Ever since I started reading the cases of Sherlock Holmes and the rules books for Ravenloft, I’ve been dying to have a role-playing adventure in a Victorian-era campaign setting. That mystic blend of science and superstition, of thaumaturgy and technology, that age that has its roots so firmly in the past but is about to steamroll without abandon into an unknown future.
My passion for this period has only grown in recent weeks, as we gear up for a Victorian-themed campaign in the Dresden Files universe, using historic London- both reality and fantasy- as our de facto setting. I’ve been poring over maps, reading up on iconic figures, studying the social trends (spiritualism anyone?), and I’m pretty sure I’m the first player to have finished my character. Ok, I think I’m the only player who has finished a character thus far.
As such, I’ve had some extra time to set about engineering a period-appropriate character sheet with which to record my Victorian heroine. (Yes, I’m playing a woman. I suspect that will yield a post or two in and of itself.) It’s a basic one-page record, with enough room to record all the pertinent in-game information. I’ve endeavored to make it both inviting and legible, including the addition of some period icons to spice up the purely mechanical bits. Hopefully you’ll enjoy using as much as I have!
*** I feel it necessary to mention that the model for this record is the “Dresden Files RPG Character Sheet”, which is found in the back of my purchased copy of the Your Story rulebook (copyright 2010, Evil Hat Productions LLC). At the bottom of the original sheet, the publisher gives generous permission to the game’s players to “make copies for personal use”; I would kindly ask the same of you. In other words, don’t ruin it for everybody by abusing this fun gaming resource! Thank you.***