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R see their town and loved ones destroyed Armed only with salvaged euipment 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 This is the first book I ve read by this authorI 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 BahI 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 seem real This in its way is the pointRight 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 uickly 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 become adventurers Specifically they assume the role of the four dead peopleRight 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 withThe 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 partpov was probably about right PerhapsSo 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 programRight well um I guess that s all I have to say I thinkFebruary 17 2016

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NPCs Author Drew Hayes

What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed When the uest 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 Charact 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 thisthese and I d already noticed itthem so I picked it upAt first I wasn t really involved but as the book went on I found it a great and fun readIf 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 villageThe last village the Mad King took notice of was burned to the groundThere 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 accountThis 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 itRecommended Highly

Review NPCs Author Drew Hayes

ErsIn the town of Maplebark four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go uickly 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 o 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 wealth Who cares He s just an NPCsomeone who doesn t matter They re the background scenery like the buildings and trees Think 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 heroesSo 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 RPGfantasy cliches and exploring the absurdity of some RPG conventions No one understood why but the adventurers 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 challengeI still don t get it Eric saidWhy did he burn the barLet me put it to you this way What usually happens to abandoned taverns and inns Thistle asked himThey 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 uite enjoyable It is clear Hayes has a deep appreciation for RPGs but also recognizes the absurdity of the worlds they reside inAs I said Hayes doesn t rely on one gag to carry the book He deftly weaves a story that balances the traditional hero s uest 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 uickly and smoothy I found myself emotionally invested in the characters and can t wait to get to the seuel 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


10 thoughts on “NPCs Author Drew Hayes

  1. says:

    NPCs—or Non Player Characters for you non geeks out there as though anyone reading this isn’t at least mildly geekish or prone to geekish tendencies—are the background characters people partaking in role playing games encounter over the course of their adventures These characters portrayed by the game master or Dun

  2. says:

    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 thisthese and I'd already noticed itthem so I picked it upAt first I wasn't really involved but as the book went on I found it a great and fun readIf you're a gamer you are familiar with the term NPC which stands for Non Player Character That would be the bar tender

  3. says:

    WHERE THE HELL IS BOOK IILoved 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 games A fun fast read Hayes does a wond

  4. says:

    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 som

  5. says:

    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 whol

  6. says:

    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

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    Next time you're playing an RPG please try to be considerate about where you dieUnfortunately for the inhabitants of the Maplebark Inn a band of careless adventurers have stumbled in after eating bad mushrooms a

  8. says:

    This is the first book I’ve read by this authorI’m not really sure what to write about this book I was looking for something relatively li

  9. says:

    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 upAudiobook 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 fo

  10. says:

    45 ish Rounded up

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