Once players begin to truly conceptualize their character, it is time to start making some real character building decisions. Then we will look deeper and deeper into a character, narrowing it down even more. Using this progression, players will be able to make the character they want, with Powers befitting their character concept, and their desired Specialties and magic items. With this approach, players will be invested in their character from the start. It’s this investment that will make the character fun to play and memorable.
The first step to make a character is deciding what kind of character you’d like to play. Characters will be able to have a variety of talents, so don’t get too hung up on everything you want to do. Instead think about what the character’s primary Archetype is going to be. In the Atomic RPG System there are three main character archetypes: Combatant, Mystic, and Generalist.
Build Bonuses will be given depending on the choices. Unlike the rest of the Atomic RPG System Bonuses, Build Bonuses will stack. Bonuses such as Power Bonuses, Item Bonuses, and Specialty Bonuses will not stack with the bonus type of the same name.
The Archetypes are described in detail below.
Combatants are warriors who are devoted to fighting skills. These combatants primarily fight with weapons versus spells or guile. They are accomplished in hand-held weapons, hand to hand combat, and ranged combat.
If the character you want to play is a weapons or combat expert, a Combatant is probably right for you.
The Generalist uses experience, quick wit, and charming personality. They can still be deadly warriors, though they prefer to use other methods such as stealth, intrigue, and manipulation. They rarely limit themselves to one Discipline. This gives them many different talents.
If the character you want to play is good at many Skills or hindering enemies, a Generalist is probably right for you.
Mystics are devoted to the power of the gods, the mind, or the magic of the weave. Instead of being a physical character, a Mystic channels supernatural powers to aid allies or attack enemies.
If the character you want to play is good at many Supernatural abilities, a Mystic is probably right for you.
One of these three choices will be the Archetype of the character. This is the foundation of the character and will help to determine the strength of this character in many different ways. This represents the core of the character. From here players will pick secondary abilities.