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The NPC Cookbook-Instant NPCs; Just Add Dice

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A Cast of Thousands!


The NPC Cookbook is a versatile asset for any D&D5e Dungeon Master.  It contains over 30 tables to generate individual descriptions for your Non Player Characters as well as guidelines and game aids to help create the never-ending army of supporting characters every ongoing campaign needs, including a section where a struggling DM might generate a unique Non Player Character instantly with the drop of a 4d20.

Use this guide to randomly generate over 100 NPC occupations, dozens of general physical descriptions, secret motivations, quirky interaction traits, and much, much more.

Also included in this resource is a newly edited version of the well-received NPC Log; a half page, at-a-glance character record sheet that can fit two-to-a-page for easy organization into a DM’s binder, or printed from an included template into handy, 4x6 index cards depending on your game style.

Your world has it heroes! Now who will serve them drinks?

UPDATED!  Smaller file size with newly expanded NPC Occupation Options! 

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Jeremy S June 22, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
448 MB?
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Ronald S June 23, 2018 1:26 am UTC
Im sorry. Digital is a strange language for me. I don't understand the question... is that too large?
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Jeandré D June 27, 2018 11:03 am UTC
The 062518a version is 258 MB, which is huge for a 25 page PDF.

Try making an additional print friendly version, which will be much smaller:
*export the text pages as text instead bitmap graphics,
*no page backgrounds (this is very important),
*no art,
*no page corner icons,
*no patterns around the page numbers (and put the page numbers on the outer lower corners), and
*put the name of the document and the version as a footer on each page.

Use the RFC 3339 date format for the version, e.g. 2018-06-27p because then alphabetical is the same as chronological, and there's no chance of confusing date formats.
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Ronald S June 28, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Thank you! Im not sure how long it will take me, as the actual tables were always ever created in photoshop from the get-go so I could match the aesthetics of the tables in the DMG that they are based on, but I can see now how that design choice lead to me painting myself into a corner. I am defiantly a 'creative type' who could really use an editor! Ill start on that right away, and as soon as the new version of the file is available, Ill shoot you a notification right away.
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Rebecca W March 18, 2019 6:09 pm UTC
I have to second this request; a 280 MB file is a pretty hefty download for a pdf. A printer friendly version would be super helpful. But I get that this is a paywhatyouwant title, so your work is still deeply appreciated even if it stays as is.
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This title was added to our catalog on June 22, 2018.