Inspiring Character Sheets
As a GM, I like to look at the sheets and know where the campaign is headed and what excites the players and as a player, if I get flustered or stalled, I can look there for my original ideas about the character and think about where I want to drive with it.
Beliefs, Instincts and Traits (and sometimes skills) in Burning Wheel
Aspects in SotC
Descriptors and Humanity rating in Sorcerer
Issues in PTA
Um, everything on the sheet in Dogs in the Vineyard
The whole Polaris sheet might be the best example
I like chargen that can change the way I think about the character and alter the concept through the process of making it up.
Lifepaths in Burning Wheel
Novel-sharing in SotC
That first conflict of Dogs
I love tinkering with the numbers stuff, bonus points if the fiddly bits and the fluff line right up.
Stunts in SotC
Skills in BW
Secrets in TSoY
Feats in 3.X
Ain't it nice when you can pick up and play.
Dogs, have town, will play...
BW's The Sword scenario
PTA...pitch and GO.
I'm sure that I am forgetting others...
I'll think of some more...
It would be great if discussion of anything from this thread would branch off into its own thread, keeping this thread firmly what people like and examples of it in this format. Links to outbranching discussions welcome.