First: Thanks for all the suggestions!
Second: Not surprisingly, I just couldn’t make up my mind even with all the suggestions. So I decided to let my minis decide.
I have a big container full of minis I haven’t painted yet. When I’m stuck for a character, I like to choose one and build a character around it. This not only lets me try random things, but then, because I’m using the mini, I paint the mini, thus getting one more out of the unpainted bin.
Well, this time I came up with not one, and not two, but SEVEN minis I thought might be fun to play with. After some thinking, I paired it down to three: one Fighter, one Rogue, and one Wizard. And then I set about creating the characters. I wasn’t looking to min-max these; I wanted to create interesting characters that would let me test the flexibility of this system and the mixing/matching of Class, Specialty, and Background. They are:
- Argyll, “The Blade-biter”, Human Rogue with a Trickster scheme, Ambush specialty, and Thug background. I wanted to do this wiry, creepy guy who’s constantly a little on edge. He’s not a particularly traditional Rogue (no Sneak skill, for instance), but I think he’ll be fun.
- Denton Le Dale, Human Fighter sports the Duelist scheme, also has Ambush specialty, and has a Bounty Hunter background. I wanted to do a swashbuckler character and play with the idea of a DEX fighter. I ended up thinking about Inigo Montoya as I made him, and so I thought the bounty hunter element would make him a little more like that fabled swordsman (after all, they did kidnap buttercup for a bounty).
- Norris Barliman, Dwarf Wizard, because, hey, why not? Actually, I just had this Dwarven Brewmaster figure in the case and really wanted to do something with it. Making a dwarf wizard was interesting; I went Battle Mage tradition and gave him Endurance specialty, to make him a little more combat-ready, and of course an Artisan [Brewer] background.
As you can see, there’s a bit of “playing against type” in here. I thought this creation process would help me decide, but now I just want to play all three of them. Well, almost; I don’t know that I particularly like Denton’s swashbuckler build, but that may be me just needing to rethink him a bit. I think Argyll is my favorite overall character, but Norris sounds like a really fun time, too.
Ah, decisions, decisions. I need to choose soon, so I can get the mini painted for Saturday!