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200+ pages of excellent NPCs and pre-built characters at level 1, 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20. Stat blocks, role playing cues, items and more!
200+ pages of excellent NPCs and pre-built characters at level 1, 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20. Stat blocks, role playing cues, items and more!
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Hardcover Book +PDF, Low, Medium, and High Level Card Packs, Generic NPC Card Pack, Character Sheet PDF, FREE NPC Bookmark Pack, and FREE Crown Royal Dice Bag!
Hardcover Book +PDF, Low, Medium, and High Level Card Packs, Generic NPC Card Pack, Character Sheet PDF, FREE NPC Bookmark Pack, and FREE Crown Royal Dice Bag!
 
  • All Hardcover books come with a FREE NPC Bookmark Pack
 

How many times have you been put on the spot in the middle of a game and needed to generate one or more highly detailed and well thought out NPCs? How many times have you spent valuable time pre-game building a fantastic NPC from scratch, only to have the players pass by the tavern he or she was located? How many times have you been a player wanting to join a party but didn't have any good ideas on a character build? How many times have you been running a game and had a player want to join but just didn't know how to create a character and level them up to be comparable with the rest of the party?!

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Ultimate NPCs solves all of these issues as well as a great deal more! The book is packed with exciting, versatile and dynamic character builds that can be used in a myriad of different ways, and is written in 5th Edition, Pathfinder, and Swords & Wizardry formats to suit most fantasy RPG systems!

The book has 30 uniquely designed characters at levels 1, 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20. This gives maximum versatility for minimal cost and shelf space. Some of the characters are ones that we, the designers, have run in our campaigns for years, some are NPCs we've used to challenge or aid our players, and others are brand new builds incorporating the newest concepts from 5th Edition.

Why did we choose levels 1, 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20? Well, it seemed to us that these specific levels allow for the maximum options for the Game Master or player, with the minimum amount of pages. This allows for maximum value and versatility at a minimum price! w00t!

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Last Day Narrative Developments Reading

Rest assured that this is not the only book in the series. We have many other books with characters of different themes currently in development. Each will be published on a regular schedule to keep the content new, exciting, and diverse in your game!

$13,000 Guilds (UNLOCKED) - the writers will create 12 unique guilds that are connected to specific NPCs within the book. These guilds are a great addition to any adventure, adding both role playing material, plot points, and inspiration for quest lines. 

$15,000-20,000 Generic NPCs - As if the massive book of unique NPCs weren't enough, we want to add a section with generic NPCs of the Skulduggery flavor. This will be an excellent resource to create gangs of thieves, groups of ruffians, and gaggles of brigands to populate the taverns throughout your realms.

  • $15,000 Brigands (UNLOCKED) - At this stretch goal we will add an assortment of low level NPCs primarily used for combat to the book. Each of these NPCs will have unique stats, skills, fighting styles and personalities.
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Brigands Preview
  • $16,000 Ruffians (UNLOCKED) - At this stretch goal we will add an assortment of Medium level NPCs primarily used for combat to the book. Each of these NPCs will have unique stats, skills, fighting styles and personalities. 
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Ruffians Preview
  • $17,000 Swindlers (UNLOCKED) - At this stretch goal we will add an assortment of Medium level NPCs primarily used for role playing to the book. Each of these NPCs will have unique stats, skills, fighting styles and personalities.
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Swindlers Preview
  • $18,000 Thieves (UNLOCKED) - At this stretch goal we will add an assortment of Low, Medium, and High level NPCs primarily used for role playing and combat to the book. Each of these NPCs will have unique stats, skills, fighting styles and personalities.
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Thieves Preview
  • $19,000 Bandits (UNLOCKED) - At this stretch goal we will add an assortment of Low, Medium, and High level NPCs primarily used for role playing and combat to the book. Each of these NPCs will have unique stats, skills, fighting styles and personalities.
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Bandits Preview
  • $20,000 Assassins (UNLOCKED) - At this stretch goal we will add an assortment of High, and Very High level NPCs primarily used for role playing and combat to the book. Each of these NPCs will have unique stats, skills, fighting styles and personalities.
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Assassins Preview

$22,000-26,000 Narrative Developments - We will add interesting plot devices and interactions between NPCs in the book in the form of short stories and vignettes. This will further flesh out personality traits, intentions, and motivations of various characters, thereby inspiring encounters in your game!  

