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Offline Alec_Shadowkin

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Am I going crazy?
« on: June 28, 2004, 11:36:10 PM »
After reading both the Book of Vile Darkness and Unearthed Arcana (Both Dungeons and Dragons, for those who don't know) I have gotten interested in characters and NPCs with psychological disorders. I guess this thread'll be for posting different mental things that can make a character interesting.

Phobias:
Everyone has heard of things like claustrophobia, the fear of confined spaces or arachnophobia, the fear of spiders. But what if a character had one of these?

Materiophobia: fear of constructs
Hagiophobia: fear of saints and holy relics
Planarphobia: fear of outsiders and extraplanar creatures
Arcuphobia: fear of bows
Hamartophobia: fear of sinning or making a mistake
Spectrophobia: fear of mirrors
Teratophobia: fear of being buried alive

Personality Disorders
These can be as minor as dyslexia or as life-shattering as violent schizophrenia. Try these on for size:

Anti-Social Personality: Can't stand to be around other people for long, especially in large groups.
Paranoia: Insistant that they are the subject of a conspiracy or that everyone is out to get them.
Multiple Personality Disorder(Schizophrenia): Having more than one distinct personality, even opposing ones within the same person.
Hypocondria(sp?): Constantly complaining of a physical illness when none exists. Often used for attention-getting.

There are thousands more. What else can you guys and gals come up with?
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2004, 12:44:24 AM »
http://www.phobialist.com/
A more fun site

http://www.informationheadquarters.com/List_of_phobias.shtml
fast and easy to use.

http://mysite.verizon.net/res7oqx1/index.html
A useful comprehensive site. A boon to those playing CoC

http://www.psychnet-uk.com/dsm_iv/_misc/complete_tables.htm#Name
A nice neat chart

There you go and some explanations to go with it.  In case you were wondering, the DSM-IV is the clinical book of mental illnesses.  It is what shrinks use. It is also fairly useful to browse through when you are looking for mental issues to challange your characters.






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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2004, 02:27:59 AM »
Me oh my, There is a name for my problem!


Zemmiphobia- Fear of the great mole rat.

I fear yet respect him *nods*

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Sorry, back to reality.

Players with disorders such as a phobia are always more interesting than normal people.
There are normal people, then there are fun people, with a flaw/disorder of some sort. Playing with everything perfect about your character is like playing a game where the creatures are all herbivorous, or everyone gives things to you freely, or there is world peace, or... well, you get the idea.

Hmm, a paranoid, schizophrenic zemmiphobe... "Th... The great molerat... its AFTER US!...
AND WE'LL SLAY IT SHOULD IT EVER REAR ITS UGLY HEAD!
Or... or maybe run from it... yes... run!"

Would be even more fun if you great mole rat DID appear in the roleplay ^^
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