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Neutral Evil - Most would agree that this is the most self-centered alignment. You can do just about anything you like, as long as it’s not actually nice. You can roleplay “neutral evil” as a lifelong commitment to the Great Force of Evil, if that’s what you’re into, but you can also just say “Me first!”
Chaotic Good - For some people this is the best of both worlds. As a Chaotic, you can ignore any rules that annoy you. But you’re still Good. So other Good players can’t kill you . . . theoretically, at least. And being Chaotic can, if you talk fast enough, justify whatever deals you want to make with the Forces of Badness, even if it’s only accepting their lunch money in return for letting them live. This alignment obligates you to at least think about the welfare of others, but you are unconstrained by any framework of laws or customs. Any player who doesn’t see how that can be abused is not munchkin material. . .
Chaotic Neutral - Seen by many as the ultimate munchkin alignment. The chaotic half gives the perfect excuse to ignore any sense of camaraderie or fellowship, betray the rest of the party, and pocket the proceeds - or for the tax collector to fleece the peasants dry, then underreport his income to the king. Laws are for the uncreative. The neutral component, properly played, means that infantile concepts such as “good" and “evil” are for petty minds who have to be guided by moral precepts, rather than their consciences. (It’s important to note that chaotic neutral individuals do not act at random; they simply do not adhere to any sort of ethical code in determining what to do. The effects, it must be conceded, are often similar.)
Chaotic Evil - This is the alignment for someone who wants to roleplay the over-the-top bad guy. You’re not just bad ... you are gleefully, randomly, mondo gonzo wacko bad. The one thing you really shouldn’t do is make sense ... and you can always claim you were only making sense to fool the forces of Good, or to make the paint on your dog dry faster, or whatever. A properly roleplayed Chaotic Evil character is an amoral loner, as dangerous to his “friends” as to those he names his foes. Let’s hear it for proper roleplaying!
magic, warriors worship the god of war, and bards worship the god of really awful poetry. (But be sure to check out the new Munchkin Clerical Domain on p. 38, and do your best to get your DM to implement it!)
Clerics have a harder time deciding what deity to serve, since there’s no “god of religions” (though if one shows up, bum an ox to him quickly). When you create a clerical character, look carefully at the available deities ... there’s usually one that offers substantially better granted powers and domain selection than the rest. (Helpful hint: check the god of magic first, death second.) Then go for it.
At low levels, your religious involvement will be fairly simple:
¦ If your god has an opposed deity, you know whose servants to persecute and plunder.
¦ Do your best to claim a reaction bonus from any other worshiper of your god, and high-level clerics make great patrons.
¦ Remember to make a sacrifice once in a while, preferably while you’re broke, because “Here is half my treasure” is a lot less painful when you’re down to your last gold piece anyway.
¦ And when you’re in deep, deep trouble, scream and cry for divine intervention, because a slim chance is better than nothing.
At higher levels, all this changes - an experienced munchkin’s character usually attracts the attention of a deity for the first time by 10th level, with increasing frequency as the hero becomes more annoying to the powers who are trying to run theuni-verse. Suddenly, a character who hasn’t paid the proper homage to the deity who has just appeared in his koi pond learns the meaning of the word SMITE!!! and begins a new adventuring career as a three-legged ger-bil. Fortunately, a high-level PC usually has gold to burn on donations to all the appropriate temples -donations which, of course, are tax-deductible.
Look§. PERSONALITY, AND BACKGROUND
If you can get the DM to give you any sort of bonus for any of these things, go for it.
¦ “I’m cute. Says so on my character sheet. That guard should react better to me.”
¦ “I have an outgoing personality. Says so on my character sheet. That guard should react better to me.”
¦ “I’m from Salabunga. Says so on my character sheet. Can we roll to see if any of the guards are Salabungan?”
Otherwise, go for fearsome looks, cheerfully murderous personality, and mysterious unknown background, and start hacking. You may, however, want to name your character. Giving your character your own name is simple but pointless. However, naming your character after one of the other players can lead to all kinds of confusion which you may turn to your advantage.
Quick Appearance Table
Appearance is important! Why? Because it can give you bonuses. Select an entry you like, or roll a d20 if you are in a hurry to begin the slaughter.