Whoops, sorry, forgot to get everything in order for this week. So, let's start the week off with a discussion.
Role Playing, like a lot of other things people do, involves a lot of decisions when it comes to choosing your playing piece. Unlike other things, there are a lot of subtle choices that can have a large impact on the feel of your character that you might be missing. Now, everyone plays for different reasons, and those reasons can be reflected in your character. However, you'll never grow as a player if you only stay in your comfort zone, so figuring out your default trends is a key part to your growth.
How do you find them? Simple, ask the other people in your group. They've probably noticed a few things that come up with your characters. For example, this last Friday my group got to discussing, and when I asked about my character trends someone pointed out that my male characters are almost always leaps and bounds more creative than my female characters. My female characters on the other hand, are generally more angry than my male characters. Other trends I've noticed in my own play, is I prefer smaller, fast, agile, and precise characters over the stronger and bigger ones. I attribute this to being a large person IRL, and it is a trend I've seen a lot of people do, and also do the inverse of. In a world where the average height for a PC male will be 6'2-6'3, my chars will top out at 6', and be more likely to fall into the 5' range. For females, they're lucky to break 5'6 without specific setting needs.
So, what about you? Do you have any trends in making your characters that slip by or you've been thinking about confronting?