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Stay Home and Game--and Help Save the World! 

Because I (Nathan Rockwood/Larcenous Designs) am a high school teacher by day, I'm very much aware of the need to practice social distancing in order to 'flatten the curve' of demand on hospitals right now. For the remainder of the COVID-19 crisis, I'm setting my PDF prices to 90% off, and my Print on Demand products to a significant discount (about $1.50 more than their print cost). Please, please, PLEASE take this opportunity to stay home and game solo, or use my cards to prepare awesome stories for remote-play sessions for your friends!

Also, please note: If you are a student, a teacher, or in financial hardship, and cannot afford even these reduced prices, please email me at LarcenousDesigns@gmail.com and we'll work something out! Let's get through this together!

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

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The GameMaster's Apprentice is a genre-and-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. 

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 Instruction Cards here on DriveThru if you prefer (if you wish to purchase the Print on Demand instruction cards to keep with your deck, be sure to combine the order with the deck itself! They are only six cards, and DriveThru will not print orders that small). 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 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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Manch . January 10, 2021 5:16 am UTC
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Hi ! First of all Thank you for this amazing "swiss knife" for game masters, and for the great price too. Got this and the fantasy version. I saw in the files that there are 6 cards per sheet. Is there any chance for upload it 8 cards per sheet ? would be perfect for letter size printing purposes and for saving paper. Thank you. Sorry about my english. Keep creating good stuff !
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Nathan R January 11, 2021 11:54 pm UTC
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Hello! Sorry for the delayed reply, and thanks for the kind words!

I originally tried to produce it with 8 cards per sheet, but the cards wound up shrinking slightly and making the text less readable. This was mostly because of the somewhat clunky, hack-y solution we were using to create the cards in the first place, and my limited time and ability to poke at Adobe.

That said, I'd like to produce a new version, with good cut-out instructions and 8 cards per sheet, and will add that to the list of things to do in the update we are planning for the near-ish future. In the short term, it should be possible for me to produce a slightly shrunk version for you, if you don't mind the lower quality. If you want that, email me at LarcenousDesigns@gmail.com, and I'll see if I can hook you up with something!
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Michael W December 13, 2020 6:13 pm UTC
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When you print the cards, what do you use for a card back, I don't see anything in the PDF file?
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Nathan R December 13, 2020 7:01 pm UTC
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The deck was designed to be printed back-to-back, which is also what the Print on Demand version is like. While we may come up with another design for a standardized back at some point, we do currently have an image as a temporary placeholder; if you would like, send me an email at LarcenousDesigns@gmail.com and I’ll send it to you!
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Rad A October 04, 2020 2:23 am UTC
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Hi Nathan. Really great product. I just purchased it and found out after printing that it doesn't fit on the standard Poker size cards. Is there any other format/scale that would fit into my cards? Thanks.
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Nathan R October 04, 2020 2:57 am UTC
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Hi! I’m sorry it isn’t marked more clearly; the pnp images are full-bleed, so they are 2.75 x 3.75 inches, rather than the 2.5x3.5 they are cut to when printed by DriveThru. Can I ask how you are printing/cutting (back to back, single sided, etc)? I’m not sure I can solve the issue myself, but I might be able to provide advice, or ask the graphic designer I work with!
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Rad A October 04, 2020 3:03 am UTC
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Thanks for the reply! I have extra poker cards which I intended to use for this, so I was planning on printing it on a simple Letter sized paper and just cutting and pasting it on the cards. Any advice would be great.
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Nathan R October 04, 2020 3:53 pm UTC
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Gotcha! Well, in that case, I would go one of two ways: Cut the GMA cards to the edge of the full bleed, paste on the playing cards, and then trim around the edges with a boxcutter, or cut the GMA cards to the inner edge of the outer edge, and paste them roughly centered inside the playing cards. You could try trimming them by 1/8th inch all around, but the corners are unlikely to be exactly right unless you've pasted them on first.
Does that help? I know it's more a set of suggestions than a solution, and I apologize if you've already tried these unsuccessfully!
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David-Michael R September 08, 2020 12:52 am UTC
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For anyone looking for an online tabletop platform to use this with, I highly recommend Tabletop Simulator. Even if just for a budget "deck of cards" simulator for solo play. I used ImageMagick (specifially the -append and +append functions in the command line) to combine the cards into TTS-readable sheets (They need to be 10 cards wide by 6 tall, TTS has a limit on sheet sizes) and I just screen captured the "cover" card of the informational cards for a card back, though TTS does let you apply another sheet of cards for unique backs. Using ImageMagick (a command-line based program with no GUI) took just a couple of minutes to combine the individual images into TTS-compatible sheets.

