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From the #1 Best-Selling author, Jeff Ashworth, comes the latest addition to The Game Master series, with more than 500 NPCs ready to populate your campaign whenever you need them!

As is often the case in tabletop roleplaying games, players often venture into locales or look for answers in places and among people busy Game Masters simply didn’t anticipate. Or, just as often, an adventure won't have fully fleshed out characters in place for the locations and encounters outlined for gameplay.

The Game Master's Book of Non-Player Characters solves these issues and more by providing Game Masters with the information they need to “fill in the holes” in their campaign play. It will enable GMs to instantly add depth, color, motivation and unique physical characteristics at a moment's notice to unexpected or underwritten characters as they pop up during gameplay, ensuring every session is a memorable one for players and GMs alike.

This edition also includes more than 50 hand-drawn illustrations of select NPCs detailed in the book, 3 bonus one-shot adventures, and a foreword by online influencer Jasmine Bhullar.

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Richard N March 24, 2023 9:23 am UTC
Please, can you someone fix the bookmark issue:(
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Robert B February 13, 2023 2:14 am UTC
Not sure how the pricing is determined here, but I can buy the hardcover book from Indigo for $29.99 CAN. I would not buy it here.
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Clinton O December 21, 2022 10:24 am UTC
What character levels are the adventures suitable for?
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Troy E December 18, 2022 6:28 pm UTC
I bought the hard bound and just bought the pdf version for when I game online. I feel the book content is worth it… EXCEPT I can’t highlight or add comments to my PDF version. I agree, also, with those who say bookmarkes are needed. Is there anyway I can get an unlocked version of the pdf so I can add notes?
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Jason S July 28, 2022 8:31 am UTC
I bought the hardcover version of this book. Is there a pdf version I can get access to for free?
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Dylan M February 16, 2022 9:01 pm UTC
I've purchased the hardcover from Amazon, is there anyway I can use the PDF version of the book?
Seems a little strange buying a more premium product but being locked out of the digital version.
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James D January 07, 2022 3:07 am UTC
No disrespect to Drive-Thru, but you can buy this hardback book on Amazon for $12 and Random Encounters for $20... Not sure if that means the book isn't doing well or Drive-Thru is overpriced, but maybe the .pdf needs to be a bit cheaper...
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Jeremie C January 18, 2022 10:28 pm UTC
It's a large discussion, but Amazon strike through pricing of 50% or more on books is not that uncommon. Both of those books have a list price of $23 and $24, that is the price you'd find on the back cover. Just to keep in mind what prices are being compaired here.
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Jason S July 28, 2022 8:43 am UTC
I bought the hard copy of this book for £13 in a retail store a few days ago.
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Ralph T February 20, 2023 12:05 am UTC
This is on demand printing when you purchase from here, so it will be a little more expensive since they are not necessarily printed in bulk.
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Michael W December 17, 2021 2:43 pm UTC
You lost me at "a foreword by online influencer". :(
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Badger B September 29, 2021 1:11 pm UTC
Guys can you produce a printer friendly version please?

That or make layers so I can switch the background image off.

Thank you in advance
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Jason W September 15, 2021 9:31 pm UTC
I agree with Martin T. This is a book about NPC's and there are no npc's in the preview. I would love to see at least one example as well.
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Robert B October 13, 2022 4:00 pm UTC
Amazon shows sample pages and the book is definitely worth it
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Martin T September 15, 2021 11:18 am UTC
Book is called "Non-Player Characters", yet the preview does not show any - perhaps include at least one page?
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Ryder G September 15, 2021 9:03 am UTC
Will there be a hardback, like the first book?
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Franck F September 14, 2021 5:18 pm UTC
Nice design, but the PDF really needs bookmarks for a quicker navigation. Thanks!
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