Collaborative NPC Roles Random Roll Tables


The NSR Discord Server recently started a discourse forum of its own, which you can currently only join if you are on the NSR Discord Server, but both are otherwise open invites. I posted this topic there as well, as I’m hoping to cross-promote between the two platforms.

Whereas the OSR Pit is laid out more like how G+ used to be, the Cauldron (as they’re calling it) reminds me more of old school internet message boards. I think it’s cool that we have these two platforms and I hope they both are successful and feed into each other. I’m interested to see what effect if any the structure of the platform itself has on the discourses of these respective discourse platforms :p.

I have no horse in the race for either platform, I just want them both to be successful, so hopefully doing this helps in that regard rather than hindering.


I made a blog post a while back for a Character Formula.


NPC: [Adjective] [Occupation] and [Hobby/Other Notable Activity] who [Personality Quirk]

Where you might have a Role such as “Fantasy Tavern Keeper” and generate ~4 unique NPCs for that Role using this Character Formula.

This way, you can have two otherwise identical scenarios but with randomly selected NPCs in specific Roles, and that may radically change the experience even if you ran the same module / prepped session multiple times.

So for example:

Fantasy Tavern Keeper
Joy von Otter: Suspiciously friendly bartender and taxidermist who will not tolerate whistling in the bar.

Cyberpunk AI
Marxxx: Superficially socialist HR specialist and premium personal assistant who was supposed to be so much more.

So for this collaborative exercise, you can take one of those Roles above or in the blog post and write ~1-4 NPCs roughly following the formula, and also recommend a new Role which I will try to respond to or others can respond to with ~1-4 entries, and you’re also welcome to write your own ideas for tha novel Role.