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Sooner or later, you're going to need more story!

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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Horror Deck 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, aimed at providing horrific inspiration for anything from a slasher-flick to a Lovecraftian investigation! 

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 from the original Kickstarter (using the base, genre-neutral deck) 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; the first (which details initial generation of the story), is on our webiste. 

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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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Antonio M November 23, 2016 3:02 pm UTC
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Do you need any other deck to run solo horror games?
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November 23, 2016 3:31 pm UTC
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Any one deck should be enough to run a solo game, so this should be all you need! However, while I like this for most horror, I sometimes use the Steampunk deck for Lovecraftian horror games or the Scifi deck for Alien-inspired horror. You can definitely use the Horror deck for both of those, though--it all depends on how much you want to "tune" your random results.
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December 15, 2015 10:29 pm UTC
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Another great deck but my poor computer is having a hard time with this PDF. Its 14 mgbs as opposed to the Sci Fi deck which is about 4 mgbs for the same amount of cards. could you please make a smaller file??
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December 16, 2015 12:04 am UTC
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Hey--I'm sorry to hear it's proving an issue. I have identified the problem (Adobe is not wanting to properly remove duplicate fonts, bloating the file size), and am working on fixing it! I'm afraid I can't offer a guaranteed timeline 'til its fixed, though. It will depend on how cooperative my software is...
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December 20, 2015 3:25 am UTC
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Done! We removed the excess fonts, and it should now have the same print quality but be 10% of the former size (1.2 mb!).
Enjoy!
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December 20, 2015 11:48 am UTC
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Thanks a lot mate. Happy Christmas!
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