So often, story ideas begin with characters. Writers have a picture in their mind of a character they’ve never met, or a character that’s an amalgam of people they’ve known, or a character that jumps from something they see in real life, and from there a new story is born. How do we create characters that resonate with readers, though? What needs to go into the mix?
First, avoid stereotypes. In a polarized world, this might seem like a challenge, but consider the people you know well. Very few of them are all one thing or another. Consider characteristics that would be unexpected given who the character is on the surface. Readers make assumptions about characters the same way we jump to conclusions about people we meet briefly, or only know a little bit about. A flat character would be a football player who only talks about football, who watches sports and plays video games. An intriguing character would be a football player who listens to classical music, who maybe practices yoga and has a penchant for mystery novels.
Add some Flaws
Next, remember that all characters are flawed. Nobody is perfect in this world. For your characters to seem real, they shouldn’t be, either. Despite the stories people tell on social media, they have challenges in life they try to keep hidden. What might your character be embarrassed about? How does the image does the character projects contrast with who they really are?
Now determine your character’s Wound
In addition to flaws, strong protagonists also have a wound: something in their past that had a negative impact on them, and affects how they make decisions in the present. The wound could be an experience that informs how they treat others, how well they trust the people in their lives, or how well they trust themselves. The wound should also somehow relate to the story. In a romance, for example, the wound could be the failure of a past relationship, and because of it, the protagonist is unable to fully commit, afraid what might happen if they risk their heart again.
Add in Motivation, wants, and Needs
Once you have some primary characteristics sketched out, think about what the character will face over the course of the story. Determine what motivates your characters. Often what they want at the beginning is indicative of their flaws, and pushes them in the direction of what they need to learn. Now, a flat character will have similar reactions to the obstacles they face time after time, then suddenly realize something near the very end. This literally creates a flat arc … picture a flat line on a heart monitor, with a sudden blip of a pulse, then back to a flat line. Flat lines equal boring characters. Readers want to be kept on their toes, surprised as much by how the character handles situations as by whatever twists and turns the plot introduces.
Make Sure every reaction is a little different
In these scenarios where we see the same reactions in every scene, only to have one major change at the end, when the character’s perspective or world-view changes all at once, chances are we’ve lost interest long before we get there. We need to see a gradual shift that starts to become noticeable around the midpoint of the story and then crystallizes at the climax.
now connect with the reader
Now, how do you create characters we connect to? What’s the difference between a character that sticks with us—the Auggies (Wonder), the Holden Caulfields (Catcher in the Rye), the Katniss Everdeens (The Hunger Games)—and characters that are flat, boring? It’s all in how you write them. If two writers were asked to create a character using Katniss’s known characteristics, the result would likely be two very different characters with similar traits. Physical quirks, pet phrases, and nervous tics are only one part. The rest—the part that makes characters memorable—comes in how we relate to them.
This is the emotional component, the insight we have to how the character thinks and feels that allows us to empathize with them. By seeing how a character thinks, accessing their direct thoughts (even in third-person narratives) we connect, and put ourselves in their shoes. This is how the character becomes like the reader’s avatar in the story. The more access we have, the more we are transported to the character’s world and experience the events of the story firsthand. If we’re consistently told how a character feels, though, by reading named emotions or seeing only physical details (like Auggie laughed, or Auggie cried) the less connection we have.
To recap, create unpredictable characters. Add the unexpected. Give them depth, show them reacting. And the send them on their slow journeys of gradual changes, showcasing their new and improved selves at the end. And leave your readers thinking about them long after they’ve closed the book.
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Kristen loves hot fudge sundaes, YA novels, and helping you create your best story. She’s committed to helping writers at all levels improve their craft. When not writing or reading, she tries to spend time outdoors … with at least one book and a notebook in her backpack, just in case.
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This article was co-authored by Lucy V. Hay. Lucy V. Hay is an author, script editor and blogger who helps other writers through writing workshops, courses, and her blog Bang2Write. Lucy is the producer of two British thrillers and her debut crime novel, The Other Twin, is currently being adapted for the screen by [email protected] TV, makers of the Emmy-nominated Agatha Raisin.
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Sometimes, making characters from scratch is hard. This article will help with all your problems. Well, when it comes to making characters! The one thing that virtually every single book, play, movie, novel, and game has in common is that they all have at least one character. Most have two or more, and some—a cast of hundreds! Sometimes the “character” is you.
Regardless of who the characters are, books and movies and all the rest would be lifeless and boring without them. This guide will provide the basics and help you learn to create your own characters.
Start with the five W’s and one H, as a journalist would, and work from there:
Where, who, what, when, why and how.
Education, school, occupation, workplace, purpose,
Conflict, dilemma, opportunity, choices/actions (benefits and consequences),
Health, sexuality, mentality, stages of life, danger, triumph/defeat, growth/decay, death. If you’re at the point of creating a character, chances are you have at least the idea of a plot/story in mind.
- If you’re creating a grand, sweeping narrative such as The Lord of the Rings, you will need an entire world of characters—some good, some evil, some male, some female, or whatever other gender comes to mind and even some that are neither good nor evil, neither male nor female.
- If you’re creating an introspective story, you may not need more than a single character.
Expert Trick: Think of characters who don’t fit stereotypes to make them more interesting. If you’ve ever watched Brooklyn 99, Captain Holt is a black man who’s gay, but his character is basically the opposite of every black or gay stereotype. He’s very compelling—he’s funny, dry, and pedantic, and he has his own hang-ups. A lot of people watch that show just because they like him so much
How do you create drama in your fiction? When I coach fiction authors, it’s often simple to make their novels more exciting.
Many authors fall into the trap of creating perfect characters. You need to give your characters flaws, and I suggested:
(Although) it’s advisable not to use your family and friends when writing fiction… you can use people’s flaws—and your own too.
But what if you went beyond everyday flaws, and developed characters who are explicitly evil? That thought gives many of us pause, because part of the joy of writing is our affection for our characters.
If you want to create drama in your fiction however (and you should, because your job is to entertain), consider evil. It’s a useful device.
Want to create drama? Go for evil (but beware of melodrama)
Think about people in everyday life. People at school, at work, or among your family and friends. Are any evil? Perhaps not. It’s hard to see evil, especially if you consider the devil a mythical creature, and think that anyone behaving badly just needs understanding and compassion.
Whether you believe in evil or not, for the sake of your fiction, imagine that evil exists, and that fictional characters can be evil.
Drama and melodrama: balance good and evil
A master of emotion and entertainment, Charles Dickens was often criticized for melodramatic plots and characters, as were other Victorian novelists.
Melodrama is subjective. But if you’re inclined to giggle at a dramatic moment in a movie or novel, it’s because something about the scene is melodramatic, rather than dramatic. It may be the situation, or the characters.
If your fiction is bland, I recommend forgetting the dangers of melodrama. It’s unlikely you’ll create it—you haven’t, so far. For now, concentrate: strive to make your fiction dramatic.
Start with your characters. Balance your “good”characters (your hero and heroine) with characters who are evil.
The good, the bad, and the truly horrid: aim for balance in your fictional characters
One of the challenges of creating an evil character is your own lack of belief in the character. If you struggle with that, try pushing a good character trait to its limit in one of your characters.
For example, in Elizabeth George’s novel, A Banquet of Consequences, Caroline Goodacre seems a concerned mother. That’s a good trait, isn’t it? She loves her sons. Gradually, you see that Caroline is too concerned about her adult sons. You begin to wonder about Caroline, and rightfully so. Without spoiling the novel for you… Eventually you understand that Caroline is truly evil.
Think about a character trait of one of your “good” characters. Here’s a massive list of traits you can use if you don’t have one. Choose an admirable trait, then brainstorm ways to push it to the limit in the wrong direction.
Let’s say your character is daring. Admirable… But push it.
Imagine that your daring character has a son. He’s a fan of hands-off parenting, and makes excuses for the child’s bad behavior. To create drama, push this trait to the limit, and make your character’s daring trait evil.
My favorite evil character in fiction: Blue Duck
When Larry McMurtry wrote Lonesome Dove, he created a truly evil and memorable character in Blue Duck:
The man called Blue Duck was much more frightening. He might not hit at all—or he might do something worse.
Think about evil, and how you can use it to create drama in your fiction. Balance the good characters you create with one or more who are evil. You’ll improve your fiction immediately.
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Explore two ways to become an animation maker: Tap into the power of motion capture with Adobe Character Animator to create expressive animated characters or get an intro to the traditional cartoon animator techniques of Adobe Animate.
Adobe Character Animator makes animation easier than ever.
Automate the most time-intensive aspects of creating animated videos with Character Animator. Thanks to head tracking, automated lip sync, and a library of facial expressions and movements, media that once took days to produce can be done in an afternoon.
Animating made simple — turn yourself into a cartoon character in minutes.
1. Animate in real time. When you speak, the character does too.
2. Perform as an animated cartoon. Stream to an audience as a character, and interact with live-action elements in real time.
3. Customize your characters. Control how your avatars look, talk, move, and interact.
See what you can do with Character Animator.
