Character Creation Cast

Each month, Character Creation Cast creates characters for a different game with guests from the RPG world, then examines the process, in depth. They always take the time to reflect on the game, its design, and what guests have to say about it. Each series is followed by Character Evolution Cast, where Amelia and Ryan explore ideas and techniques to help players get the most out of the characters they’ve made.  

Amelia Antrim
After stepping away from gaming during college, Amelia picked it up the hobby again after listening to a few actual play podcasts. Since then, she has made it her mission to try out a variety of systems and play styles, and to explore the interactions between mechanics, setting, characters, and narrative. She is passionate about creating memorable characters and using RPGs to tell great stories. When she isn’t playing or talking about RPGs, Amelia is probably busy being a nerd about something else, like political science or Star Wars.

Ryan Boelter started playing RPGs in middle school, way back in 1993. He quickly found that it lit his imagination on fire and he was hooked. He took a break after college when friends moved away, but after discovering the joy of one shots, podcasts, and online play, he has jumped in with both feet.

Series 21.1 – Ross Rifles with Daniel Kwan and Patrick Keenan [Designers] (Creation)

Welcome to the first episode of series 21! Today we welcome Daniel Kwan and Patrick Keenan from Dundas West Games to talk about, and start creating characters for, their new game, Ross Rifles, kickstarting right now!

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Character Evolution Cast E15 – Collaborative World Building with Aly Grauer and Drew Mierzejewski [Warda Podcast]

In this episode of Character Evolution Cast, we welcome Aly Grauer and Drew Mierzejewski from the Warda podcast to discuss the joys of building a world together, including some great tips on how to do it well on both sides of the table!

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Character Creation Spotlight – CAPERS Covert with Craig Campbell

Welcome to a bonus Spotlight episode where we interview Craig Campbell from Nerdburger Games to discuss his latest kickstarter, CAPERS Covert, a supplement for CAPERS that adds some great super spy action to the CAPERS system.

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Series 20.3 – Heart with Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor [Designers] (Discussion)

In the final episode of series 20, and we welcome back Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor, designers of Heart, to talk about the character creation process, their hopes for the game, and the reasons behind the design choices they made. Amelia also gets to talk about jello and sand again.

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Series 20.2 – Heart with Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor [Designers] (Creation Continued)

This is the second episode of series 20, and we welcome back Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor, designers of the game we are creating characters for today, Heart! Things get a little weird, but not too horrible, as we figure out what sort of people live for adventure down in this mysterious and horrifying setting.

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Series 20.1 – Heart with Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor [Designers] (Creation)

Welcome to the first part of series 20, everyone! Today we have Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor on to discuss their latest game, Heart, which will be kickstarting soon! This game combines the setting and mechanics of Spire with some good old fashioned dungeon crawling, mixed with some truly horrifying implications, so hold onto your...

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Character Creation Spotlight – Fiasco with Jason Morningstar

On this special bonus episode, Amelia sits down with game designer Jason Morningstar of Bully Pulpit Games to talk about the new edition of Fiasco, a game about criminal plans gone terribly wrong. Leave us reviews in any, or all, of these places: Character Creation Cast on Apple Podcasts (The best place to leave reviews...

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