Building Characters: Table of Contents

Hello, Light Brigade!

Here’s the table of contents for Building Characters. This will give you an idea about what’s included in the book, and the topics covered.



  • Using This Book
  • Worldbuilding and Characters
  • Adventures and Characters
  • Rules and Characters

Character Format

  • Name
  • Description
  • Purpose
  • Modifiers
  • Story Points

Character Elements

  • Character Roles
  • Stages of Life
  • Character Dimensions
  • Motivations
  • Aptitudes
  • Life Experiences
  • Resources
  • Wonders

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Thank you!
Berin Kinsman
Dancing Lights Press

A toolkit for creating tabletop roleplaying elements for any system, setting, or genre.

Building CharactersBuilding Characters explores what goes into crafting memorable and enjoyable tabletop roleplaying character backgrounds. The book looks at how they influence, and are influenced by, the worldbuilding, adventures, and rules of a tabletop roleplaying game. By the end you’ll have an entire toolkit full of ideas to work with and apply regardless of the system, setting, or genre you’re playing in.

Building Characters is system-agnostic, meaning is was not written for one specific tabletop roleplaying game. It’s not exclusively for Dungeons & Dragons, Fate, Vampire the Masquerade, Call of Cthulhu, or any other particular game. The examples are high-level and generic, allowing you to adapt and apply them to the system of your choice. It’s recommended that you read through the entire book at least once to get a sense of the contents, the flow of things, and the context for various ideas. You can then go back to individual sections as needed for reference as you’re creating characters.

For ease of reference, this book has been broken up into three sections:

  • Introduction: A brief overview of what this book is about, the concepts that will be discussed, and ways that you can put it to use for your tabletop roleplaying game.
  • Character Format: The standard “stat block” for all of the books in the Building series, this descriptive block will help you help track roleplaying, worldbuilding, and adventure bits regardless of rules.
  • Character Elements: What other games call attributes, statistics, or aspects, elements are the building blocks of anything and everything that can be created for a tabletop roleplaying game.

Building Characters

Gold Best Seller

Publisher: Dancing Lights Press

Rule System: Any system / system agnostic

Price: $5 Digital; $10 Print

Publication Date: 25 February 2020

Format: 96 pages. 6X9 (digest-sized). PDF, ePub, Kindle, softcover (print-on-demand).

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