Generating / creating memorable NPCs.

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Generating / creating memorable NPCs.

Postby bluekieran » Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:48 pm

I'm going to start running Secrets of the Ancients soon (doesn't look like I'll need to do much converting to 2e), so I've started reading through it and the most stand-out feature I noticed is the "how to play" notes for a few significant NPCs. For instance, for Pallod Norrim:
• Speak clearly but never actually say anything. Couch
everything in polite phrases and diplomatic vagueness.
Never say 'no' when you can say 'not at this time'; never
say 'yes' when you can say 'I shall certainly endeavour to
do so, circumstances permitting'.
• Never get angry or raise your voice, unless you are exerting
your authority.
• Stroke your moustache thoughtfully.
• Look straight at the person you are talking too. Keep your
shoulders squared and your back straight.
This is fantastic, especially for a new and inexperienced GM like me. I'm actually wondering if there are some online resources I could use to help give life to all the random NPCs (that I'm probably generating automatically) by assigning them some suitable "acting" traits from a list. Any suggestions?
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Re: Generating / creating memorable NPCs.

Postby Rikki Tikki Traveller » Mon May 01, 2017 3:54 pm

I have tried to incorporate these kinds of suggestions into my own work. I LOVE it.
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Re: Generating / creating memorable NPCs.

Postby Condottiere » Tue May 02, 2017 12:30 pm

I've always liked Central Casting.
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Re: Generating / creating memorable NPCs.

Postby steve98052 » Sat May 27, 2017 3:56 pm

That is a nice guide to a non-player character. You can also model characters after movie characters, real public figures, and memorable past acquaintances.

Need a gangster middle manager? Goodfellas.
Need mob kingpins? The Godfather.
Need a cop? Any of thousands of cop movies and television shows.
Need a scientist? Your old chemistry professor.
Need a soldier? Any of thousands of war movies.
Need a military doctor? MASH.
Need a low-level manager? Your best or worst ex-boss.
Need a politician? Real world examples are abundant, and historical dramas can inspire characters if you don't know anyone interesting from the news.

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