No Frills

A No Frills is the analysis I write about your character that underpins everything else I do. Writing one is a co-creative process. I send you a questionnaire which you complete on behalf of your character, and then send it back to me. I write a first draft of the analysis, and discuss any relevant points of confusion, areas of deeper exploration, personality conflicts, or alternative options with you.

I do not add anything to your character. My training allows me to concisely understand and describe a personality and to quickly see the implications of various personality traits. Only you can tell me whether they are correct or not.

You can order a No Frills as a service in and of itself. However, if you want it to be dressed up as an attractive Infographic or Video I can do that. See the links for charges.

Examples

Short
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Alena Galdana

A No Frills can be short (250-300 words) or longer. This is an example of the shorter version. It is also tailored for use as a Dungeons & Dragons character sheet.

Click to download and view.

Long
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Charles Mirath

A longer No Frills analysis will usually be between 2,000 and 3,000 words long. This is an example of the regular character profile I make.

Click Charles’ name to view.

Keys the Kenku

This is another long No Frills, designed for a Dungeons & Dragons customer, with added text boxes for in-game note-taking.

Click Keys’ name for a printable .PDF.

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Icon Images

Although a No Frills isn’t fundamentally an image-based document, a headshot icon can be a nice addition. If you do not already have a headshot I can use, why not order one?

I am in touch with several artists who can offer art for a variety of budgets. I can arrange for a custom headshot for you, to complete your No Frills. Email me for further infomation about this.

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What I Look Into With a No Frills Analysis

I use Transactional Analysis techniques to analyse characters. Here is a rough guide to what I ask you about:

Species:
Sex:
Age:
Height + Weight:
Siblings:

Trust & Confidence
(infancy, the first 6 months of life)

What I look at:

  • Anything that happened to your character in the first 6 months of life
  • How well (and consistently) your character was cared for
  • What the environment they spent their first 6 months in was like (ie., was it a nice safe house, a literal war zone, or something in between?)
  • How the character experienced, and reacted to, all of the above, bearing in mind that babies are purely instinctive (by contrast to children and adults, who have intuitive and cognitive capacity in addition to instincts)
  • What the character’s species or other characteristics (such as supernatural influences) may have had on their experience of the above
  • Whether anything prompted the character to regress back to this stage in later life
  • All of the above but for the character’s early teenage years (when trust is re-evaluated)
  • What the caretakers’ experience of their baby’s first 6 months of life was like

Freedom & Self-Determination
(toddlerhood, or 6 months to 3 years)

What I look at:

  • Anything that happened between the ages of 6 months to 3 years
  • Whether your character held on or grasped anything, literally or emotionally, and why
  • Whether your character let things go or dropped them, and why
  • Whether your character was destructive or benevolent
  • What choices they got to make, and what choices they didn’t
  • Whether they did anything under their own steam that had serious consequences
  • Your character’s first experience of feeling ashamed (which will usually be in this stage)
  • Your character’s first experience of feeling doubt (which will usually be in this stage)
  • Whether your character focuses on details or whether they’re more big-picture types. Their preferences in this can often be traced back to toddlerhood
  • Whether your character tends to feel unprepared or unready
  • Whether your character wishes they were invisible (ie., were unseen by others)
  • How co-operative or wilful your character is
  • Your character’s experience of feeling controlled by others
  • How your character experienced, and reacted to, all of the above, bearing in mind that toddlers rely on instinct and intuition far more than adults do, and still lack much in the way of self-soothing skills
  • What your character’s species or other characteristics (such as size, powers, or supernatural influences) may have had on their experience of the above
  • Whether anything prompted your character to regress back to this stage in later life
  • All of the above but for your character’s early teenage years (when freedom & self-determination is re-evaluated)

Ambition
(young childhood, or ages 3 to 7 years)

What I look at:

  • Anything that happened between the ages of 3 to 7 years
  • How energetic your character was at this age, and is in the current day
  • How your character felt about their achievements for this stage
  • How good your character got at cooperating to complete tasks
  • Whether your character berated themselves, or talked themselves up
  • What your characters’ biggest wishes and dreams were, and whether it was possible for them to be fulfilled
  • How the character experienced, and reacted to, all of the above, bearing in mind that young children don’t consistently have the ability to be rational until at least age 6, and rely instead on intuition
  • What the character’s species or other characteristics (such as supernatural influences) may have had on their experience of the above
  • Whether anything prompted the character to regress back to this stage in later life
  • All of the above but for the character’s teenage years (when ambition is re-evaluated)

Productivity
(older childhood, or ages 7 to 13 years)

What I look at:

  • Anything that happened between the ages of 7 to 13 years
  • How your character felt about being expected to be productive instead of playing
  • What it was like for your character to start school in earnest
  • How well prepared your character felt to contribute to teamwork or the upkeep of the family
  • Whether your character felt adequate
  • How did your character feel about status (their own and others’)
  • How your character felt about teamwork
  • How your character experienced, and reacted to, all of the above, bearing in mind that young children don’t consistently have the ability to be rational until at least age 6, and rely instead on intuition
  • Where your character saw themselves in society, ie., where they fit in
  • What your character believes they are going to be as an adult
  • What influence your character’s sex, gender, caste, or race has on all of the above
  • What your character’s species or other characteristics (such as supernatural influences) may have had on their experience of the above
  • Whether anything prompted your character to regress back to this stage in later life
  • All of the above but for your character’s teenage years (when productivity is re-evaluated)

Adult Selfhood
(adolescence, or ages 13 to 18 years)

What I look at:

  • Anything that happened between the ages of 13 to 18 years
  • What others thought and felt about your character
  • How your character got a sense of sameness and continuity (bearing in mind that they’re teenagers and are changing so much, themselves)
  • How your character decided who was their in-group and who their out-group
  • Who your character marked out as their adversary (if anyone)
  • Who was your character’s role model(s)
  • Who their girl or boyfriends were, what they were like, and what happened during those relationships
  • What your character’s species or other characteristics (such as supernatural influences) may have had on their experience of the above
  • Whether anything prompted your character to regress back to this stage in later life

Closeness in Relationships
(young adulthood, or ages 18 to 40 years)

What I look at:

  • Anything that happened between the ages of 18 to 40 years
  • How well does your character affiliate with others
  • What your character’s attitude is towards work
  • What your character’s attitude is towards sexual and romantic relationships
  • What your character’s species or other characteristics (such as supernatural influences) may have had on their experience of the above

Passing on Responsibility
(older adulthood, or ages 40 to 75 years)

What I look at:

  • Anything that happened between the ages of 40 to 75 years
  • Whether your character had children, and if so, what their relationship is with them
  • How your character’s career went/is going
  • What your character’s species or other characteristics (such as supernatural influences) may have had on their experience of the above

End of Life
(ages 76 years and above)

What I look at:

  • Anything that happened after the age of 60 years
  • How your character feels about reaching the end of their life
  • What your character’s species or other characteristics (such as supernatural influences) may have had on their experience of the above
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