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Better Backstories - Basic Deck v2
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Better Backstories - Basic Deck v2

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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, and a cardboard tuck box.  Instruction booklet available for download to print separately.

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File Last Updated:
August 31, 2020
This title was added to our catalog on September 10, 2020.
Better Backstories