That said, I have two (hopefully) minor requests. One, a deck-agnostic back or a themed back (I would personally prefer a themed backing; one for the base set, one for fantasy, one for sci-fi, etc.) for use on a front-only setup of the GMA decks with TTS. Two, for future TTS users of these decks, it...See more
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Nathan R September 08, 2020 8:05 pm UTC
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Hey, David!
Thanks for the kind words. I am glad you enjoy the deck! Let me tackle the questions and suggestions, in no particular order:
1) The difference in the decks (base vs themes) goes beyond the art; the theme decks have their results screened for being theme-relevant, and in some cases have different content (the Fantasy Deck has a set of icons that are unique per card, and the Demon Hunters deck replaces the Norse Runes and Elemental Symbols). The biggest differences are in the sensory snippets, belongings, locations, catalysts, and names; most of the other content is pretty much standardized across the decks.
2) We are sort-of working on a set of backs (day jobs and pandemic problems interfering with creative output is a thing). Email me at LarcenousDesigns@gmail.com and I can send you the one Base Deck back we have at the moment; it's a placeholder, and we may have new ones someday soon-ish!
3) For the TTS sheets, I think I can do that pretty easily, but I'm not quite sure I...See more
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Carlos R July 07, 2020 6:13 pm UTC
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Hello, I just had a little doubt about the option of ordering the deck with a deckbox. I'm suposing the deckbox Drivethru use are simple clear plastic ones that hold the cards pretty tightly as they are right? I ask this because I'm planning on properly sleeving the cards so I'm guessing the deckbox will not be big enough to hold the sleeves.
I will also like to extend this question to your other product, The Portal Tarot and it's tuckbox. I guess that box with instructions holds the unsleeved cards pretty tightly right?.
Thank you.
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Nathan R July 07, 2020 6:27 pm UTC
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Hello! Yes, the sleeved cards will not fit in either default box properly. I apologize for the inconvenience! I did find that the GMA at least fits pretty well when sleeved into the MtG boxes meant for sleeved decks, since they are pretty much the same size.
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Carlos R July 07, 2020 8:57 pm UTC
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Thank you for the quick reply, I plan to get both anyway ^^ .
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Mildred L July 20, 2020 10:15 pm UTC
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I own the tarot cards and they are indeed a snug fit in the included box. My only quibble is that I wasn't able to untuck/retuck the big flap that reveals the text printed inside the box without creasing the flap, even though I was doing it carefully. Maybe a crease line across the middle of the flap would be nice to add.
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Nathan R July 21, 2020 12:58 am UTC
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Thanks for the feedback, Mildred; I do know what you mean! I didn't want to remove the text completely this time, but on future box designs my layout designer and I will see if there's a way around that problem, or if it's best to avoid the issue all together!
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George H July 02, 2020 12:33 am UTC
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Is there a Game Masters Deck geared toward Spy, Espionage, Crime, or Raiders of the Lost Ark type RPG games?
Thanks
George
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Nathan R July 02, 2020 1:11 am UTC
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Heya!
I would use the Base Deck for those things in most cases. Horror and Sci-Fi could also work for certain versions of those kinds of stories. (Horror could probably do very dark modern crime pretty well, if you ignore the more supernatural bits; Sci-Fi could do superspy gear if you ignore aliens/extraplanetary stuff).
I've definitely used the Base Deck for Ocean's 11/Leverage style content, though, and it's worked quite well!
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Jeffrey W June 06, 2020 9:23 am UTC
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Get. This.

I can't stress enough how good this is. Need a die rolled covertly? Draw a card. Thief pickpocketed a total rando you have no prepared loot for? Draw a card. Need to name that same rando? Draw a card. Need to figure out what weird plot development the players' unpredictability just created? Draw TWO cards!

Having a collection of prompts on hand like these cards is unbelievably useful behind the screen, and there's just something about having physical cards to pull out that beats a digital equivalent.

