Stories Within Stories
Roleplaying Tips GM Michael Downey has this great tip for us about finding story opportunities in NPC reactions.
Just thought I would share a new trick I found for adding some variety and depth to NPC reactions.
When I create an NPC, I roll a d10 to determine their initial reaction to the party using this range:
- 1 Hostile
- 5 Neutral
- 10 Infatuated
Then, I ask, “Why does the NPC have this reaction? What’s the story?”
Picture a party sneaking into a brigand camp and they run into a guard, who has an 8 reaction. Maybe the boss maintains loyalty by using blackmail or holding families hostage. So, the guard sees the intruders as a possible means of escape.
Or the group meets a pleasant-looking old lady selling apples at the market, who leaps at them with her paring knife (because her reaction was a 1. Why? Maybe one of them looks like the bandit who murdered her only son last week. Stories within stories. 🙂