, well groomed looking hair, preferring the long shaggy looks.

For abnormal races, it really depends on what the game offers for customization, as they usually have more unique options.

If I make a character specifically for spellcasters, I usually try to use white hair if it looks good.

Now if it's City of Heroes or something along those lines we're talking about...well, I get much more into my character, and my characters vary a lot more.
#5 Sep 20 2010 at 5:57 AM Rating: Excellent
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I just about always go with a holy/evil base for my characters. I'm always fascinated with good/bad, white/black balances like the yin yang. I like opposites. Hence my liking for stuff like Fable & Fable2...they did that part pretty well anyway. Same with Oblivion...on my good characters I would do stuff like the Knights of the 9 pilgrimage, not steal, not be in the brotherhood, etc. and the opposite on my dark characters.

Usually I go the obvious route of taking one of the races that already look dark & evil them up and vice versa for the good characters. But if I can pull it off I really like making the opposites...an adorable, sweet looking character that's evil as all ****...or the misunderstood evil looking loner who surprises everyone by being "the one" who can put an end to all the world's evil. My way of playing out the whole "don't judge a book by its cover" deal in my games. Stereotypes suck...

For XIV, I was pretty certain I would be the mean-lookin' hellsguard that you don't wanna mess with and maybe eventually have him lean towards astral stuff rather than umbral. That's somethin' I do very often though so the past few days I've been considering the lalafell, perhaps an adorable little female one even. Totally opposite of what I would normally do. With the roegadyn plan it seems like I'm just settling into my old comfort zone, while being a lalafell chick would be a totally new experience that might be worth trying. Plus an adorable little miniature evil mage sounds like a lot of fun...

The clock is ticking on this decision...

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Well this time it was quite easy. I love my cat Higgins, who is grey with a white chest and paws and bright green eyes. So colouring wise, I made my Miqo'te grey with white highlights/tail tip and green eyes. Then I just played with the shapes until I found something pleasing to the eye.

I did made a Hyur female that looked somewhat like me in colouring (plus tallest setting) but the way she ran just really irked me, so I'm sticking with my grey kitty.

Edited, Sep 20th 2010 8:25am by Magnesium02
#7 Sep 20 2010 at 6:50 AM Rating: Decent
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I made my character Fuwa Fuwa look like the gravure idol Moriyama Kana.

http://i.imgur.com/7C1Bu.jpg

I just wish there were more hairstyles. Like 20 or 30 instead of 7. :(

Edited, Sep 20th 2010 8:56am by Dizmo
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Dizmo wrote:
I made my character Fuwa Fuwa look like the gravure idol Moriyama Kana.

http://i.imgur.com/7C1Bu.jpg

I just wish there were more hairstyles. Like 20 or 30 instead of 7. :(

Edited, Sep 20th 2010 8:56am by Dizmo


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Well, I love LotR (Lord of the Rings) and how the Elves took part in the movie that's why I choose Elvaan in FFXI. And because I'm the quite type irl I had to look for the quite looking Elvaan, which is this guy. So when FFXIV came out, I chose the same features... with red highlights. :)
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#9 Sep 20 2010 at 7:19 AM Rating: Excellent
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With FFXI, I initially made the choice to go Taru because my wife played with me and it appealed to her (resulting in 4 years of consistent spouse approval to play Smiley: sly). My original choice would have been Hume. In FFXIV, I'll be going Lalafell, thought...just because it feels "normal". The wife will be Miqo'te.

Appearance-wise, I do two things. First, I try to add characteristics that match me...but not "overwhelming" things. For instance, a goatee is a must because I have one. Little things that hint to my real life characteristics. Overall, with the larger things, I do what looks best aesthetically for my character. So it's a mix of aesthetically appealing to the race selected, and then adding little hints of real life characteristics.

Don't really care much what other people think of the character, however. I feel that in MMO's, a players personality & skill shine through appearances in most cases. If someone's character looks cool/powerful/etc, but they're a complete douche, it's not really going to make them a better person. Smiley: lol
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#10 Sep 20 2010 at 7:38 AM Rating: Good
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My girlfriend said she'd get it when the PS3 version comes out (I don't really expect her to have the attention span for it though), so it might be weird if I'm playing the girl character with her. Maybe I should reconsider..
#11 Sep 20 2010 at 7:55 AM Rating: Decent
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I generally have to ask myself, "Can I lose myself in this character? When running around the world, will I see it from the first or third person?" So the character tends to have aspects that look like me.

