Meerkat 1 played by Jim.
Meerkat 1 is a meerkat.
Jim is a rather gung-ho roleplayer, interested in action, cool fight scenes, and lucrative spoils over careful consideration or puzzle solving. He frequently acts before he thinks, which includes fixating on his own strange explanations for setting details that the GM hasn't explained yet.
Meerkat 2 played by Ben.
Meerkat 2 is a meerkat.
Ben is a thoughtful roleplayer who tries to think through the best course of action within his character concept and the setting. He enjoys coming up with clever ways to justify the success of his plans within the premises of the setting.
Meerkat 3 played by Pete.
Meerkat 3 is a meerkat.
Pete is an old friend of Jim's. Jim invited him along to join in this new game. Pete designed a character to maximise all the skills he thought would come in most useful in a grassland wilderness campaign, at the cost of having Will Climb on Anything, Habitually Chews on Scorpions, and Possibly Has Rabies.
Meerkat 4 played by Sally.
Meerkat 4 is a meerkat.
Sally is somewhat younger than the other players, but has grown to be an integral part of their gaming group. She has an active imagination and enjoys inventing details about the game setting and characters. Her gaming style is maturing as she grows older.
Meerkat 5 played by Annie.
Meerkat 5 is a meerkat.
Annie was interested to come along and see what this "roleplaying games" thing was all about, hearing it was a sort of improvisational acting thing. She is dedicated to playing her character as a real, complex person with motivations inspired by a well-considered backstory.
Meerkat 6 played by Corey.
Meerkat 6 is a meerkat.
Corey is Pete's nephew and was keen to play the "cool roleplaying game" that Pete told him about. He is relatively new to the world of tabletop RPG gaming but has adapted quickly to playing a character and thinking as they would.
The black-backed jackal is a predator who sometimes preys on meerkats. He uses his great wisdom and popularity to sneak around and snatch meerkats to eat. How exactly he gets away with this is a mystery. (Photo: Creative Commons Attribution by Flickr user Flowcomm.)
The martial eagle is a predator who sometimes preys on meerkats. Meerkat 1 trusts him, but Meerkat 4 is suspicious of him because he can swoop down from above with little warning with claws ready to grab. Who is right remains to be seen. (Photo: Creative Commons Attribution by Jon Mountjoy.)
The tawny eagle is a predator who sometimes preys on meerkats. He keeps an eye on the meerkats and tries to keep everyone out of trouble, which seems to be a very difficult thing to do with other predators (and himself) trying to eat them all the time. (Photo: Creative Commons Attribution by Ron Knight.)
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