World-building is a much-loved and hated aspect of tabletop gaming. Come along with us as we delve into the madness and develop various aspects of our own campaign setting. As these articles will contain a great deal of information about the setting before it's published, access is limited to our paid subscribers.
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We often wave away the less pleasant aspects of medieval societies. We're here for the action and not graphic descriptions of individuals urinating or defecating. However, knowing how the inhabitants of a world deal with their waste is essential when describing medieval-based construction and large populations of people and monsters.
Let's take a brief look into how NPC mages are handled in games and why that tends to break the suspension of disbelief. We'll look at the more common problems with how mages are portrayed and some tips and thoughts on including NPC mages in your campaign in a believable way.