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The NPC as a Crutch

Tweet I’d like to expand a little bit about the concept of the wise old man,  or the patron, or the the informant NPC. We discussed this on the most recent episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast. Some of this information will reiterate what we discussed on the show, some won’t. NPCs are a damn good way to convey information to the party — sometimes the information is given freely, sometimes it’s paid-for and sometimes it taken forcefully. When these NPCs have made more than one or two appearances and provided  useful information, I think there’s a tendency for players to seek these NPCs out when they come to a dead end or are otherwise need info. The Good Side This tendency to come back to previously useful sources of information has its uses. In situation … Read entire article »

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