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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Demon Hunters

The GameMaster's Apprentice: Demon Hunters

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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 and we'll work something out! Let's get through this together!

We ride!

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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Demon Hunters is a system-neutral deck of cards that can be used as either a supplement for The Dead Gentlemen's RPG, Demon Hunters: A Comedy of Terrors, or as a complete game engine for GM-free solo or group RPGs set in that same world.

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 (using the base, genre-neutral deck) 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,! 

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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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Dean K February 09, 2021 1:13 pm UTC
Any Plans on doing a Post apocalypse deck?
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Nathan R February 09, 2021 1:43 pm UTC
Hmmm... There's an actual chance that we will, in the not too distant future! No guarantees yet, but watch out for announcements from me through DriveThrough or my Larcenous Designs Facebook group!
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Dean K February 09, 2021 1:52 pm UTC
Awesome. I have taken advantage of your kindness during this dark time in history. Thanks, stay safe.
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Nathan R February 09, 2021 1:57 pm UTC
You're most welcome! I'm glad to provide some entertainment; I hope the cards serve you well!
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Justin L January 06, 2021 7:33 pm UTC
Some of the even odds answers in the VTT images are blank. I found this in cards 4, 58, 73, 118, and 120.
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Nathan R January 06, 2021 8:40 pm UTC
That is... a weird error... what? Ok, I see the same thing, but (fortunately) the printed and PnP copies are fine, which is why I didn't catch that.

I'll try and fix it in the near future! We are planning an update of some things that will require me to replace/add new files anyway. Thanks!
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Joseph S December 10, 2020 12:20 pm UTC
Soooo... I don't actually play "Demon Hunters" (although I enjoyed both movies). But I do tend to play a lot of horror games for my solo, actual-play podcast. I plan on giving "In Nomine" a try at some point, but want to run it in more of a comedy-horror style. So would the Horror deck (which I already have, mind you) work fine, or should I grab the Demon Hunters deck? In short, would the DH deck help drive the comedic aspects of the adventure, in addition to the angels v. demons v. hunters 'horror'?
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Nathan R December 10, 2020 5:22 pm UTC
This is definitely a toss up in terms of 'effectiveness,' but the DH deck DOES have a lot more intended-to-be-funny content.

That said, see my reply to your other comment, if you are thinking of expanding a collection of physical decks :-)
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Anthony J May 24, 2020 8:29 pm UTC
Thank you for making such an awesome tool and for making these cards so 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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Matthew J April 12, 2019 1:21 am UTC
Is there a way to get DriveThru to print single sided cards with a GMA back (or frankly even a blank back)?
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Nathan R April 12, 2019 1:30 am UTC
Not automatically; the best way currently is to self-print on cardstock from the PnP files, but obviously that isn’t the same, and requires a lot more personal work—my apologies.
If you want to put up with me workshopping some ways to get the deck into a format you’d prefer, email me at and I’ll see what I can do!
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Dillard R November 02, 2018 1:21 pm UTC
Do I need the basic set?
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Nathan R November 02, 2018 1:37 pm UTC
You do not! Each deck is complete and meant to be used on its own.
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Samuel P November 04, 2016 8:20 am UTC
I've purchased the basic deck and loved it, very useful for my games! However I'm curious about what kinds of answers "source material" and "specialties" contain, given that they are different categories to the norse runes and elemental symbols on the other cards
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Nathan R November 04, 2016 12:57 pm UTC
Hi! You can get the full details by opening up the instructions (the "publisher preview" link under the thumbnail image), but the short version is that Source Material is there to suggest a source for your new big bad or mysterious power, such as Norse, Greek, or Abrahamic mythology, urban legends, Elder God Mythose, etc, and Specialties has icons that represent social stuff, combat/stealth, magic, and Science!; these can be used to suggest what abilities will be useful in this encounter, or what strengths an NPC has, etc.
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