And above and beyond that, you can use them to GM a game with zero prep, or play solo! My Urban Fantasy detective-mage needs to track down the cult leader who wants him dead, and I have NO CLUE what's going to happen, even though I'm the only one deciding what happens!

Seriously, do yourself a favor and get a pack of these.
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Nathan R June 06, 2020 8:16 pm UTC
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I'm really glad you found a range of fun ways to use the cards for creating/calming the madness that is GMing :-)
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Anthony J May 24, 2020 8:30 pm UTC
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Thank you for making such an awesome tool and for making these cards so readily affordable right now. I picked up Demon Hunters and the Basic Set. It is well worth getting a printed set as the quality is so much better than expected and so much better to use than my little print-and-play set was. The optional plastic deck box is well worth paying for, too, and again, higher quality than I expected. I just want to say I am really loving this purchase and appreciate your dedication to making these available!
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Nathan R May 24, 2020 9:37 pm UTC
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You're very welcome--thanks for the kind words!
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Joakim L May 24, 2020 5:43 pm UTC
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Hi Nathan,
Love the cards, they are a great help in just getting things going when playing a solo rpg.
I would like to try and use these with a solo Fate Core game, but haven't figured out a good way of
setting difficulty rolls yet. The DiffGen is the way to go i feel, but dont know how to get the numbers "fair". Any suggestions?
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Nathan R May 24, 2020 9:37 pm UTC
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For Fate, I would go with the DiffGen number, with a minus 2 or 3 mod. Minus 2 produces -1 to 8, minus 3 produces -2 to 7, so neither is completely perfect with the Fate Ladder, but I would say both are reasonable. Minus 2 makes the average difficulties 3 and 4, which seems like it fits for a 'fair' random selection!
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tonton T May 22, 2020 10:05 pm UTC
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How many cards are there per page in the pdf? And are they laid out so they're simple to print at home?
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tonton T May 22, 2020 10:10 pm UTC
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I just saw the instruction cards, are these like them? Looks good and simple for printing. :)
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Nathan R May 22, 2020 10:18 pm UTC
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I tried to make it as easy as possible! There are six cards per page, and there are both full color and low ink versions. Printing back to back may or may not be possible, depending on your printer, but the files should work for it if you can.
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TBeholder C March 20, 2020 5:38 am UTC
All variations of these look well-designed, but… what's the point of using these cards at all?
Unless there would be tens of thousands (at very least) of them, it's just a pick from a tiny subset of combinations in a random generator's output. 60 cards? Not even funny.
It follows that the generator itself would allow many orders of magnitude more results. Which is why DrivethruRPG has so many "Tables of X" entries.
In the "roll an entire set of D&D dice at once" tables form (used in Stars Without Numbers) a random generator isn't significantly slower than picking cards, while still giving respectable 4×6×8×10×12×20=460800 combinations.
In the spreadsheet form, it's faster (everything is generated by tapping one button), with nice advantages like almost unlimited size (adding a dozen more of dimensions with "1…100" values in each expand combinations space 10²⁴ times, but don't noticeably slow down a spreadsheet), ease of editing and ability to...See more
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Nathan R March 20, 2020 11:57 am UTC
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There are certainly tons of ways to randomize data, for sure, and there are some great tables on DTRPG! But the GMA decks have a lot more than 120 results (there are 60 physical cards, but there is data on each side, so it's 120 options, not 60) if you are looking for detailed output!

The cards function in many different ways, including as a GM-emulator/oracle to provide guidance when running a traditional game. The wide array of possible uses is helpful in these cases, since you can do a whole game with just the cards (not that you can't combine them with still more tools, too). One major positive I love them for, and that people talk about when they review the cards, is that they don't have to switch between tables to find different things.

And if you're looking for a high number of options from one given use-case, I still think the GMA decks acquit themselves quite well. If you build an NPC, for example, by drawing three things, (for example, a Name, a set of Belongings, and a Location...See more
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TBeholder C March 29, 2020 1:04 pm UTC
> by drawing three things
Ah, dealing one card PER variable. That's a bit weird, but works (assuming they are non-repeating), of course.

> each card has three Names to choose from
That's 3 [×60] drops of water, in a dozen of differently sized seas. Names (and clothes) are just not the best thing to fix outside constraints of a small setting (or a single region in big setting).

