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Dungeons & Dragons Character Creation: Building a Backstory (CC2)

Give your D&D characters more depth and intrigue with background stories that let you get more out of your role play.
Michael Street
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Class Experience

You’ll learn the importance of backstory in understanding and playing a character, understand the elements and creation process for a strong backstory, and gain experience brainstorming and selecting backstory elements for a variety of characters. 
I’ve played and been a dungeon master (DM) for every version of D&D created, from the original box sets to the current 5th edition. And I still love it. Why? Because imagination matters. Storytelling matters. Myths and legends and adventures aren’t just something to watch in the movies, they are something for us to live and create and experience together.  

No matter who you are or where you’re from, I want to help you tell your story. I want to help unlock your imagination and work together to create the world that you want to be in and explore. As a D&D teacher and DM, that’s what I do – create an open and accepting space where you can have some fun and be yourself, through the lens of wild and fantastical characters. 
When you enroll in this class, I'll send you a list of questions to get you thinking about your character's backstory. Please write down your answers to at least 3 of these questions before class begins, and bring them with you to share with me and the other students.
 1 file available upon enrollment
Please bring paper and a pen or pencil to take notes during the class. For students who are interested in learning more about D&D, you may want to acquire: 1) Dungeons and Dragons Basic Rules, a free downloadable document you can find with a quick Google search. 2) Dungeons and Dragons Player Handbook for 5th Edition. This is a more comprehensive guide than the free Basic Rules listed above. 3) A set of 7 polyhedral dice.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This is a fantasy game that can include violence, combat, and life-and-death scenarios. This particular class won't include these, but please be aware if you continue to play the game. 
In this class, I may show materials using D&D Basic rules, D&D Beyond, and Roll 20.  


Michael StreetStoryteller and Inspirer of Mythic Imagination
42 total reviews
19 completed classes

About Me

In my earliest memories, I sought out mythical worlds, fantastical stories, and daring adventures. My nose was always in a book, as I looked to be swept away into some far-off place. And then, at age 8, I found a way to not only experience... 
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