Just a short post today, as it is something I'm curious about.
Some people when they run games give their players multiple characters. Maybe it is a B-team, or just a slew of back up protagonists ready to jump into the limelight should something happen. How many PCs do you allow each player to have? And does it depend on the kind of game?
Personally, I try to stick to one PC per player whenever possible. Sometimes I do B-teams, and my Deathwatch game has an allowed backup PC that can also gain XP and go on some missions (if the main PC stays home) to help the team out. It works well enough.
In one game, I was playing like 5 characters, but that was a much much smaller game where a larger team was needed.
How about you?
Edit: Not sure why this didn't go up....