Animate a puppet with your webcam gestures.
When I move, you move. Learn how to link your own gestures to animation triggers and bring a character to life.
Create a basic body.
Find out how to build a simple character with animation-friendly facial features and limbs.
Control a character with triggers.
Make your characters do more than just talk. Discover how to make them blink, move expressively, and use hand gestures.
Create motion from the ground up with Adobe Animate.
Build frame-by-frame animation or design high-quality animation rigs for movement you can assign to any asset. Create footage for desktop, mobile, video games, and television.
Control every aspect of animation from storyboard to final visual effects. Make footage that can integrate with other Adobe Creative Cloud apps like Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. Whether you’re making motion graphics, 2D, or 3D animation, Animate has the tools you need to turn concepts into content.
See what you can do with Animate.
Create a 2D character animation.
Explore how to turn existing assets into a fully realized 2D animated vector character.
Find out how to streamline the lip-syncing process in animation, matching your artwork of mouth poses to real sound inflections.
Import from Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator to Animate.
Animate integrates smoothly with other Creative Cloud apps. Find out how to bring motion to still images from Photoshop and Illustrator.
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Giving your character a unique look is always a good feeling in gaming. If you are playing CK3 then here is how you create a custom character.
Crusader Kings 3 features various kings and kingdoms. You start as a person on your way to conquer and rule the world. Building your legacy with default character can be boring, but the game offers you an entire section to create a custom character. This guide will help you with this. Through the customization menu, you can give your game avatar a different look, make it look like a brave king or a ruthless warrior. It is your choice.
How to Make a Custom Character In Crusader Kings 3?
Barbershop is a character creation kit in Crusader Kings 3. It cannot be considered a full-fledged character creation kit but good enough to make your gaming avatar look different. This is where you can begin by giving your character a slightly different look than the default one. You can adjust certain character appearance through the Barbershop section of Crusader Kings 3.
How to unlock Barbershop?
Right-click on the 3D icon of your character in Crusader Kings 3 and look for some icons on the upper right corner. Click on the middle icon to access the Barbershop in Crusader Kings 3. This is the place where you can change the looks. You can modify the following options.
- Hairstyle & Hair Color
You can also dress up your character. New clothes are available as you explore and unlock new regions of the world. You can mix-match clothes from different regions and create your unique fashion style. You cannot design or rename the dynasty. From the Barbershop, you can change the clothes, hair, and beard style. You can also rename your house and titles in Crusader Kings 3.
Crusader Kings 3 also has an advanced level of customization which unlocks in the CK3 Debug Mode. You will have to enable the console command to access Portrait Editor. This section lets you make changes in games 3D portraits and DNS systems. Best is to play through the default customization section, the barbershop that lets you do most of the character customization.
Otherwise, in terms of the advance mode, you can enable the debug mode and unlock the Portrait editor & Rule designer. There are tons of clothes you can try out, also give the ruler a unique hairstyle and beard.
One of the most important elements in a novel or short story is characterization: making the characters seem vivid, real, alive. One technique that many writers use with success is to create a character profile for the main characters in the novel. The purpose of a character profile is twofold: to assist the writer in creating a character that is as lifelike as possible and to help with continuity issues in the story.
In our author interviews many bestselling authors have stated that they came up with the basics of a character’s personality and then they found that the character just “came alive” for them and ended up driving the story all on his own. These are writers with years of experience developing characters and it now comes more naturally to them. But for the beginning writer, sometimes a more concrete approach is helpful.
How Character Profiles Help Writers
That is where the character profile comes in — it is simply a tool for organizing your thoughts about a certain character and keeping track of a particular character’s idiosyncrasies and relationships. It can help flesh out a cardboard character and even make you think about facets of his or her personality that you had not considered before. Character profiles are especially helpful for novels which involve several main characters and for stories which use multiple points of view.
Character profiles are useful when writing in any genre. Depending on the genre in which you write, you will create additional sections on the Character Profile Worksheet. For example, fantasy writers can use the character profiles to keep track of factors such as magical abilities, family lineage, spells the character is under, and limitations on the character’s power to ensure continuity in the action.
For literary and mainstream novels, profiles are especially useful for keeping in mind motivations of the character — hurts and disappointments in the past which may not be alluded to directly in the dialogue, but which nevertheless color everything the character thinks and feels. For example, someone who was abused as a child will most likely react differently in certain situations than someone who had a happy, loving childhood.
A Character Profile is also of great help during the rewrite stage of your novel. You can use the profile to ensure continuity in the character’s actions. For example, if in draft 1 your heroine is just recovering from a nasty divorce and in draft 2 you’ve decided to make her a happily married mother of three, you will know to check every scene with dialogue about her marital status as well as scenes where the (now non-existent) dastardly ex-husband is mentioned.
Keep Your Profiles Updated
If you change an attribute of your character, be sure to update your Character Profile Worksheet right away. Obviously, a character can develop over the course of the novel. The Worksheet provides a place for you to note that fact so that when you read over your final draft you can see if you achieved your particular character development goal for that character.
A Character Profile is just meant to be a guide where you can list facts and details to help you get to know your characters, especially if you get stuck on one character who doesn’t quite seem real. You also want to be sure you don’t create a Mary Sue character. Maybe he needs a new characteristic — a hidden trauma, a fabulous skill or a deadly secret — something that will make the character come alive for you. If you are having trouble coming up with character details try to see how your character performs using a writing prompt or walk them through a situation known well to you.
How detailed you want your character worksheets to be just depends on what works best for you. So, next time you’re stuck on characterization, pull out the Character Profile Worksheet and get to know someone new.
Character Profile Worksheet
Socioeconomic Level as a child:
Socioeconomic Level as an adult:
Siblings (describe relationship):
Spouse (describe relationship):
Children (describe relationship):
Grandparents (describe relationship):
Grandchildren (describe relationship):
Significant Others (describe relationship):
Glasses or contact lenses?
Shape of Face:
How does he/she dress?
Habits: (smoking, drinking etc.)
Style (Elegant, shabby etc.):
Intellectual/Mental/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Any Mental Illnesses?
Character’s short-term goals in life:
Character’s long-term goals in life:
How does Character see himself/herself?
How does Character believe he/she is perceived by others?
How self-confident is the character?
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?
What would most embarrass this character?
Introvert or Extrovert?
How does the character deal with anger?
What does the character want out of life?
What would the character like to change in his/her life?
What motivates this character?
What frightens this character?
What makes this character happy?
Is the character judgmental of others?
Is the character generous or stingy?
Is the character generally polite or rude?
Does the character believe in God?
What are the character’s spiritual beliefs?
Is religion or spirituality a part of this character’s life?
If so, what role does it play?
How the Character is Involved in the Story
Character’s role in the novel (main character? hero? heroine? Romantic interest? etc.):
Scene where character first appears:
Relationships with other characters:
1. Character’s Name : — (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
2. Character’s Name : — (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
3. Character’s Name : — (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
4. Character’s Name : — (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
How character is different at the end of the novel from when the novel began:
Additional Notes on This Character:
You can find out more about character building in our characters section. Some useful books about characterization include Writer’s Guide to Character Traits and Characters & Viewpoint .
This article has been expanded on from the original published in the June 1998 issue of The Internet Writing Journal .
Make your own Cartoon Avatar
So you’ve decided to go with a cartoon styled avatar? Great! You just need to choose a male or female template and start building on it. Once you have finished and taken a moment to marvel at your masterpiece, you can download and use it wherever you want to leave your mark. It’s simple.
Our SVG (scalable vector graphics) engine allows for fast rendering of the avatar in the browser as you create it.When you download your avatar in SVG format, it can be scaled easily to any desired size for all purposes. It enables lossless scaling of the picture to any required dimension.
Show Your Personality with an Avatar
Create your Online Avatar
Plenty of customization options
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is it free to use my created Avatar?
Yes! It’s absolutely free to use the avatar, whether it’s for personal use or commercial purposes.
3. Can I get a SVG version of my own avatar?
Unfortunately, the anime avatar maker does not support SVG format. Only SVG and PNG formats are available for the cartoon avatar maker.
4. What application can I use to open an SVG file?
Any graphic program that supports SVG format. Photoshop, Illustrator, and Inkscape are some popular options.
Tip / Trick
Wouldn’t it be great if you can create your own custom characters on Windows? By learning how to do so, you can personalize your texts, documents and even the images and screenshots that you edit on MS Paint. Plus, it’s a fun way to show your creative talents. Just skip past the break to read the full instructions.
How to create your own custom characters (letters, symbols, etc.) on Windows in seven easy steps
Prepare the tools that you’ll need. Apparently, you’ll need a computer that is running on Windows. There’s no specific requirement regarding the OS version but it would be great if your computer is running on Windows XP or higher.
Open your Windows Private Character Editor. To do this, click “Start” then go to “My Computer”. After which, go to your C:\ drive then navigate to your “Windows” folder.
