|Khalem Kaletar – a name borrowed from RSI's PBM game Hyborian War – was played by Michael Pempek from 1991-93 in an AD&D 2nd Ed home campaign. I'm pretty sure there never was an actual tent for that character.|
|My thanks to Trent (as Trask) for posting this image in his review (available here)of Dragonfire Signs products.|
Sometimes a company, convention, or OP campaign will create a table tent for the players to fill out. These are still – or should be – last minute affairs. They typically sit up at a local convention's HQ along with blank character sheets, campaign specific rules guidelines, and other things that responsible players bring with them.. Paradigm Concepts, Inc. produced one for their Living Arcanis campaign.
Some players decide to take a low level of ownership to their character tents. There are a group of players from Wisconsin who made rather simple but effective tents that looked a little like this.
|To be fair, the Wisconsin players may have also included player name and land of origin on their actual tents.|
My early efforts were along the same lines as the above. I usually made the name large enough for everyone to see clearly, but the rest of the text would occasionally be declared too small to be easily read. One of the things I did start doing, however, was making sure I could include some image – other than the character picture – that identified what the character represented.
|So this was made sometime between Joe Abboreno making the LLT symbol and correcting the spelling.|
|Again, thanks to Trent (Trask) for posting this image. This is a Dragonfire Signs table tent. This screams commitment to the character and campaign.|
I went a different route. I may have need to change things that I would want on my tent, and the Dragonfire Signs were forever. They also didn't have any character pictures, and what is the purpose of stealing quality on-line artwork if not to put into something for personal use? I made some modifications for my Living Arcanis characters and came up with these.
My primary Living Arcanis character. Artwork by Timothy R. Haldane. Most people could read the entirety of the text.
Mistocles and his cohort, Valencia. They would be together, so doing just a single tent seemed like a good idea. Text, other than their names, proved to be too small.
Yes, the picture is of a Bugbear – and there are people who don't know that Bugbears are just the largest breed of goblins – but it really fit my idea for an accidentally abrasive bodyguard whose primary skill was killing.
This is my least favorite tent of all time (at least from ones I've created). It was as though I had no idea what this character was really about.
Becks was a character I created after seeing Melissa Metedy's picture of a female satyr. I immediately knew a way to fashion a personality to fit both the image and Arcanis.
Symbols are the Legion of the Watchful Hunter symbol (as modified and colored by me), the holy symbol of Cadic, a picture representing Valencia (Katharine Isabelle from Ginger Snaps Back), and the House Sardis symbol (see above).
So, Living Arcanis finished and I had to find another game to play; apparently OP players just can't get out of the hobby. I moved onto Pathfinder Society OP, or PFS. It took a while to get into some kind of regular level of play. Once I did, I immediately set to work making table tents for the benefit of letting people know which character they were experiencing. Most of these are not up to date – and that doesn't speak well for my commitment and ownership in regards to the campaign.
I think this was Daenaris at 10th level. She does have a better Perception for traps and AC now. I really need to redo this tent just to put the better, new Andoran symbol on it.
This is the much lesser seen image for Kiara – the other one is very recognizable as stolen and I don't want to put it up because of that. When I redo this, I'm thinking of swapping out her faction for her homeland symbol.
One of my two male PFS characters – I hate the image on the other enough to not post it. It took some serious searching to find an image of a blond paladin.
The yet to be played Jennisa is my attempt to make a Summoner. Hadn't figured out the math on an AC when I put this together.
In the end, I guess a (foolishly?) take a player more seriously if I see them commit to the character tent as being more important than something to be hastily made moments before – or after – game play has begun. It speaks for how important the character is to them (or it does to me). It means that the player is serious about letting the others at the table have a reasonable idea as to who the character is. And, when done well, the look cool as hell.
When it comes to cool nothing has beaten the Dragonfire Signs tents, though.