> the three table entries associated with the symbols you drew
That's just pointlessly roundabout. Though the only practical difference is that "manual" table lookups are much faster when the indices are both familiar and ordered, vs. looking for "this squiggly thing with hook on the left". =)
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Nathan R March 29, 2020 5:33 pm UTC
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I suppose everyone is used to different things, but drawing one card per variable feels just like rolling one die per variable, or drawing one Tarot card per variable, etc, to me--though you can always draw just one card and then use however many fields you want to from it. There's no wrong way to use them!

And while I think you may have misunderstood what the tag symbols are (the 'squiggly things with hooks' sound like the Norse Runes, while the Tag Symbols are pretty much readable as they are: Sword, shield, target, heart, skull, etc), if you find them too roundabout to use as a table lookup, you can always just interpret them thematically. Sword indicates combat, Skull indicates poison or disease, Heart could be health or love, and so on, which is why the ability to interpret them in different combos is so valuable.

But then, if you find the cards too confusing or slow to use, then no worries! I'm the first to admit I over-engineered the heck out of 'em. The goal is to provide as much...See more
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TBeholder C April 09, 2020 5:38 pm UTC
My point is, any key not ordered in an immediately recognizable way (like numbers or letters are) is inconvenient for "manual" table use, because it's going to be non-ordered "move finger until you meet it" search, rather than "alphabetic" binary search, every time. Whether (5) or (6), or even Greek letters for most people. Runes and wingdings sometimes have their uses, of course, it's a fun option to have them around (though if the campaign isn't Norse related, why Norse runes? Something like Rune Generator from ChaoticShiny with more "suggested shapes" would add variety), but using them as a table index isn't the best idea.
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Kevin M April 29, 2020 5:03 pm UTC
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@TBeholder Your observations on these cards is definitely missing the whole point. Why are you even on this site? Because based on your statements, it doesn’t make sense that anyone play a tabletop role-playing game either when you could play a computer simulated game instead. According to you, your excel spreadsheet “would allow many orders of magnitude more results” which I’m sure would be applicable to a computer role playing game also.

The amazing thing about the cards is that it assists you in stimulating your creativity and allowing you to “fill in the blanks” as you proceed thru your story/game. Yes, I’m sure you can get that from drop downs and your “push one button” excel spreadsheets too. I personally have absolutely zero, and I will repeat ZERO interest in playing a tabletop rpg while having to use an excel spreadsheet on a laptop or tablet.

Heck, I even play tabletop sports games on occasion like APBA and History Maker Baseball. Just like with computers,...See more
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Nathan R April 29, 2020 7:40 pm UTC
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@Kevin Thanks, and I certainly will keep up my design efforts!

I'm sure TBeholder isn't the only person who isn't going to be interested in the GMA decks, and that's fine--they are complex and have multiple systems that take some learning to dive into, and if they don't work for someone, I don't take offence. Critical feedback is still useful!
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Roberto C August 29, 2020 8:13 pm UTC
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@Nathan R, I love the way you explain the number of outcomes, I love that its a Manual-Analog way to generate randomness in the go, for those who like to play on the go, or don't have the resources to get all those spreadsheet with dauntingly large tables

@TBeholder C your comment push me over the edge to buy this product
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Roy B December 06, 2019 3:40 pm UTC
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Hi Nathan...

I'm almost certain I saw an "easy-to-read" version of the base deck, for black and white printing. But I've consulted my Dropbox folder, and my DriveThru library, and I'm not spotting the file anywhere.

I realise I saw them in my copy of ALONE, where you provide half the deck for free.

Is there ANY chance of you adding the easy-to-read deck to the downloads section? That would make life so much easier!

