This is my first post on Story Games after being a long-time lurker on the forums. It's great to finally be a part of the community! With that, I was wondering if you guys and gals could take a look at the character sheet that I'm developing for my zombie apocalypse RPG Fear The Living. From what I've read on various RPG forums, a lot of people start looking at a game by examining it's character sheets, and I want to make sure that my sheet is easily understood, attractive, and will be useful to players (enough space, reference notes where they'll be easily read etc.)
Page 1 and 2 are the character sheet proper, and contain basic information about what each element of your survivor's sheet does.
Pages 3 and 4 are rules reference sheets that describe the core mechanic for resolving conflicts and a simplified step-by-step guide to creating a survivor.
Page 5 is a success record sheet that's used during Conflicts to track what you're spending successes on to accomplish. The boxes on the sheet are for holding tokens, coins, or dice that provide a physical no-erase method of keeping track of a survivor's successes.
My goals are for the sheet to serve as:
*A handy reference guide for players who don't want to flip through the PDF or a print out to make their character.
*A basic introduction to the game for newbies, that they can use to grasp the basics of the system as they familiarize themselves with the rulebook.
*A clear indication of what the game is about: your survivor's priorities in the wake of the zombie apocalypse, how their actions and persona affect them, and their Relationships with other survivors.
*An easy way to keep track of what your survivor is doing with their successes during a conflict (whether a tense hostage exchange between two groups of survivors or a desperate fight against a zombie horde).
I welcome any advice on better achieving the above goals, as well as general commentary on the layout, appearance, and utility of the sheet. Some specific questions I'd also like to have answered are:
*Do you get a clear idea of what the game is about by looking at the sheet?
*Does the sheet have enough space for players to write in?
*How well do the reference sheets explain how to create a character or resolve a conflict?
*How well does the success reference sheet explain what your survivor can do during a conflict?
*Is there enough space on the success reference sheet for people to put pennies, dice, or other markers in the boxes without spillover? (Assuming that most dice pools will probably be in the 5-8 Range, with the highest dice pools regularly seen being something like 15 dice).
*What is your overall impression of this character sheet?
A link is provided below to the Google Docs version of the character sheet: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B97VUsWnBKEtc0NsZjlEUUJWZTQ/edit?usp=sharing