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NPCs What Happens When The Haggling Is Done And The Shops Are Closed When The Quest Has Been Given, The Steeds Saddled, And The Adventurers Are Off To Their Next Encounter They Keep The World Running, The Food Cooked, And The Horses Shoed, Yet What Adventurer Has Ever Spared A Thought Or Concern For The Non Player Characters In The Town Of Maplebark, Four Such NPCs Settle In For A Night Of Actively Ignoring The Adventurers Drinking In The Tavern When Things Go Quickly And Fatally Awry Once The Dust Settles, These Four Find Themselves Faced With An Impossible Choice Pretend To Be Adventurers Undertaking A Task Of Near Certain Death Or See Their Town And Loved Ones Destroyed Armed Only With Salvaged Equipment, Second Hand Knowledge, And A Secret That Could Get Them Killed, It Will Take All Manner Of Miracles If They Hope To Pull Off Their CharadeAnd Even If They Succeed, The Deadliest Part Of Their Journey May Well Be What Awaits Them At Its End What does a street urchin, a emperor, a hobgoblin, and a god have in common They are all Non Player Characters or NPCs that populate and bring to life the world of table top role playing games RPGs They are controlled and the game master and can be friends, foes, or just background to the characters players control PCs While essential to the game, they are often abused, ignored, or exploited by PCs and seen as an end to the PCs goal of gaining my power, levels, and wealthWho cares What does a street urchin, a emperor, a hobgoblin, and a god have in common They are all Non Player Characters or NPCs that populate and bring to life the world of table top role playing games RPGs They are controlled and the game master and can be friends, foes, or just background to the characters players control PCs While essential to the game, they are often abused, ignored, or exploited by PCs and seen as an end to the PCs goal of gaining my power, levels, and wealthWho cares He s just an NPCsomeone who doesn t matter They re the background scenery, like the buildings and treesThink of them as the poor schmucks in the crowd when the hero of an action movie gets into a big shootout with his enemies Most of them are often overlooked and taken for granted, acknowledged by PCs only when they are needed They aren t the heroes, just the people that try to survive the heroes.So what happens when NPCs have to take up the mantle of heroes for one reason or another Hilarity and fish out water encounters is what But this book doesn t just lean exclusively on this conceit Hayes takes time to develop his characters, their motivations, and their relationships while deftly playing into many RPG fantasy cliches and exploring the absurdity of some RPG conventionsNo one understood why, but theadventurers were around, the greater the number of monsters that were drawn It was like they grouped up in scale to the number of adventurers present to give a proper challenge I still don t get it, Eric said Why did he burn the bar Let me put it to you this way What usually happens to abandoned taverns and inns Thistle asked him They get inhabited by monsters, or bandit gangs, Eric replied It was common knowledge, after all Adventurers often sought out such locations when hunting for a good fight So yeah, this world is sort of bonkers, but in a way that is very familiar to RPG veterans For those most part the craziness doesn t impact PCs because the world is tailored to meet their needs, NPCs be damned So seeing this crazy world through the perspective of NPCs was quite enjoyable It is clear Hayes has a deep appreciation for RPGs but also recognizes the absurdity of the worlds they reside in.As I said, Hayes doesn t rely on one gag to carry the book He deftly weaves a story that balances the traditional hero s quest, the fish out of water ness of NPCs pretending to be adventurers, and a pretty nifty take on how our RPG games influence the world of the NPCs I had a lot of difficulty putting the book down as the action flows so quickly and smoothy I found myself emotionally invested in the characters and can t wait to get to the sequel I will admit that being a long time player of Dungeons and Dragons I picked up on a lot of winks and nods that the uninitiated would probably miss You don t have to be an RPG player to appreciate this book, but it does help a lot WHERE THE HELL IS BOOK II Loved, loved, loved this book If you played D D back in the day, you will enjoy it I m talking about the paper version, you crazy kids with your newfangled video gamesA fun, fast read Hayes does a wonderful job of capturing the essence of the gaming experience, but from the perspective of the characters WHERE THE HELL IS BOOK II Loved, loved, loved this book If you played DD back in the day, you will enjoy it I m talking about the paper version, you crazy kids with your newfangled video gamesA fun, fast read Hayes does a wonderful job of capturing the essence of the gaming experience, but from the perspective of the characters Oh I liked this I listened when Jane told me so I marked it down when Erica added her thoughts But it was only when Dave was kind enough to gift me a copy that I got serious Hayes shows great judgment as he steers his story through comic surprises, satire and actual adventure I won t ruin that for you but I will share some favorite quotes If you think about it, it s basically certain death versus probable dea Oh I liked this I listened when Jane told me so I marked it down when Erica added her thoughts But it was only when Dave was kind enough to gift me a copy that I got serious Hayes shows great judgment as he steers his story through comic surprises, satire and actual adventure I won t ruin that for you but I will share some favorite quotes If you think about it, it s basically certain death versus probable death If we do nothing, we know the crazy king will do some murdering, and he has the resources to track their death to this tavern On the other hand, if we pick up the equipment