Reverb Gamers Prompt #19

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, #19: What’s the weirdest character you’ve ever played? How did you end up with him/her/it?

Let’s stick to PCs I’ve played. I don’t know if I can pick the weirdest, but I can focus on the first weird character I played. I cannot remember his name — it was over ten years ago — but it was the second D&D 2/e game I played. I talked with the DM, and wanted to play what we ended up calling “a chromatic elf.” I was one of a cursed elf tribe whose skin changed color based on the moods of those around him. Not his moods, which was key.

This lead him to becoming the party’s scout. They figured out the distance they could stand to not affect his skin, and had him march out. When his skin changed color, that was trouble.

Oh, and he was a first level mage. Who miraculously survived the couple sessions I played.

Which, thinking on it, is the sort of weird I like. Take one thing, and otherwise play it straight. He was a scared, timid thing because, you know, the whole world was pretty fucking scary and he was suddenly the party’s coal mine canary.

How I ended up with him? Probably because I was in my “I want to be a unique snow flake” phase. I was young, in college, and a sad nerd. You know the story. And I had a silly idea that ended up being a bit harder than I expected.

You know what? I kinda want to play that again.

– Ryan