Hi everyone, long time lurker, first time poster here. Its a pleasure to (formally) meet you all.
I started following CoG way back when imprisoned was released, and back then I always used to play the main character as myself. However, as CoG games began to evolve and the selection grew, I began to notice that I couldn’t always play the MC as a simple extension of myself. Choice of Romance forced me to play as a different person to progress the story, Slammed caused me to create a character that actually gave a fig about wrestling, and some games like The Orpheus Ruse actually inspired me to make a unique MC just because I could. The games that motivated (rather than forced) me to create my own unique character are honestly some of my most memorable stories because it let me really develop an attachment to my MC.
So the question I want to ask is: Who are your main characters? Are they projections of yourself, characters similar to you but decidedly separate beings, or are they completely unique individuals? If you are one of the people who tend to play as yourself then do you always play that way or are there some games that have inspired you to create a unique MC? Most importantly, out of all of your MCs, what were your favorite ones like, and what were the stories that they made?
For me, my more recent characters tend to have part of my personality, but still exist separate from me. Orpheus Ruse was the game that I first really did this in, and I think what caused me to do it was the ability to describe how my character looked in my own words. I believe I described him as “round glasses, narrow features and sharply dressed” or something like that. It was a small thing, but it was the first time I had ever stopped to really flesh out my MC. It was also helped by the fact that the MC’s childhood friend’s aggressive personality complemented the laid back and sly one I gave my own character. I ended up loving the way my character developed as the story progressed and enjoyed how his motivations were not the same as my own. *spoiler* For example, even though I knew he had been betrayed by his childhood friend, he refused to believe it and spent half the story worrying himself sick over her…only to throw a book at her the minute he sees that she is alright. But enough about me and my characters.
Tldr: I’m interested in hearing about your MCs and how you developed them.