On your “Windows” folder (C:\Windows), find another folder named “System32” then click on it. Once again, browse the files and folders that are stored in that directory. This time, find the application called “eudcedit”. Remember, the application’s full filename must be eudcedit.exe. You can check the file by right-clicking on it then go to “Properties”.
Click the “eudcedit” application to launch the Windows Private Character Editor.
On the Private Character Editor, the first thing that will greet you is a pop-up window. Just click “OK” then proceed to creating the character or custom font that you want using the tools listed in the toolbar. You can use the pencil, brush, eraser, etc.
Once you’re done creating your custom character, click the “File” tab then select “Font Links”. After that, you will be asked if you want to save the character. Just click “Yes” then select whether you want to associate your new private character with all fonts or only with selected fonts.
Anyways, the choice is yours but why go through the tricky process of associating it with selected fonts when you can just opt for the quicker route? In this case, just choose to link your custom character with all fonts then click “OK”.
Close or minimize the Windows Private Character Editor then open your character map (click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map). For quicker access, just click “Start” then type “character map” on the search box then press “Enter”.
Once you see the character map, click the dropdown menu in the “Fonts” section then select the option for “All Fonts (Private Characters”. There, you’ll see a list of all your custom characters. Just select a character that you want to use, copy it then paste it to Notepad, WordPad, MS Paint or MS Word. It’s as easy as that.
Additional Tip: To quickly access the Windows Private Character Editor from your desktop, just click “Start” then type “eudcedit” in the search box then press “Enter”.
Just keep in mind that you can’t use your custom symbols on your web browsers.
Pietro Chiovaro writes:
Today I’m glad to show you my modelling process for the creation of 3D Characters in Blender in a simple way. This one is Ellie from The Last Of Us Part II, the post-apocalyptic game by Naughty Dog. It was challenging and exhilarating, what do you think?
You can find some behind the scenes and upcoming projects on my Instagram.
About the Author
I’m a motivated and passionate 3D Artist, a videogame lover and movie fan. In the last 3 years I worked at the creation of 3D assets and environments for games and architectural works. I have published more than 20 papers in reputed journals like the 3D World Magazine and the 3D Artist Magazine.
I hate people like you, you advertise that you’re going to easily model a character in blender, but then you start with a pre-modeled head, you’re not modeling the character if you steal the head, your just modeling a make-shift body for you’re Frankenstein head, Jesus, if you’re going to post shit like this at least say Body modeling rather than just character modeling, it’s dishonest, and annoying as all fuck
I hate people like you, you advertise that you’re going to easily model a character in blender, but then you start with a pre-modeled head, you’re not modeling the character if you steal the head, your just modeling a make-shift body for you’re Frankenstein head, Jesus, if you’re going to post shit like this at least say Body modeling rather than just character modeling, it’s dishonest, and annoying as all fuck, and fuck you
Your grammar needs work. Makes you look like a fool. And saying these things that you say does not help anything. All you’re doing is spreading hate.
Bruh he’s trying his best. Not everyone can write perfect English, “like you”
I think Liz is a woman ,”his best” => “her best”
“Agents” in the CorgiEngine is a term used to describe any kind of characters, whether they’re playable characters, or enemies, NPCs, etc. There are a few core classes that make these agents work, and that you’ll need to get familiar with if you want to expand and create more character abilities for example.
In the meantime, this page aims at presenting the basic concepts and allowing you to quickly create your own character (player controlled or AI based). Note that all the information on this page (and on that whole documentation for that matter) only works for Corgi Engine v3.0 or more.
This page goes into more details about the mandatory components of a Character, but here’s a brief rundown. An agent in the Corgi Engine usually has these components :
- BoxCollider2D : the collider whose size is used to determine collisions and where in the world the agent is. You’ll want to make sure this is as centered vertically as possible on the model, and that the x offset is 0.
- RigidBody2D : only used to provide basic interactions with standard physics (completely optional)
- CorgiController : responsible for collision detection, basic movement (move left / right), gravity, the CorgiController is basically the replacement for Unity’s standard physics. It provides tighter movement and feel. Obviously, and by design, this is not a physics engine.
- Character : This is the central class that will link all the others. It doesn’t do much in itself, but really acts as a central point. That’s where you define if the player is an AI or player-controlled, how it should flip, if it’s model based, stuff like that. It’s also the class that will control all character abilities at runtime.
- Health : Not mandatory, but in most games your agents will be able to die. The Health component handles damage, health gain/loss, and eventually death.
- Character Abilities : So far all the previous components offer lots of possibilities, but don’t really “do” anything visible. That’s what Character Abilities are for. The asset comes packed with more than 15 abilities, from simple ones like HorizontalMovement to more complex ones like weapon handling. They’re all optional, and you can pick whichever you want. You can of course also easily create your own abilities to build your very own game.
How do I create an Agent ?
There are many ways you can create a playable or AI character in the Corgi Engine. Here we’ll cover** the 3 recommended ones**. Note that if you prefer doing differently, as long as it works for you, it’s all fine.
You can use the AddComponent menu to add most Corgi Engine’s components (not just Character ones)
Introduced in Corgi Engine v3.0, the “Autobuild Character” feature allows you to create a new character in a few seconds. Note that after that initial setup you’ll still have to setup animations and all that, but it’s a lot faster than it used to be 🙂
Here’s how to proceed :
The Autobuild buttons
- In a scene that meets the minimal requirements, put a GameObject.
- You’ll need a GameObject to start with. You can create an empty one, take an existing prefab, drag a Sprite on the scene, or a model, it’s up to you.
- Add a Character component to that GameObject
- At the bottom of the Character’s inspector, press either “Autobuild Player Character” or “Autobuild AI Character”, depending on what kind of character you’re after.
- Press play. If you went for an AI character, it should be walking around the scene. If it’s a player character, try moving around. You’ve created a Character!
- You can now fine tune the various settings, remove the abilities you’re not interested in for this character, add animations, etc. Or you can leave it like that and start prototyping the rest of your game and levels.
Another fast way to create an agent is to find one you like in the demos, and create yours from that. The process for that is quite simple :
Copying an existing prefab
- Find an agent you like in one of the demos.
- Locate its prefab (select the Agent in Scene View, and in its inspector, at the very top right under the prefab’s name and tag there’s a Select button)
- Duplicate the prefab (cmd + D)
- Rename it to whatever you want your Character to be called
- Make the changes you want. Maybe you’ll just want to replace some settings, maybe you’ll want to change the sprite and animations. It’s up to you from there.
You can also create a Character from scratch. It’s longer but why not?
- Start with an empty gameobject. Ideally you’ll want to separate the Character part from the visual part. The best possible hierarchy has the CorgiController/BoxCollider2D/Character/Abilities on the top level, and then nests the visual parts (sprite, model, etc).
- At the top of the inspector, set the tag to Player if it’s a player character, or to anything you prefer if it’s not. Same thing for the layer.
- On your top level object, add a BoxCollider2D. Adjust its size to match your sprite/model dimensions.
- Add a CorgiController component. Set the various settings (see the class documentation if you need help with that), and make sure to set the various collision masks (platforms, one ways, etc)
- Add a Character component. Check the various settings to make sure they’re ok with you.
- Add the Character Abilities you want (it’s best to use the AddComponent button at the bottom of the inspector for that, and navigate there)
- Optionnally, add a RigidBody2D, a Health component, a HealthBar component, etc.
Creating complex, well-rounded characters requires time thinking about how your characters look, where they’re from, and what motivates them, among many other things. A good way to help bring your characters to life and to establish a back story for them is to develop answers to a set of questions about them.
While much of the information you develop for your characters during the process will never be shared directly with readers, it will help you to understand the character better and more realistically portray how they will react to situations and other characters in your story. The more you know about your characters, the more realistic your story will be.
Where Does Your Character Live?
Novelist and writing professor Michael Adams (“Anniversaries in the Blood”) has said he believes the setting is the most important element of any story. It’s definitely true that character, if not story, in many ways grows out of a sense of place. What country does your character live in? What region? Does he live alone or with a family? In a trailer park or an estate? How did he end up living there? How does he feel about it?
Knowing where your character lives can help you to understand how he might respond to certain people or situations.
Where Is Your Character From?
In a similar vein, where did your character’s life begin? Did she grow up running around the woods in a small southern town, or did she learn to conjugate Latin verbs in a London boarding school? Obviously, this influences things like the kinds of people your character knows, the words she uses to communicate, and the way she feels about a host of things in her external world.
How Old Is Your Character?
Though this might seem like an obvious question, it’s important to make a clear decision about this before you begin writing. Otherwise, it’s impossible to get the details right. For instance, would your character have a cell phone, a landline, or both? Does your character drink martinis or cheap beer? Does he still get money from his parents, or worry about what will happen to his parents as they get old?
What Is Your Character Called?
Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? According to novelist Elinor Lipman, absolutely not: “Names have subtext and identity. If your main characters are Kaplans, you’ve got yourself a Jewish novel, and if your hero is Smedley Winthrop III, you’ve given him a trust fund. Nomenclature done right contributes to characterization.” Your character’s name provides a lot of information about ethnicity, age, background, and social class.
