Denizens of the Tabletop RPG Realms! Hear me! Or rather - hear them!
How many times have your PCs been wandering around the town/castle/evil lair and run into a pair of guards? Sometimes it's just a friendly reminder from the GM - don't you start a fight in here unless you want this to get messy. Other times you need to sneak past them to accomplish your goals. But always - always, they're just standing there. Guarding. Being boring and probably, if we could look into their NPC heads, being really really bored.
But no longer! Some of you may already have made this a standard practice, but I say (in the spirit of Terry Pratchett's Discworld) we give these nameless NPCs a little bit of color, humor, and personality. How, you ask? By having them talk to each other where the PCs can overhear, and thus introducing new and perhaps outlandish setting elements into the game.
What This Thread Is For:
It is up to all of us to encourage one another to bring more life to our games. As such, we can all contribute random vague pieces of dialogue for two (or more) supposed NPC guards just standing around guarding things and having a bit of a chat. The more questions the dialogue leaves in the heads of eavesdropping PCs the better. So just go ahead and post some snippets and let's see what fun we can have!
Here are some examples as to what has occurred to me this evening (to note, my current game has a setting which overlaps with the real world, which makes for some more surreal references here):
"Did you hear Traymaner died?"
"And Black Rosero?"
"Diahtress should help some--"
"--nope. Dragon. Last week."
"Didn't we win the war?"
"Not so's you'd know it."
"-another Leviathan test tomorrow."
"Are they insane? They're insane. Didn't you almost die last time?"
"Me an' my little boy was in the stands when that monstrosity hit the Pinnacle. Right disaster that was."
"This is just nonsense. The Dream Codex has worked for generations."
"With the occasional escape of a wild pack of Ace Grummons."
"That's besides the point. Airships will continue to fly by the grace of darkforce. This helium thing is never going to catch on."
"I'm telling you she was fated by the gods to die."
"I don't think just because the song said -"
"You can't write a song about not going to rehab and not end up dead! It just doesn't happen
"Your obsession with Amy Winehouse would be creepy if she was still alive."
"But it's not because she was fated to die!"
"You're going again?"
"Of course, can't miss it. This is the pure raw tigerforce. I can't believe you're gonna pass."
"Look, I get the rush, I get it - but my man's got two left feet and that's a fact. I ain't gonna get kicked in the shins all night just cause he doesn't know how to jump, jive, and wail."
"I swear, you managed to hook up with the only skeleton in town who can't Swing worth a damn."
"Don't I know it."