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"Plot generators to maximum, chief!"

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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Sci Fi is a system-neutral deck of cards that can be used as either a supplement for traditional tabletop RPGs or as a complete game engine for GM-free solo or group RPGs. This variant deck is aimed at science fiction of every kind, from shiny space operas to the grim, dark streets of a megacorp-dominated Earth.

You can view the cards' complete instructions for free by clicking the preview link beneath the thumbnail above, or view the Quickstart Guide and a set of quick-reference PnP/PoD cards here on DriveThru if you prefer. You can also scroll down to view the card overview image and watch a video of the cards in use! 

On each card is a set of fourteen individual randomizers; with 60 double-sided cards, you can generate literally millions of possible adventures, all without having to hunt through a book or PDF for a single table!

With these cards, you can:

  • Instantly generate NPCs with randomized names, motivations, and backgrounds.

  • Create random events or story seeds.

  • Provide sensory details or random loot for characters searching or stealing.

  • Run games without a human GameMaster!

And more--they even work brilliantly as creative writing prompt generators, and have been playtested by 9th-12th grade students of both English and Game Design.

If you want specifics, including examples of how to use the randomizers on the cards, the complete instructions are available in the downloadable PDF preview linked below the cover image/thumbnail, but you can take a look at the overview below to see the quick and dirty version of what is on each card, and you can view a video preview using the base deck from the original Kickstarter that explains how to use the cards to run a GM-free game or generate a story for a traditional RPG. This video is the second in a series, so if you want to see the first (which details initial generation of the story), check out our website, www.LarcenousDesigns.com! 

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These cards were created with the support of over 360 individuals on Kickstarter, and would not exist in their current form otherwise! Thank you!

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Pierre S April 06, 2016 6:11 pm UTC
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I notice the cards were updated recently. What is the nature of the update? Do I have to pen in any errata on the physical cards themselves?
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April 06, 2016 6:33 pm UTC
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No errata needed--I was just adding the Adventure Guide to the downloads. It should appear as a new file, titled something like "GMA AG SciFi.pdf"
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Pierre S April 08, 2016 4:48 am UTC
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When I checked for any Updates in my Library, it gave 4 files in the list. So you say it is only the addition of an Adventure Guide? Good.
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April 08, 2016 9:52 am UTC
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That is correct--the other three are all still the same as when they were first uploaded (they weren't all uploaded at the same time, but none of them have changed), and the print-on-demand copy is still the same! I just always meant to add the Adventure Guide, but wanted to get all of them done first, and so delayed until now...apologies for causing concern!
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Mark C December 07, 2015 10:11 pm UTC
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These decks are absolutely great! I love them. I have the 3 available now and will definitely be picking up the others when they come out.
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Pierre S September 24, 2015 7:48 pm UTC
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Beautiful concept! When I get home and get my credit-card I'm ordering! Much appreciated for SF gaming.
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September 24, 2015 9:14 pm UTC
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Thanks! I hope they serve you well--I'm using them to run a Numenera game, and the fit is strangely perfect, since that setting basically allows any sub-genre of scifi to be equally valid for inspiration.
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