Laramée has written small piece on character-based game design. He writes:
A [player] character is only interesting if:
- He or she wants something badly;
- And he or she can’t get it without a struggle.
Spend as much time giving motivations to your bad guys as to your heroes!
An insightful but really short peace.
Laramée, F. (2000). Character-Based Game Design. Available http://www.gignews.com/fdlcharacterdesign.htm.