What Does Your Character Look Like?
Is your character tall enough to see over the heads of a crowd at a bar or to notice the dust on the top of a refrigerator? Does she deal with weight issues and avoid looking at herself in the mirror? Though you need not have a crystal clear picture of your character in mind, physical details help you imagine how your character moves through the world, and this, in turn, helps your readers believe in the character.
What Kind of Childhood Did Your Character Have?
As with real people, many things about your character’s personality will be determined by his background. Did his parents have a good marriage? Was he raised by a single mom? How your character interacts with other people—whether he’s defensive or confident, stable or rootless—may be influenced by his past.
What Does Your Character Do for a Living?
As with all of these questions, how much information you need depends in some part on the plot, but you’ll need some idea of how your character makes money. A dancer will look at the world very differently from an accountant, for instance, and a construction worker will use very different language from either one. How they feel about a host of issues, from money to family, will be in some part dependent on their career choices.
How Does Your Character Deal with Conflict and Change?
Fiction involves some element of conflict and change. They’re part of what makes a story a story. Is your character passive or active? If someone confronts her, does she change the subject, head for the minibar, stalk off, or do a deep-breathing exercise? When someone insults her, is she more likely to take it, come up with a retort, or excuse herself to find someone else to talk to?
Who Else Is in Your Character’s Life?
Relationships and how people interact with others reveals character. They’re also excuses for dialogue, which break up exposition, offering another way of providing the necessary information. Think about who will best help you convey this information and what kinds of people would realistically be in your character’s world in the first place.
What Is Your Character’s Goal or Motivation in This Story or Scene?
In longer stories or novels, you will have to ask this question repeatedly. Many of your character’s actions will result from the intersection of what he’s trying to achieve and his personality, which is composed of everything you’ve invented in answering questions about him. When in doubt about how your character should behave, ask yourself what your character wants from the situation and think about the answers you’ve given to all of the questions.
What you’ll need
Create multilayered artwork for your character
In Photoshop, open freda.psd and take a look at the Layers panel. Each component of the character artwork is placed on a separate layer. If you name the layers to indicate which body part they correspond to (chest, head, eyes, mouth), you can immediately control the character in Adobe Character Animator.
Note: If you’d like to use your own artwork, draw or copy the art into the corresponding layers of the freda.psd file, and save.
Easily tag layers anytime
Although it’s a good practice to start with named layers in your Photoshop file, you can always tag your puppet layers later within Character Animator to make further refinements.
Create a puppet from your artwork
In Character Animator, choose File > Import and select freda.psd to create a puppet. Select Freda in the Project panel and click the Add to New Scene button. The puppet is automatically opened in the Scene panel and selected in the Timeline panel.
Teach your puppet to move
Character Animator captures your facial expressions from your webcam and animates the puppet based on your performance. Position your face in the circular area of the Camera & Microphone panel. Look directly at your puppet while keeping your facial expression neutral; then click Set Rest Pose. Red tracking dots will appear around your face. Try moving your head around and talk into your microphone. Use your mouse to drag near the character’s limbs to manipulate them.
Record and play back your puppet’s performance
Click Record in the Scene panel and perform your character’s movements. Click again to end the take. Toggle off the various behaviors in the Properties panel to record them separately from one another. This is useful if you prefer to record Face behaviors separately from Dragger or Lip Sync behaviors.
Play the animation by pressing the spacebar.
Further refine your puppet’s behaviors by changing the scale and other puppet properties, or even add another puppet to the scene.
Add your character to an After Effects composition (optional)
When you’re finished animating, select the scene in the Project panel and adjust the scene’s duration in the Properties panel. You now have two options for bringing your character into Adobe After Effects:
- Use Dynamic Link: Launch After Effects. Drag the scene from the Project panel in Character Animator to the Project panel in After Effects and then right-click it and select New Comp from Selection. When you use Dynamic Link, any changes you make to the puppet in Character Animator will automatically update in After Effects.
- Export an image sequence: Choose File > Export > PNG Sequence and WAV and specify a name and location. This exports the video as a PNG sequence and the audio as a WAV file to use in After Effects. Now launch After Effects and choose File > Scripts > New Comp from Character Animator Recording.jsx. Select the first PNG file in the exported PNG sequence.
Go ahead and preview your scene. If you want to use the puppet in a composited scene, import a background from Adobe Stock or from a shared Creative Cloud Library.
If you want to be a great actor you should know the importance of conveying a character as well as staying in character. Anyone can read words off of a page, but truly creating a convincing character takes much more than that. Your goal as an actor is to be able to tell a story. What type of person are you? What events have happened and how are you affected by them? There can be a laundry list of questions. Here are some helpful tips to guide you in the direction of creating a convincing character whether it be on screen or the stage.
1. Get Into It
You should immerse yourself in the role. Forget the audience is watching you and forget that your mom is in the front row. You need to focus on your character and how they feel. Be in the moment. You can use sense memory to help with this. Sense memory is a technique, developed by Stanislavski and Strasberg, where a person can access their subconscious memory to bring emotional truth to their work. They can access the memory of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. For example, if your character is stuck in a long dark alley and it’s full of trash, you can try to recall a memory of you being fearful in the dark at some point in your life or recall a time when you were faced with an unpleasant odor. These small details can make a big difference when conveying feelings.
2. Be Prepared
Make sure to carefully read through your lines as well as memorize them. If you don’t study your lines you will be unprepared and it will show in your performance. It will also take you out of character. Take the time to read through the script with your fellow actors and take rehearsals seriously while of course still enjoying the process.
3. Take A Moment
Take a moment to breathe in your scene. Don’t just regurgitate the lines, but take a moment to take in the environment, and the other characters/actors in the scene. Build and feed off of the scene and what the other actors are giving you. Take that split second to let it all affect you and process how your character will react. This can also apply to auditions where you may be given a cold reading. A cold reading is text or script that is un-rehearsed and is often given to you at an audition. Take a moment to look over the lines and make choices about your character, think about how your character will react. It’s often fine to ask the casting director if you can take a moment.
Pay attention to what is going on around you in the scene. Be in tune with what other actors are doing and saying. By doing so you will have a more natural reaction to what’s going around you. Focus will also help you to not break character be present in the moment. Learning to focus more can be developed through rehearsals. However if you find yourself forgetting a line or you drop a prop on stage, just keep going. Life often throws us curve balls so just react naturally.
The more experience you get with rehearsals, auditions, and performance the more you will find yourself feeling comfortable and confident in your skin and your characters skin. You can use these tips to guide you in a direction that presents a convincing character. Break a leg!
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In this post, we cover 4 super easy ways to create characters for short stories.
Creating characters in short stories is the same as creating characters in novels, but once again, when dealing with a reduced word count we have to make our writing work harder. We don’t have 80 000 words to develop a character arc.
How can we work with a reduced count and still have a fully developed character?
4 Ways To Create Characters For Short Stories
1. Write Epic Descriptions
Sometimes we only need one line to summarise a character. Find a way to describe them that creates an image for the reader of who they are.
‘At first glance Jack seemed fair enough, with his curly hair and quick laugh, but for a small man he carried some weight in the haunch and his smile disclosed buckteeth, not pronounced enough to let him eat popcorn out of the neck of a jug, but noticeable.’
- Allister was the kind of man who looked you in the eye, while he ran his hand up your wife’s leg, and your wife didn’t mind one bit.
- He is a walking reminder of everything that is wrong with spray tan.
- She was the kind of woman who made wives herd their husbands home.
- She preferred the man straight up, with his marriage on the rocks.
Dialogue is important. How does your character talk? Vocabulary, sentence structure and how they talk all help us to show character.
Do they use the words “Say what?” or “Excuse me?” or “What you on about?” or “Can you please say that again?” or “I beg your pardon?” Each phrase creates a different character.
The age, level of education and nationality will all influence how your character speaks.
“It’ll be the same as it always is,” I said. “After an hour you’ll be off somewhere snogging the prettiest girl at the party, and I’ll be in the kitchen listening to somebody’s mum going on about politics or poetry or something.”
How to talk to girls at parties – Neil Gaiman
It wasn’t his habit, he’d told her, to strike up conversations with “random” people.
“Why not?” she’d asked.
And he’d said, with a look that suggested that her question was virtually incomprehensible, “Why not? Because I’ll never see them again.”
With her provocative little laugh, the woman had said, “But that’s the best reason for talking to strangers—you’ll never see them again.”
Mastiff – Joyce Carol Oates
There is a funny lady with a big hat waving at us. She has sunglasses all over her face. “Daddy, who’s that?”
“It’s my new friend. She is going to the beach with us.” Daddy pulls on my arm, but I’m not going closer.
“I don’t want to go to the beach with her. It’s supposed to be our day.”
Daddy stops and talks close to my face. “Well, she is coming with us and I ‘d like you to be very well-behaved. She is a very special friend.”
“I want Mommy.” He holds me tight like he used to, every day.
“But you are spending the weekend with Daddy, remember? And we’re going for ice-cream.”
“I like ice-cream.” I giggle when he tickles me.
