On the Shoulders of Dwarves
Extras and Supporting Characters (episode 76)
### Using and playing extras
As a GM, please avoid using these beings as easy targets.
### Taking advantage of this opportunity (6:45)
* Treat as characters - start thinking about the supporting characters as characters and not as equipment/extensions of your character.
* Names - so you can humanize and speak to them.
* Interaction - the difference between “I use my wolf to track the scent of the escaping ogre” to “I ask Wolfenshtain if he manages to track the scent of Krislo the Ogre”.
* Routine - create routines for yourself and the supporting cast.
* Add the supporting character's point of view - the cave as seen through the nose of Bingo the blink dog.
### Mechanical representation (11:55)
Use a system that makes it easy to handle them, and have the players do it.
[Savage Worlds](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savage_Worlds) - extras
[Pathfinder](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pathfinder_Roleplaying_Game) 2e - minion
[City of Mist](https://www.cityofmist.co/) - extra theme
### Hirelings (20:20)
An NPC with a mechanical element that's not a part of the character.
Hirelings [work hard for the money](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09ZSKE38lTU).
### Animal companions (22:30)
### Familiars (23:55)
### Cohorts (25:35)
Download for free: [Three Suggestions for Cohorot Morivations](https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8GIH-SQ2wnrXzc4QXlUMnVUbWc/view?usp=sharing)
[The full series](https://www.eranaviram.me/three-suggestions/), if you'd like to buy.
### Summary (29:00)
[Avatar: The Last Airbender](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar:_The_Last_Airbender)
Non-genre examples: [The Wire](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wire). [Brooklyn 99](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn_Nine-Nine). [Parks and Recreations](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parks_and_Recreation). [My Name is Earl](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Name_Is_Earl)
### Taking the Load off (32:25)
Uri - Been to a wedding! My GM got married! With the party’s paladin!
Eran - Going to run Path2 in Tabletop Gaming Live, come and play! (It's actually already over, so nevermind!)
Aviv - Going on a family vacation! All my games got pushed to after I’m back.
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