  • $22,000 6 Narrative Developments (UNLOCKED) - "Thief Slayer", "Love Thy Neighbor", "Confrontation", "Child's Play", "Dead Man Walking", and "The Last Tribute" have been added to the book!
  • $23,000 6 Narrative Developments (UNLOCKED) - "Confidentiality", "Prosecution", "Defense", "The Rats' Nest", "One for Sorrow", and "The Ballad of Dapper Tam" have been added to the book!
  • $24,000 6 Narrative Developments (UNLOCKED) 
  • $25,000 6 Narrative Developments (UNLOCKED)
  • $26,000 6 Narrative Developments (UNLOCKED)

$28,000-32,000 Unique Items - Our writers will flesh out the details, history, and game mechanics of unique items that are in the possession of characters within the book.  

  •  $28,000 6 New Items (UNLOCKED) 
  •  $29,000 6 New Items (UNLOCKED) 
  •  $30,000 6 New items (UNLOCKED) 
  •  $31,000 6 New Items (UNLOCKED) 
  •  $32,000 6 New Items (UNLOCKED)

$33,000-38,000 Character Sheets - We will create a character sheet for each character in the book and assemble them in a PDF which you can add to your pledge for $5. 

  • $33,000 Level 1 Character Sheets (UNLOCKED) - All level 1 characters get a character sheet in the PDF.
  • $34,000 Level 4 Character Sheets (UNLOCKED) - All level 4 characters get a character sheet in the PDF.
  • $35,000 Level 8 Character Sheets (UNLOCKED) - All level 8 characters get a character sheet in the PDF.
  • $36,000 Level 12 Character Sheets (UNLOCKED) - All level 12 characters get a character sheet in the PDF.
  • $37,000 Level 16 Character Sheets (UNLOCKED) - All level 16 characters get a character sheet in the PDF.
  • $38,000 Level 20 Character Sheets (UNLOCKED) - All level 20 characters get a character sheet in the PDF.

$39,000-42,000 Unique Spells - Did someone say spells? Well what good are unique NPCs without some equally unique spells? We plan to add up to 12 new spells that you won't find anywhere else. Plus these spells are designed around trickery, charming, illusion, and all manner of techniques that will aid any discerning rogue, ranger, criminal, and alike. 

  •  $39,000 3 New Spells (UNLOCKED) 
  •  $40,000 3 New Spells (UNLOCKED) 
  •  $41,000 3 New Spells (UNLOCKED)
  •  $42,000 3 New Spells (UNLOCKED) 

$44,000 NPC Plot Hooks (UNLOCKED) - NPCs get short write ups of suggested story/plot lines to use them most effectively. This includes general use of the character as well as general ideas of how to best incorporate the character into your game, as well as specific quest ideas. 

$46,000 More Generic NPCs (UNLOCKED) - Now that we have the basics, it's time to include some "Mini-Bosses" within each category of Generic NPC.

$48,000 Encounter Tables (UNLOCKED) - Who doesn't love tables in their books?! We will add encounter tables to the Generic NPCs section of the book that allow you to quickly generate groups of NPCs at specific challenge ratings to best suit the player group.

$52,000 More Color Artwork (UNLOCKED) - Because why not? We all love artwork, and color artwork is even better! We will go through and have all of the artwork for Generic NPCs colored! We will also add color artwork for items and spells!

$60,000 New Color Artwork (LOCKED) - It's the final stretch goal! We can do it! We will create new full color artwork for the Generic NPC Mini-Bosses. This way your players can look their adversaries in the eye before they roll for initiative!