and give it a whirl, we ll still probably die, but at least we have a sliver of hope Not to mention, if we should fall further up the road, then the king will direct his murderous tendencies elsewhere, Thistle said This isn t you abandoning me, though This is you trusting me to do my job, and not making me worry about you as well We re a party We each have our own tasks to fulfill Shitty players are part of the package that comes with GMing As for the dice thing, I have absolutely no idea what that was, but weird stuff happens all the time Thanks to Jane, Erica and Dave for their efforts to get me going Maybe it is because I have been playing D20 RPGs for 30 years that I found NPCs a very enjoyable surprise Next time you re playing an RPG, please try to be considerate about where you die.Unfortunately for the inhabitants of the Maplebark Inn, a band of careless adventurers have stumbled in after eating bad mushrooms and have now found precisely the wrong place to pass on For the gamers who were playing the adventurers, it s not a big deal after all, that s what backup characters are for But for the NPC characters, there s no such thing as a re roll, and now they have to handle four rather suspic Next time you re playing an RPG, please try to be considerate about where you die.Unfortunately for the inhabitants of the Maplebark Inn, a band of careless adventurers have stumbled in after eating bad mushrooms and have now found precisely the wrong place to pass on For the gamers who were playing the adventurers, it s not a big deal after all, that s what backup characters are for But for the NPC characters, there s no such thing as a re roll, and now they have to handle four rather suspicious deaths To make matters worse, the now deceased adventurers had been summoned to the capital city by the Mad King himself The King tends to shoot first and ask questions later, and when he is unhappy, he tends to spread it around with a big sword But the NPCs see one little loophole if they continue on the quest, then the King might never connect their village with the disappearance All they need to do is take on the roles of a barbarian, a paladin, a wizard, and a roguehow hard can it be As Thistle the gnome puts it, We ll loot the bodies and be on our way The words that start every great adventure, Gabrielle quipped sarcastically.She might have been surprised to discover how accurate that statement truly was NPCs is straight up squeefully adorable It s not subtle, it s not deep, and it s not profound, it s just awfully, awfully cute The idea of following the forgotten characters might not be particularly novel, but there s something charmingly original about Hayes take on the theme For example, on why untrained adventurers end up on quests in the first place Why does he the king keep employing random adventurers who can be so easily killed Gabrielle wondered Again, because he seems to like leaving a trail of of destruction in his wake, Eric reminded her The people inhabiting the RPG world have started adopting the adventurers slang, even though No one had discerned a standard meaning for the word pronounced as pone despite its recent surge in usage I m actually not a gamer and have never played an RPG, but this book made me want to give it a try I suspect it s evenentertaining if you actually get all the references.I also enjoyed the basic character setup Gabrielle, the mayor s daughter, spends most of her life being repeatedly kidnapped by goblins and rescued by adventurers Since she spends so much time on the road, she s taken up woodcraft, scouting, and fighting as hobbies Eric is one of the many guards who are, without fail, outsmarted by both goblins and adventurers Thistle the gnome is a part time henchman who worships Grumble, god of minions Grumph is a half orc bartender who is farintelligent than he appears I loved how they initially set themselves up in the roles suggested by the stereotypes, but eventually they end up finding their own true vocations Sure, that s become a trope in its own right, but it s still cute At some point, though, the adventurers turn into true adventurers, with all the associated stereotypes, and I think that detracts somewhat from the story I think one of the reasons that I enjoyed this so much is the way that I read it Since I can t handle prolonged cuteness, I read the book in small chunks, interspersed withserious texts specifically, Vicious, which is a history of human brutality to wolves, and the self explanatory Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers Maybe the book s main idea isn t prcisely subtle, but it s light and cute, and I found myself thoroughly enjoying the NPCs adventures In any case, NPCs was adorable enough to make me consider picking up another book by the same author, The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant Come to think of it, the title alone is enough to sell me on it Another for the TBR I guess what bothers me is that the NPC part is kind of a gimmick that just gets you to read a somewhat interesting but ultimately underwhelming and unmemorable fantasy story The idea is supposed to be that the Non Player characters from dungeons and dragons are forced to become the real adventurers that normally they only interact with in taverns to sell a tankard of ale or get kidnapped Sounds kind of fun But the whole premise of the book is forgotten in about 5 pages After the NPCs beco I guess what bothers me is that the NPC part is kind of a gimmick that just gets you to read a somewhat interesting but ultimately underwhelming and unmemorable fantasy story The idea is supposed to be that the Non Player characters from dungeons and dragons are forced to become the real adventurers that normally they only interact with in taverns to sell a tankard of ale or get kidnapped Sounds kind of fun But the whole premise of the book is forgotten in about 5 pages After the NPCs become adventurers, they could be any other band of travelers, albeit inexperienced It wasn t