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Cast Calculus

KS Backer
I discovered TVTropes after I had laboriously thrashed out my own potted advice on how to develop parties of PCs for character-focussed RPG campaigns. You can cut to the chase with cast calculus , which will tell you a lot of interesting things about how ensembles are done in TV, film, and literature: and why that way works (in TV, film, and literature). It doesn't all work the same in RPGs. Nevertheless, this is an interesting place to start. Beware! TVTropes will TVTropes will ruin your life .
KS Backer
Ah, TVTropes. I've spent many nights lost in its pages. As to the cast calculus; I've always been partial to the Five-Man Band for non-rpg fiction, though for RPGs, I tend to like games with 3-4 players.
KS Backer
Well, that Cast Calculus page offers the Power Trio and the Freudian Trio, the Four-Temperament Ensemble and the Four-Philosophy Ensemble, among others.