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Is this really a DMPC, or just a regular NPC? No, if it will be a DMPC, it will not work... But: Are you sure that you won't be simply making an NPC that has somewhat more presence than a normal NPC? Because that would absolutely not be a problem and sounds like what you're already planning. The difference between an NPC and a DMPC is (according to me ...


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This depends mostly on what it is you mean by "DMPC" Properly speaking, any character played by the DM is an NPC, a non-player character. Even major or regularly recurring NPCs like the PC adversaries and their lieutenants. A DMPC is a derogatory (to my ears anyway) term for an NPC that is not only prominent and regularly recurring, but also in whom the ...


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You can have a NPC that is the BBEG. There are a number of ways to have the ultimate enemy of your players accompany them at times during their adventures. Multiple interactions is doable The Curse of Strahd adventure opens with guidance about the players interacting with the boss multiple times (p. 10, under "When Strahd Attacks"): Strahd isn’t a ...


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Yes, you can have a DMPC who is also actually the BBEG. As long as they aren't overshadowing the players, there's nothing to fear. Personally, I would make them act as more of a non-combatant tag-along, to minimize the chances of you stepping on the players agency, but I'm probably more cautious than most people in that regard. I would also recommend ...


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This character sounds more like an NPC than a DMPC But if it will be a DMPC then no, it's not okay. A DMPC participates in the party day to day and gains levels with them. As such, they are typically problematic in my experience. DMPC's have outsize power in a party, since the player (the DM) knows what is going to happen. Players will also assume the ...


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Dragon Heist, to be honest, is my favorite Mod out atm. I have run it 3 times and getting ready to run it the 4th time. Each time with a different villain. I would say read the book and take the time to think about what your players would enjoy. The villain doesn't come into the game for real until later in the story, so you can always pick your villain ...


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