completely predictable or corny, but there s a lot of plot filler so many demons and battles that pretty much just serve as a minor distraction to what otherwise would surely be a short and lame plot The whole reason that they become adventurers is thin at best and laughable at worst The king is going to get mad and besiege the whole town because you accidentally killed four real warriors I just couldn t get past that part I just kind of don t get it It s not really funny but not serious I m glad it didn t go overboard on the OMG NERDY stuff, but at the same time doesn t really do anything to remind readers it s supposed to be about games and not just a generic fantasy world Again, I think i just felt kind of duped with the NPC part But hey it was only 4 I guess I washoping for The Day In The Life Of a Peon Warcraft s Forgotten Workers This is the first book I ve read by this author.I m not really sure what to write about this book I was looking for something relatively light and fluffy with the potential of humor This book popped up on my radar, I noticed it was on Kindle Unlimited, so I tried it I was actually unexpectedly surprised, as opposed to expectedly surprised I suppose Hmms Let s see Bah.I was actually surprised by how much deeper this book turned out to be on a certain level Sure, it s still mostly fluffy, b This is the first book I ve read by this author.I m not really sure what to write about this book I was looking for something relatively light and fluffy with the potential of humor This book popped up on my radar, I noticed it was on Kindle Unlimited, so I tried it I was actually unexpectedly surprised, as opposed to expectedly surprised I suppose Hmms Let s see Bah.I was actually surprised by how much deeper this book turned out to be on a certain level Sure, it s still mostly fluffy, but there were elements I did not expect to find that made things seemreal This, in its way, is the point.Right, so, anyone not read the book description Well, in case you didn t Four adventures roll into town Visit a tavern Drink some mead and then promptly slump over dead Four others were in the tavern when this event occurred All four are town people, and, in another realm, NPC Non player characters They spring to life , so to speak, when they spot the four people slumped over They investigate, and discuss what to do with the bodies Well, first what to do with the passed out people, but it quickly turns to what to do with the dead bodies once the four realize that they are dealing with death not passed out drunks One thing leads to another and the four realize something super important the four adventurers have an invitation from the king The king known for being, let us say, overly eager to burn and pillage his own people Any excuse will do Four dead people traveling under his invitation Perfect excuse to burn and pillage, say, the village the four people are standing in The same village they happen to live in and most of whom have family living in They, naturally, examine the possibility of disposing the bodies as far away from the village as possible There s a slight chance that might work A slight chance is not good enough And so NPC s becomeadventurers Specifically, they assume the role of the four dead people.Right, so Who are these people We ve got Eric the human guard and kinda really incompetent, the kind who probably would have been out of a job if he wasn t the friend of the village mayor s daughter Naturally, since he has training in armor, and has armor, he ll pretend to be the paladin Then we have Gabrielle also a human She s the village mayor s daughter She spends her time alternating between being boredly tightly bound within the strictures of being a proper lady and being a damsel in distress She s trained a lot to try to break out of needing people to save her, but it never seems to work Naturally, since she s the most educated of the bunch, she ll pretend to be the wizard Then there s the gnome Whose name escapes me at the moment That annoys me Oh right, his name is Thistle Since he s worked as a minion and darts around in shadows, he ll naturally play the role of the Rogue Lastly we have Grumph he s a half orc and the bartender and owner of the tavern Naturally, because he is a half orc, he ll play the role of Barbarian Note 1 I got distracted numerous times, by accident, by the fact that Thristle s god is named Grumble And his best friend is named Grumph Occasionally I d forget which name went with which entity and got confused as to who Thristle was talking with.The above, the NPC s interacting with each other, was basically what I expected this book to be about I knew that the four would end up pretending to be Adventurer s because that s in the description What I didn t know, though found out almost immediately, is that the book also includes the point of view of actual adventurers in addition to the NPC s I m of two minds about the adventurer s point of view about whether it was needed or not On the one hand obviously, because of the structure of the book, something like their point of view was needed here and there On the other hand, just maybe not as much of their story intermixed Most of the book, though, involves the NPC s, so I believe the adventurers part pov was probably about right Perhaps.So then this is one of those books that kind of sucked me in, tickled me, and then spit me out the other side I rather enjoyed this book, I did There s some element that lifted it above where I thought the book would rest, while at the same time there s some other unexplained element that s keeping me from marking this down as a five star story I did kind of love the book though I ll have to think harder about the rating It should be noted, though, that I, once the first book was done, immediately purchased the second book Recall, if you will, that I initially read this book because it was in the Kindle Unlimited program.Right, well, um, I guess that s all I have to say I think.February 17 2016 Executive Summary Why