I tried this time to do something different compared, initially making a Lalafell for OB. But in the end I just ended up remaking him, name and all, just aged him a little.
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#12 Sep 20 2010 at 8:47 AM Rating: Decent
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Something like Fable or mass effect, where I'm likely to through the game more than once, I typically will make a character based on me, where I try and look and act accordingly. For an MMO like this though, where I'll only have 1 character for possibly years, I'm going to go with what I think looks the best, and not try and roleplay at all. Japanese games tend to put more work into making female characters look better (possibly because males usually look like JRPG stereotypes of thin emo, or huge muscular). Normally I'd see what looked best in the "AF" armor of my class, but thats not out yet for 14.
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#13 Sep 20 2010 at 9:01 AM Rating: Good
My thinking was if I'm going to be staring at this person for hours on end I might as well make it a cute cat girl.
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My girlfriend said she'd get it when the PS3 version comes out (I don't really expect her to have the attention span for it though), so it might be weird if I'm playing the girl character with her. Maybe I should reconsider..


Nonsense! My boyfriend and I are both playing as Miqo'te and we just consider our characters lesbians. /shrug

As for the OP: (Long reply is long, sorry. It's just that this thread is right up my alley.)

I have a character for each. The female is meant to represent me both ways: physically to some extent, like dark hair, green eyes, and pale skin. I have all those things (though of course I don't have cat ears/tail IRL)... Personality-wise, I imagine her to represent me as well. The male is meant to be someone who is absolutely not me. He still has dark hair and green eyes, but in this case it's only because that's what appeals to me for his character aesthetically. Personality-wise, I think of him as completely different from me. I posted it in some other thread, but what I said was about how playing the female is like experiencing the world for myself. Playing the male is like helping a good friend realize his goals. They are very different feelings when playing the game, and it's very fulfilling to know both.

As for how aesthetically pleasing I choose... Yeah, I choose what is the most appealing to me. In what I consider an idealistic world, I make them ideal to my tastes. (Though I absolutely appreciate people who chose to go the other route; I love the diversity.)

The female character for the most part represents me, so of course she doesn't change all that much no matter what media she's in. She's just a different manifestation of the same thing, though her actual "story" can change drastically based on the lore/world of the game. The male is pretty much the same, though he resembles a character I've had for a long time, not one that's meant to resemble or represent the real me in any way. Some things carry over, like a military affiliation with the male, but for the most part their stories change. It's just the heart of them that stays the same.

I'm not sure what other people would actually think of them. I've never actually RP'd either of them. If I did, I imagine the impression people would get from the female is that she's friendly/kind. She would make a lot of effort to be kind to anyone who didn't blatantly deserve the opposite. She might seem out of place outside of her hometown, but she's not mysterious. She's curious and often single-minded/determined to the point where she might be unaware of the obvious just because she's so focused on something else. The male's different. He's not meant to be approachable, really. He's not a badass or anything, he just wouldn't reach out to people with gestures of common courtesy because he's not really interested in things/people outside of his own personal bubble. He doesn't have an "I hate the world, everyone is inferior, leave me alone" attitude, he just finds most other people irrelevant and tends to act as if they aren't there. Personality-wise he's not very situationally flexible. He takes in almost everything with a serious/stiff mindset, and is oblivious to/confused by things like sarcasm. Intimidating only if pushed to be, I suppose. It's not something anybody would notice otherwise. They're not meant to be represented as people who draw a lot of attention outside of very small personal circles.
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I always try to stick to my "usual 6."

My first taste of any kind of RPG was D&D back in '93. I made a male ranger (focused on ranged attacks). I've always liked Archery, and I try to play it in any RPG I play. After a few years into D&D, I'd try to imagine what my personal group of 6 characters would be, and I ended up with the following after 3rd edition came out:

Female Elf Ranger (archery)
Male Half-elf Ranger (dual wield melee)
Male Human Psionic Warrior
Female Human Bard
Male Human Cleric
Female Elf Sorceress

From then on, every RPG I play I try to stick to that. If it's a game where I can only play one char, then I use the archer since it's my fav class. If it's a game where I can make a group of 6, I try to stick to that group as much as possible.

