Update your Fireball app now to get the Monsters & NPCs update! Any Game Master can prepare an unlimited amount of NPCs and use all monsters up to Challenge Rating 7. That's over 240 monsters you can use in your campaigns right now.
How to create an NPC
How to add a monster
How to send a message as an NPC or a monster
Monsters & NPCs: Editing Character Sheets & Rolling
Turning ex-players into NPCs
How do players see NPCs & Monsters?
How to Create an NPC
As a Game Master, open a new message. Do you see the NPC button? Tap on it. An empty screen will appear. Tap the Plus button and select if you want to create a new NPC or add a new monster.
If you're adding an NPC, you will go through the character creation process - the same as when players create their characters. There is one difference, you can select a level of an NPC. Currently, the first three levels are available. When you choose a higher level than one, you can level up the NPC right after you put it into the game.
When you create a new NPC, you can keep it hidden in your private Monsters & NPC list or add it to the Shelf, right next to players.
When you add it to the Shelf, you add an NPC by sending a message with the "+NPC" attachment.
How to Add a Monster
Adding a monster is fast and straightforward. After tapping the Plus button in the Monster & NPC list, you can add a monster. You'll see a list of all available monsters, and you can add a number of them to your private Monster & NPC list.
Searching for a Monster
If you're searching for a specific monster, you can use the Search button at the top or browse monster categories like Abbearations, Beasts, Celestials, etc.
Quick Monster Detail
In the monster list, tap an icon of any monster to see their detail. View icon, base stats (HP, Initiative, AC), Actions & Properties, Speeds, Abilities, Resistance, Immunities, Vulnerabilities, Senses, and Languages.
When you add it to the Shelf, you add a Monster by sending a message with the "+Monster" attachment.
How to Send a Message as an NPC or a Monster
When you, as a Game Master, have monsters or NPCs added to the Shelf next to players, you can send messages as Monsters or NPCs.
Open a new message. Now you can select the Sender and the Recipient. If you open Senders, select any monster or NPC. Now you're sending messages as them. Selecting a recipient is like setting up a whisper. You choose who is going to see your messages.
Monsters & NPCs: Character Sheets & Editing
Viewing Character Sheets
If you have an NPC or a monster on the Shelf, you can tap them to show their character sheets.
NPCs have the same character sheets as players’ characters. Monsters have similar ones, but instead of LVL, there is their Challenge Rating. Monsters also don’t have the equipment, backgrounds, or spell books - just their actions and properties.
Game Master Actions & Rolling
If you have an NPC or a monster on the Shelf, you can edit them the same way you’re editing players’ characters. Change their HP, XP, conditions, etc.
Both Monsters and NPCs can also roll ability checks, skill checks, saving throws, initiative, attack rolls, and custom rolls. When a roll for Monster or NPC is set, the GM needs to auto-roll for them.
Turning Ex-Players into NPCs
When a player leaves your campaign, their character will automatically become an NPC. You, as a Game Master, will be able to play on the player’s behalf. You can also delete the NPC, but you’ll at least have an option to handle the player’s disappearance more smoothly.
How do players see NPCs & Monsters?
When a Game Master adds an NPC or a Monster to the Shelf, the party also sees them. When they tap a Monster or an NPC, they don’t see any details - just public descriptions and names.
One more thing in this update is the new App Settings screen!
We’re really excited about what’s next. The ready-made Adventures feature is almost ready and will be released in a couple of weeks.
Then - the long-awaited - battle map feature will come!
Have great adventures!
The Fireball Team