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Motivations Card Set (for Ironsworn & Starforged)

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Define your character's drives and be rewarded when fulfilling them

This set comprises 30 motivation cards, each representing the most archetypical abstract goals in any fiction. Using them lets you detail your character and give them depth and instinctive purpose. Playing with motivations will also serve as a compass and incentive to roleplay as appropriate to the narrative, and be mechanically rewarded by doing so.

The premise

Your motivations answer to what are my interests.

Each motivation is composed of 3 layers and a buyoff. You take +momentum as per the layer (or buyoff) comes to fruition.

Further guidelines are given on how motivations interact with each other, what considerations should be made, and how to use them in other roleplaying game systems.


The Motivations Card Set comes with universal guidelines to be used in any tabletop roleplaying game system.

Motivations - Photo, Printed

Demeanors - Sample

The digital version includes the following

  • Motivations Card Set. 3x3 cards per page. Double-sided printing supported. Sized for use with standard 3.5x2.5in (88x63mm) card protectors. PDF.
  • Motivations Card Set (No Backs). PDF.
  • Motivations Card Set (Plain Text). The motivations presented in text only, if you wish to print them as a standalone document. PDF.
  • Motivations Card Set (JPG). ZIP with JPG images for each card to be used on your preferred virtual tabletop platform.
  • Motivations Card Set - Tuckbox. A folded box to pack the deck. PDF.

Not an official Ironsworn product
This is not an official Tomkin Press product, it is made possible through the CC BY 4.0 license granted by the Ironsworn author, Shawn Tomkin.

This product was made possible by Patreon supporters, who receive exclusive previews, behind-the-scenes, InDesign templates, and other goodies. Click "Publisher Website" in the left-hand sidebar of this page for more.

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Matthew T June 11, 2024 1:03 am UTC
It appears that the download links for Motivations_Card_Set_(for_the_Ironsworn_System)_(VTT)_(PNG).rar and Motivations_Card_Set_(for_the_Ironsworn_System)_(VTT)_(JPG).rar are swapped after DTRPG totally @#$%ed up ... er, I mean upgraded ... their site. Clicking on JPG downloads PNG and vice versa. Also, I keep getting a checksum error on the PNG file when downloading via the desktop client.
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Samuel R July 09, 2024 5:05 pm UTC
We have updated the files. Hopefully, this has fixed the issue.
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Lance R June 12, 2020 1:53 am UTC
Oddly I can't leave a review after buying it. But anyways for anyone interested, here's an ironsworn players perspective....

A few of the cards just rephrase the motivation and don't get very evocative (example: X motivation. Layer 1 - The act of doing X). Most don't but it does pop up a few times and should be mentioned. Also it does feel like (most of) these cards will be a terrible idea for anyone wanting to make the game more challenging. Many are pretty easy to twist or write a scene around for easy rewards.

But that's the point. You are making your character behave like the card suggests. I think these are great resource for people wanting to roleplay and needing a bit of an extra push on deciding how to handle their character, especially if you can restrain yourself from abusing them.

4/5 with the main demerits being that the pdf is structured so the card backs are at the end and you cannot print it double sided, and if you feel $5 is a hair expensive for 30...See more
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Samuel R June 12, 2020 3:43 am UTC
Hi, Lancer.

Thank you for pointing out the PDF structure. The double-sided printing is definitely something we missed. We'll update it as soon as possible to support it.

The cards weren't made using any asset making tool, not that such tools exist to make cards like this. We just tried to emulate Shawn Tomkin's style to adhere to the format and aesthetic of Ironsworn.

Thanks for the review!
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Lance R June 12, 2020 7:53 am UTC
That wasn't meant as a dig so take it as a complement that they look good enough that I couldn't tell. Nice work all around.
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