did I wait so long to listen to this one This book is a lot of fun If you re a Tabletop RPG fan, I highly recommend picking this one up.Audiobook Roger Wayne is excellent He does a variety of voices for the different characters He speaks with good inflection and volume Audio is an excellent option for this series Full Review Most if not all people who have played Dungeons Dragons or similar tabletop RPGs or any RPG game for that matter have suffered the loss Executive Summary Why did I wait so long to listen to this one This book is a lot of fun If you re a Tabletop RPG fan, I highly recommend picking this one up.Audiobook Roger Wayne is excellent He does a variety of voices for the different characters He speaks with good inflection and volume Audio is an excellent option for this series Full Review Most if not all people who have played Dungeons Dragons or similar tabletop RPGs or any RPG game for that matter have suffered the loss of a character before You may have poured hours of time into it s creation, and eveninto bringing them to life, depending how long you ve been playing it It probably hurt when they died But then you just roll up a new character and go on.Did you ever wonder what the NPCs think about your death Or what they get up to when you re not around to rob, maim or pump them for information Drew Hayes did, and it s pretty amusing This book is full of in jokes, both about RPG games particularly the dice rolling variety and their players.I had this on my radar for some time, but it took an audible sale and a friend reading enjoying this book to finally get me to give it a shot I shouldn t have waited This book does for RPGs much like Off to Be the Wizard does for general fantasy video games It s both funny and smart.The characters are excellent too You ll never look at Goblins the same way again Mr Hayes takes some well worn tropes of RPGs and comes at them from every angle, all while telling a pretty good story that will make you want to run out and pick up your dice Or at least it did for me.For you DD sorts you may want to keep your copy of the player s handbook at hand, so you can look up various spells as you read Or maybe that s just me Perhaps you have them all memorized anyways.The writing is a bit unpolished in some places, but I was too busy having fun to really care Great characters, story telling and my general nostalgia of the years I spent playing Dungeons and Dragons really endeared this book to me immediately.Mr Hayes also sets things up nicely for a series I m not sure how many he has in mind, but I could read a whole bunch of them I m not playing DD any, so this might be as close as I can get for now.This book has far too few reviews on Goodreads I highly recommend picking this up, at least if you re an RPG fan I ll be curious to see if it s as enjoyable to general fantasy fans I think there is enough here that it probably will be, but I suspect many of the in jokes may be lost on them I just read a book by this author Drew Hayes and really enjoyed and am waiting for the next in that series I decided to wait for the audio A friend here recommended this these and I d already noticed it them so I picked it up.At first I wasn t really involved but as the book went on I found it a great and fun read.If you re a gamer you are familiar with the term NPC which stands for Non Player Character That would be the bar tenders, stable boys, tavern girls, town guardsmen and so on, t I just read a book by this author Drew Hayes and really enjoyed and am waiting for the next in that series I decided to wait for the audio A friend here recommended this these and I d already noticed it them so I picked it up.At first I wasn t really involved but as the book went on I found it a great and fun read.If you re a gamer you are familiar with the term NPC which stands for Non Player Character That would be the bar tenders, stable boys, tavern girls, town guardsmen and so on, the people with whom the Player Characters interact through the Game Master throughout the game Butwhat do they do between games So we start with a group of NPCs sitting around the bar when something happens to a group of adventurers who had done something that drew or at least would draw the attention of the Mad King down on their village.The last village the Mad King took notice of was burned to the ground.There was only one thing they could dopretend to be the group of dead adventurers and draw the King s attention away from said village Of course this doesn t take a lot, a whole lot into account.This book is great fun We do see a group of the idiot type gamers I think give all gamers a bad name but it seems thatwell that would be a spoiler so try the book I think you ll enjoy it.Recommended Highly Oh This was definitely good fun I listened to the audiobook narrated by Roger Wayne, who was a new to me narrator I was very impressed with his voice work it was on par with one of my all time faves for this type of book, Luke Daniels.If you like Off to Be the Wizard and its sequels, then you should also enjoy NPCs I m quite pleased to have a new series to add to my fun list, and excited to see that the other two books in the series available on audiobook are both a bit longer than th Oh This was definitely good fun I listened to the audiobook narrated by Roger Wayne, who was a new to me narrator I was very impressed with his voice work it was on par with one of my all time faves for this type of book, Luke Daniels.If you like Off to Be the Wizard and its sequels, then you should also enjoy NPCs I m quite pleased to have a new series to add to my fun list, and excited to see that the other two books in the series available on audiobook are both a bit longer than this first one.I unintentionally re listened to the first chapter of this book when I d finished it, and suddenly it made a lotsense than it did for me on the first pass It s only a couple of minutes, so it was very worth revisiting for me


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