NPC Gallery #4: The Rival

Not all NPCs have to be directly helpful.  In the same way that people don’t always get along in real life, characters can (and should) encounter people who just don’t like them, and would much rather see the characters fail, or at least stumble a little bit.  These are the Rivals.

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NPC Gallery #3: The Informant

Given that most games are inherently investigative in nature, it’s not at all far fetched to peg the Informant as one of the most important NPCs that a party of player characters can run into.  Informants come from a wide range of backgrounds, and most campaigns rely on more than a singular informant in the […]

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NPC Gallery #2: The Apprentice

Let’s face it.  Due to mankind’s inherent lifespan, nobody lives forever, and there’s been countless stories of people who have managed to achieve immortality and have, er… lived to regret it.  So, given that we’ve only got one life to live, it’s understandable that people would want to leave something behind.  A legacy of greatness […]

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NPC Gallery #1: The Mentor

After reading up on Ravyn’s excellent series on Engaging Secondary Characters over at Exchange of Realities, I figure I could take a parallel approach to things, and start talking about specific archetypes for memorable NPCs. NPCs occupy an important place in any GM’s arsenal, as they become the vehicle upon which he is able to […]

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