DIGITAL

  • $5 - Ultimate NPCs: Character Sheet Collection PDF
  • $5 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery PDF in 5th Edition, Pathfinder, or Swords & Wizardry game system.
  • $5 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery Low Level Print and Play Card Pack for use with a desktop printer. Ideal for PDF backers! Available in 5th Edition, Pathfinder, or Swords & Wizardry game system.
  • $5 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery Medium Level Print and Play Card Pack for use with a desktop printer. Ideal for PDF backers! Available in 5th Edition, Pathfinder, or Swords & Wizardry game system.
  • $5 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery High Level Print and Play Card Pack for use with a desktop printer. Ideal for PDF backers! Available in 5th Edition, Pathfinder, or Swords & Wizardry game system.
  • $3 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery Generic NPC Print and Play Card Pack for use with a desktop printer. Ideal for PDF backers! Available in 5th Edition, Pathfinder, or Swords & Wizardry game system.
  • $15 - d20pro Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery Files for your d20pro system! Available in 5th Edition and Pathfinder!
  • $15 - Fantasy Grounds Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery Files for your Fantasy Grounds system! Available in 5th Edition and Pathfinder!

PHYSICAL

  • $3 Fantasy RPG Bookmarks for Players (available with a black, maroon, or blue border, you'll select your color through Backerkit)
Player's Bookmark Pack
Player's Bookmark Pack
  • $4 Fantasy RPG Bookmark Pack for Game Masters (available with a black, maroon, or blue border, you'll select your color through Backerkit)
Game Master Bookmark Pack
Game Master Bookmark Pack
  • $20 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery POD Softcover (available to backers at a softcover or hardcover level only) in Swords & Wizardry game system.
  • $25 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery Softcover (available to backers at a softcover or hardcover level only) in 5th Edition and Pathfinder
  • $35 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery POD Hardcover (available to backers at a softcover or hardcover level only) in Swords & Wizardry game system.
  • $40 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery Hardcover (available to backers at a softcover or hardcover level only) in 5th Edition and Pathfinder.
  • $7 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery Generic NPC Card Pack (available to backers at a softcover or hardcover level only) in 5th Edition, Pathfinder, or Swords & Wizardry game System. Get all of the generic NPCs from this book in one convenient pack of cards complete with artwork and stat blocks!
  • $10 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery Low Level Card Pack (available to backers at a softcover or hardcover level only) in 5th Edition, Pathfinder, or Swords & Wizardry game System. A collection of all the characters from the book at levels 1 and 4, totaling 60 cards. The character artwork is on one side of the card while the stat block is on the other. Perfect for storytelling by providing visual aids for players and perfect if combat breaks out by providing stat blocks for game masters!
  • $10 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery Medium Level Card Pack (available to backers at a softcover or hardcover level only) in 5th Edition, Pathfinder, or Swords & Wizardry game System. A collection of all the characters from the book at levels 8 and 12, totaling 60 cards. The character artwork is on one side of the card while the stat block is on the other. Perfect for storytelling by providing visual aids for players and perfect if combat breaks out by providing stat blocks for game masters!
  • $10 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery High Level Card Pack (available to backers at a softcover or hardcover level only) in 5th Edition, Pathfinder, or Swords & Wizardry game System. A collection of all the characters from the book at levels 16 and 20, totaling 60 cards. The character artwork is on one side of the card while the stat block is on the other. Perfect for storytelling by providing visual aids for players and perfect if combat breaks out by providing stat blocks for game masters!

Risks and challenges

All of the characters are well designed and finalized, and all of the artwork for the book is complete. That really only leaves stretch goals and production as the two variables that could delay us. We will be finishing the additional content unlocked by stretch goals as we achieve them, and we will be working with a printer with a good track record for on time delivery and excellent quality books.

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