What do you think about a story/game opening with character generation? Maybe a very short introduction, but then just jumping into player choices about their character.
As much as I love books and movies, video games are my very favorite form of entertainment. Customizing your character is usually the very first thing you do in a video game, and while it’s dry sometimes just as often it’s a lot of fun. There was a game, City of Villains, I swear the character generation was my favorite part of that whole game.
Now I know there are no visuals in a CS game…or very few anyway, and maybe without visuals character generation won’t be enough fun for the beginning of a CS game.
Most…maybe all CS authors have found clever and elegant ways to do character generation later in the game, but I really like the idea of having a fairly specific picture of who the player character is going to be before the game starts.
Oooh bonus question…what traits do you really like to choose about your character? Physical, personality, origin…etc.