Looking at using NPC Generators in your game.
NPCs of Your Game
NPCs (Non-Player Characters) are at the heart of most RPGs. The faces of the world for the PCs. Friends, foes, hirelings, rivals, lovers. Those who are affected by the PC's actions. The audience for their heroics and deeds and misdemeanours .
Some won't need anything beyond a name, and others want a few lines or generated in depth.
Using NPC Generators
Find a couple of generators that work for you. That provide some detail, fit a niche in your game or the genre you are playing in.
You don't need to keep everything. Take what you need and discard the rest. If a halfling is generated and you want a lizardfolk, just make the change and your players will never know.
A Quick Visual Description.
You need a character and you need one quick. Not too many details and a visual description. A strong initial visual of an NPC can put an NPC firmly in the minds of players.
the NPC Generator has a description and lots of details.
The Quick Fantasy NPC (one of mine) always has a visible hook such as "covered in jewelry" or with "shiny hair"
Art Breeder uses AI to create character or pet portraits from a few words or short description.
Picking Out Details
Other NPC Generators are far more detailed. You can use the entire description or use it to pick out the elements you want.
Fantasy Name Generators has a character description generator that is system neutral and includes a wealth of details
Chaotic shiny has a character gen with details broken out into small chunks.
Sometimes you want an entire NPC stat block with description to use in the game. Many of these are specific to a game or genre such as Negatherium's NPC Generator for DnD
Using a List of NPCs for a crowd or tavern
Sometimes you want several NPCs at once, possibly connected to each other. A generator can create a few brief npcs, with the players often picking out any of interest to them.
A list can also be used to create an NPC from details of several npcs that you like.
Donjon's NPC Generator has several named NPCs with enough details to start. There are also filters to create by ancestry or character class.
Eigengrau's creates towns and for any location can create a list of NPCs
A Longer List of NPC Generators
I'm collecting a longer list of NPC Generators which I'll add to here.
- "A new cretin every time" - NPCs from Glumdark.
- Space NPCs from donjon
- Quick Character Generator from RanGen which is directed more for creative writing.
- Springhole has a whole host of Human and Humanoid Character Generators with good descriptions.
- Fake Name Generator will create character details for the modern world.
- The Star Wars Multigen tool will create npcs specific to Star Wars RPG such as Edge of the Empire.
- Kassoon has one for 5E D&D with descriptions and game stats
- 5th DnD has a colourful 3-line npc description.
- Chaos Gen has a Quick Fantasy NPC with a visual tie and personality trait.
- Total Party Kill has a NPC Gen for 5E with stats, skills and personality traits. It also has options for original 1974 D&D, Basic D&D and Lamentations of the Flame Princess.
- More D&D characters at DM's Vault with a summary and for descriptors for stats depending on their scores.
- RPG Tinker Builds Characters with D&D 5e Stats using templates
- One Sentence NPC Generator from Roleplaying Tips.
- People Generator at 7th Sanctum which is more modern in descriptions.
Let me know any other NPC Gens which should be on the list.