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The NPC tricks
Your NPCs are boring because it is tough getting players to engage.
Here's 3 tricks I use to have them live Rent Free in my players' heads:
My NPCs will ask about the PCs. This causes them to build a relationship with the NPC as they communicate normally. Try asking:
"Where are you from?" THEN: "Oh, I know that place. I've been there, I saw X festival 2 years ago." etc. Have the NPC relate.
"What do you think about <local rumor>?" THEN: "I see. Here's <my opinion>." Double points for being a bit over-the-top, which often leans into humor.
"I just had this spiritual awakening at <temple/commune/brothel>." THEN: "What's your God think about <local rumor>?"
2. Generosity & Kindness
Players are greedy. Instead of making the party work for a boon, have a nice NPC give something to them out of the kindness of their heart.
They'll be suspicious. Let them be.
Don't flip the NPC into a villain.
3. Goal Oriented
Include wholesomeness that you think the party would go for. Perhaps a minor goal of the NPC? They want to:
- Impress the girl next door
- Get strong enough to do 20 pushups
- Become the fastest runner in town
- Save enough to retire their parents
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