Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson is the co-founder of Hex Games and co-creator of QAGS (the Quick Ass Game System). He has written, co-written, or otherwise contributed to numerous RPG supplements, including Spooky: The Definitive Guide to Horror Gaming, Sharktoberfest, and the ENnie Award-winning Hobomancer. He also writes non-gaming books, makes maps, and does digital art using Daz 3D Studio, AI, and other tools for people who can't draw. You can find links at

NPC Stats

I realized that I was thinking of the combat rules in terms of player vs. player, but since the PCs are always the one rolling (when the monsters attack, the PCs roll to defend with the monster stats providing the Challenge Dice), I could actually simplify things in most cases. This way of doing it…

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