June 8, 2009

Around the blogs... Villains in RPGs

Over the last few weeks we've seen a number of excellent posts about villains and other general badasses. From articles about how to run villains, to developing back stories, to actually playable NPCs to drop into your game, there's been a ton of writing about it. Not to mention we've also seen a bunch of new, and very fine I might add, artwork from several up and coming illustrators. Here's a round up of what I've read and helped craft myself.

(btw - the villain survey/random drawing for RPGNow gift certificate has closed; but we'll release the results later this week. I'm waiting to hear back from the winner).

Playable Villain NPCs
Villain Toolbox
The Generic Villain
Ravyn, the blogger behind the RPG blog Exchange of Realities, has been long running an excellent series titled "The Generic Villain" wherein each post details some aspect of "villainry". Here's a short list of some recent posts, but head over there to see the whole series.

Did I miss anything? If you have an article or blog post that you think should be added to this list.. please leave a comment and let us know!


  1. If I may, let us not forget Anry the Bladed . . . http://thievescant.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/dirty-rotten-scoundrels/

  2. Duly added! thanks for the link!

  3. I'd humbly like to submit my own series of blog posts on various villainous archetypes:


  4. #Phil - oh, how could I have missed THAT?!? Added...

  5. For whatever reason, this page renders in all black for me.

  6. yeah... i can't seem to find the source of the problem either!!! I didn't change anything, and then boom! its all black!


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