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Demeanors Card Set (for Ironsworn & Starforged)

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Denote your character's personality and be rewarded when roleplaying them

This set comprises 36 demeanor cards, each representing archetypical personality types. Using them lets you detail your character and give them depth and a unique feel. Playing with a demeanor 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 demeanor answers to how I interact with the world.

Each demeanor is composed of the virtue, the vice, and the buyoff.

  • When you act aided by your virtue, you add +1 to your roll when implementing your demeanor into the description of your action.
  • When you use your vice to get into trouble by paying a great narrative cost, you take up to your momentum maximum.
  • When you act contrary to your demeanor as per its buyoff, you discard it and take +5 momentum.

Further insight is given about the composition of the cards and how to use them in other roleplaying game systems.


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

Demeanors - Photo, Printed

Demeanors - Sample

The digital version includes the following

  • Demeanors Card Set. 3x3 cards per page. Double-sided printing supported. Sized for use with standard 3.5x2.5in (88x63mm) card protectors. PDF format.
  • Demeanors Card Set (No Backs). PDF format.
  • Demeanors Card Set (Plain Text). The demeanors presented in text only, if you wish to print them as a standalone document. PDF.
  • Demeanors Card Set (JPG). ZIP with JPG images for each card to be used on your preferred virtual tabletop platform.
  • Demeanors 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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Paul M July 06, 2022 3:22 am UTC
I don't understand how momentum maximum works. In Ironsworn would I add 10 to a roll? Or increase my momentum to 10?
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Samuel R July 06, 2022 5:12 am UTC
If the prompt tells you to "take up to your momentum maximum", it means you take +momentum up to its maximum, naturally, 10.

In the Ironsworn ruleset, "when you have positive momentum, after you roll your move, you may cancel any challenge dice that are less than your current momentum value. This gives you an automatic hit."

In the Ironsworn: Starforged ruleset, "when you have positive momentum, after you make an action roll, you may replace your action score with your current momentum value to improve your result."

Either way works.
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Spencer S December 19, 2020 2:49 pm UTC
Are there any plans to make these and the other two card sets available in print on demand?
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Samuel R December 19, 2020 5:36 pm UTC
Yes, by January every purchaser will receive via email the appropriate discount codes for the printed versions.
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Eric W August 07, 2020 9:00 am UTC
In what way does this differ from Motivations?
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Samuel R August 07, 2020 1:48 pm UTC
Hi, Eric.

Motivations define drives and grant +momentum according to how intensely you act to fulfill them. They answer to "what are my interests?"

Demeanors define personality inclinations and add +1 when making a roll by playing them in your favor; when using them against you by paying a great narrative cost, they grant up to your momentum maximum. They answer to "how do I interact with the world?"
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