Thanks a ton for your brilliant work!
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Roy B December 06, 2019 3:42 pm UTC
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Aaaaaaaaargh! Ignore my previous message! I found them! They've been there all along! I simply overlooked them! Thanks!
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Nathan R December 06, 2019 4:58 pm UTC
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No worries! I am glad you found it (and that I hadn’t forgotten to upload it years ago, hah)!
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5E Solo G October 21, 2019 4:06 am UTC
QUESTION: Are the results on these cards completely different to the fantasy deck, or is there some overlap?
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Nathan R October 21, 2019 10:22 am UTC
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There is definitely overlap, though the Fantasy deck is one of the most different. The Random Event Generator, virtues/vices, and icon fields and numbers are all pretty much identical across all sets, but the names, sensory snippets, catalysts, locations, and belongings have a lot of altered results.
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Ryan P January 10, 2019 9:11 am UTC
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Hello! I just bought the print-and-play pdf and I am really eager to give it a shot for the game I'm running tonight! I wanted to ask: is there something like a spreadsheet with all the results that we could use? Something where pressing a key would "draw" a card for you virtually?
I am planning to do one for myself but it would be awesome if it was already done!
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Nathan R January 10, 2019 10:44 am UTC
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Heya! There isn’t currently a spreadsheet for that. I’ll consider putting one together, but I’m afraid that doesn’t help you at the moment. My apologies; I hope you can still dive into your gaming soon!
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Ryan P January 10, 2019 11:26 am UTC
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Okay, got it. I started putting one together, is there may be a way I could send you the link privately (then you could copy-paste it or do whatever you want with it)?
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Nathan R January 10, 2019 12:03 pm UTC
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If you shoot me an email at Larcenousdesigns@gmail.com I would be happy to take a look! I may also be able to help you finish up faster.
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Chet W January 10, 2019 5:48 am UTC
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Hi! I'm not seeing it in the listing here now, but are these decks supposed to come with one of the Adventure guides? I could have sworn I read somewhere that there is one that comes with each of the decks (each of the same theme), but I recently received my order and that was not the case. Thanks!
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Nathan R January 10, 2019 10:39 am UTC
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Hello!
There definitely should be a pdf in this product called GMA Fantasy Adventure Guide (there isn’t a genre-neutral one, so I originally included the fantasy one here with the Base Deck). I see it at the top of this page, listed along with the other download links; I suggest refreshing the page and checking again, and if you still don’t see it, then I would try contacting DriveThru’s customer support. You can also email me directly if they can’t help you—at Larcenousdesigns@gmail.com—and I’ll get you a copy of the PDF one way or another!
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Chet W January 12, 2019 1:34 am UTC
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Thank you for your reply! I already have the pdf from purchasing the pack previously. I had thought that it shipped with a printed version. My apologies for the confusion! Thank again!
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Nathan R January 12, 2019 1:43 am UTC
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No problem! Glad to hear it is working as intended :-)
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October 11, 2018 2:32 pm UTC
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Tips on adding these to Roll20? I really dread adding 120 cards one card at a time...
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October 11, 2018 2:41 pm UTC
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Just tried to do this and it is excruciating and buggy. I'm either doing it wrong or it is just a terrible terrible ordeal that I must either endure or forsake.

Either way, it's not your fault. Either it's mine for not knowing how to do this the easy way or it's Roll20's fault for sucking. But you must have included these cards in VTT format thinking this was a task that users could actually do. Is there some trick or secret that makes it not awful?

Bugs so far:
- I have to create each card individually, typing a card name, uploading the image from my library, and hitting save. There must be a faster way to do this.
- They keep accidentally uploading to the card back image if I don't keep that upload box out of screen. Overlapping upload boxes both trigger when I drag and drop. Ug. There must be a better way to do this.
- They're showing broken image, which is also Roll20's fault. There is no excuse for this as the image is already in my library, so there's no...See more
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Nathan R October 11, 2018 3:38 pm UTC
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I’m so sorry to hear that it has gotten that bad! I’m afraid I don’t have a secret solution; I added the VTT card images in response to a user request, and I had (perhaps incorrectly) thought the folder could be added all at once. But even if they had to upload them one at a time, I doubt those other glitches were occurring, since they said they were successfully using them...

I apologize for the inconvenience, though I’d also like to thank you for your very detailed report on the issue. I will ask some of my friends who use Roll20 regularly if they will test it out if I give them the card files; I’ll update here if I get any more info, but I’m afraid I can’t make any promises.

I hope you can find a way to enjoy the cards, and if not, please email me at LarcenousDesigns@gmail.com and I’ll try to offer further support!
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October 11, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
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Oh you got a 5 star review from me. I bought them in print and I use them in print most of the time, but 60% of my gaming is on Roll20 so I thought I'd try adding the VTT files in, and it was just not good. See my details in the comment above.

