Quickstart Character Motivations

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Inigo Montoya, “The Princess Bride” (1989)

As tabletop gaming has made its recent shift to online play, one shots and funnel adventures seem to have been quite popular recently. While many modules give a solid universal motivations for the adventurers’ path, I’ve noticed that sometimes it’s useful to ground the characters further with some personal explanation for why they have ended up in what is often quite a perilous position (this is especially true for DCC funnels!). To that end I’ve created a table for generating additional character motivations on the fly, which you can download at your leisure below.

The article is essentially system agnostic and quite free form, although rules short suggestions are included for DCC.

In other news, we’re still working on getting up to date with the articles, but bridging the gap slowly. I’d like to thank all our readers and especially our Patreon supporters for your patience. You’re why we do this.



System Agnostic (DCC) – Quickstart Character Motivations


Illustration by the always adventurous Ville Rahkila.