For FFXI/FFXIV, I can only play one main character. Therefore, I go with my Ranger/Archer.
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With the lack of defining stats forcing certain races into specific classes I ended up going for what just looked good in both a kickass/aethetic way. I eventually tried every race/gender/type. Some of the types had unique Characteristics. In the end it came down to Either the Miqo'te or Highlander. After several gear changes I ended up with the Miqo'te, mainly on the reason that the lighter armour my primary class(es) will use just looked better overall. That and the hair choices for Highlander were mostly horrible.. Elvis? really?
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Answer: All of the above. Heh. I tend to look for a character that represents what I bring to the table irl: badassery and awesomeness. 8) Honestly, I prefer the unique characters but often times they're so aesthetically unpleasant that I just choose a decent-looking, normal-sized character. I can't stand playing characters that are awkwardly built (see: Roegadyn). This time I opted to go for something I usually never pick: the small race, because they're so irresistibly adorable. I'm also interested in making a male Hyur midlander for RP, since I'm pretty sure RPing as a little girl would be a bit discomforting for both myself and everyone else. :x

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For races, I usually choose the "ugly" or unusual races. This is part of the reason I'll be playing Lalafell. I just don't like normal looking characters (pointed ears and tails aren't enough to not make them look like basic humans).

Did you really just imply that the most adorable race in the game is ugly?
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#18 Sep 20 2010 at 3:30 PM Rating: Good
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Well, as an artist, i create characters all the time, and it was the same in 11 and 14. I make my characters without regard to myself, but sometimes my physical appearance/personality slips in somewhere, but not intentionally. I love Mithras (i find that easier to type/say..) So that's what i'm playing in 14 as my main. I also like having two characters, i like being able to play more than one race when i want. So i'm also making a Lala, who looks a lot like my taru from 11.
I pick what i imagine this character to look like, and i usually have a name in mind already. The names kinda shape the character for me. I kind of set my characters in stone after 11. I didn't play for toooo long, a couple years, but i still loved those characters and their new selves in 14 resemble them not only in name.

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I tend to view my characters as separate from myself, something I learned playing pen and paper rpgs. So, over the years I have made both male and female characters. Most often aside from other considerations, such as story and goal etc. I tend to choose with a lot of weight given to how visually pleasing it is, since I will likely be seeing it many hours a day. Sometimes I put myself into my chars sometimes I don't really depends on my goal and how rp heavy the game or server in question is. Tho I also give any char I make a story even if it is only for my own personal use. For me it is easier to figure out where I want the character to go if I know where he/she came from.

For FFXIV, I'm going Miqo'te female seeker of the moon, blue hair light skin, and red or purple eyes. Mostly because I have always been a fan of the cat races. Doesn't hurt that I don't mind looking at them either.

I personally think character separation is an asset to enjoying the play of any MMO. As I have seen some of the problems that can occur when the line between you and him/her gets increasingly blurred. I generally extend this separation to game forums and what not. Tho that is somewhat do to my own personal preference of being known to the game community under the characters name. Makes it simpler outside of my close circle of friends aka guild mates.

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I'll be honest with you. I make the most physically appealing character I can, because staring at some ugly guy/girl's *** for 8 or so hours a day is not something I enjoy. 80% of the time it's a female, but sometimes I make a male character. Still undecided in FFXIV. Hyur males can be really hot if designed right, but so can Miqo'te...
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#21 Sep 20 2010 at 4:03 PM Rating: Decent
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I take so long on the character design screen it's not even funny. I generally tweak this and that, go back and change skin tone after picking a hair colour, until I'm really satisfied with the look. I do go for aesthetically pleasing to MY eye, which frequently has high-contrast hair/skin combos and serious expressions... and then I spend ages trying to think of a name. The name seems to be a huge deal for me.

I've gotten into the habit of picking names from other media that I like, hardly uncommon, and my WoW characters (what I'm playing right now) reflect that with names like Broadway (Gargoyles), Kilowog, Oa, Odym and Salaak (all from Green Lantern), Tonko (from FFXI, hehe), Ekaterin (Miles Vorkosigan Saga) and so on.

