On today’s episode we sit down with some of the Protean City Comics crew, Brandon Leon-Gambetta, James Malloy and Elsbeth Denman, to discuss character creation as well as how the process went in MASKS: A New Generation, the Powered by the Apocalypse RPG created by Brendan Conway!

 

**Timestamps:**

**00:00:34 – Introductions**

**00:07:47 – D20 For Your Thoughts?**

**00:07:58 – How do you approach character creation?**

**00:19:53 – How does MASKS compare to other systems for character creation?**

**00:28:49 – How does this process set up expectations of play?**

**00:44:58 – How do the mechanics of the game lead to character immersion?**

**00:55:02 – What sort of tone will our game have with this group?**

**01:06:14 – Take It Up A Level!**

**01:20:05 – Episode Closer**

**01:23:43 – Outtakes**

 

**Guests and Projects:**

**Brandon Leon-Gambetta: [@DrCaptainKobold](https://twitter.com/drcaptainkobold)**

**Protean City Comics:**

**Twitter: [@ProteanCity](https://twitter.com/proteancity) Website: [http://www.proteancity.com/](http://www.proteancity.com/)**

**Stop, Hack and Roll:**

**Twitter: [@StopHackandRoll](https://twitter.com/stophackandroll) Website: [https://www.stophackandroll.com/](https://www.stophackandroll.com/)**

**[Pasión de las Pasiones](https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/227009/Pasion-de-las-Pasiones-Ashcan-Edition)**

 

**James Malloy: [@AndTheMeltdowns](https://twitter.com/andthemeltdowns)**

**Protean City Comics:**

**Twitter: [@ProteanCity](https://twitter.com/proteancity) Website: [http://www.proteancity.com/](http://www.proteancity.com/)**

**Stop, Hack and Roll:**

**Twitter: [@StopHackandRoll](https://twitter.com/stophackandroll) Website: [https://www.stophackandroll.com/](https://www.stophackandroll.com/)**

**Two Weeks: A Microgame Collection**

**[https://www.rpgnow.com/product/201480/Two-Weeks-A-Microgame-Collection](https://www.rpgnow.com/product/201480/Two-Weeks-A-Microgame-Collection)**

 

**Elsbeth Denman: [@TheCatOnTheWall](https://twitter.com/thecatonthewall)**

**Protean City Comics:**

**Twitter: [@ProteanCity](https://twitter.com/proteancity) Website: [http://www.proteancity.com/](http://www.proteancity.com/)**

 

**Game systems discussed in this episode:**

**MASKS: A New Generation by [Magpie Games](http://www.magpiegames.com/)**

**PDF: MASKS: A New Generation on DriveThruRPG: [https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/193258/Masks-A-New-Generation](https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/193258/Masks-A-New-Generation)**

 

**Heroes Unlimited by [Palladium Books](http://www.palladiumbooks.com/)**

**Soft Cover: Heroes Unlimited Second Edition: [https://amzn.to/2J7k7YP](https://amzn.to/2J7k7YP)**

 

**Character Inspired Dice Sets:**

**Ryan**

**Chessex Gemini Black and Blue w/Gold: [https://amzn.to/2GjkTA5](https://amzn.to/2GjkTA5)**

**Swirling vortex of blue and black as a reminder of space, gold like her eyes**

**Amelia**

**Chessex Scarab Scarlet w/Gold: [https://amzn.to/2E4nA6W](https://amzn.to/2E4nA6W)**

**A representation of the fire burning inside her**

**Brandon**

**Chessex Gemini Purple and Teal w/Gold: [https://amzn.to/2utft4j](https://amzn.to/2utft4j)**

**Bright colors to match the flashy costume, and a mix of teal and purple to represent the male and female sides**

**James**

**Chessex Opaque Red w/White: [https://amzn.to/2IejWcS](https://amzn.to/2IejWcS)**

**Cool and classic, just like a Ford Mustang**

**Elsbeth**

**Chessex Frosted clear w/Black: [https://amzn.to/2E3dN0X](https://amzn.to/2E3dN0X)**

**Clear to represent the negation of the power around her, but frosted to show that you don’t know everything about her**

 

**Music:**

**Clip 1: [Action Epic](https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Komiku/The_Binge_Watchers__Score_1/Komiku_-_The_Binge_Watchers_-_Score_1_-_11_Action_Epic) by [Komiku](https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Komiku/)**

**Clip 2: [Stop, Hack and Roll](https://www.stophackandroll.com/) opening theme**

**Clip 3: [Night Owl](https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Broke_For_Free/Directionless_EP/Broke_For_Free_-_Directionless_EP_-_01_Night_Owl) by [Broke For Free](https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Broke_For_Free/)**

**Clip 4: [Protean City Comics](http://proteancity.com/) opening theme**

**Main Theme: [Hero (Remix)](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Steve_Combs/Principal_Photography_1493/11_Hero_Remix) by [Steve Combs](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Steve_Combs/)**

 

**Our Podcast:**

**Character Creation Cast: [@CreationCast](https://twitter.com/CreationCast)**

**Amelia Antrim: [@gingerreckoning](https://twitter.com/gingerreckoning)**

**Ryan Boelter: [@lordneptune](https://twitter.com/lordneptune)**

**Our Website: [https://www.blockpartypodcastnetwork.com/charactercreationcast](https://www.blockpartypodcastnetwork.com/charactercreationcast)**

About the Author
Meghan Dornbrock knows that books are true magic, and has a weak spot for storytelling rogue-kings. An artist, animator, and all-around games enthusiast, she’s fascinated by the many different ways there are to tell a good story and is eager to see what’ll come next. Eventually she will die on Mars, but currently she lives in the uncool part of Brooklyn. Follow her on twitter or on her website.

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