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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

More Minions Than You Can Shake a 10-foot Pole At

A few weeks ago, I posted a record sheet for tracking NPC's. Since then, I've been stealing time here and there to make the sheet a little more useful - and to expand my knowledge of JavaScripting in Acrobat. Here's the end result: a self-populating hireling record sheet.

This PDF document will allow you to create and print up to four, um, colorful NPC's based on the Moldvay Basic Dungeons & Dragons rules. Specifically, you can generate characters of any class up through experience level 3 (as well as "normal," zero-level humans). Pefect for generating potential retainers for your low-level adventuring party, the PDF even gives each NPC a distinctive epithet and ultra-brief description. Here's a sample:

The sheet makes some assumptions, such as: most retainers being normal humans or fighters, dwarves and elves being fairly uncommon, and retainers generally coming poorly equipped.

Click here to download the PDF (~2.5MB)
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6 comments:

  1. Looking at the picture before reading I assumed this was some ancient NPC record sheet from your youth that you just scanned in.

    That's a compliment.

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  2. Very cool. After seeing le bulette make an NPC generator card for a quick hireling system I put together, I decided I wanted to make a full sheet version with a few of my own tweaks.

    I was hoping to do it this weekend, but now maybe I should just nick yours instead.

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  3. @Jack: Thanks!!

    @Norman: Thanks for the compliment! The original sheets are only 13 years old, so they're not exactly from my youth. (Not by a long shot!)

    @Lord Kilgore: I would never discourage someone from doing their own thing - especially since you never know what sort of coolness will arise from someone else's spin on a thing. But if you feel the need to do so, please nick away. :D

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