Designer Diary – Characters and Character Creation
First of all, I want to say I’m very pleased about the overwhelmingly positive reactions from our fans to the character archetype artwork. It is a real tribute to the artist, Alberto Bontempi, who is doing great deeds illustrating the archetypes in Wrath & Glory. This time around, I’m going to talk a little bit about character generation in Wrath & Glory.
One key thing to know from the start: Wrath & Glory does not lock your character into a pre-determined path. Each archetype, such as Imperial Commissar, has its own distinct flavor and special ability to set it apart from the others. Once you’ve chosen your species (such as human, ork, eldar, and so forth), and selected your archetype, Wrath & Glory’s character generation is very free-form, letting you build the character you want.
Characters in Wrath & Glory are composed of several factors. We’ve already mentioned species and archetype, and in addition, characters have a series of attributes and skills to determine their particular focus in the game. Your character’s background informs where they came from or where they are going in the game’s narrative. The hero may have a few, rare Talents that give them some extra options and abilities. Plus, each archetype provides some of your character’s equipment—gear that you may also customize if you wish.
Character generation also provides your hero with Keywords. These represent your character’s alliances, allegiances, and contacts. Many times, these are appropriate for your chosen species and archetype, but there are definitely ways to gain additional keywords or to replace one of your existing keywords with another of your choosing. Keywords are important, because they help inform you and the Game Master as to what connections your character has to the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Having the right keyword can mean the difference if you are trying to acquire a rare item, seeking information amongst certain factions, or trying to curry favor with a species not your own.
-Ross Watson, Product Line Manager
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