Magical NPCs for Support Roles vs. Player Roles

With the last post, there was a comment from Tom Harrison on Google+ that I had to ponder a bit… Tom’s input was… “Ok, so here’s my beef. Why does this NPC need a class? Why not just offer a set of services and put a price on them? Because that’s really what it’s going…

A Walk-through Example of Caveat Emptor

A few weeks ago we went through, stall by stall, the Medieval Market map from Dramascape to illustrate how to use the upcoming Insta-NPCs #10: Caveat Emptor product. But I really didn’t do more than glance over the process, so I want to rectify that now. In this example, we’ll use a traditional fantasy world…

Delays and Distractions

Though I had every intention of completing Insta-NPCs #10: Caveat Emptor this weekend, a few things conspired against me. It was my wife’s birthday on Friday and we had many events over the course of the last few days. I made a little headway on Saturday, but Sunday was a complete waste. As a result,…

A Stroll Through the Medieval Market, Stall 8 (the final one!)

Finally in this market we have a cheese merchant. And yes, you’re probably wondering why there are two folks with cheese to sell and that was my thought as well. You’ll see how that played into this disgruntled individual… Whoever it is has to be annoyed that the person selling fresh produce also brought cheese! Who?…

A Stroll Through the Medieval Market, Stall 5

From the baker with murder in his heart, we travel back south and west to the booth selling cheese and produce. Let’s see what damage can be wrought here in the Medieval Market map from DramaScape… Who? Female Purpose? Seller Product? Cheese & Produce (chosen, not rolled) Success? Qualified failure Complete? Finished Transport? Foot State…

31 Days of Halloween, Day 15

Almost halfway through the month and still going strong… Today we use Little Spaces: Dinner Guests and with a few die rolls came up with the following elements: Gender: Undecided/Undetermined Sense: Touch Descriptive element: Business owner Sense descriptor: Cold And I used the Tavern, Inn, and Pub Name Generator (Mithril and Mages) –  to generate a…

Design Musings: Let’s Meet Haki…

So one of the things I’ve been curious about is the idea of doing not just GM-related tools but player aids as well. One of the things I know I struggle with at times is coming up with a signature look, item, or behavior for a new PC. Something I can build some history around…

Does your villain have what it takes?

Villains. Without them, what’s a hero supposed to do? Han Solo needs his “wretched hive of scum and villainy” to be discovered in. The Dread Pirate Roberts wears a mask and at best will kill poor Westley in the morning. And who else is going to cut a man’s heart out with a spoon than…

Deconstructing My Anti-Hero, Part 2 of 2

Ok, now that we’ve taken a look at Didius in the last post, let’s see what we can do with those details. Let’s take your typical NPC… What’s their role? Protagonist (plays a major role, potentially helping the characters)? Antagonist (presenting a challenge or obstacle to the characters)? Foil (offers a contrast or other point…

Deconstructing My Anti-Hero, Part 1 of 2

As I look at what makes characters interesting and addictive in RPGs, I have been looking at taking techniques from fiction and seeing what might apply. Character analysis is a big part of every literature student’s life from an early age, so why not leverage a similar approach for figuring out what works and what…

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