& FREE Delivery on orders over $49. Details
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon AU. Gift-wrap available.
The Ultimate RPG Characte... has been added to your Cart
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
+ FREE Delivery
Sold by: Book Depository UK
Add to Cart
+ $3.00 delivery
Sold by: Rarewaves UK
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide: Prompts and Activities to Create the Most Interesting Story for Your Character Paperback – 1 Oct 2018

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
click to open popover

Frequently bought together

  • The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide: Prompts and Activities to Create the Most Interesting Story for Your Character
  • +
  • D&D Waterdeep Dungeon of the Mad Mage (D&D Adventure)
Total Price: $69.66
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (1 October 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1507208375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1507208373
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.4 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product description


"Your character creating journey itself seems like a game, there’s space available to write in the book which I feel helps add to pencil and paper feel to the famed tabletop RPGs! What I like about this book is even if you don’t want to play with others, you could entertain yourself by creating characters for fun OR to help you create characters for a book or short story. From what I’ve read so far, this book is pure fun. If someone like me who knows little to nothing about traditional RPG’s could enjoy this book, then other newcomers to the genre and returning heroes from past fellowships will find something in this for them." (Horror Fuel)

"I took my time reading through this book, trying out exercises with new and existing characters, and handed it off to friends, both those who D&D players and short story writers. I was pretty quickly getting questions about how much it cost, ($14.00 USD MSRP, though it’s currently on sale for a lower price several places), when it comes out, (October 2nd) and if I’d be willing to let them borrow it, which I think speaks volumes. I’ve found myself reaching for the book when trying to come up with a clever little something to fit into a character’s backstory while writing a script, and have had other writers suggest they’d use it to do the same. It’s not only a useful tool for building and fleshing out characters, it’s also written in an incredibly entertaining way, making it fun way to get the creative juices flowing." (Gaming Trend)

"What I like about The Ultimate RPG Character Back Story Guide is that it is completely non-linear and you can make of it what you will. Even if you are not currently in a campaign The Ultimate RPG Character Back Story Guide is a fun workbook for any fantasy or RPG enthusiast. It may also be a great way to teach your children how to begin to establish their own role-playing characters and make for a fun night of creativity and adventure for the whole family. Longtime gamers know that having a character with a full and fascinating backstory makes for compelling gameplay and The Ultimate RPG Character Back Story Guide helps you do just that. Did I mention it was extremely affordable? You can pick up a copy on Amazon for a tick over $10. That’s less than almost any RPG accessory!" (Geek Dad)

"James D’Amato has thought about the novice and the experienced player and has put together ‘The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide’ to essentially have you be an RPG superstar…. Taking fear into account can make your role-playing character come to life by giving them a sense of humanity and creating interesting gameplay. That’s something only D’Amato has realized and gamers will be the better for it…. James D’Amato has done something special with his new book ‘The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide.’ It’s akin to a graduate school course in role-playing games." (Reviewfix)

"Overall, I think this is a really cool book for those of you that enjoy RPG kits, but... I think it’s also a great tool for (aspiring) character developers." (SDGT ENT)

"There is an argument that could be made that anyone could come up with their own backstory, but as someone who often runs into creative ruts, The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide is a fantastic tool. While the obvious use is for your character in a role-playing game, I see tons of great potential for both character backstory and world building in games, writing, and general storytelling." (That's Entertainment)

"This is a great book for any player of RPGs and can be a valuable resource for those that act as a Game Master. Much of this book is addressed in the third person and it gives the feeling of a great attentive Game Master working out character creation you the reader as the player. We should all be so lucky to have such a GM and we should all be such thoughtful and creative players." (Game Industry)

"I can give The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide the following praise - it's inspired me to want to kick off a new RPG Campaign for the first time in a year and a half. I want to DM a campaign and I want to play in a campaign. I want to pick through the guide for nuggets of inspiration, for added depth to my next game world. I can think of no better endorsement other than "this book will be used". Sadly, I can't say that for the vast majority of my gaming collection." (Tenkar's Tavern)

"For me as a founder of Halo: The Lost Keys a text based RPG played via discord it really was fun and entertaining to do, and I look forward to writing some more in it." (Nation Fusion)

"It truly is an RPG guide that hopes to make everyone a bit more excited for the RPG experience. Again, as mentioned above, it’s incredibly useful for those trying to get a kickstart into creating a story for their friends… I can dig this guide and its purpose… Anyway, there isn’t a lot to dislike about this book. It shoots straight, it works for what it is, and it feels open. I particularly enjoyed the fact that there are spaces for writers/game masters to fill in the blanks to answer questions, as well as make notes…  it is a good book that does truly act as a guide. It will certainly help to kickstart ideas for characters, stories, and situations that pure RPGers can get behind." (Digital Chumps)

About the Author

James D’Amato is the creator and game master of the One Shot Podcast, as well as several spin off podcasts dedicated to RPG gameplay. He trained at Second City and iO in Chicago in the art of improvisational comedy: he now uses that education to introduce new people to role-playing, and incorporates improvisational storytelling techniques to create compelling and entertaining stories for RPG campaigns and one-shot adventures. He lives in Chicago, Illinois and is the author of The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Book

No customer reviews

Review this product

Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com

Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 82 reviews
Abigail Claire Windham
5.0 out of 5 starsNot just for RPG characters
3 October 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
24 people found this helpful.
Katrina Ostrander
4.0 out of 5 starsIt's About the Journey, Not the Destination
9 October 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
22 people found this helpful.
Nathan Wood
1.0 out of 5 starsIncomprehensible garbage
18 January 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
20 people found this helpful.
Frank D
5.0 out of 5 starsInspiration for Character Generation.
8 October 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
4 people found this helpful.
5.0 out of 5 starsIncredible resource
3 October 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
5 people found this helpful.