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47 Ways to Create Great NPCs for Your Campaigns

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What does it take to create a living, breathing world? GMs and DMs often spend a great deal of time trying to capture and project a certain feel for their games. Mood, setting, depth of character and history - all of these things are necessary for a truly vibrant fantasy world. This might look like a lot of work, and sometimes it is - but for enterprising GMs/DMs, much of the illusion can be achieved through the creation of realistic, well-thought out, and believable NPCs.

The keys to creating such NPCs are memorable descriptions, vibrant personalities, and personal motivations and goals. Pick and choose which of these listed details you want to use, and breathe life into even your simplest encounters. Give a splash of color to every burly village blacksmith, gruff town merchant, and evil, despotic villain in your campaign.

The following list will help to provide you with the right tools to get that done, from deciding the NPC's general mannerisms to fleshing out their history and secrets to figuring out how they are connected to the other NPCs and organizations in your campaign world.

 
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January 11th, 2015
Any good GM should know how to flesh out NPCs... however, for a measly buck, this document makes a handy checklist for ensuring that at least key NPCs are fully developed individuals and not just cardboard cut-outs. It can't hurt to tag it onto your [...]
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December 11th, 2014
I have purchased from Blackstone Entertainment before and the "47" line, and have been very happy with the products. So when I saw this one, I knew I had to have it. Unfortunately I saw a critical review and was a little timid at first, but [...]
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December 11th, 2014
This is a very well-written guide. I found most if not all of these make creating believable NPCs much easier. I didn't find any of these suggestions on NPC creation redundant; each one had specific information to help you add flare. I also like that [...]
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December 11th, 2014
A scattershot list of 47 pieces of information to include in an NPC write-up. 9 pages made up of an introduction and 47 paragraphs, each devoted to a category of information about your NPC. That's worth $1, I suppose, or could be, with a little more wo [...]
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