They aren't supposed to be particularly like the characters they're named after, necessarily, though Kilowog is named after a beefy alien, and he's a beefy man-cow (oops, pun not intended). Odym, in its original canon, is the planet of the Blue Lanterns that run on the emotion of Hope, and in my mind the WoW troll with that name is, well, an optimistic, forgiving and gentle guy. On the other hand my FFXI Taru THF Chihiro (named after the Chihiro from Spirited Away) was just bouncy and cute-natured as a Tarutaru sitting-down /laugh emote. Except she could gut you with a knife if you were naughty. :D

My toons are not me, for sure. They actually tend to end up with backstories and personalities of their own, despite the fact that I don't RP. I guess they're along the lines of being people I could never be, brave and stalwart, and all that.

Now for FFXIV I will be so very torn, because using a character's full name would be referential overkill, for my tastes, and besides it's unlikely that most names won't be snapped up by someone else first. And using the wrong family name won't look right. Thus when I made my OB toons I just tried to do what I thought sounded vaguely authentic. My litte Lalafell man had a surname with repeating sounds (Ainanani, picked out of a list of Hawaiian names), and I picked a French last name for the Elezan I made (Joaillier, which means jeweler).

Still deciding what to make when I get my game. I'm leaning almost 100% to Lalafell Lancer/Fisher/whatever else looks fun, which may take me back to the Hawaiian name list, hehe, or I may just remake this fellow:

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#22 Sep 20 2010 at 4:05 PM Rating: Decent
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My thinking was if I'm going to be staring at this person for hours on end I might as well make it a cute cat girl.

This is exactly how I aproach any game, cute cat girl and all :p
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I'm going based purely on what I think looks best - right now, I'm thinking lalafell but cats are intriguing too although I think everyone's going to be a cat so i'm really undecided yet.
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I've gotten into the habit of picking names from other media that I like, hardly uncommon, and my WoW characters (what I'm playing right now) reflect that with names like Broadway (Gargoyles), Kilowog, Oa, Odym and Salaak (all from Green Lantern), Tonko (from FFXI, hehe), Ekaterin (Miles Vorkosigan Saga) and so on.


I also named a few of my wow characters after green lanterns, Kilowog and Salaak.
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I just try to think about it the least I can and to go with the flow. Looks like the flow decided I would make a miqo'te this time around, and not the miqo'te I thought I would create. (I believed I would recreate my cat from FFXI, but in the end, I made a new one...)

In short, I just let my subconscious decide. Even if I tried to pick something by careful thinking and analysis, it would simply influence my decisions into picking whatever it wants anyway.

For anyone playing the opposite gender, that's usually your anima/animus that you project into your character instead of yourself. You'll find that even if you give them a name and story that's unique to them, they will still reflect some of your own qualities, hidden or otherwise.
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#26 Sep 20 2010 at 7:13 PM Rating: Good
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So many characters, so many games. I have a reccuring cast of characters that I've made for various games. But my FFXI characters are not going to carry over this time.

I do agree that I want to look out of my characters eyes from first person, not third. Given the choice, I've gravitated to the overly buff characters because I like to feel like my character kicks ***.

Even more interesting: I had to Google "recurring". That one's certainly misspelled often. Mostly in reference to STDs.
#27 Sep 20 2010 at 7:47 PM Rating: Decent
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I also named a few of my wow characters after green lanterns, Kilowog and Salaak.


Ha! For me, Kilowog is a tauren druid, and Salaak is a troll shaman. If I spring for an extra character slot here in FFXIV, I may cave in and go for a GL name I haven't used in WoW, like Ganthet or Soranik :)
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I make my character based on how I would want to look in *I* were actually in that world. It's pretty funny because my brother and I both picked up FFXI around the same time, and made our elves almost identical (the main difference was the hair) without even mentioning what race we were going to start as. Art reflects life and all I guess.
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I'm not a big RP'er when it comes to actually playing the game, but during CC I like to build a story around my character. At first I'll kind of just go through the settings and let the character come out if that makes sense. Then I'll ask "where did this person come from, who are they?" Gradually a personality will start to emerge, though admittedly my choices are probably heavily influenced by whatever book I'm reading at the time. Right now I'm imagining a character who's a bit of a fiery black widow with... a secret.


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Now if it's City of Heroes or something along those lines we're talking about...well, I get much more into my character, and my characters vary a lot more.


I'd always make some variation of a cyborg ala Ghost in the Shell who traveled back in time from the future to find love.
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