NPCs populate any Fyxt RPG campaign world. NPCs are everything from the peasants on the streets, the robots patrolling the city, the kings, presidents, dragons, monsters, gangsters, and everything else in the game world.
PCs will interact with many NPCs, whether just talking or battling to the death. The Game Master (GM) will create and control all the NPCs. Therefore, it’s important to have some simple guidelines so the GM can quickly and easily create all of these NPCs for the Fyxt RPG.
NPCs are usually just simplified Fyxt RPG player characters. Most NPCs need to be developed to just the point they will be interesting and fun when used in a Fyxt RPG Game. When creating a merchant, it will be important to create their name and personality. Basic stats can be created so the GM can run a Turn Time encounter should the party want to bargain for their gear. Other than that, little else needs to be done. This type of NPC should probably be a Minion or Grunt.
The next NPCs to consider are the NPCs the party may fight in Battle Time. These NPCs may need a little more detail, but not much. Almost all of the NPCs that players are going to run into in combat are going to be killed. With that in mind, the NPC just needs to be interesting enough to make sense and to be enjoyable during Battle Time. These NPCs generally range from Minions to Specialists. They are often encountered in groups and may have specific tactics they use to utilize their Powers.
Last but certainly not least are the real tough bad guys the player characters should occasionally encounter. These NPCs are tough and more complicated. Thankfully, only one or a few should be used at a time. They also should only be introduced in the game every once in awhile. These are not NPCs that should be used a lot. Champions and Epic Bosses are the NPCs for these situations. This would be the super villain for the campaign. This NPC might be one who will be a recurring enemy the party will meet and possibly battle during the course of the campaign. A GM will want to have this character fully developed.
Specialty Selection for an NPC
NPCs differ from PCs when it comes to Specialties. PCs are required to work their way up through Specialties to the higher level ones. This is meant to show a progression with the PCs as well as the ability to be awesome at a couple things or ok at many things. This is not the case with NPCs. With NPCs, there are no prerequisites for Specialties. This means an NPC that is Tier 3 and has 2 Specialties can choose two Improved Specialties, or Tier 3 Specialties. This makes the selection and application of Specialties simple. The NPC Creation Wizard will suggest a few Specialties for the NPC created. If a Specialty is not on the list initially provided, it can easily be edited once the NPC is created from the NPC’s character sheet.
Signature Powers for NPCs
Something unique to NPCs are Signature Powers. Signature Powers are just like regular Powers but they can use them more than once. This is meant to make the creation of NPCs easy. Signature Powers are also designed to give NPCs a certain flavor or abilities that define them.
- Signature Powers cannot be used in consecutive turns. If the creature only has one Signature Power, they will use a Basic Attack, Combat Maneuver, or other action between uses of their Signature Power.
- Signature Powers follow all of the same rules as a Primary Discipline.
- Selecting any Specialty that affects the Primary Discipline will affect an NPC’s Signature Powers.
- All available Power Points are combined into a single pool for Signature Power creation.
Below are details regarding the different NPC ranks in the Fyxt RPG. Once familiar with the NPC Rank, you can begin building NPCs with the Fyxt RPG NPC Creation Wizard. In the rare case that an NPC might need to be manually built or some of the details need adjusting, some of the details of manual NPC creation have been added below. However, we highly recommend that all NPCs start in the NPC Creation Wizard. Once they are built there, they can be edited in a very similar way as a regular Fyxt RPG PC.
5 Ranks of Non Player Character Difficulty
These are the easiest NPCs to throw at the party. These are creatures that may come en mass but will be easily defeated. This can offer a lot of drama and excitement seeing a huge swarm of bats flying toward the party. Minions NPC’s are very weak and one attack can take them out of the battle. However, they can potentially cause a lot of damage while they are alive.
A PC should be able to handle many of these on their own.
These are the weaker and common creatures. Most of the normal NPCs that player characters will encounter are grunts. Grunts are a little tougher than a single hit point, but they still will not pose much of a one-on-one challenge for a player character. Some examples of these might be street thugs, club bouncers, most natural creatures, or other creatures that might put up a bit of a fight.
A player character should be able to handle a couple of these NPCs on their own.
Specialists are the tough NPCs that also lead groups of people or animals. These might be street gang leaders, a Sargent in the military, or the alpha wolves that lead large packs. These are the rough equivalent of a player character.
A player character should be able to handle a single Specialist NPC one on one.
Hard : Champion
These are the leaders of groups of warriors and other powerful groups which hold a lot of influence in an area. They are often experienced war veterans, generals of an army, or some of the dangerous and feared creatures of nature. A few examples of these may include a Tyrannosaurus Rex or the weaponmaster of a military training house. These are deadly adversaries, one of which would challenge an entire adventuring party.
A player character will need a couple other characters or NPCs to help them fight a Champion NPC.
Deadly : Epic Boss
These are the hardest and most epic of nasty NPCs a party may encounter. A well prepared, geared, and powerful party will have a difficult time with Epic Bosses. Epic Bosses should only be encountered one at a time. The power of Epic Bosses can easily kill player characters and should always be carefully considered by both the players and the Game Master. Some examples of Epic Bosses would be the warrior king of a nation, a dragon that ruled the lands for 500 years, the martial arts master of an entire kind of martial art, giant battle machines and every other classic person or creature that can only be challenged by only a very few, very powerful, player characters. These should be the nemeses of a campaign, the arch-villain, or other non player character that plagues the world or worlds that your players are playing in.
A single player character has no real chance to defeat an Epic Boss alone. The character will need lots of help if they expect to survive.
Epic Bosses should be fully developed with as much attention to detail as a player character.
Most of the NPCs the PCs will usually encounter are the non-combative NPCs that will populate your world. These are the merchants, innkeepers, and other characters in a quest that are not the players or NPCs designed to fight the PCs. These usually do not need to be specifically built. However, if you have some NPCs that the group does work with it might be a good idea to create them.
NPCs that are not designed to fight should be created as Minions. One good hit will knock them out of the fight. Unlike combative NPCs like monsters, non-combative NPCs are usually knocked out or rendered Captive (depending on the situation).
Creating these NPCs can be helpful so the GM has a set of Skill checks they can use. Also the GM can use the NPC sections to store more in depth details on the character.
Please note that this does not mean that the captain of the guard should be created as a Minion. Quite the contrary, it would be much more appropriate to create the captain of the guard as Champion. They are combative, as they fight off enemies of the city and can handle themselves in a fight. So with NPCs that may be able to fight, create them as a normal NPC so they can do their jobs or match their story.