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200+ pages of excellent NPCs and pre-built characters at level 1, 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20. Statblocks, roleplaying cues, stories and more!
200+ pages of excellent NPCs and pre-built characters at level 1, 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20. Statblocks, roleplaying cues, stories and more!
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Following on from 2016's Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery, Ultimate NPCs: Warfare presents a collection of 30 fully fleshed-out characters to populate your game world. From high command to the cook’s tent, you’ll find a variety of soldiers, auxiliaries, and noncombatants within, each with the backstory and statistics necessary to run as an NPC or player character.

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 they were located in? How many times have you been a player wanting to join a party but didn't have any good ideas for 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?!

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 in 5th Edition format. 

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.

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

 

 

Tales from the Fandom Podcast with Lou Fryer

After the success of our last Ultimate NPCs title, Skulduggery, alongside it's parallel series, 'Ultimate Bestiary', we know there is a market for high-quality NPC books and bestiaries with gorgeous full-color art and all the wealth of information you could ever need for use within your game world. Rest assured, then, that these books are very much part of an on-going series. We have multiple other books with characters of different themes currently being conceptualized! 

 

Ultimate NPCs: Warfare hardcover, reference cards, and reference card tuckbox mockups
Ultimate NPCs: Warfare hardcover, reference cards, and reference card tuckbox mockups

DIGITAL  

(These add-ons require a pledge of at least $15)

  • $5 - Ultimate NPCs: Warfare Character Sheet Collection PDF (LOCKED) 
  • $5 - Ultimate NPCs: Warfare PDF 
  • $5 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery PDF

PHYSICAL  

These add-ons require a pledge of at least $40)

  • $40 - Ultimate NPCs: Warfare Hardcover.
  • $40 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery Hardcover.
  • $7 - Ultimate NPCs: Warfare Generic NPC Reference Card Deck. Get all of the generic NPCs from this book in one convenient pack of cards complete with artwork and stat blocks!  
  • $7 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery Generic NPC Reference Card Deck
  • $10 - Ultimate NPCs: Warfare Low Level Reference Card Deck. 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: Warfare Medium Level Reference Card Deck. A collection of all the characters from the book at levels 8 and 12, totaling 60 cards. See description above!
  • $10 - Ultimate NPCs: Warfare High Level Reference Card Deck. A collection of all the characters from the book at levels 16 and 20, totaling 60 cards. See description above!
  • $10 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery Low Level Reference Card Deck. 
  • $10 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery Medium Level Reference Card Deck.
  • $10 - Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery High Level Reference Card Deck. 
(Skulduggery card decks offered at a reduced rate from their price on DriveThruRPG, exclusively for Kickstarter backers).

Like Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery and Ultimate Bestiary: Revenge of the Horde, we want you backers to help us build the book you want! As we approach our stretch goal levels, we will hold polls to determine the order you want the stretch goals unlocked!

$13,000 Guilds (UNLOCKED!) - We 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 (UNOCKED!) - As if the massive book of unique NPCs weren't enough, we want to add a section of generic NPCs with warfare flavor. This will be an excellent resource to create groups of professional soldiers, press-ganged militia, rapacious mercenaries, and high-born knights to populate the battlefields and war camps throughout your realms.

  • $15,000 Militia (UNLOCKED!)
  • $16,000 Soldiers (UNLOCKED!)
  • $17,000 Guards (UNLOCKED!)
  • $18,000 Mercenaries (UNLOCKED!)
  • $19,000 Knights (UNLOCKED!)
  • $20,000 Warmages (UNLOCKED!)

$22,000 Narrative Developments (UNLOCKED!) - 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!

$24,000 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 and ideas of how to best incorporate the character into your game world, along with specific quest ideas.

$26,000 More Generic NPCs (UNLOCKED!) - Now that we have the basics, it's time to include some "Mini-Bosses" within each category of Generic NPC.

$28,000 Unique Items (UNLOCKED!) - We will flesh out the details, history, and game mechanics of unique items that are in the possession of characters within the book.

$30,000 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.

$32,000 Character Sheets (UNLOCKED!) - We will create a character sheet for each character in the book and assemble them in a PDF bundle which you can add to your pledge for $5.

$34,000 Unique Spells (UNLOCKED!) - Well what good are unique NPCs without some equally unique spells? We plan to add new spells that you won't find anywhere else.

$40,000 The Fires of War (LOCKED) - FREE TO ALL BACKERS! We will create a variable difficulty mini adventure to serve as an introduction to a warfare themed campaign, featuring NPCs and developing stories from the book. The PDF will include all new, original artwork.

 Here are some of the things our customers had to say about Ultimate NPCs: Skulduggery!

'Awesome! Pretty much sums this bad boy up!! Ready to drop, fully developed NPC with a name and that can follow along your campaign arc as antagonists, minions, or allies are pretty rare unless you do them yourself – and as the DM who really has time for that level of detail?? ' 

- Tim, 5 stars  

'I can’t wait for the next book in the series! As a GM, working 40 hours with a toddler to boot this book is a no brainer. The variety is just right the characters are engaging and the art top notch. I’ve had the book less than a week and I’ve already used it half a dozen times. Great job guys.'  

- Dalambiaseo, 5 stars  

'Great well developed characters ready to drop in to your campaign. - Greg, 5 stars My game prep time is precious and having resources like Ultimate NPC’s: Skulduggery is an absolute necessity. The quality of the book, the NPCs, their rich and detailed histories, and their accompanying artwork not only makes for an amazing resource but must have for any RPG collection.'  

- Clay, 5 stars  

'This is really something I’ve needed for a while. Well built NPC ready to drop in to any situation. Always makes planning a lot easier for a GM when you don’t have to create every minor NPC you may need stats for. ' 

- Chris, 5 stars

As shipping fees continue to climb, it's becoming more and more difficult to fulfil physical products. Underestimations of shipping fees can seriously impact projects like this, so we are waiting until we are closer to the delivery date to collect those fees. This will ensure more accurate shipping fees (if they continue to rise), prevent us from paying up to 10% of the shipping fees collected to Kickstarter, and give us a better idea of how much money we've actually raised through Kickstarter.

Please refer to the FAQ section for our current shipping cost estimates.

 

Risks and challenges

The majority of the characters are designed and finalized, and all artwork pieces for the book are either complete or in development. 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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