Backgrounds truly flesh out a character - and this is why I am imfamous for having four-page-backstories at level one. But when Cody told me about The Big Book of Backgrounds (5e) I thought he was joking. Well, turns out he wasn't, as the BBoB certainly lives up to its name. With 40+ new backgrounds to pick from, it is hard to pin down exactly my top one - so I give you my top five: the Undertaker, the Planar Scholar, the Treasure Hunter, the Explorer and the Farmer. And those are just five, I had to narrow that down from more than forty and it hurt in my soul, like deep deep down.
The few backgrounds you get in the Player's Handbook are fine and dandy, and offer a good base for new players to start, but sometimes I have DMed with new players who want something more than what is in the PB - now I know exactly what to give to them. Your roleaplay potential explodes by like 50 billion percent and now you can have very interesteding and complex level one characters who can dive right into the story. So if you haven't snagged a copy of The Big Book of Backgrounds (5e) then you need to stop reading this and go snag yourself one.
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