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Friday, March 23 • 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Apotheosis: A World of Characters

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The Player Characters are not alone in their world. Ideally, they are the leads in a cast of dozens of characters, surrounded by interesting, richly - detailed people with lives of their own, with their own Wants, Needs, and Motivations, whose interactions with the Player Characters shape the course of the game. But how do you create an entire world full of people and still have a life outside of game? Come to this panel on NPC creation to learn from expert NPC Maker Jim Deeley, a GM who has been creating all sorts of little people for his PCs to interact with for over a decade of Game Mastering. We will discuss shortcuts to writing your game that will allow you to do more with less NPCs by focusing tightly on the people who truly matter to the PCs and leaving the people who do not in the background. We will learn how to use the NPCs' Wants, Needs, and Motivations to give the NPCs a purpose and a goal to work towards, with or without the PCs help, and how the NPCs' perspectives are shaped by their place in society. We will take an in – depth look at the world where the PCs live, including studies on the complex relationships between PCs and the members of several different social classes. We will even consider the perspectives of NPCs unique to the genre, like savage monsters, devious outsiders, and even the gods themselves. We will also learn how to roleplay the reactions the NPCs have to the Players' Characters appropriately and believably. After this panel, you will know everything you need to create a living, breathing world full of vibrant and interesting characters, and how to create just enough of them to draw the PCs into the plot you are weaving, and to fulfill their purposes in your story as the supporting cast to the Legendary Heroes that are your Player's Characters. (Author's Note: A vibrant cast of characters is a vital component of a successful roleplaying game, but it is equally vital to the stories told in many other creative mediums, and while this was written with Game Masters in mind, any storyteller can benefit from a strong supporting cast to play against their main characters – the Player Characters of your stories. We welcome you to come and join this panel, and learn how to fill your worlds with unique and dynamic characters too!)

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James Deeley

Founder & Lead Writer, Apotheosis Games & Publishing
Veteran Game Master Jim Deeley is the founder and lead writer at Apotheosis Games & Publishing. A passionate fan of fantasy, science fiction, and history since his early boyhood days of playing amongst dusty, crumbly castle ruins all across England, Jim has developed and presented... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Workshop Room Salon N

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