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Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game

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"What I'm saying is that GMs out here need this book. You may be fine coming up with awesome NPCs on your own and don't think you need something like this, and what I'm telling you is that this book is more than just a thousand characters, it's a million stories." -- Dave Chalker, Critical Hits review

2013 ENnie Award winner for Best Aid/Accessory - 2012 Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement

Playing a character is like putting on a mask: Slip on a mask, and you become someone else.

This book presents 1,000 “masks” — non-player characters that are fun to play, and that your players will never forget. Featuring a foreword by gaming industry legend Wolfgang Baur, Masks is the ultimate NPC resource.

Think of your favorite character from a game, book, or movie. What makes them memorable? It’s not their Strength score, or how many hit points they have — it’s who they are as a person: what they look like, how they act, their personality, and what drives them.

Using a simple but powerful template that features Appearance, Roleplaying, Personality, Motivation, Background, and Traits, Masks provides the core elements of a thousand great characters. Masks NPCs are designed to be used on the fly, no prep required — but with enough depth to be used when planning adventures, as well.

Within this massive collection you’ll find the resources you need to portray vivid NPCs in your games:

  • Fantasy, science fiction, and modern NPCs: 333 of each (334 in fantasy), all easily adaptable to any genre and any RPG
  • Roles and traits: Every NPC has a role — villain, ally, or neutral — and is categorized by traits like famous, criminal, and warrior
  • Clear, useful game mastering advice: Masks covers re-skinning NPCs to fit other genres, making your portrayals memorable, and more
  • Handy tools: NPCs are indexed by trait, name, and author; an appendix lists groups like Tavern Patrons and Spaceport Denizens; and Masks provides over 1,900 names in an easy-to-use format
  • No game mechanics: These system-neutral NPCs can be used in any RPG

Like all Engine Publishing titles, Masks includes four versions of the book: DRM-free, bookmarked, hyperlinked PDF plus EPUB, MOBI, and plain text.

Want to learn more about Masks? You can download a free 17-page PDF excerpt of the book (including 18 ready-to-use NPCS) and read more reviews on the Engine Publishing website.

Need plots to go with your NPCs? Check out Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters, which makes a great companion to Masks. You can also buy both books in a bundle for 20% off: Ultimate Game Master's Toolkit: 501 Plots and 1,000 NPCs.

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March 14th, 2015
With less than 10 sessions under my GM belt, characterization has been something of a challenge/hassle for me. One would think with all the reading/gaming I've done over the years I would have this stuff down pat, but that hasn't been my experience. This [...]
March 19th, 2014
I found some samples of Eureka and Masks on Engine's website and was very impressed with the information, samples, and ideas provided, so I decided to buy the full ebook for both. This book is very well written and provides lots of easily NPCs with [...]
July 21st, 2012
My homebrew campaign is too different to use most published FRP resources, but I found many usable NPCs in this product. The personalities have interesting motives and yet are highly adaptable. Also, the included text version allows me to easily copy [...]
June 30th, 2012
This book was good. Thousands of NPC-ideas, funny and epic, good and evil, everything you need. Some of this NPC were so funny, that I couldn't stopped laughing. I can only recommend it for every game master who needs many NPC. [...]
Christopher H. [Regelmässiger Rezensent]
June 18th, 2012
This book’s subtitle doesn’t exaggerate. The volume really does contain 1,000 NPC write-ups across three common RPG genres: fantasy, sci-fi, and modern. Within each genre, NPCs are sorted into three categories: villains, neutral, and allies. Each [...]
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