You've met one, or maybe there's one in your group right now: The guy who plays the same character type over and over. Or worse yet, reincarnations of the same guy, or long lost twin with the exact same equipment, Kronk II, etc...
I believe this happens because of a love of the arch-type, or because of the ease of playing a character that you've played before. There's no searching through a hundred books if you exactly know which incantations you are going to take with your warlock, and have half of them committed to memory.
If I asked you to join my group with your go to character, what would it be? Which rules are you so familiar with that you could essentially draw up the character without fact checking? What would you pull out in a pinch?
For me, I've always had a stock wizard who self buffs(using the 3.0 durations of bull's str type spells) and uses utility type spells beyond that. I know that if I play in Fae'run I can gain some extra weapon or armor proficiencies to make this build work with the regional feats, and I have a few tricks up my sleeve with regards to making the durations longer, the metamagic easier, or the effect +6 instead of +4. Most DMs I've asked allow "Easy Metamagic" conditionally. The "Bite of" line of spells suits this guy really well.
Anyway, regardless of system, let me know in the comments down below what your go to character type is, and some of the tricks you commonly use to beef 'em up.
I'd like to hear about your first character in a tabletop RPG.
Game: DnD 3.5
Characters: Drunken Master and Ninja
Campaign World: Faerun
Mine was actually a pair of ninjas. One a drunken master, and the other a true ninja styled monk.
Most people would tell me that these were no-where near optimized builds, and they would be right. These were 3.5 monks with a few extra attacks, but they were no where near as combat-able as the other players' PCs. I was totally ok with that though, because I actually got a lot into the story of the game, rather than the specific characters.
The magic items I geared them with was the spider-walking boots. They ended up in tons more danger than if they would have never had them, LOL - but they were both risk-takers, and I thought it was awesome to imagine that I was a ninja walking on the ceiling waiting to get the jump on a dragon that could rip us both to threads ---> Thats what was supposed to happen anyway...
What really happened was that we got cut-off from the party, and easily became giant spider chow.
I did find myself scouring every book I could get a hold of in order to read all of the options available to me, and found that part of the game really fun. I still love doing that to this day, although book scouring became googling.
Another thing to note was that I was really intimidated by all of the magic classes. Even though I had the books at my disposal and I wanted to play some sort of caster, I made myself play a martial character. My thought process was that I would end up holding up the fun by having to stop to look up spells all the time.
In retrospect maybe I shouldn't have played 2 characters at the same time(which was what all of the other players were doing) and instead concentrated on playing what I wanted to play, and learning how to do it well.
Over to you, what was your first character like? Do you remember their name or back story?