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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Revised Basic Dungeons and Dragons NPC Sheet

You know, sometimes it occurs to me that I may be way too picky for my own good.

Case in point: the minions sheet I posted yesterday. Although I was generally happy with it when I posted it, upon closer examination I found several things that bothered me about it: It picked names from and array of only 100 values; it didn't determine character alignment; and the 13-year-old scanned sheet - although rich with old-school goodness - didn't please the eye (or the printer, IMHO).

So, here's a revision of that sheet. I apologize for pulling a 3.0-to-3.5-esque switch on you, but this really is a new, improved NPC sheet. It now pulls from a list of 250 names (all from Captcha words!), randomly determines character alignment, and has a more pleasing design. Enjoy!

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9 comments:

  1. I like the revision. I might have to use these for my next LL game

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  2. Even awesomer (is that a word, well it is now) than than the first. What software are you using to make these with?

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  3. @BlUsKrEEm: Thanks - if you do use them, I'd love to hear how they work for you.

    @Jack: "Awesomer" works for me. :) I designed the sheet in Adobe Photoshop CS, then I used Acrobat 7 to turn it into a PDF and to add in the fields and character generation and scripts.

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  4. First-
    Fantastic! the headache of creating PCs on the fly has been a reason I've avoided using them in games for litterally DECADES. I found your site because I'm starting a new Basic DnD mini campaign, and I found your character sheet on the web, and this tool allows me to stop cringin in fear and put NPC parties on my encounter tables.

    For consideration-
    Some sort of logic to keep class consistant with high scores would probably make more sense than the apparently random class assignment being used. I have here a level 3 fighter with 8 STR, 6 CON, and 18 dex. Of course he's kitted out as an archer (which is brilliant on your part) which helps, but it still seems odd. That said, it won't stop me from using the tool. After all, the PCs won't see their stats, so it's not a huge deal.

    You could add some checkboxes to include/exclude normal men and demihumans.

    Treasure/equipment could maybe use some more attention, as that lvl 3 fighter from earlier had a shortbow, a dagger, and leather armor to his name, which seems unusual.

    It looks like you've made some or all of these changes to your later sheets, but revamping this one with those changes would be helpful for creating/printing out one sheet NPC parties.

    Thanks again for this great tool. I'm sure I'll be using it soon. :)

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  5. @Matthew: Glad you like the sheet and find it useful. :) And thanks for the suggestions - when I get some free time (maybe more of an "if" than a "when" at this point) I'll see what I can do to work them into this sheet.

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  6. This is awesome - I just found it this week as I was thinking to myself, "I need to roll up some random NPC parties just in case..."

    I love that you fit four to a page and provide random names, traits, etc.

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  7. @mikemonaco: Thanks! I hope you find the sheet useful. :D

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