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What's a word that means "NPC or Monster"

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I'm blanking -- I need a single word with refer to all the NPCs and monsters in a game. I'm using "Extras" for random unnamed guards, farmers, etc., but I need a term to use in the text to refer to all the notable allies, villains, monsters, aliens, etc. It's important it doesn't say "monster" or "villain" as many are neither of those things. It needs to say "allies AND enemies".

In Star Wars terms --

Extra -- stormtroopers, moisture farmers, Cantina musicians

Hero - the players; Luke, Han, Leia

??? - the rest: Yoda, Vader, the Rancor Monster, Tarkin, Mace Windu
 

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Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
Supporting Cast? I use the term mook a lot, but that's not quite what you're going for I don't think, that's more the extras.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Supporting Cast? I use the term mook a lot, but that's not quite what you're going for I don't think, that's more the extras.
Yeah, you couldn't call Darth Vader or Yoda a mook.

Supporting Cast could work. It's better than anything I can think of. A little bit of a mouthful though.
 







Bawylie

A very OK person
Principal, Notable, Luminary, Personage, MOB, Character, Presence, Mainstay, Participant

Edit, add - not sure why we need to reinvent NPC though. It already means NPC or monster. MOB is the next closest (IMO), but it’s generally a video game term.
 



doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
I'm blanking -- I need a single word with refer to all the NPCs and monsters in a game. I'm using "Extras" for random unnamed guards, farmers, etc., but I need a term to use in the text to refer to all the notable allies, villains, monsters, aliens, etc. It's important it doesn't say "monster" or "villain" as many are neither of those things. It needs to say "allies AND enemies".

In Star Wars terms --

Extra -- stormtroopers, moisture farmers, Cantina musicians

Hero - the players; Luke, Han, Leia

??? - the rest: Yoda, Vader, the Rancor Monster, Tarkin, Mace Windu
In my WIP game, they’re just all NPCs.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Edit, add - not sure why we need to reinvent NPC though. It already means NPC or monster. MOB is the next closest (IMO), but it’s generally a video game term.
Just the wrong tone for the casual action comedy game I’m writing. It’s just an aesthetics thing.
 

Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
'Players' would also work in that it is used to describe groups of actors, but you run the risk of it being confused with the, you know, actual players. Maybe if the players are capped something other than player... IDK
 





Big Bucky

Explorer
Technically anything that is not a PC is a NPC. We tend to think of NPCs as the ones we talk to or give us quests and Monsters are the ones we kill. But that’s often not the case so there’s no real reason we have to continue using that terminology.
 

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