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Improved NPC Interactions

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There are three sections to this document on NPC social interaction

Emotion Wheel Based NPC Development

Using the emotion wheel to quickly determine complex traits and stress responses based on the emotion wheel modified to represent introverted and extroverted personalities.

NPC Demeanor, Piety, Prejudices, and Affinities

Quickly defining personality traits that will impact an NPCs opinion of a PC, and color their interactions.

Flowcharts for NPC Interaction

Visual framework for the most common interactions using interaction skills

I was introduced to the emotion wheel on a reddit post, and instantly fell in love with it as a potential shortcut to developing a wide variety of detailed emotional responses for NPCs. I thought the outer layer of the emotion wheel would benefit from being further differentiated for introverted and extroverted personality types.

I tried to develop a quick yet robust method to determine an NPCs demeanor toward PCs based on a variety of characteristics and affiliations. Using these characteristics I can define how challenging (read: DC) interactions will be with the NPC based on their attitude. I then define several types of interactions and visually define a framework for interactions in flowchart form. 

The concept of NPC interaction and utilizing social skills is not terribly complicated in and of itself, but can be overwhelming in practice. Having a framework helps me organize the underlying concept in my head so that the process flows smoothly in game.

I hope you get use out of this


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January 24th, 2018
A good guideline when writing about characters, but there's far too many options to use while in the middle of a game. That's fine, it's still a great resource. [...]
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