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Better Backstories is a card-based, random life history and plot line generator for Players, NPCs, RPGs, creative writing, and more.  This system is a genre-neutral accessory that works with any game or setting.  Aside from backstories and plots, the cards also include icons for generating random weather, landmarks and alignments.

Drama is based on meaningful connections.  Luke Skywalker's story becomes so much deeper when it is revealed that Darth Vader is his father.  Citizen Kane becomes more dramatic when we learn what Rosebud really means.  Imagine how your character's adventure would change if the big bad at the end turned out to be their long lost sister?  With the flip of a few cards, your Half-Orc Fighter gains a family heirloom and a fear of open spaces.

The Basic Deck includes 68 cards: 10 cards in each of six categories, three icon legend cards, five blank cards for developing your own backstory elements, two instruction cards, and a cardboard tuck box.

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Nick K September 08, 2020 1:57 pm UTC
Where do I find the instructions PDF?
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Jay S September 08, 2020 2:52 pm UTC
The 'Alternate Preview' link under the image:
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Anne M August 29, 2020 10:22 pm UTC
Got my deck. It's very easy to use. It's not just for NPCs, the weather can change as the story progresses, an unplanned encounter is no big deal. We've even delt a few cards just to tell a story and explore the deck mechanics.
Very well thought out right down to a random number which I use as a plus or minus modifier. The more I use it the more ways I find to include it in my game prep. It's a must have for the GM. It works to flesh out solo games too.
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Jay S August 29, 2020 10:36 pm UTC
Thank you, Anne! I'm glad you're finding the cards so versatile. May I use this review on our Facebook page or website?

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Anne M August 31, 2020 8:34 am UTC
Yes you may.
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Jay S September 01, 2020 2:26 am UTC
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Kevin C August 05, 2020 12:59 am UTC
Got my deck in the mail. Incredible! This will add an additional depth to my games in a very easy manner. Great product and worth the investment.

Thanks Jay!
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Jay S August 16, 2020 5:36 pm UTC
You're welcome, Kevin! Happy creating and game on!

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Kevin C August 05, 2020 12:57 am UTC
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Mitch M August 05, 2020 12:34 am UTC
Better. Back. Stories! My guys, my dudes, my lasses, my nons, my moms, my sweet daddy, etc. This is the most exciting DND module I have ever gotten my slimey racoon hands on and it isn't even a small textbook. It's a small deck of cards that let's you create a fleshed-out character background in minutes in a method that feels like breaking out a tarot deck and divining the character out of the ether. It feels GOOD, everyone. And it's so useful. I'm a DM more times than not, and it's great for me. NPC too boring? Break out the deck. Should there be a character there? Break out the deck. Your player insist on putting a family member in their backstory you want to draw upon but their description according to the player is "sister, brunette." Slap Better Backstories onto your table, Aunt Mable! Using this deck to craft NPC motivations has literally and on multiple occasions allowed me to craft entire one-shot adventures on the fly. The deck did all the character building I needed for baddies and NPCs, I...See more
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