If you are a fan of role-playing games (RPGs) such as World of Warcraft, Skyrim, or The Witcher, you will love Viva la dirt league’s Epic NPC Man, a comedy web series that pokes fun at the gameplay, glitches, bugs, and physics of these games.
Epic NPC Man is a series of skits that follow the adventures of various non-player characters (NPCs) in the fictional world of Azerim, which is part of a fictional massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) called Skycraft. The NPCs have varying levels of self-awareness and often interact with the players in hilarious ways. The series features
- Greg the Garlic Farmer, a quest-giving shop-owning NPC who witnesses the strange things that happen in his town of Honeywood.
- Baelin the Fisherman, a friendly NPC who has a scripted route around Azerim.
- Baradun the High Sorcerer, a powerful NPC who helps the players with magic.
- Bodger the Blacksmith, a grumpy NPC who crafts weapons and armor.
- Eugene the Guard, a loyal NPC who protects Honeywood and many others.
Each episode revolves around a trope or quirk found in RPGs, such as inventory management, dialogue options, stealth mechanics, loot drops, character creation, and more. The series also has some overarching storylines and character arcs that add depth and continuity to the comedy.
Epic NPC Man is created by Viva la dirt league, a New Zealand-based comedy group that also produces other web series such as Bored, PUBG Logic, Red Dead Logic and many more. The group consists of Alan Morrison, Rowan Bettjeman, Adam King, Britt Scott Clark, Ben Van Lier, and Hamish Parkinson.
Since its launch on May 31st, 2016, Epic NPC Man has become one of Viva la dirt league’s most enduring and beloved series. The series has over 200 episodes and has amassed millions of views and subscribers on YouTube. The series also has a dedicated fandom wiki page where fans can find more information about the characters, episodes, trivia, and behind-the-scenes content.
Nice day for Fishing ain’t it!
In 2020, Viva la dirt league successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign to make a short film called Baelin’s Route. Which expands the world of Epic NPC Man and tells the story of Baelin’s journey around Azerim. The film is set to be released in 2021.
Epic NPC Man is a must-watch for anyone who loves RPGs and comedy. It is a clever and hilarious parody that celebrates and mocks the genre in equal measure. You can watch all the episodes on Viva la dirt league’s YouTube channel or on their website.