The 80s are over, and the fine art of making a mixed tape isn't quite
the same as it used to be. Oh, sure, the roleplaying kids nowadays tell me they have their fancy-schmancy character playlists
. They scratch down the name "Dudeguy McDudicus" across the top of their iTunes, and call that their mixed tape. It seems to my aged, patrician soul that the character playlist lacks the same validity as a hand-recorded tape or Compact Disc. That could just be me channeling High Fidelity
Regardless of the media you use to keep track of the actual songs, I'm pretty sure that the idea of a character soundtrack has been around since Gygax
first rolled some D&D dice. I've heard them also referred to as a character tape, playlist, CD, and even "character sketch."
Ultimately, the point is that the character soundtrack puts aspects of your player character into music. It's another way of communicating some descriptive themes, genres, and tunes. Hey, if it's not you cup o' tea, no big deal at all. But for the people who do
get into creating a soundtrack, the proper selection and organization can be an incredibly custom art.
Let's take a jump behind the cut and talk about how to put together your character's own soundtrack.
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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, All the World's a Stage (Roleplaying)