Category Archives: NPCs for use

Non-Player Characters for you to use in your games.

NPC Dark Current (Star Wars D6)

Feel free to use posted NPCs in your own campaigns and settings, just don’t go claiming any of my personal Copyrighted material as your own.

In a recent Star Wars D6 campaign the party was on a primitive world populated by degenerated Sith/Human/Massassi hybrids–survivors of a Sith colony that was destroyed just prior to the Seventh Battle of Ruusan in 1022BBY. I had one of the players get “volunteered” by a small tribe as their Champion in the upcoming 1024th Executive Officer Games, an arena deathmatch by any other name. The winner of the Thunderdome was put in charge of the planet for the next solar year. In this case one Player was in the arena, but instead of having the other six Players sit around bored I had them randomly draw a pit fighter to play from a pile of pre-made characters. THEY were to be his opposition in the arena. All of a sudden it went from “boring arena fight we have to watch” to “We’re in the Hunger Games, it is so on” in the span of 30 seconds.

Dark_Current_byXechon
Force Skills:

  • Rage
  • Emptiness
  • Hibernation trance
  • Control Pain
  • Enhance Attribute
  • Reduce injury
  • Remain Conscious
  • Aura of Uneasiness
  • Drain Life nergy
  • Lanvarok Combat (Use like Lightsaber Combat)
  • Combat Sense
  • Danger Sense
  • Life Detection
  • Life Sense
  • Life Web
  • Magnify Senses
  • Weather Sense
  • Shift Sense
  • Sense Force
  • Force Wind
  • Injure/Kill
  • Bolt of Hatred
  • Telekinesis

If Lanvarok Combat is “Up”: Lanvarok to-hit 6D+4 Damage 8D+3

Other Abilities: Force Scream, Call Upon the Dark Side

 

Star Wars D6 The Role-Play Game (C) West End Games and Wizards of the Coast

Star Wars (C) Lucasfilm and Disney

NPC Jarra The Unkillable (Star Wars D6)

Feel free to use posted NPCs in your own campaigns and settings, just don’t go claiming any of my personal Copyrighted material as your own.

In a recent Star Wars D6 campaign the party was on a primitive world populated by degenerated Sith/Human/Massassi hybrids–survivors of a Sith colony that was destroyed just prior to the Seventh Battle of Ruusan in 1022BBY. I had one of the players get “volunteered” by a small tribe as their Champion in the upcoming 1024th Executive Officer Games, an arena deathmatch by any other name. The winner of the Thunderdome was put in charge of the planet for the next solar year. In this case one Player was in the arena, but instead of having the other six Players sit around bored I had them randomly draw a pit fighter to play from a pile of pre-made characters. THEY were to be his opposition in the arena. All of a sudden it went from “boring arena fight we have to watch” to “We’re in the Hunger Games, it is so on” in the span of 30 seconds.

Jarra_The_Unkillabe_byXechon

Star Wars D6 The Role-Play Game (C) West End Games and Wizards of the Coast

Star Wars (C) Lucasfilm and Disney

NPC Whispered Kill (Star Wars D6)

Feel free to use posted NPCs in your own campaigns and settings, just don’t go claiming any of my personal Copyrighted material as your own.

In a recent Star Wars D6 campaign the party was on a primitive world populated by degenerated Sith/Human/Massassi hybrids–survivors of a Sith colony that was destroyed just prior to the Seventh Battle of Ruusan in 1022BBY. I had one of the players get “volunteered” by a small tribe as their Champion in the upcoming 1024th Executive Officer Games, an arena deathmatch by any other name. The winner of the Thunderdome was put in charge of the planet for the next solar year. In this case one Player was in the arena, but instead of having the other six Players sit around bored I had them randomly draw a pit fighter to play from a pile of pre-made characters. THEY were to be his opposition in the arena. All of a sudden it went from “boring arena fight we have to watch” to “We’re in the Hunger Games, it is so on” in the span of 30 seconds.

Whispered_Kill_byXechon

Star Wars D6 The Role-Play Game (C) West End Games and Wizards of the Coast

Star Wars (C) Lucasfilm and Disney

NPC Lantralla Vosh (Star Wars D6)

Feel free to use posted NPCs in your own campaigns and settings, just don’t go claiming any of my personal Copyrighted material as your own.

In a recent Star Wars D6 campaign the party was on a primitive world populated by degenerated Sith/Human/Massassi hybrids–survivors of a Sith colony that was destroyed just prior to the Seventh Battle of Ruusan in 1022BBY. I had one of the players get “volunteered” by a small tribe as their Champion in the upcoming 1024th Executive Officer Games, an arena deathmatch by any other name. The winner of the Thunderdome was put in charge of the planet for the next solar year. In this case one Player was in the arena, but instead of having the other six Players sit around bored I had them randomly draw a pit fighter to play from a pile of pre-made characters. THEY were to be his opposition in the arena. All of a sudden it went from “boring arena fight we have to watch” to “We’re in the Hunger Games, it is so on” in the span of 30 seconds.

Lantralla_Vosh_byXechon

Star Wars D6 The Role-Play Game (C) West End Games and Wizards of the Coast

Star Wars (C) Lucasfilm and Disney

NPC Russ’slik Sitosk (Star Wars D6)

Feel free to use posted NPCs in your own campaigns and settings, just don’t go claiming any of my personal Copyrighted material as your own.

