The last time I was at our friendly local game store, the next table over was starting a new campaign.
All the standard character creation chatter was happening, and things were about normal. But then the DM started going around and doing character introductions and he asked a question I’ve never heard a DM ask.
He’d say to a player, “Tell us something interesting about your character,” and the player would. And then, the DM turned to the players on that person’s right and left and say, “Tell us something interesting about his character.”
One player rolled a tabaxi and was not pleased that the guy to his left decided that his character didn’t like water.
The DM explained the cooperative storytelling aspect of D&D and that it can sometimes end up being really fun to discover characters that aren’t fully yours, and the guy went along with it.
(I was paying attention to the game at my table, I promise!)
I eavesdropped again a half-hour later or so, and that guy seemed to be having a lot of fun with his character, as was everyone else at the table.
It seemed like an interesting idea, and I may just incorporate it into the next campaign I start. Is this something you’d try or does it seem too “out there” to let other players decide what one character is like?
Now get out there and tell a story!