“Maybe she likes ice-cream too.”
“Maybe.” I don’t feel like ice-cream anymore, but I follow Daddy.
3. Body Language
Make your characters move. Use body language. This conveys a lot about them. Make sure to use strong verbs.
- Don’t say: the woman walked. That doesn’t tell us a lot about the woman.
- Rather say: she strode, she raced, she shuffled, she tiptoed. Those all create images and different scenarios.
A big slow sweet-faced boy with these big hands and feet, thighs like hams. A shy gentle boy with good manners and a hushed voice.
He wasn’t simpleminded exactly, like the others in that class. He was watchful, he held back.
Heat – Joyce Carol Oates
In other respects, she was not a particularly nervous woman, but the mere thought of being late on occasions like these would throw her into such a state of nerves that she would begin to twitch. It was nothing much–just a tiny vellicating muscle in the corner of the left eye, like a secret wink–but the annoying thing was that it refused to disappear until an hour or so after the train or plane or whatever it was had been safely caught.
The way up to heaven – Roald Dahl.
Cheryl strode down the passage and flung open the door. Twelve identical suits turned towards her, the blush was unanimous. Gerald, blinded by the projector with his laser pointer in-hand, worked his jaw, slack and fish-like, in an attempt to salvage his board meeting.
“Please don’t stop on my behalf.” She said as she slid into her seat at the head of the table. Pretending not to notice as Gerald’s clutter hit the floor.
4. Internal Thoughts
Internal thoughts are still one of the simplest ways of showing character. Once you are in the mind of a character you can share their motivation, thought processes and backstory.
Oh, she hated math class! Hated this place! Sitting at her desk in the row by the windows, at the front of the classroom, made Lisette feel like she was at the edge of a bright-lit room looking in—like she wasn’t a part of the class.
ID – Joyce Carol Oates
On the shelf where caps and scarves were thrown, I found a bag with some figs and dates in it. Somebody must have stolen them and stashed them here to take home. All of a sudden, I was hungry. Nothing to eat since morning, except for a dry cheese sandwich on the Ontario Northland. I considered the ethics of stealing from a thief. But the figs would catch in my teeth and betray me.
Amundsen – Alice Munro
I’m done. It’s over. I am not taking this anymore. Who does he think he is? I reach for the big black suitcase and start folding. Shirts. Shorts. Underwear. Careful little parcels of hope and freedom. I hear the garage door open, stuff the whole lot back in to the closet, and hurry to fix his dinner.
By using a combination of these methods, you’ll be able to convey as much of your character as possible using the least number of words.
Tip: Don’t forget to apply to principles of ‘show, don’t tell’ to really pack a punch.
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Roblox provides a default human character for all games, but you can use any model you want for player characters. For this game, the player will pilot a ship made out of basic parts.
Creating Player Ships
All characters require a HumanoidRootPart to function as a character. The HumanoidRootPart is used to move characters around the world. The model for the ship will be made out of two parts. The main body of the ship will be the HumanoidRootPart. The second part will be made out of a sphere for the ship’s blaster.
Making Different Ships
If you chose to make the ship out of parts other than just one part, you might need to modify the given code to make everything work.
- Under Workspace, add a Model.
Models are used to group multiple parts or objects into a single object.
- Rename the model StarterCharacter. Make sure the capitalization is the same, since it will be used in the code.
- Inside of the StarterCharacter model, add a Part renamed HumanoidRootPart, and a Part renamed Blaster. Make sure to capitalize the parts the same as the image below.
Set the Primary Part
For the model to be able to move, the primary part for the model for the model needs to be set. In this case, the primary part will be HumanoidRootPart.
- Select the StarterCharacter Model.
- In the Properties window, set the PrimaryPart by clicking on PrimaryPart and then select HumanoidRootPart.
Put the Ship Together
The ship and blaster need to be placed at the center of the arena, and then scaled up a little. If the model is not placed at the center of the arena, it won’t work spawn properly. Instead of dragging the ship around, move the ship to precisely the right place by using the Properties window.
- Select HumanoidRootPart.
- In the Properties window, next to Position, type 1,4,0 to center it in the arena. Make sure to use commas to separate the values.
- To make the ship larger, change the size to about 8,8,8 . It’s okay if your ship size is slightly different.
- Before positioning the Blaster, make sure Collisions are turned off.
- Position the Blaster at 1,4,-4 and set size to 4,4,4 .
- Change the BrickColor of HumanoidRootPart and Blaster to what you want the ship will look like. Make sure each part’s material is Plastic.
Why Set Materials to Plastic?
If parts are plastic, you may get issues moving the ship. Materials in Studio have set densities, so a concrete player might move slowly, while a plastic one (with a lighter material) will move as intended. To use alternative materials, adjust player speed variables later in the series to compensate for the material.
- Now that the ship is made, playtest to see what happens.
That doesn’t look good. Looks like the parts aren’t connected to each other.
Weld The Blaster to the Ship
To fix the problem at hand, glue the parts together using a WeldConstraint between the blaster and HumanoidRootPart.
- Stop the playtest.
- In the Explorer, under Workspace, add a WeldConstraint.
- Drag the WeldConstraint object to the Blaster in the StarterCharacter model.
- Under WeldConstraint, in the Properties window, set the Part0 to Blaster.
- Set the WeldConstraint’s Part1 to HumanoidRootPart.
- Playtest again and make sure the parts are welded together.
Spawning Custom StarterCharacters
Models for player characters need to be moved under StarterPlayer. If the model isn’t moved, the player’s Roblox avatar will spawn instead.
Move into StarterPlayer
- Move the StarterCharacter model to StarterPlayer to overwrite the default player model. Once moved, the ship should disappear from the game window.
- Playtest the game to see the new custom character. The ship will fall from the sky.
Overwrite Default Scripts
Roblox will add certain default scripts for every player that joins the game. This saves time when developing a standard Roblox game, but causes problems with custom games like this one. For this game, replace the health, sound, and animation scripts.
- In the Explorer > StarterPlayer > StarterCharacterScripts add three Scripts. Rename them:
Troubleshooting the Custom Character
Check the following if your ship isn’t spawning when you click Play Now.
- Is named StarterCharacter.
- Has two parts named HumanoidRootPart and Blaster.
- Has HumanoidRootPart set as the primary part.
- Is centered in the middle of the arena.
- Has been moved to ServerStorage.
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If you want to bring your stunning creations into digital format and bring them to life, you need to use the best character creation software. These programs can help you create memorable cartoon, game characters, produce various illustrations or science fiction films.
Fortunately, the market is full of various programs of different levels of complexity and different sets of features suitable for both amateurs and professionals.
Top 6 Character Creation Software
- Autodesk Maya – With Time Editor
- Daz3D – Virtual characters included
- ZBrush – Customizable brushes
- MakeHuman – Open-source
- Blender – With path-tracking engine
- Poser – Photorealistic 3D models
While compiling the list of the most feature-rich programs, I checked whether they have templates, are capable of recording movements in real-time, have rendering features, and can integrate with free animation software.
Some products are even capable of creating 3D models for their further printing, meaning that you can turn your digital character into a three-dimensional object for personal or professional use.
1. Autodesk Maya – Our Choice
- Great VFX effects
- Rendering tools
- Motion graphics
Verdict: Autodesk Maya allows users to create realistic complex geometric figures and patterns with just a few clicks of the mouse. This program enables the user to modify the existing model or layout of the project without requiring any technical knowledge as all the work can be done right from the comfort of your home. There are also tools that allow the user to apply splatter, airbrush and smoke effects to their models.
In addition, there are several other features included in this 3D modeling software. For example, AutoCAD Free is an add-on feature that provides the user with the freedom to modify their projects in the way they desire. With the help of this program, the user can change the topography of a scene, for instance, to make it appear like a terrain or cityscape.
- dForce technology
- With ActivePose tool
- Limited animation tools
Verdict: Daz3D allows you to quickly and easily create your own computer game characters. The character creator tool allows you to design and build characters to create numerous computer games. This quality game creation application will allow you to be as creative and as imaginative as you want to be. Once you get the hang of using the program, you may decide that you want to create your own game characters for online or offline play.
This 3D animation software is great for both new and experienced gamers. You can quickly create game characters to make an online role-playing game.
- For heavy sculpting
- Project Primitive feature
- ZSpheres feature
- Confusing workflow
Verdict: With ZBrush, you can create so many different characters, and then you can add on special effects, and backgrounds, and make the game much more attractive. This software helps to make flash games. It is designed for heavy sculpting.
You can even import from different file formats into the program such as PSD, JPEG and others. You can also share your work with other digital scrapbook enthusiasts over the internet. One of the coolest features of this software is the digital layer support, which lets you add different digital layer effects such as gradients, beveling and others to enhance your image editing capabilities.
- For creating realistic characters
- Built-in characters
- Integration with 3D creation apps
- Limited capabilities
Verdict: In MakeHuman you’re going to be designing a character, and the program gives you feedback as to what your character looks like, acts, moves, and so forth. The character you come up with will be completely unique, because your personality will be reflected in how the character behaves, what they look like, and so forth. You’ll be able to add abilities, weapons, spells, and any other aspects you think might be interesting.
