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Canon Puncture Helps Make NPCs Awesomer

Written by Orklord. Posted in The Canon Puncture Show

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Do you ever get stuck coming up with non-player characters (NPCs) on the fly during a game session? This episode is chock full of ideas for quick, engaging and fun NPC creation

This episode was originally recorded live over Google+ Hangout on Air in mid 2013 . Follow the show on Google+ and find out when we’re recording new episodes!

Show links:

article by John Fiore on using Rory’s Story Cubes for characters

- The DNA method from Acev on roludo


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Comments (3)

  • As If


    For the astrology-minded: It occurs to me that in the DNA model, “D” might be seen as the Sun Sign, and “N” as the Rising Sign. Not sure about the “A” yet.


  • As If


    Here’s a trick I often find useful: Jot down the name of the actor you imagine the NPC being played by. If you want, you can get specific (e.g., “A Young Robin Williams” or “Robin Williams in The Fisher King”). This can help you with voice, posture, attitude, taglines, and sometimes even plot ideas.


  • Todd Zircher


    Woot! Big fan of Rory’s Story Cubes. Another of my favorite randomizers that I like to use for NPCs is the Osho Zen Tarot deck. Osho is a non-traditional deck and every card has a unique image on it and a word or phrase such as The Rebel, Understanding, or Silence.


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