Chapter 2.7. Emotioneering Techniques Category #7: NPC Toward NPC Chemistry Techniques
Some NPCs belong together, the way toothpaste belongs on a small plastic stick with spiky, translucent fur.
This chapter discusses
techniques that, with very little reliance on dialogue, make it feel like two NPCs have Chemistry i.e., that they belong together as friends or lovers.
Although the bar was crowded, you caught each others' eyes instantly. It's as if time stood still and you were ripped out of this universe into another one, a swirling space held together by pure animal instinct. Magnetic forces within your bodies propelled you toward each other, like the raw energies of nature, like a fire about to burn this world to cinders.
Has this ever happened to you? Well, it might have been fun, but it wasn't very artistic.
If the only reason two characters come together as lovers or even friends is physical attraction, then your imagination well has run dry and you should pray to your favorite nature deity for a creative monsoon.
In real life, there are reasons you are friends with the people you're close to. Maybe you have a shared history, maybe you have similar interests, and maybe you're just a good fit. These are all Chemistry Techniques, and there are many other viable ones as well.
If you're going to have some NPCs in your game who know each other (an occurrence in some games), and they're supposedly friends, then it's important to make these friendships credible so that they mirror life itself.
Here are a few techniques for the taking.