In a recent Star Wars D6 campaign the party was on a primitive world populated by degenerated Sith/Human/Massassi hybrids–survivors of a Sith colony that was destroyed just prior to the Seventh Battle of Ruusan in 1022BBY. I had one of the players get “volunteered” by a small tribe as their Champion in the upcoming 1024th Executive Officer Games, an arena deathmatch by any other name. The winner of the Thunderdome was put in charge of the planet for the next solar year. In this case one Player was in the arena, but instead of having the other six Players sit around bored I had them randomly draw a pit fighter to play from a pile of pre-made characters. THEY were to be his opposition in the arena. All of a sudden it went from “boring arena fight we have to watch” to “We’re in the Hunger Games, it is so on” in the span of 30 seconds.

Russslik_Sitosk_byXechon

Star Wars D6 The Role-Play Game (C) West End Games and Wizards of the Coast

Star Wars (C) Lucasfilm and Disney

NPC Lightening Hand (Star Wars D6)

Feel free to use posted NPCs in your own campaigns and settings, just don’t go claiming any of my personal Copyrighted material as your own.

In a recent Star Wars D6 campaign the party was on a primitive world populated by degenerated Sith/Human/Massassi hybrids–survivors of a Sith colony that was destroyed just prior to the Seventh Battle of Ruusan in 1022BBY. I had one of the players get “volunteered” by a small tribe as their Champion in the upcoming 1024th Executive Officer Games, an arena deathmatch by any other name. The winner of the Thunderdome was put in charge of the planet for the next solar year. In this case one Player was in the arena, but instead of having the other six Players sit around bored I had them randomly draw a pit fighter to play from a pile of pre-made characters. THEY were to be his opposition in the arena. All of a sudden it went from “boring arena fight we have to watch” to “We’re in the Hunger Games, it is so on” in the span of 30 seconds.

Lightening_Hand_byXechon_Page1Force Skills:

  • Sith Blade Combat (Use it like Lightsaber Combat)
  • Rage
  • Force Lightening
  • Detoxify Poison
  • Accelerate Healing
  • Control Pain
  • Contort/Escape
  • Enhance Attribute
  • Remain Conscious
  • Resist Stun
  • Control Another’s Pain
  • Transfer Force
  • Life Detection
  • Danger Sense
  • Combat Sense
  • Beast languages
  • Translation

If Sith Blade Combat is “up”: Sith Blade to-Hit is 8D Damage 9D

Other Abilities: Force Scream, Call Upon the Dark Side

 

Star Wars D6 The Role-Play Game (C) West End Games and Wizards of the Coast

Star Wars (C) Lucasfilm and Disney

Introduction to useful NPCs

Settine "Spooky" Lestrade © J. Ryan Decker
Settine “Spooky” Lestrade © J. Ryan Decker

The Difference between a Good story and a Great story are the people you meet along the way.” –Xechon

We touched on the use of NPCs last post to help guide the plot. It is absolutely one of the best uses for the NPC, and one that I use often. It is often stated that while the Players are each running one character, the GM is running the Entire Rest of the Frickin’ Universe. While it is impossible to flesh out the desires and motivations for every single person in the Multiverse, and it can even be a bit hard to make the inhabitants of a single town more than 2D cutouts or archetypes, care should be taken to make the people that the Players meet most often to be just a real as the Characters themselves.

If I know I’ll be using an NPC for more than just a scene, I make sure to fill out a character sheet as if they were a real PC. Generally I’ll do this if they are notable friends, additional filler party members, and especially if they are recurring Big Bads. The fastest way to sink a story is to make the Antagonist a mustache twirling “Bad Guy” doing it for the lulz. The opposition should have just as many hopes, dreams, desires, skeletons in the closet, and personality flaws as the main Player characters–probably more! The Emperor was a bit of a scenery-chewing over the top comic villain, pretty forgettable really. But Darth Vader was a Tragic character with a backstory, desires, and enough regrets to drown a planet of Mon Calamari.  Which kind of Big Bad would your Players most like to see? Which one will they be talking about years after the campaign wraps up?

Personally, I try to find character reference photos or draw them out by hand. It helps cement the NPC in the player’s minds more. Next, mannerisms or even accents make an NPC stand out in a Player’s mind. A turn of phrase that the NPC likes to use, or (if you’re rushed) a wacky but memorable schtick will help differentiate them from the crowd. If your Players are actually calling your NPCs by their correct names and not “That One Guy From The Tavern” or “Lord Deathmetal Dude”, then you’re doing your job right.  I have a few NPCs from previous campaigns that to this day the mere mention of their name brings debates among Players as to their true motivations, allegiances, and Dark Side redeem-ability. Makes a GM smile. 🙂

I plan on occasionally posting the Character Sheet for NPCs that I’ve used in games, feel free to use them in your own campaigns and settings (just don’t go claiming any of my personal Copyrighted material as your own, eh?). We’ll be starting over the next several days with six rough and tumble types that I used in a Star Wars D6 campaign in an arena deathmatch. In this case one Player was in the arena, but instead of having the other six Players sit around bored I had them randomly draw a pit fighter to play. All of a sudden it went from “boring arena fight we have to watch” to “Hunger Games, it is so on” in the span of 30 seconds.

Maegan: “So it’s your first game session [with us] and you’re fighting your boyfriend in the Thunderdome. Going to go easy on him?

Katie: “Oh Hell no, he’s going down.”

1024th Executive Officer Games Lineup