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Character Themes
Richard Baker

Developing your character into someone who has a rich story can be a fun and rewarding process. You likely have an idea of what race and what class you want to play, but you might have only a general idea of what your character’s life was like before you start playing the character at the gaming table. A theme can help you flesh out your character and provide some interesting options for developing his or her background..

This article details four character themes: the explorer, the guttersnipe, the mercenary, and the outlaw.

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    Richard Baker
    Rich joined TSR, Inc. in 1991 and began his career as a game designer working on 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons products. He moved to Seattle to continue with Wizards of the Coast when Wizards acquired TSR in 1997. He played a key part in the 3rd Edition D&D design team, then took over as the creative director for the Alternity science fiction roleplaying game and its settings. After that, he served as the creative director for the D&D Worlds group, and oversaw most of the 3rd Edition Forgotten Realms line. Since 2003, Rich has worked as a designer, developer, and senior designer on a number of 3rd Edition and 4th Edition D&D products, plus the Axis & Allies Miniatures games. He is also a best-selling writer, and author of ten Forgotten Realms novels.
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