The program has built-in characters such as pets, vampires, soldiers. In fact, you can make characters that are part of history, like ancient Egyptian gods. The software integrates with 3D modeling software for Mac, so you can create realistic scenes.
- The camera feature
- Multi-platform software
- Supports popular file formats
- Limited advanced features
Verdict: With the Blender, you can easily and effortlessly create your own characters. It allows the user to select from thousands of different hair colors, eye colors, skin colors, clothing, scars, body types, and facial expressions. If we compare Blender vs Maya, the Blender has a more robust set of tools.
It is an easy-to-use program that gives you total creative control. With it, you can easily create a unique character without the assistance of any professional artist. The quick process of usage are another important factor that makes Blender an attractive choice of character design software. You can even share your character with family and friends.
- Automatic backups
- It is available for business and personal
- Notifications if backups fail
- Weak functionality
Verdict: Poser will help you come up with an interesting character quickly and easily. You can choose to create an avatar for any of the people in the novel, and tell the computer to go perform a simulation of that person. People can spend hours playing this type of software, and coming up with different scenarios and personalities. The really neat thing is that all of the different people in the novel can have the same avatar or come from the same set of circumstances.
There is no limit to the number of people you can use your Poser character creation software on. Of course, the more characters you create, the larger the database of possible PCS, or personal computer characters you can create.
Hi, I just started playing Dayz again after some 2 years and I’ve noticed there’s a completely new main menu interface with new character creation section.
I was wondering if I create a new character, will I loose the progress on the previous one, or can I have several characters that for example I play one a new one, and switch back to the previous one later on?
haha.. I didn’t mean the progress from 2 years. I mean the progress of my current character, will it be lost if I create a new one and play on it, or will I be able to play on two or more different characters.
haha.. I didn’t mean the progress from 2 years. I mean the progress of my current character, will it be lost if I create a new one and play on it, or will I be able to play on two or more different characters.
Characters are tied to servers. You can create as many characters but they are useless if they dont have servers. Only One character may exist on a server/hive at a time, to create a new one on that hive, simply kill your character
Naming your characters doesn’t sound that hard, does it?
Naming characters can be nearly as stressful as naming a newborn.
You want something interesting and memorable, but not quirky or outrageous—unless you’re writing a comedy.
You definitely don’t want to be boring.
When you hit on the right name, you’ll know it. And I’d wager your favorite novels have unforgettable characters whose names alone evoke memories of the great read.
Do these ignite anything in you? If they do, you will likely instantly remember the titles they come from.
- Jay Gatsby
- Atticus Finch
- Jane Eyre
- Harry Potter
- Frodo Baggins
- Sherlock Holmes
- Katniss Everdeen
So, what’s the secret to creating character names that stand the test of time?
Tips For Naming Your Characters
1 — Make it memorable.
Typical names are easy to forget.
I like my character names to have a little music to them.
If you choose a common first name like Jim or Dan or Mary, make the last name interesting, maybe with an alternate spelling.
I wouldn’t name one of my characters Jenkins, but if I did, I might spell it the Old English way, J-E-N-K-Y-N-S.
It’s still easy to pronounce, and readers can “hear” it in their heads, but it becomes more memorable because of the unique spelling.
2 — Lend it meaning.
Allegories call for telling names like Prudence and Truth and Pride, but modern stories should be more subtle.
I wrote a Christmas parable in which I named the main character Tom Douten (get it? Doubting Thomas), and his fiancee was Noella (Christmasy, a believer in Santa) Wright (Miss Right).
Your theme and the role your characters play should go into your research of the meanings of their names.
George Lucas named his Star Wars villain with a variant of the word dark (Darth) and the Dutch word for father (Vader).
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings character Frodo Baggins came from the Old English fróda, which means “wise by experience.”
Suzanne Collins’s heroine in The Hunger Games came from a plant with arrow-shaped leaves (the katniss) and from Bathsheba Everdene, a character in Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel Far from the Madding Crowd.
3 — Make it fit.
Your character’s name can even hint at his personality.
In The Green Mile, Stephen King names a weak, cowardly character Percy Wetmore.
Also consider ethnicity and family names. You wouldn’t name a Greek character Bubba Jackson.
The name you choose should be historically and geographically accurate and fit your genre.
You wouldn’t name characters Jaxon or Brandi, for instance, in a story set in Elizabethan England.
4 — Keep it reader friendly.
Be careful of names difficult to pronounce, unless it becomes part of the story.
I created a character named Wojciechowski and had him tell another character, “Just call me W.”
5 — Keep Character Names Distinct.
If I had 26 characters in my novel, I’d start each of their names with a different letter — whatever it takes to differentiate them from each other and not confuse the reader.
Where to Find Cool Character Names
1 — Baby name lists
Websites like this one suggest names for both genders and most also include the origin, ethnicity, and meaning.
I’ve even gotten story ideas from such information.
2 — Online character name generators
Give this tool a try and you might love the combinations it suggests. At least, it’ll give you ideas on which you can build.
3 — World Almanac or Atlas
I often refer to these to find names of foreign characters.
I’ll pair the first name of a current government leader in their country with the last name of one of their historical figures, but not one so famous that the reader wonders if he’s related, like François Bonaparte.
4 — Wikipedia
A great resource for common first (given) and last names (surnames) organized by country and region.
5 — Media
Movies, sitcoms, even commercials and the news often contain memorable names. Watch for names just different enough to work.
6 — Life
J.K. Rowling found some of her Harry Potter character names in a graveyard.
Pay attention to the names of people you meet, including flight attendants, cashiers, and servers.
Combine the names of people you admire.
It’s fun to honor a friend or family member by using their name in a story. Just make sure it’s a good character — your aunt might not want to be the villain.
Time to Breathe Life Into Your Character
Don’t rush the naming process or settle on the perfect name without bringing your character to life.
Whether you’re a Pantser like me or an Outliner, have fun getting to know your character.
My Character Arc Worksheet is a simple tool to help you do that.
Character Creator 2D
Create and customize 2D characters easily for your game. With Character Creator 2D you can create anything from simple peasants to epic heroes. Equipment is colorable, allowing more freedom and creativity when creating your characters.
Character Creator 2D Features:
- Create 2D humanoid characters
- Colorable equipment
- Adjustable body sliders
- Facial expressions/emotions
- Animations included
- Character creation UI
- Export to PNG
- Add your own parts and equipment
Character Creator 2D comes in two forms: Unity Package and Standalone version.
PS. You will get access to both versions if you purchase on itch
PPS. The web version (the one playable above) is just a demo with the save feature disabled
PPPS. The demo includes all available add-on packs for you to try out, please see the “Additional Contents” section below for more details
Character Creator 2D was mainly designed to be used in Unity.
In Unity, you can equip and color every part at runtime. The package comes with a UI to create and save your character in the editor, or you can modify and use the UI as character creation in your game.
Unity Specific Features:
- Runtime character customization
- Save as Prefab
- Save as JSON
Due to popular requests, Character Creator 2D also available as a standalone. Which you can use without Unity.
You can export your characters as PNG, either as a singular image or as an animated sequence. You can use the exported images in your game engine of choices, make a portrait/avatar of your characters, or you can use this to generate characters for your next DND campaign.
Expand your options with additional themed contents, available as separate purchases.
The basic tools only contain the Base and Fantasy theme contents.
You can try and preview all additional content in the web demo up above!
For standalone add-on packs, install or put the files into the “Packs” folder under your Character Creator 2D installation.
If you need custom and/or unique parts made for Character Creator 2D, please reach out to us to get our rate.
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If you are new to the dungeons and dragon’s world, the first thing you’ll need to do is do your own Dungeons and Dragons character creation. This means that you’ll have to create your own custom character sheet. In our experience, this can be the most exciting part, however, it can be tricky for new players to master. So, here is your step-by-step guide on how to create the perfect dungeons and dragons character sheet for your game.
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Why do I need a character sheet?
First of all, why is creating a sheet important? Well, in a game of DnD, each player has a character that they designed themselves. There are certain features that DnD characters have that must be recorded on their character sheet. For example their stats (the basis on which determines what your character is good at or not so good at), their weapons and armour, and of course their personality!
At first glance, a character sheet might look confusing, but it is actually very simple. There are two different ways you can make your character. There are online resources that can take you through the process, such as ‘DnD Beyond’ and ‘Dungeon Master’s Vault’. Both of these websites are great for new players and those who are experienced. However, some might want to create their character the authentic way with pen, paper, and their set of dice. Here we will take you through the steps of creating your first ever character!
Where do I get a character sheet?
In Dungeons and Dragons character creation the first thing you will need to do is acquire a template sheet that you can print and write on. A generic character sheet can be obtained by simply typing into your computer ‘DnD Character Sheet’. It will most likely come up with many options for you to choose from but we recommend the one made by ‘Wizards of The Coast’. Download the PDF version and use it as a basis. You can also buy the RPG’s Character Journal with DnD 5e Character Sheets, lined and graph pages for note-taking, spell sheets and other stuff included if you wanna go a little more sophisticated.
