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Attitude Trackers for Complex and Realistic NPCs

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There are many ways of making characters “feel real” in a tabletop roleplaying game. 

Experienced game masters (GMs) can use improvisation to bring life to even the most common NPC.  But some GMs, some gaming groups, might not be good at improv, or may wish to have a slightly more formalized, thought-out-in-advance approach to breathing life into NPCs.

This document introduces an approach to character interaction that may help gaming groups of all manner.  It provides tools for tracking and managing NPCs and suggesting reactions. 

Although it’s a concept that was developed for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, the concepts and tools described here are mostly abstract.  Except for explicit skill checks, for example, nearly all of the tools herein can be applied to a roleplaying game of any system and nature.

How, and to what extent, you apply these concepts in your gaming group is really a function of the style of gaming your group enjoys, and the goals the GM and players have in gaming to begin with.  Hack-and-slash groups need not even consider this sort of formalized approach; groups whose main focus is on storytelling and character might benefit from this sort of tool.

This approach is provided free of charge, for two reasons.  First, I genuinely feel that this is a useful, interesting alternative to other methods, and it’s worked really well for me over the decades as a GM myself.

Second, as a means of introducing GMs and players alike to the concept, since it’s used heavily throughout all Infinium Game Studio RPG products.

Enjoy!

Attitude Tracker is a pen-and-paper gaming concept that is used to power all games from Infinium Game Studio, including the upcoming Dark Obelisk: Berinncorte, a massive city-based adventure and the first component in an ongoing Adventure Path.

 
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