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Wizards of the Coast Considering D&D NPC Format Change

March 10, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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NPC summary blocks have long been a standard of Dungeons & Dragons sourcebooks, but that could conceivably change soon. During a Twitter conversation, D&D senior producer Chris Perkins responded to a user discussing formatting errors on Twitter and said that the company has considered removing the shorthand blocks in favor of full sentences.

NPC stat blocks have had a few forms over the years, but the most popular (and the current) version goes like this: Drizzt Do’Urden (CG male drow ranger). The exchange features Perkins noting that the change is to avoid the shorthand that could be potentially confusing for new DMs and players.

While the change is likely to be controversial with some DMs who prefer statblocks as a way to quickly absorb information at a quick glance, they can be at ease that the change isn’t happening yet. Perkins did note that such decision would be playtested extensively, noting, “we playtest everything.”

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