What do I do once I’ve got one?
Once you’ve got your character sheet, at the top of your sheet should be ‘Character name’ and that is completely up to you to decide. Next to the name, there are a number of boxes which have the following titles:
- ‘Class & Level’ – The character’s class is what determines the skills and abilities your character can access during the game. There are twelve main character classes to choose from. These classes are all unique and have their assets. It would be best if you looked up each one and found out which one you related to most. For example, if you want a smoldering mysterious criminal, ‘rogue’ would be perfect, but if you want a courageous battle master, a ‘Fighter’ or ‘Paladin’ might suit you better;
- ‘Background’ – This should just be one word that describes your character’s upbringing or previous arrangement before meeting the party they now travel with. Example, Criminal or Soldier;
- ‘Player name’ – this part is simple, it’s just your name;
- ‘Race’ – this is pretty self-explanatory, it’s the type of creature your character is, for example, human or Elf. This is another thing you will have to research for yourself to find out which fits your character;
- ‘Alignment’ – this is a well-known part of DnD, it’s the basis on which your character exists – to be evil, or good, or somewhere in between. It sounds complicated and confusing but really it’s simple, you can figure this out by looking at an alignment chart and figuring out where your character will fit on that;
- ‘Experience points’ – This you can leave blank, as experience is something you will gain while you play.
How do I role my stats?
After you’ve finished the top of your sheet, you should fill in the stats, which determine your character’s skills or even flaws. The first thing to do is to roll your d20, and the outcome decides the modifiers that will help you in the game. We have included a table below to help you.
When you’ve rolled your d20, you will have an option of which stat you then put that score into. If you want your character to be stealthy, you would put your highest score in ‘Dexterity’ and if you want your character to be strong, you would put it in ‘Strength’.
Ability Modifier Template
After you’ve got your row of stats filled out, you’ll need to put the same information into your ‘saving throws’ and ‘skills’ boxes. All you have to do here is take the modifier (example: +3) from a stat like dexterity, and then put that same modifier as your dexterity saving throw, and all the skills with: (Dex) Written next to them and do the same for the rest.
How do I fill out the middle boxes?
Next is armour class, which you can configure by researching armour types, and taking the base AC of that armour and adding your dexterity modifier.
Later comes the initiative, which is normally found with the stats of your race or alignment type, this is the same for speed and hit dice.
And then comes your hit points. This can be tricky because it is worked out through your hit dice, which is underneath. Your hit points are determined by your maximum hit dice for the first level, plus your constitution modifier.
Your weapons and equipment are entirely up to you. If you search for a weapon and armour list you can select something that suits your needs. You’ll also pick up equipment as you go along so make sure you leave space to write it all down.
What about the rest?
The last few steps are more self-expressive and free for your own interpretation. Most of what’s left to do is based on your character’s personality, for example, their personality traits, bonds flaws, and ideals.
You can choose either set traits given to you in a list when researching your race or class, or you can completely freestyle and have it as you like. The choice is yours!
The next few pages of your character sheet are all based on features and traits of your character, including actions it can do, which you’ll find in accordance to your character’s race and also the appearance of your character which you can draw/describe anyway you like, or even get commissioned at work.
Now that you’ve finished the difficult parts, the rest should flow simply, and we hope this article was of help to you and that you have fun playing in the future! Good luck with your Dungeons and Dragons Character Creation!
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Like many other programming languages, SAS doesn’t recommend to create variable names that contain spaces or special characters. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t. In this article, we discuss how to create SAS variable names that have spaces and special characters.
In fact, a SAS variable can contain spaces and/or special characters. You define a variable name that contains spaces or special characters by writing the name between single quotes (‘) followed by the character n, for example ‘ My new Variable’n . Make sure that you use the global SAS-option validvarname=any , before you run your code.
Below follow some examples of how to create SAS variables with spaces and/or special characters, and how to use them. However, before we continue, we need to discuss the VALIDVARNAME=-option first.
The VALIDVARNAME Option
What is the VALIDVARNAME Option?
The VALIDVARNAME=-option is a global SAS option that controls the type of variable names that can be used and created in a SAS session.
By default, when you start a new SAS session, the VALIDVARNAME=-option is set to ‘V7’. This means that column names can contain only alphanumeric characters and underscores. Hence, you must change this option if you want to create variable names with spaces or special characters.
How to Change the VALIDVARNAME Option?
You use the OPTION statement and validvarname=any to allow SAS to create column names with spaces and special characters. This line of code should be the first code you write in your SAS program.
How to Check the Current Value of the VALIDVARNAME Option?
You use the PROC OPTIONS statement to check the current value of the VALIDVARNAME option. For example:
How to Create a SAS Variable with a Space or Special Character
Once you have set the option validvarname=any , you can create variable names with spaces or special characters. To do so, you write the name of the variable between single quotes followed by the letter n.
In the example below, we show how to create the numeric variable My Variable One with a Data Step.
If you want to learn more about how to create a dataset with manual input, this article might be of interest for you.
Instead of using the DATALINES statement, you can also create a new variable using an existing dataset.
Here, we use a SAS Data Step to create the new variable Weight in KG using the Cars dataset from the SASHELP library as input. The Cars dataset contains the Weight of each vehicle in Pounds. We multiply this column by 0.45 to get the weight in Kilograms.
As you can see above, we used to KEEP=-option to select 3 columns and we have created a new variable called Weight in KG.
Read this article to learn more how to create new variables in SAS, as well as many useful SAS functions.
You can also use PROC SQL to create a new variable with a space in its name. In the example below, we rename the variable Weight to Weight in LBS, and create the new variable Weight in KG. In both cases, we place the new variable name between single quotes followed by the letter n.
How to Create a New SAS Variable Based on a Variable with a Space or Special Character
So far, we’ve demonstrated how to use the VALIDVARNAME=-option and how to create a SAS variable with spaces in its name. You can also use variables with spaces in their name to create new variables. To do so, you need to put the variable name between single quotes and the letter n.
In the example below, we us the variable Weight in KG to create the new variable Weight in Stones. We place Weight in KG between single quotes followed by the letter n, and multiply it by 0.157.
How to Rename a SAS Variable with a Space or Special Character
Frequently you work with datasets that are prepared by others. If you don’t like the original variable names, you can change them with the RENAME=-option. Here, we use the RENAME=-option to change the original column names into column names with spaces and special characters. Again, the new column names must be placed between single quotes and the letter n.
For more information and examples about the powerful RENAME=-option, check out this article.
How to Sort a Dataset by a Variable with a Space or Special Character
Finally, you can use SAS variables with spaces in their names to sort a dataset. You need the PROC SORT procedure (or the ORDE BY statement in PROC SQL) to order your dataset. The variable that you use to sort (and contains spaces) needs to be placed between single quotes followed by the letter n.
In the example below, we order a dataset set based on the column Weight in LBS.
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If you occasionally need to use mathematical symbols in your documents that aren’t available in Word’s “Insert Symbol” dialog box, there are a couple of easy methods for entering your own custom compound characters.
The “Arial Unicode MS” font has tons of English characters and symbols (as well as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters), but it does not have statistical symbols. However, it does have a very useful capability called “combining diacritics”, such as p-hat (the letter “p” with a carat over it as pictured in the image above) and y-bar (the letter “y” with a horizontal bar over it, as you’ll see later in this article). Here’s how to easily create these compound characters using the “Insert Symbol” dialog box and then using character codes.
NOTE: We’ve increased the size of the text in these images to 200% in Word for easier viewing.
To insert a custom compound character using the “Insert Symbol” dialog box, type the letter over which you want to add the diacritical mark. Then, click the “Insert” tab.
In “Symbols” section, click the “Symbol” button and then select “More Symbols” from the drop-down menu.
If your Word window is too narrow, you will only see the “Symbols” button. In that case, click the “Symbols” button, then click “Symbol” and select “More Symbols” from the drop-down menu.
In the “Symbol” dialog box, select “Arial Unicode MS” from the “Font” drop-down list.
Make sure “Arial Unicode MS” is selected in the “Font” drop-down list in the upper-left corner, and “Unicode (hex)” is selected in the “from” drop-down list in the lower-right corner, above the “Insert” and “Cancel” buttons. Then, find the diacritical mark you want to use in the chart of symbols and click on it.
If you know the Unicode character code for the diacritical mark, you can type that into the “Character code” edit box, too.
Once you’ve inserted a symbol, the dialog box does not close automatically. It’s a modeless dialog box, which means it can stay open while you perform other actions in the main program window. You can return to the “Symbol” dialog box at any time to insert another symbol. Also, after inserting a symbol, the “Cancel” button becomes the “Close” button. When you’re finished with the dialog box, click “Close”.
You now have a custom compound character and you can continue typing after it.
Here’s a quick and easy way of adding a diacritical mark above a letter if you know the Unicode character code: simply type the code directly after the letter (with no space)…
…and then press “Alt + X”. Word converts the code to a diacritical mark and places it above the previous letter.
