Building on his 2009 article about deepening characters using Tarot cards (one of my all-time favorite Gnome Stew articles:, +Scott Martin shares a method for creating NPCs from scratch by way of Tarot spreads.

Not content to share just one technique, he also puts forward another one: Answering random questions to add dimension to your NPCs. My summaries don't really do these methods justice; suffice to say that I bought a Tarot deck and reading book based on Scott's original article.
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