What Age You Would Choose For your Characters on Your Maker Game?

What Age You would Choose For Your Characters on Your Maker Game?


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The Stranger

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Adults also includes those stupid characters who look like kids, but are really 100+ years old. I originally went with adults because I had in mind characters that not only were adults, but looked the part, too.
 

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It's broad because it includes people from 20 - 100+.
Im sorry,But i Split adults to Young Adults,Adults (This also includes Middle-aged people) And elders. so It wont be broad.
 

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Adult and Young-Adult.
That's it, no funny reason or remark Just that xD
 

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The game I'm working on is mainly adults, with one teenager (about 16-18ish) and one 47 year old dude.
There is a child character but she's from a long-lived race - so she's technically the eldest in the party.

I like a mix but I also feel like there's more to work with in terms of backstory with adults over youngsters. Adults have already experienced a lot of things and they come with a whole heap of baggage and regrets, as well as things they value and want to protect.
You can have younger characters with that kind of thing too, but it usually ends up being the one thing that defines them in that case (oh no, I watched my best friend die! That's my sole motivation! - as opposed to - oh no, I watched my best friend die! But can I really go chasing after their killer while my family depends on me? I feel like there's more drama to be eked out in the second one).

I don't like actual child characters (like in FFIV for instance) but only because I usually find them annoying. They can be interesting, I just don't personally like including them :p
 
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Usually when I'm coming up with game ideas I'll have young adult characters in mind, but the protagonist of one of my projects is an elderly woman. Just felt like having an older main character, I guess.
 

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My main character is about 4 years old.

But it's a Cow, and they have an average-ish lifespan of about 8 years, so make of that what you will.

When humans are used (something I am highly unlikely to EVER use in one of my games!) I'd prefer the mixed age ranges. Like young fighters and thieves joining up with middle aged monks and rangers, then meeting an old wizard type.

But who would want to use humans for their game? That's old hat, bordering on cliche. Let's be original!


EDIT: I couldn't vote in the poll because there was no "mixed" option.
 

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Mix. In Legend of Terra Firma, Oscar Gerrard and Mira Aurorin are 18, Melle von Ruritania is 14, Krible Mutzik is 45, Kaori is 25, Nitewind Doubtful does not really know his age (he was a street urchin with no certificate of birth) but looks 18-ish, Solomon von Cid is 70, and Geas, being a cat familiar, is 2. No one knows the age of Abradox the robot, Dr. von Cid forgot the exact year he made him, but most of this time Abradox spent turned off and collecting dust and rust.
 

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It really depends on the story being told and the motivation that drives the character. My current project is a horror with an adult. The motivation is to find his daughter who is six or seven years old. Thats the main drive and what gets the story going. It doesn't have anything to do with the story, except giving the main character motivation and a reason to go.

As for my RPG projects and writing... I tend to go towards teens / young adults. The simple reason also corresponds to why school settings are so popular (Harry potter, Percy Jackson the Lightning Thief, visual novels and certain jrpgs): It's relatable.

Almost everyone have attended a school, and had the experience of happiness, sadness, love and hate. The list goes on. The reason its so popular is because it's relatable. It's a familiar setting playing on feelings and nostalgia, with a twist on it. It appeals to both teens and adults, and is probably among the more popular age groups used due to that.

I don't remember all the details, but it has been studied and there are documents out there on why its a heavily favored age group aside from what I've mentioned, but it's also easier to write if your new and don't know where to start. I mean, you've probably been a teen at some point, or are just starting out your adventure across the teenage years as we speak? :D

Edit:
While the main characters are teens, mentor characters are adults. I for some reason like it being a family member, and for some reason, the uncle. Could be the characters father instead, but kids tend to be rebellious against their parents, something that also plays into the "relatable" category.
 

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