There is a situation where this second method doesn’t work, however. If you try to place a diacritical mark over the letter “x”, nothing happens. For example, typing “y0305” and pressing “Alt + X” results in the y-bar symbol displayed in the above image, but typing “x0305” and pressing “Alt + X” does not work. We don’t know why this happens, but we found information online that corroborates this. When we tested it ourselves, it indeed didn’t work. So, if you need to create a compound character using the letter “x”, follow the first method.
There is also a free tool called WinCompose that sits in the system tray and allows you to easily create compound characters using shortcuts. You can download WinCompose here and also find instructions on using the program on the same webpage.
All three methods are easy to use and provide ways to add combining diacritics to your Word documents without having to use the Equation Editor. WinCompose doesn’t require Word, so you can use it to insert symbols into other programs, such as Notepad.
Like all of Cryptic’s games, Star Trek Online is chock full of options for character creation and customization. While this multitude of choices can allow experienced players to create incredibly unique characters, it can be a little daunting for those who are just venturing into the world of STO. Fortunately, you’ve found our guide.
We’ll walk you through the process of setting up your first character, including choosing a species and a specialization, as well as choosing attributes and customizing your character’s appearance.
Whether you’re going to work towards peace in the galaxy as a member of the Federation or seek out conquest through armed conflict as a member of the Klingon Empire, our guide has got your covered.
First thing’s first, fire up Star Trek Online, input your account name and password, and hit the enter key.
The game may need to download and install some updates, and when it’s finished the “Cancel” button at the bottom of the updater will change to an “Engage” button. Press it to progress to the Character Selection Screen.
Create your Character
If this is your first time logging into STO, you’ll have but a single option on this screen, “New Federation Character.” Select it, then hit the button in the bottom right to continue to the “Choose your Career” screen.
You will have three options: Engineering Officer, Science Officer, or Tactical Officer. Your choice here affects the type of abilities your main character can learn and utilize both in space and on the ground. Don’t sweat the choice too much, though, as you can always recruit bridge officers to make up for any gaps in your own training. Pick the specialization that most appeals to you and press the “Next” button in the bottom right corner to continue.
Next up is the “Choose your Species and Gender” screen. If you’re unsure which species to choose, be sure to check out our Guide to Star Trek Online Federation Species and our Guide to Star Trek Online Klingon Empire Species for some great advice and a full listing of the traits of each species.
Make your species and gender choice, paying special attention to the bonus traits of your chosen species, and press the “Next” button once again to continue.
Choose your Traits
The next screen is the “Choose your Traits” screen. Depending on your choice of species, you will be able to pick from one to three additional traits for your character. Try and pick traits that will accentuate your personal playing style. If you’re making a character that will typically attack enemies head on, then a trait like “Covert,” which grants a bonus to stealth, may not be the most useful for you.
Click on the check boxes next to your chosen traits, then press the “Next” button to continue.
Check out page two for more on customizing your character’s appearance and uniform, and tips for naming your very first vessel.
Customize your Character’s Appearance
Now it’s time to dig through Cryptic’s immense library of character customization options. Some races have more options than others, but all have enough possibilities to ensure that you can create a truly distinct character. The options in the basic editor are fairly limited, but if you press the “Advanced” button in the bottom right, you can access a large number of customization options, including tattoos, scars, and scale sliders to alter the size and shape of your character’s head to fit your desire.
As you add facial hair and accessories, or customize the shape of your character’s head, keep in mind that you can use the “+” and “-” buttons and the sideways arrows near your character to get a look at him or her from all angles.
Once you’ve got the head styled to your liking, press the “Next” button once again to continue.
The “Customize your Body” screen is next. Like the previous screen, the basic editor is fairly limited, so press the “Advanced” button if you want to truly make your character your own.
You can manipulate the scaling and stance options to create an approximation of your own stature, or push them all the way to the right to create a freakishly huge abomination, completely up to you. Keep in mind that it will cost you credits to make changes to your character later on, though, so try and make something you can live with.
Once you’ve gotten your character looking presentable, you can press the “Next” button to progress to uniform customization. The options here are quite varied as well, ensuring that Starfleet and Klingon uniforms are anything but. As with the Character Customization options, advanced mode is the only way to go here.
You can customize uniform patterns, colors and insignia here. It’s possible to create some approximations of past Star Trek series’ uniforms with the diverse options in the editor, but why would you want to when you can create something completely new.
As with the character editor, make sure you get a set up you like here, as it will cost you money later on to change it.
Choose your Story
The “Choose your Story” screen is the final stop on your character creation journey. Enter a nickname for your character, this will be displayed along with your ship in space, and show up as your character name on the ground. You will also be asked to enter a name for your starship. Once again, make sure it’s something you can live with it, as altering it later is not free. Try and come up with something in keeping with the Star Trek mythos, if possible. Past ship names have included famous authors and scientists, mythological figures, and location names. A name like “U.S.S. Bong Ripper” may seem like a good idea now, but it probably won’t be met with much love from a community familiar with the history of Star Trek.
The full name of your character and bio are optional items that can be changed at any time or input later on, so don’t sweat them too much at this point.
Fill out all the info you can, and then hit the “Submit Application” button to create your character.
After a brief loading period, you will find yourself in the observation lounge of your ship, ready to begin the tutorial. Congratulations, you’ve just joined the Federation or the Klingon Empire.
Good luck, and enjoy your time exploring the final frontier.
This post is part of the series: Star Trek Online Guide to Character Creation
Our complete guide to character creation in Star Trek Online covers the traits and bonuses of all the races, both Klingon and Federation, as well as providing you with step by step instructions to creating the best possible STO character.
- Guide to Character Creation in Star Trek Online
- Guide to Federation Species in Star Trek Online
- Guide to Klingon Empire Species in Star Trek Online
- Star Trek Online Tutorial Walkthrough
Role-playing is an activity older than video games themselves. However, interest in RP has never been higher. A significant portion of that growth can be attributed to the explosion of GTA RP on popular streaming websites like Twitch.
If you’re ready to give GTA role-playing a try, you may be unsure how to get started. This GTA RP guide offers everything you need to join a server and create your very own RP character in the GTA universe.
What is a GTA RP Server?
GTA RP servers are essentially isolated versions of GTA online that have been modded. Players can join them as a custom-made NPC character instead of one of the game’s main characters. Role-playing adds new flavor to the Grand Theft Auto universe while opening up a world of possibilities for entrancing gameplay.
How do you join a roleplay in GTA?
The first step in joining a GTA RP server is finding one. The top GTA RP servers are as follows:
- USA Realism
- Department of Justice
- Project Phoenix
Once you’ve decided on a server, your next step will generally be applying to that server’s moderation team. They’ll ask you a little about yourself and the kind of character that you’d like to play.
When your application is accepted, you’ll join that server’s community, and you can then start role-playing with other gamers. However, before you’re able to log in, you have to download the specific GTA Online mod, depending on your RP server.
How to download GTA RP Mods
The answer to this question will vary from server to server, as each will requires its own mod installs. However, the most commonly used GTA RP mod is called FiveM. You can follow this guide to download it. Note, you may have to disable your antivirus program during the install process. You’ll also need to install the base-version of GTA V on your computer and complete its latest update.
How Do I Create an RP Character?
The magic in role-playing has always come from the characters gamers create. A good character will breathe new life into the world it lives in. However, creating an RP character can feel like a challenge if you’ve never done it before. To overcome this, you’ll want to focus on three important aspects of character development.
Role-playing characters are made real by their personalities. Yours has to be consistent, believable, and intriguing without being overly-ambitious. When creating your RP character’s personality, think about how they view themselves and how they present while interacting with others.
It can be interesting to play with a disparity between how your character views themselves and how others will view them. For instance, one famous streamer created a GTA RP character that believed himself to be a hardened criminal mastermind and best-selling rapper.
However, his actions demonstrated that he was more of a pathetic low-life than anything. This kind of dichotomy can make for hilarious moments and more interesting character arcs.
Character history is another important part of coming up with a strong role-playing persona. When getting starting, take the time to think about your character’s family and the events that turned them into who they are today. Do they have a spouse? Any siblings? How are those relationships? What made them successful or turned them sour?
Successful role-playing characters also use appearance as a part of the narrative-crafting process. However, appearance is more than just what your character wears. It also includes how they speak and the body language they use while doing so. Use all three of these aspects of appearance to make your RP character stand out.
Don’t Be Afraid of Failure
Role-playing can take a while to get used to. Don’t worry too much if you aren’t an expert right away. The most important thing you can do is try. Over time and with dedicated effort, you’ll surely join the ranks of the role-playing elite. The tips in this GTA RP guide should be more than enough to get you started.
GTA RP FAQ
There are no dedicated role play servers on console, but there are RP groups you can join. Players in these groups make lobbies to organize roleplay events.
GTA RP is done through mods of the normal multiplayer game. As long as you have the base GTA V game, you can participate in roleplay by downloading mods like FiveM for free.