It's not at all your fault. It's a neat bonus to include the VTT files -- it was not something I was expecting when I bought them. I enjoy them plenty without using them in Roll20.
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Nathan R October 11, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
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Thanks for taking the time to provide the review, and I’m glad the cards themselves have proved useful!

Still, it’s unfortunate that a major platform like Roll20 would have that big a problem. Even if the issue isn’t really on my end, I’ll let you know if I find a way around it :-)
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October 18, 2018 3:12 pm UTC
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Update: I did the labor of importing them card by card. Discovered you need to pay for the pro account if you want to copy a deck to other games you host, so it's sort of stuck in the one game until I want to pay or spend the time again. But I can always just repurpose that game. It's ending soon, and I can copy the whole game and that copies the deck, so that's cool. That does mean I have to pay for the top tier account at least for a month if I want to copy it into the other games I run on Roll20. :-(
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Nathan R October 19, 2018 12:55 am UTC
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Oof; well, that is certainly a bit of a mixed bag of results! Thanks for telling us about the results of all that legwork. I’ll post here if I ever do learn more myself, either on Roll20 or on other systems.
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Franklin W November 26, 2018 11:27 pm UTC
I'm actually using these on Tabletop Simulator at the moment - it's a bit of a headache to figure out the deck system the first time around, but once it's done you can just save it to your personal library and copy it into whatever game you like. Obviously it's a very different system to Roll20, but it's a good alternative. If you decide to try it, let me know and I can give you some advice on converting the files.
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Nathan R November 27, 2018 3:04 am UTC
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Thanks for the tip, Franklin!
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christopher L January 07, 2019 4:36 pm UTC
How did you get the files to import into Deck Builder? I tried with Deck of Tales, and the Java program will not load the .jpgs as cards to be exported as a file Tabletop Simulator can then use.
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Chet W January 12, 2019 1:38 am UTC
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Just got Tabletop simulator and I'd love to get these into it! I'm reading the documentation and everything. What did you use to get the deck into a format that TTS or the TTS deck builder would accept?
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Nathan R January 12, 2019 1:56 am UTC
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Also, just to note, if anyone learns how to do this properly, OR discovers a different format for the images that would make it easier, let me know so I can document and/or upload new versions of the image files!
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Chet W January 12, 2019 8:13 pm UTC
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Just practiced with a deck I made based on Mythic:GME and I'm pretty happy with how it looks in TTS. Importing decks isn't too hard once you figure it out, I'm just trying to figure out the best way to convert a pdf file to an image type like png or something without too much compression, because the final product needs to be compressed into a jpg with relatively tight resolution constraints.
If there's anything I can do to help, let me know
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Christopher L January 20, 2019 12:21 pm UTC
The only way I figured out how to do it is by taking screenshots of each card.
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Nathan R January 20, 2019 1:07 pm UTC
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What file type did your screenshots save as? I could probably provide a different image format, if your screenshots uploaded but the ones I provided in the VTT folder didn’t!
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January 02, 2020 9:10 pm UTC
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Specifics: I imported each card as an image, then built the deck one card at a time.
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39.68 MB
Format
Original electronic
Scanned image
These products were created by scanning an original printed edition. Most older books are in scanned image format because original digital layout files never existed or were no longer available from the publisher.

For PDF download editions, each page has been run through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to attempt to decipher the printed text. The result of this OCR process is placed invisibly behind the picture of each scanned page, to allow for text searching. However, any text in a given book set on a graphical background or in handwritten fonts would most likely not be picked up by the OCR software, and is therefore not searchable. Also, a few larger books may be resampled to fit into the system, and may not have this searchable text background.

For printed books, we have performed high-resolution scans of an original hardcopy of the book. We essentially digitally re-master the book. Unfortunately, the resulting quality of these books is not as high. It's the problem of making a copy of a copy. The text is fine for reading, but illustration work starts to run dark, pixellating and/or losing shades of grey. Moiré patterns may develop in photos. We mark clearly which print titles come from scanned image books so that you can make an informed purchase decision about the quality of what you will receive.
Original electronic format
These ebooks were created from the original electronic layout files, and therefore are fully text searchable. Also, their file size tends to be smaller than scanned image books. Most newer books are in the original electronic format. Both download and print editions of such books should be high quality.
File Last Updated:
September 24, 2017
This title was added to our catalog on January 29, 2014.