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Name and Design an NPC Pledge Reward; potentially 200 of them?

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I was browsing the possible pledges (again) and it struck me that if the 1000$ tier that allows a backer to name and design an NPC sells out, Obsidian will have to put 200 fan-made NPCs in the game. That is a staggering amount; in fact there are many RPGs out there that don’t have as many NPCs in the entire game.

 

I was wondering therefore how they’ll solve this from a design point of view. It seems to me that it’s impossible to create so many unique NPCs and also give them a unique thing to do, i.e. a quest. So will people have to accept that their character will be a villager; a trader; a tavern guest rather than a quest NPC? The alternative is quite impossible unless Obsidian’s developers start replacing all of their own quest NPCs with fan-made candidates that more or less fit the profile.

 

I’m not saying this to question or cast doubt on this pledge reward by the way: if I’d design a character and see him or her end up telling my hero a line or two of lore in some cosy inn, I’d be perfectly contented. After all, expecting them to become a major villain or wise mentor that counsels the player throughout the game just isn’t very realistic. No, I’m just interested to see how these fan-made NPCs will be handled throughout the development of Project Eternity and would welcome your opinions on the matter.


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I was unaware the phrase "quest NPC" appeared anywhere. I always assumed the fan-made NPCs would just be hanging out in the various towns and might have their own dialogue/gimmicks.


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I was unaware the phrase "quest NPC" appeared anywhere.

 

I doesn’t. :)

But 200 NPCs just hanging around is still a lot!


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I was unaware the phrase "quest NPC" appeared anywhere.

 

I doesn’t. :)

But 200 NPCs just hanging around is still a lot!

24 Cities/towns plus 11 or so fortresses assuming that all the cities on the map are visitable. So not that many per area. Not to mention random encounters. Edited by ravenshrike

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200 NPCs sounds about right for a full blown game... so if all 200 are sold, then the game will probably only have fan made NPCs (other than some very important campaign related NPCs perhaps).


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There will be some editing going on, no doubt. But writing a funny line or two shouldn't be too much of a problem gameplay-wise. Maybe they'll say the more over-the-top stuff when they're clicked too many times. I'd actually enjoy that - I'm curious about what people will create. Names are another problem entirely, though. I can't imagine how they will all be congruent with the region/culture they are placed in.

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Who says all the slots will be sold?

 

No one. :) I was just contemplating the hypothetical.

What dlux said probably comes close to the mark.


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The first Baldur's Gate had tons of random commoner NPCs milling around in towns. This shouldn't be a problem.

Unless everyone designs a special snowflake.


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I'd be shocked if the game has 10 towns/cities let alone 20+ visitable unless they're nothing more than SOZ like.


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As I understand this, backers will be able to pick a name, race and class for an NPC and even this only "within reason". What it boils down to is that you have a name that you picked pop up on some NPC in the game. I don't think there's much potential for problems even if there are 200 of them.

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