Building NPCs: Thoughts.


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I have a player in one of my games whose PC will be getting the Leadership feat and an NPC cohort soon. Now I presume that the cohorts are supposed to be built using the elite array like the section in the Creating NPCs chapter of the Pathfinder Core Rulebook outlines... but I wanted to pick peoples' brains on the matter.

For example, my roommate is against that idea. All the NPCs in his game have always gotten their stats the way his players' characters do, by rolling the dice and making the best of what life gives you.

I know in the pre-Pathfinder days, when my players started experimenting with the ability score arrays, I always built NPCs on the same array as the players (32, usually.) Only since Pathfinder have I started using the Elite array because that seemed to be what I was supposed to do.

So I'm wondering what you all do with your npcs? Elite array? Different arrays? Roll their stats? Whatever seems most fitting for the character?

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Personally, I like to randomly roll stats for key NPCs, because it gives me a foundation for that character's concept and personality. That way, I'm discovering the character during the creation process. Now, when I'm doing an NPC for a freelance submission, I will use the stat packages per the NPC chapter in the Core book. Likewise, if I'm creating a NPC who already has a strong concept, I might use a point build. It all depends on the purpose of the NPC.

Now, in your situation, I would probably roll the stats for the PC's lieutenant, but use standard ability packages for the mooks.


Drakli wrote:

I have a player in one of my games whose PC will be getting the Leadership feat and an NPC cohort soon. Now I presume that the cohorts are supposed to be built using the elite array like the section in the Creating NPCs chapter of the Pathfinder Core Rulebook outlines... but I wanted to pick peoples' brains on the matter.

For example, my roommate is against that idea. All the NPCs in his game have always gotten their stats the way his players' characters do, by rolling the dice and making the best of what life gives you.

I know in the pre-Pathfinder days, when my players started experimenting with the ability score arrays, I always built NPCs on the same array as the players (32, usually.) Only since Pathfinder have I started using the Elite array because that seemed to be what I was supposed to do.

So I'm wondering what you all do with your npcs? Elite array? Different arrays? Roll their stats? Whatever seems most fitting for the character?

By the rules an NPC gets the elite array. I think what you should do depends on your game though. I don't like rolling because I would not want an NPC with super stats.

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