Starfield fans are trying to decide whether they should roleplay as themselves during their first playthrough

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Some characters in Starfield.

For those who’ve invested thousands of hours into the likes of Skyrim and Fallout 4, the release of Starfield can’t come soon enough.

Regardless of how you feel about the prospects of Bethesda's venture into space, the idea of being able to delve into a freshly curated game filled with new quests, characters and locations has RPG lovers of all stripes intrigued.

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Currently, some of the game’s most hyped-up would-be players are discussing how they should tackle their first extra-terrestrial foray, with some making plans to slice through the galaxy as an idealised version of themselves.

Are you planning to take on the cosmos without a veil of character to hide behind?

The thread containing their roleplaying repartee on the Starfield subreddit began with a post from user bogeyj, who kicked things off by asking: “Are you gonna try to make yourself in character creation? Or do you generally play as characters very different from you (in real life)?”

Plenty of their fellow would-be astronauts suggested that they’d be taking some degree of inspiration from what they see in the mirror, with user KeyboardCarpenter declaring: “I (generally) make myself but much more handsome.”, while AverageRiceEnjoyer admitted: “(My) first character is me with all my morals, my second character is usually the exact opposite.”

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On the other hand, user IndianaGroans said: “I don't ever make myself in games. Games are my escapism alongside roleplay and TTRPG stuff. I'll probably come up with something or use one of my characters as reference and go from there. Just never been into making myself and inserting myself.”

User Sensquesteur shared a bit of a journey they’ve been on in terms of roleplaying approaches, recounting: “When I started playing RPGs, I always used to try and replicate myself. Then act as an ideal ‘myself’. The result was a kinda bland Gary Sue that I kinda got tired of over the years. Then, one day with my then-gf we replicated our greek archaeology teacher in skyrim for(fun) and tried to (roleplay) as him and God it was such a blast.” and adding: “Since then, I try to roleplay as real-life people who are totally unfit to survive in diverse fantasy worlds.”

Meanwhile, user hyp3zboii shared a similar zeal for playing as real people that aren’t themselves, openly declaring: “I'm gonna make Todd Howard.”, leading HomerSimping to enthusiastically respond: “This is the way.”

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No matter whether you’re planning to terrify the people of Neon or New Atlantis via the grinning countenance of one of their creators, make sure to follow us for lots of guides to its world and mechanics. You can also check out our mods of the month for some killer Skyrim and Fallout mods that’ll help tide you over until it arrives.