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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Steampunk Deck

The GameMaster's Apprentice: Steampunk Deck

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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!

Thrilling Adventure and Mad Science!

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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Steampunk 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. 

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 (from the original, genre-neutral deck) 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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Kenneth W December 08, 2020 5:44 am UTC
The discounts are amazing and truly appreciated. I could only afford the pdf, but it gave me something to do during my quarantine, printing and cutting the cards myself, was also a perfect distraction due to my father passing away, a great stress relief to keep me focused as I deal with the tough times. My father got me into crafting and rpgs, so it was a great way to keep busy yet do something we both enjoyed.
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Nathan R December 08, 2020 4:34 pm UTC
I’m so sorry to hear about your loss! I’m glad the cards were able to help you feel connected during this rough time; please reach out if you want to try another PDF or two for free, if you need the distraction!

You can always email me at
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Kenneth W December 08, 2020 4:53 pm UTC
Thank you for the offer, honestly I already have everything except the Tarot, and that’s only because I saw no need for that on top of all the other decks.
Please keep doing what you do and these products have all been great and exceeded my expectations.
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Robert R April 30, 2020 10:15 pm UTC
I want to thank GMA for the deep discounts they have extended. I already own the Base and the Fantasy deck. I just purchased the Age of Sail, Horror, Sci-Fi and Steampunk decks with a case. Thanks again.
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Nathan R May 01, 2020 12:04 pm UTC
You’re very welcome, Robert! I hope the cards serve you well!
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Steve N April 13, 2016 8:25 am UTC
One of your Steampunk cards has the odor listed... "The vanilla of ancient books"

Is that right?

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Nathan R April 13, 2016 10:23 am UTC
Should be! Technically, it has a different name, but paper breaks down into a compound that smells like vanilla, thus creating the 'old book smell.'
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Steve N April 13, 2016 10:03 pm UTC
Cool! I never knew that. I've never equated the smell of old books with vanilla. It was just musty to me.
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Nathan R April 13, 2016 10:14 pm UTC
Well, sadly, some (or probably most) old books get moldy and musty, too... breaks m' heart, it does. :-(
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