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This is the first product of a series that will include lifepaths for dwarfs, elfs, hobbits and possibly others.


This is a method for randomizing the background for a human player-character. Our normal method is to choose a career for the character and then find a background that is possible for that career. The character may start out with relatively poor resources for that career but their feet are already on that path. This method is radically different but can be a lot of fun. Here I present a lifepath for human characters in a typical pseudo-feudal fantasy setting. For other settings, it would need to be adapted.  I will do one for each of the other player-character species. 

First you create the character, using the rules in Glory Road Rolepay Core Rules or you  get a premade character from your Game Master (GM). Then you start on the lifepath rolls that put your character in his or her place in society. The first roll is birth, by which I mean what strata of society is occupied by her or his family. This chart is unrealistically generous. Perhaps the lowest strata of society (and the very highest) don’t find themselves on the glory road to adventure all that often. Remember that this roll determines the status of the character’s family and not the character’s destiny. Where text says “The Lifepath of the Free Farmer,” it means “The Lifepath of the Child of Free Farmers.”


The first RPG lifepath I ever saw was for a science fiction game. A character could die during character creation if you played it rules as written. Characters don’t die during character creation in this lifepath but they can enter play at a severe disadvantage. That’s lifepath.


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File Last Updated:
November 23, 2022
This title was added to our catalog on November 23, 2022.