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D&D 5e NPC Foe Expansion

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Do you pit your party against humanoid opponents and wish you had a wider CR range from which to choose? Or do you dread when your players want to act on some color setting detail you casually mention--like when "resentment of the baron's unjust law" results in the party kicking in the castle door to confront the ruler, and all the book offers you is a CR 1/8 noble?

This booklet provides 30 NPC foes expanded across a wider range of challenge ratings. Now even experienced adventurers can still encounter challenging fights against corrupt noble lords and their elite guards, outlaws and brigand kings, hoods and their ruffian thugs, and other kinds of "arch" spellcasters besides mages.

Update (V.3, 3/16/16): Important correction to Tribal Overlord; minor corrections to text descriptions throughout.

Update (V.2, 3/5/16): Minor but important clarification of Parry-Riposte reaction for the Swordmaster, War Lord, and High Lord.

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Scott M June 28, 2016 12:59 pm UTC
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My thanks to those who have left feedback. Balancing monsters and determining CR can be tricky. I personally have never gotten the number-range approach in the DMG to provide functional outcomes. I also question if all the monsters in the MM necessarily line up with the DMG's system, especially the NPCs. If you compare the durability and damage potential of a nonhumanoid monster of a CR to NPCs listed for that CR, the NPCs typically seem weaker overall.

I'm really sorry that a purchaser nearly had a TPK with some of my NPCs. However, could this have been due to the composition of the party versus particular effects of the NPCs? My approach to designing these NPCs (as with my other expansions) was to start with entries in the MM as points of comparison and then to create a variant--either in between two existing MM entries or scaling up from an existing MM entry. In the end, I still compared new CR 11-12 NPCs to the existing CR 12 NPCs (and sometimes monsters too) to ensure that their HP and damage...See more
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Jody J June 09, 2016 6:38 pm UTC
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This product has been added to the DMs Guild Creature Index. http://www.dmsguild.com/product/184543/DMs-Guild-Creature-Index
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This title was added to our catalog on February 27, 2016.