I could swear I saw a similar forum thread recently, but now I can't find it.
I'm in the midst of creating a game in which there are a number of unflattering characters. The first question has to do with race, the second with names.
1. Say there are several groups of people in the game. I could go with all people of caucasian heritage, or perhaps with several different racial groups, but the problem is that the individual characters will all have something unflattering about them, and I don't want to imply that those negative characteristics have to do with their races. Any ideas how to handle this? It's especially difficult because the characters will have humorous art depicting their failings...
A much less sticky question:
2. In addition, many of the characters will have names. Will players be annoyed if these unflattering characters share names with them? Should I just go with nicknames, rather than actual names?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!