Running Deadlands soon, first time in Savage Worlds for any one in my group. I've decided that as a way to familiarize myself with the various character options, to help with World Building, fix my habit of having uninteresting NPCs, and create an easy way to create plot hooks. The plan is to create a list of 54 NPCs, assign each one a card and whenever I need a plot hook, I draw three and come up with what kind of problem would involve those three characters. For instance, I draw The Blacksmith, The Prospector, and The Rancher. Rancher has a bunch of eviscerated livestock, some investigation points to werewolf, they find out about needing silver weapons, they presumably head to the Blacksmith who says they can make the weapons but they don't have any silver, points them in the direction of the Prospector, who is only willing to part with the silver if party does something for him.
Good idea or no? I'm sitting aorund 25 so far so I've still got a ways to go, if anyone has any pre-built Novice characters they would like to throw in, or at least ideas for characters, I'd appreciate it.