Converting PCs to NPC/villians

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Does anyone have any advice on converting retired PCs into NPC/recurring villians for a long term campaign?
  
Yes, leave that to the player to decide how that works out with your guidance based upon what has been already established.

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Then, don't use PC stats for villains.  PCs are balanced very differently from the latter, and PC vs. PC encounters may not work as you intend.  Instead, rebuild the PC using monster or NPC stats Whichever is most appropriate. 

For NPCs that you never intend your PCs to fight, you could leave them as is or rebuild them using NPC or companion character stats if doing so would fit your needs better.
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Does anyone have any advice on converting retired PCs into NPC/recurring villians for a long term campaign?
  



I've done this, used all the old character sheets for the NPCs and villains is very fun for a group that has played scores of games for a long time. The best approach is to decide simply on what level you wish them to be, what resources they should have etc and then treat them as DM characters (not PC characters) since they follow different rules, redo them as you normally would create a villain/npc using the old PC as a concept


It is a good idea to have the orriginal player's permission and input where appropriate, so there is no resentment or hard feelings, remember when an old PC becomes the villain it is possible for them to get killed, and some players don't like that.