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Old 08-09-2018, 03:30 PM   #21
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I'm going to resurrect this one briefly to note that things like the "rumors" being published as part of the Kickstarter would be perfect subjects for cards. That, and things like plot twists, or random events, to me, would be excellent choices for cards that could be drawn by the GM when s/he's short of inspiration or time, or simply needs something to fill in the blank spot.

Basically, anything non-material; motivations, reactions, mysteries (and clues to them), and, as already mentioned, rumors and plot twists and things like that would be an excellent use of cards. Much better, to my mind, than swords, or equipment, or treasures. The non-material things don't even have to be fleshed out with a lot of text; simple two or three word statements (like "Exploding Chickens") would suffice to give the GM something to run with in the way of a rumor or plot twist or whatever. In fact, you could list six such statements on a single card (numbered 1-6, of course) and roll a die to see which one comes up... Lots of variety possible that way, with the minimum number of cards. (One hundred cards gives you 600 ideas -- 1200 if you use both sides of the card! You could color code one side red for "bad" things and one side blue for "good" things, as just one example off the top of my head.)

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Old 08-09-2018, 05:10 PM   #22
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Honestly, I would much rather just have the pre-gens put on a web site. Let it be community driven. To paraphrase "The Band" ... "just take what you need and leave the rest ...".

I'm planning printing the Wizard (and maybe the Melee) character pad PDFs on 4x6 index cards, putting "valuable" ones that are vinyl sleeves and using them that way.

No cool artwork, I know, but I'll personally sacrifice that for ideas from this highly diverse community.
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:53 PM   #23
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I posted this in the alternatives to GM screen forum and then realised this was
more appropriate.

If you're going to be using those pregenerated character cards then there'd be some benefit to having a card rack along the lines of this. If so, it would be a reason to go for portrait cards rather than landscape, and for having a little blank space or art at the bottom. If there are two or more racks then contrasting colours would be handy. Of course the rack itself is easy to source third party, but having the cards be portrait would have to be done now if it isn't too late already.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:48 AM   #24
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I'm going to resurrect this one briefly to note that things like the "rumors" being published as part of the Kickstarter would be perfect subjects for cards. That, and things like plot twists, or random events, to me, would be excellent choices for cards that could be drawn by the GM when s/he's short of inspiration or time, or simply needs something to fill in the blank spot.

Basically, anything non-material; motivations, reactions, mysteries (and clues to them), and, as already mentioned, rumors and plot twists and things like that would be an excellent use of cards. Much better, to my mind, than swords, or equipment, or treasures. The non-material things don't even have to be fleshed out with a lot of text; simple two or three word statements (like "Exploding Chickens") would suffice to give the GM something to run with in the way of a rumor or plot twist or whatever. In fact, you could list six such statements on a single card (numbered 1-6, of course) and roll a die to see which one comes up... Lots of variety possible that way, with the minimum number of cards. (One hundred cards gives you 600 ideas -- 1200 if you use both sides of the card! You could color code one side red for "bad" things and one side blue for "good" things, as just one example off the top of my head.)
A couple weeks ago, I did add an "Exploding birds" ceremony to the Theurgy Toolkit. Just sayin'...

I like this idea, a brainstorming deck -- these cards could have a bunch of those types of things on them all at once. Each card might have:
  • 3 dice at the top (if there are 216 cards in the deck) which you can use for 1-, 2-, or 3-dice rolls, or 2 dice if they come in 12-card booster packs.
  • Current weather conditions (redraw if not appropriate for season)
  • Either of these
    • 6 goodies
      • a motivation
      • a mystery
      • a plot twist
      • a potential ally
      • an adversary
      • an employment opportunity
      • a wrong doer
      • a foolish rich person
      • a hideout
      • a meeting place for a secret organization
      • ...
    • Reaction results (intrigue to disgust, friendliness to contempt, camaraderie to disdain, fellowship to racial hatred, etc.)
      • six reactions of a particular type that you can use for a reaction roll (redraw they don't make sense)
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:13 PM   #25
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That sounds like a really useful deck concept to me -- much more so than a deck of swords and shields.

Plus, it occurs to me that you might have the beginnings of a solitaire campaign system if such a deck were designed carefully...
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Old 08-10-2018, 02:05 PM   #26
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OK, still don't understand why the pad sheets for Fighters aren't just like the Wizard ones with Talents/Spells on the right side, but whatever.

Wait, what, no! Why have the fighter sheets without a place to put Talents? If the backside is used, OK, then why have the space for just Wizard characters on the front? Why not just have one type of pad for whatever type of character you want to create, Wizard, Hero, or Blend?
I assume that these sheets are designed to be used with the microgames and not the RPG.

Though it's a great opportunity to show a key TFT strength - "here's a full TFT character sheet on a notecard (or whatever)".

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I've obviously built decks of my own index card variety that look and feel cheap, but what GM wouldn't want some nice decks of pre-generated characters to facilitate a game session? Wny aren't these at least a stretch goal?

The Melee and Wizard golf pencil (no eraser, so get your character design correct the first time, newb!) can be debated later...
I use Avery 3x5 laser printable index cards and crank out characters, monsters and encounters using a Word template. 150 cards for $9 on Amazon. They look fine.

If you have an inkjet printer, you may be able to feed normal index cards through.

And of course, printable business cards can be found at any office supply store. They're 3.5 x 2 inches, so they'd work fine for tiny character cards. Avery provides decent Word, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat templates.
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:23 PM   #27
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I use Avery 3x5 laser printable index cards and crank out characters, monsters and encounters using a Word template. 150 cards for $9 on Amazon. They look fine.

If you have an inkjet printer, you may be able to feed normal index cards through.
My Brother laser printers (the current live one, the older one back in alaska, and the one that died a decade ago {prompting the purchase of the second}) all feed 35 cards just fine, single sided, through the manual feed. 46 and 58 can be duplexed. And I use the cheapest damned cards I can find... The edge limit is 18 points.

Many laser printers can handle light card just fine, up to about 150 lb., provided it uses the straight through path (most have a deflector to put the paper up on top, which can be opened for card or transparency printing), noting that most tray-loaders straight path is also the manual feed in.
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Old 08-11-2018, 05:12 AM   #28
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I'm going to resurrect this one briefly to note that things like the "rumors" being published as part of the Kickstarter would be perfect subjects for cards.
I had been working on a little personal project that was _almost_ rumors printed on cards. I wrapped things up late yesterday and ordered a test deck from the printer.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...-many-tabletop

It's not exactly what you're describing, though.
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Old 08-11-2018, 08:30 AM   #29
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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...-many-tabletop

It's not exactly what you're describing, though.
Looks cool! Backed.
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