Atlas Games is doing this thing called “Reverb Gamers 2012″, with 31 question prompts to kick off 2012. I’m going to post one up each day, including weekends, throughout January. I invite you to do the same! And check out @ReverbGamers on Twitter or Facebook.
REVERB GAMERS 2012, #11: Have you ever played a character that was morally gray, or actually evil? Why or why not? If yes, did you enjoy it?
Often, sometimes as an NPC and sometimes as a PC. I enjoy morally gray over overt good-evil, because honestly that stuff is boring and inhuman.
I play stories to play human stories, not whack Tolkien-wannabe crap.
The trick to playing a morally gray character is pretty easy: have normal motivations in extreme situations. Playing out what happens is interesting to me, because I can identify with that more than I can “I’m a paladin and my god is Good and you’re Evil so I smite you!”
Aside: now that I think about it, divine-sanctioned genocide is, at best, morally gray. The sort of morality that doesn’t question decisions, and just executes without thought. Yeah, that’s creepy.