"What makes for a good character?"
A good character is a character you enjoy playing. Tautological and useless, sure, but hat's my best answer.
What makes a character enjoyable to play is going to vary for everyone. Namely, it's a character that allows then to pursue their agenda at the table, be it kewl powerz or dramatic anguish.
For me, it's a compelling hook that makes me want to learn more about the character, as well as some role or ability that I look forward to seeing them pursue in play. For example, I've had a character for an upcoming Burning Wheel* campaign banging around my head for a few weeks now. She's an amalgam of some fantasy tropes that I enjoy, some characters from books I've read and films I've seen, and some particulars of the rules that I want to bring into play. I'm already picturing some of the things she might do, some of that tasks she may have to accomplish, and hurdles she'll hope to overcome. I have yet to touch pencil to paper, but I'm already looking forward to playing to find out what happens to her.
To go into more depth would require, IMO, focusing on a specific RPG.
* Ha! You thought I'd make it through one dang RPGaDay post whiteout mentioning BW. Suck it, h4t0rz!
"What is the game you are most likely to give to others?"
Burning Wheel. I have literally given copies of the game to people as gifts or freebies at Gameday. I was musing on the BW community just a few weeks ago about how to give away my fourth printing, i.e., have a fun contest or something.
the Wikipedia entry for BW is super out-of-date.
I know I tend to be grouchy and hypercritical (maybe hypocritical, too) about the current state of TV and film, but this whole deal now where every freaking network/studio/whatevs wants to have their own streaming service that most likely relies on maybe one lynchpin property and expects me to pay for them all just so I can watch a handful of shows IS NUTS.
Look, I'm done with cable TV, i.e., "Mark pays a large monthly fee for content of which he only watches maybe 5%." It's bad enough that I already barely use Netflix and Hulu — the latter especially, given that the whole reason I subscribed was to watch shows that now have fled from the service.
I realize that creators need to make money. Really, I get it. But I am not paying $4/month to watch HarmonQuest... and another $10/month to watch Game of Thrones... and another $? to watch The Flash.
Put your dang show on Netflix, or else put each season on iTunes for a reasonable per-season price.
There's still room for more, though! Just fill out the event submission form to get your event on the roster:
"Share one of your best 'Worst Luck' stories."
In a recent BW campaign, we were using Spirit Binding as the sole magic system, but were also playing 3 LP characters, so pretty much every use of the skill was at least some level of disaster. It's not a story pre se, but I think managed to burn down two separate buildings when binding hearth sprits went south.
Disaster, but also the wonders of failure in BW — something interesting always happens.
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