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Well, do you ever just want to be a side character in a story?

I find myself wanting to briefly be apart of a group to contribute something of aid to their plot, but then have it continue on without me - just a side character. Perhaps, one with lasting impact on the group/individual character/story but nonetheless. Is this because I am lazy?
Yes. It seems kind of fun. To not really be in it, but like witness it.
I often operate as a side character.

In fact the groups I build I never play the "leader" anymore unless I absolutely have to. I GM from the back row most often.
Sometimes I have found it adds more mystery to a character in this way.

Often HARD to pull off unless you can find one of those hard headed lead from the front sort of players/character for your group though.
Yeah, I've wanted to be a side character before.
Mipps wrote:
I often operate as a side character.

In fact the groups I build I never play the "leader" anymore unless I absolutely have to. I GM from the back row most often.
Sometimes I have found it adds more mystery to a character in this way.

Often HARD to pull off unless you can find one of those hard headed lead from the front sort of players/character for your group though.

I agree with the mystery of it, definitely! I think perhaps that is one of its most appealing qualities. And I also agree with it being very difficult to find a RP it would work in.

I'm also a little too awkward to suggest inserting myself into other people's already formed groups and storylines, I'm not very self righteous.
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I think it's a wonderful writing exercise. While devoting yourself to continuity can be rewarding, some of my favorite characters to play are sailors, explorers, and traveling mercenaries. These characters have hopped countless settings. They return to some multiple times, usually for an event or plot they can contribute to revisiting friends they made along the way, but they always leave at the end of that short story. Being a "main" character is a good way to establish a stable character reputation, but playing a side character is ideal for keeping experiences fresh and in motion. Sometimes, I just want to tell a story and will write an NPC or two (or five) to make that happen.

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