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Posted: Feb 25th 2011 12:32PM Aberhams said

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interesting read, I just started RPing a trapped character in Rift without actualy realizing it till I read this. he's a defiant ascended with no memories of his life before ascension, he has no home and the defiant put a lot of preasure on thier ascended pretty quick. He's become bitter about his situation and for now is just wandering from town to town trying to make ends meet.

really looking forward to seeing how this character developes. thanks for posting this blog, gave me some good ideas!

Posted: Feb 25th 2011 5:24PM godot9 said

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I see this archtype in tabletop RPGs as either a cop-out to developing a background or as an interesting hook - especially if the character works with the GM.

Other well known Trappeds: Starbuck from the new BattleStar Galactica, La Femme Nikita/Alias/etc., Harry Potter, Jesus Christ, Jason Bourne of the Bourne Ultimatum, and Harry (?) the main character in Total Recall.

The worst done Trapped I've ever run across: the "raised in the jungles by ninja alien magician-scientists who radiated and trained the orphaned character after implanted various super devices into him before disappearing and only leaving a super robot pet that is telepathically bonded to him," guy.

Posted: Feb 26th 2011 11:53AM nomore7734 said

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@godot9

That's like every group of tabletop RP character that was not run by me or my close friends. Freaking atmosphere destroying overpowered...

Wait, wait. That's more like every issue of Axe Cop. Nevermind.
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Posted: Feb 27th 2011 8:28PM JuliusSeizure said

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Very nice concept. :)

May I suggest sometime writing an article looking at how archetypes can be combined for interesting results? After all, the most well-rounded characters generally hit more than one note.

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