[Art RPG] Create your Character

Create a Character

Hello PaperDemons. Welcome to the PaperDemon Art RPG, a series of art and writing challenges structured like a role playing game to help motivate you to create. To get started with our Art RPG, you'll need to register your character. In this article we'll walk you through it step by step.

This challenge is the first of four Apprenticeship challenges to establish your character and learn the basic mechanics of the game.

Pick one of the following methods to submit your character, and an admin will contact you with your character's ID number and confirmation of their registration.

Rewards

For participating in this challenge...

  • You'll earn 30 XP

Note: There is no Ability Points reward for this challenge. You'll be introduced to AP rewards in future challenges.

Character Creation Requirements - Art

  • You will be submitting a portrait sketch of your chosen character!

    • The portrait sketch should be art that you personally created.. Pre-made 3d generated models or doll sites like Hero Forge are not allowed.

    • The portrait should include the shoulders and head and be a ¾ view of the head. Including more of the body is optional.

    • The character’s features must match the attributes you select in the form.

    • Face should be clearly lit with no dramatic lighting.

    • The artwork must not contain any mature content. (You are permitted to submit mature entries for other Art RPG challenges but this one specifically must be non-mature).

    • Character should be humanoid. See the Characters wiki page for details on allowed species.

    • The portrait should be in full color so we can see the character’s hair, eye, and skin color!

    • The portrait doesn’t have to be perfect, don’t overthink it!

  • You will also be submitting a brief bio for your chosen character.

    • Check the Character Bio Wiki for more detailed information as well as some hints and tips.

  • Submit your character portrait to PaperDemon.com as an art submission. Add the tag ARPGPortrait for 30 XP!. Include the biography of your character in the description of your art submission. See example of a portrait with a bio in the description.

  • Submit your work to the queue by viewing your submission, clicking the [Add to ARPG Queue] button, choose PaperDemon ARPG > Character Registration. Take a look at our Submitting to the Queue guide for step by step instructions with pictures.

  • Within a week, an admin from our team will process your request. You'll receive a private message when the process is complete which will include your character's unique id and a link to your new character sheet.

Example portrait art

Here are some characters created by players from our community to help inspire you. We have artists of a wide variety of skill levels.

Aiden by AidenHighhope
Andrew by zentok
Ari by EfaQuietshadow
Lake by Ittermat
Leslahne by Helianthe

Want to see even more examples? Check out the Character Archive for a full list of current characters.

Character Creation Requirements - Writing

  • You will be submitting a written description of your chosen character!

    • The writing should be work that you personally created.

    • At the top of the chapter should be the basic character info form which includes character name, species, eye color, etc.
    • Below the basic character info, include a brief bio for your chosen character.

      • Check the Character Bio Wiki for more detailed information as well as some hints and tips.

      • The form details the information we need-- you don’t need to add more than a few words per answer if you’re not ready to write extensively!

    • Below that, describe your character in 100 words or more
      • The description should include details that match and elaborate on the features you fill out in the form (eye color, hair color, ect.)

      • Describe what style your character tends to wear and how they do their hair, if applicable.

      • Describe your character's physical form. Are they short? Are they muscular? Do they have pointed ears? Do they have fur?

      • Character should be humanoid and capable of manipulating objects. Tails and animalistic features are okay, but they must be generally person shaped. Two arms, two legs, ect, allowing for injuries and prosthetics. See the Characters wiki page for details on allowed species.

      • Add some personal flair! Consider using language that not only describes your character but also gives you some insight into them as a character. Do they have a refined vocabulary? Try looking up some SAT words to add.

    • The writing piece doesn’t have to be perfect, don’t overthink it!

  • Submit all of the above to PaperDemon.com as one writing submission by clicking your icon in the upper right, choosing Submit > Writing > New Story.

  • Submit your work to the queue by viewing your submission, clicking the [Add to ARPG Queue] button, choose PaperDemon ARPG > Character Registration. Take a look at our Submitting to the Queue guide for step by step instructions with pictures.

  • Within a week, an admin from our team will process your request. You'll receive a private message when the process is complete which will include your character's unique id and a link to your new character sheet.

How many characters can you submit?

You may register multiple characters.

However, if this is not your first character registration, we kindly ask that you please consider purchasing some of our premium currency, Trokens, to help support PaperDemon and allow us to pay our staff. Trokens can be used to purchase premium in-game items to customize your character further. PaperDemon is free but not free to operate. Thank you so much for your support!

UPDATES:

  • circa may 2020 Per your feedback and questions, we've expanded the list of species allowed to participate in our ARPG. Please read the Characters wiki article and if you have further species or other related questions, please post them here or in the discord.
  • circa may 2020 Open/closed species are not currently allowed unless the species is one that you created.
  • circa may 2020 There is no deadline for this challenge.
  • circa may 2020 Your character will be with you through future challenges.
  • circa may 2020 We had limited it to one character per player. This was reversed in may 2021. Multiple characters are currently allowed
  • 7/9/2020 Clarification added regarding what is required to be drawn
  • 10/28/2020 clarified AP reward
  • 1/4/2021 Specify mature content not permitted for character art
  • 4/21/2021 Change process from submitting characters via google form to submitting via the ARPG queue. Heavy edits to the step by step instructions to include bio and more in the description of the submission. Remove seasonal verbage since this challenge is evergreen.
  • 4/22/2021 Added player character examples.
  • 5/7/2021 Multiple characters per player are allowed
  • 5/12/2021 Disallow characters that are generated with a doll site or similar