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Which character archetypes would you like to see as companions?

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Poll: What character archetypes would you like to see as companions? (160 member(s) have cast votes)

Which character archetypes would you like to see? (Part 1)

  1. Bruiser with a Soft Center (37 votes [5.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.96%

  2. Sociopathic Hero (83 votes [13.37%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.37%

  3. Shadow Archetype (69 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  4. Rebellious Spirit (61 votes [9.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.82%

  5. Reluctant Monster (70 votes [11.27%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.27%

  6. Mentor Archetype (68 votes [10.95%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.95%

  7. Powers That Be (43 votes [6.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.92%

  8. The Paladin (40 votes [6.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.44%

  9. The Cynic (104 votes [16.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.75%

  10. The Fool (46 votes [7.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.41%

Which character archetypes would you like to see? (Part 1)

  1. The Champion (40 votes [7.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.17%

  2. The Drunken Sailor (54 votes [9.68%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.68%

  3. The Gentle Giant (32 votes [5.73%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.73%

  4. Seeker Archetype (79 votes [14.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.16%

  5. The Storyteller (82 votes [14.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.70%

  6. The Trickster (88 votes [15.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.77%

  7. My Girl Back Home (51 votes [9.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.14%

  8. The Grotesque (48 votes [8.60%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.60%

  9. Fall-From-Graces Archetype (84 votes [15.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.05%

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Well, I saw the kickstarter update, and I figured, lets start a discussion on character and companion archetypes!

Base game includes three races, five classes, and five companions. We have ideas for these, but we want to hear your opinions on what you'd like to see. Stay tuned to Kickstarter, our website, and our forums to join in on the conversation.


So which archetypes interest you the most? We've probably seen a few of these in past games, and maybe we'd like to see some of them return in some spirit or another!

If you have one in mind and it's not in the list, post it here and add it to the discussion!

Edited by Maddas, 15 September 2012 - 09:03 PM.


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This is inevitably going to lead to a "please no stereotypes, Obsidian" thing. So I'm just going to go ahead and assume these are the most barebones foundations of characters were talking about here. Because everything can eventually be reduced to a trope.
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Where's the catgirl?

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I would like to see Martyrs as a character type. I've just always been fascinated with martyrdom, though.

Another idea: Why not do a slight spin on archetypes, and go with Tarot based archetypes? The Persona series does this, and really, their is such a thing as a Jungian Archetype; I think using them as a skeleton for characters is a good idea.

Mind you, a skeleton. Once you've got the bones, you need to add all the muscles, tendons, ligament, fat cells, genitalia, skin, hair, and pretty colors. And in this convoluted metaphor, yes, those are all special character traits that may go along with, or deviate harshly (or somewhere inbetween) from the archetypal 'skeleton'.

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Hopefully none. Cliché ideas are cliché.

I'm quite fond of the angsty evil vampire that wants to help people but knows at his core that he's evil and would likely crush kittens just by petting them though, just because it's so overdone and cliché that it's downright comical now.

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I vote for all of them, cleverly woven into a tapestry of awesome.

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This is inevitably going to lead to a "please no stereotypes, Obsidian" thing. So I'm just going to go ahead and assume these are the most barebones foundations of characters were talking about here. Because everything can eventually be reduced to a trope.

Definitely; I have no interest in seeing some 2D character -- and honestly, I completely trust Obsidian to do a good job with the characters in the game.

That said, everything can eventually be reduced to a trope, and I hope we might be able to capture what we enjoyed and what we'd like to see through a poll and discussion!

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Where's the horrifying construct? Is there a trope for that? I'm talking HK-47/One-of-Many type guys.

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That said, everything can eventually be reduced to a trope

Not necessarily in a meaningful way. Which of the listed archetypes does Fall-From-Grace fit under? And does that explain why people like her as a character?

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I want The ****. A female melee warrior that refuses to wear anything but a chainmail bikini and rushes into combat wildly swinging two twohanded swords, despite having the puny physique of a Victoria's Secret underwear model.

And oversized boobs.
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I'd like a dreamy bad boy thief or wizard. A girl can dream. :p

Without oversized boobs.

Edited by Moonlight Butterfly, 15 September 2012 - 08:59 PM.


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And does that explain why people like her as a character?

Reluctant monster, I guess? But yeah, you can't just take these skeletons and call them characters.

I want The ****. A female melee warrior that refuses to wear anything but a chainmail bikini and rushes into combat wildly swinging two twohanded swords, despite having the puny physique of a Victoria's Secret underwear model.

And oversized boobs.

Don't we all?

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Where's the horrifying construct? Is there a trope for that? I'm talking HK-47/One-of-Many type guys.


I miss HK-47 as well, but I'm assuming that we won't be seeing soulless mechanical creatures in this game. :(

I settled for "Sociopathic Hero" as the closest "second" I could find.

That said, everything can eventually be reduced to a trope

Not necessarily in a meaningful way. Which of the listed archetypes does Fall-From-Grace fit under? And does that explain why people like her as a character?


That's a good point. I thought Kreia was more akin to the 'Shadow', but I should add that one too.

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Maybe it fits under shadow archetype,
I want to see a character who is with the party, doesn't like that fact, but has some reason for staying and the group for keeping them.

From the TV tropes list maybe a Loser or this world's version of a Mock Millionaire. I want to see a character weak in combat but has other skills (chef, explorer) and story reasons to be around (embedded reporter), someone to circle the battle and throw rocks but prove a great asset elsewhere.
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Where's "Badass old guy"? Thats my favorite archetype. The grizzled veteran that everyone thinks can't carry his own weight because he's old, then comes out swinging and kicks the young pups arses.

Also a character like Pharaun Mizzrym from the War of the Spider-Queen series. Someone who is extremely intelligent and witty, a cynical optimist. Someone who knows everyone and everything is crap, so why let it spoil his good mood.

Edited by Oerwinde, 15 September 2012 - 09:29 PM.

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I like cynical, doomsayer, sarcastic-humored and tragic characters. Not necessarily all rolled into one. Or, in a pinch, any character whose battle cries don't drive me insane after hearing them 2338 times.

Vizzini.

:lol: +1

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Why limit character creation to archetypes?
Human nature is much more complex than that IMO

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Where's "Badass old guy"? Thats my favorite archetype. The grizzled veteran that everyone thinks can't carry his own weight because he's old, then comes out swinging and kicks the young pups arses.

Also a character like Pharaun Mizzrym from the War of the Spider-Queen series. Someone who is extremely intelligent and witty, a cynical optimist. Someone who knows everyone and everything is crap, so why let it spoil his good mood.


Agreed!

I can't edit the poll at this point though :(

I like cynical, doomsayer, sarcastic-humored and tragic characters. Not necessarily all rolled into one. Or, in a pinch, any character whose battle cries don't drive me insane after hearing them 2338 times.

Vizzini.

:lol: +1


I think some of the archetypes can definitely be combined together, and I would hope that all the ones I voted on make it into the game in some form even though there's only 5 or so slots for companions.

I'd also love to see a character like Archimedes the Owl in this game too.

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I'm not so worried about specific archetypes, but I would definitely like to see companion personalities play out and have an effect on quest dialogues and such. Have the "Whole party" be a part of accepting the quest, not just the main player character.
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