Lex returns to his exploration of the DMG. He discusses Chapter 4: Creating Nonplayer Characters. This chapter has lots of useful advice and tables for fleshing out your NPCs.
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Lex's Series on the Dungeon Master's Guide
Episode 221: Overview of Rules to Focus on as a DM and Where to Find them
Episode 151: DMG Introduction - Know Your Players
Episode 152: DMG Chapter 1 - A World of Your Own
Episode 154: DMG Chapter 1 - Gods of Your World
Episode 155: DMG Chapter 1 - Developing Gods & Pantheons for Your World
Episode 156: DMG Chapter 1 - Mapping Your World
Episode 158: DMG Chapter 1 - Creating Settlements for Your Campaign
Episode 161: DMG Chapter 1 - Factions & Organizations
Episode 163: DMG Chapter 1 - Magic in Your World
Episode 164: DMG Chapter 1 - Creating Campaigns
Episode 165: DMG Chapter 1 - Creating Campaign Events
Episode 173: DMG Chapter 1 - Play Style & Tiers of Play
Episode 175: DMG Chapter 1 - Flavors of Fantasy
Episode 179: DMG Chapter 2 - Creating a Multiverse
Episode 183: DMG Chapter 2 - The Astral Plane
Episode 200: DMG Chapter 3 - Creating Adventures
Episode 202: DMG Chapter 3 - Creating Encounters
Episode 207: DMG Chapter 3 - Random Encounters
Lex's Series on the Player's Handbook
Episode 137: PHB Prelude through Chapter 4
Episode 138: PHB Chapter 5 - Equipment
Episode 139: PHB Chapter 6 - Multiclassing & Feats
Episode 140: PHB Chapter 7 - Ability Scores
Episode 142: PHB Chapter 8 - Adventuring part 1
Episode 143: PHB Chapter 8 - Adventuring part 2
Episode 145: PHB Chapter 9 - Combat
Episode 146: PHB Chapter 10 & Appendices - Spellcasting, Conditions & Exhaustion
- Occupation and History
- Interactions with others
- Useful knowledge
- Flaw or Secret
Monsters as NPCs
- Using a Monster Stat Block
- Using Classes and Levels (Lex doesn't recommend this)
NPC Party Members
Optional Rule: Loyalty
- Loyalty Score
- Tracking Loyalty
- Villain's Scheme
- Villain's Methods
- Villain's Secret Weakness