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Villains, the gift that keeps on giving

Greetings and salutations, Nerdarchy readers!

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Jim Carrey as Count Olaf in the 2004 film, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.”(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was watching a show on Netflix while I was deathly ill (or so it felt to me) and could not help but be inspired to write on a subject I seem to be gathering a reputation for. Namely, villains who inspire the protagonist to excel into feats of legend. You see, like the villainous Count Olaf, a good villain will be a thorn in the protagonist’s side for a long time and alter their lives on every level. The thing is, in gaming it is too easy to create a villain who is a one trick pony or is killed in a single fight. For this reason, I am going to list a few things to keep in mind and a few things to avoid all together. Let’s dive right in, shall we? Continue reading Villains, the gift that keeps on giving

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Creating A NPC Villain For D&D 5E| Game Master Tips

Many a Game Master spend months thinking of these grand worlds and epic wars that shape the campaign arc with which they are going to start their story.

Battle_of_Towton_by_John_Quartley Creating A NPC Villain For D&D 5E| Game Master Tips

Others go back and forth between using some cataclysmic event or an ancient evil for the backdrop that affects the people and their lives.

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I just roll dice… :-p

No. Seriously, I started an entire section of Nerdarchy’s campaign setting, Chimes of Discordia, by randomly rolling an NPC Villain and consulting the charts found in the D&D 5e Dungeon Master’s Guide.

Not everyone is obsessed enough with being a game master as to have read all of the sections in the D&D 5e DMG. And that is okay.

For you I say. “check out the section on creating a NPC villain”, it is an easy way to start the super computer between your ears thinking creatively about antagonists and story arcs for your game. Continue reading Creating A NPC Villain For D&D 5E| Game Master Tips