Advanced Search

Tableau: Improv Playset ("Print-N-Play" Edition)Click to magnify
Quick Preview
Full‑size Preview

Tableau: Improv Playset ("Print-N-Play" Edition)


(This is the "Print-N-Play" PDF edition of the Improv playset for Tableau, with 38 cards to facilitate the full playset along with Tableau Core rules. This edition is tailored to fit on US Letter Paper for use with poker-sized card sleeves, and facilitates easy manual trimming using cut-lines template included on the final page. For those seeking a higher-end experience, this Improv playset is also available in a premium US Poker Cards edition, complete with a stylish "Tuckbox". If you prefer a slightly less expensive version, purchase the "Just the Cards"edition that is unboxed and tied together with a transparent wrapper.)

About Tableau and this Improv Playset

“The best stories are the ones we tell together!”

Ignite your “Yes, and…” spirit of improvisation to weave unique tales together, one scene at a time. Collaborate to create unforgettable narratives across genres, fostering unexpected bonds between characters. Hone your narrative skills with rules designed for spontaneous & unscripted storytelling. Perfect for roleplaying, improv, and creative writing.

Tableau is a GMless storytelling system for 2-5 players, played using poker-sized cards featuring rules & inspirational images. Each Playset includes everything you need to play except for your own index cards, markers and sheets of paper, and optionally one six-sided dice. The typical playtime is 2-3 hours.

  • Tableau helps you create a satisfying cinematic storytelling experience over the course of just a few hours.
  • Together you will build an intriguing & impactful story without the need for advance preparation or a designated gamemaster or narrator.
  • The choices of different cards offer you “composable” rules, giving you a flexible framework to create and control your characters and explore a range of story genres and play styles.
  • Tableau also offers a number of Playsets that package together specific rules & cards to create specific kinds of stories. Tableau: Improv, Tableau: Twilight Road, and Tableau: Gate Watch are the first of of a number of Playsets to come.

With this Tableau: Improv Playset the players take the roles of writers & directors to portray characters and weave a story for all to enjoy. The cards facilitate telling a dramatic, character-driven, One-Act Story, in a collaborative and cinematic way. All the Playset and Tableau Core cards you need to play are included.

Though this Playset is “simple” as it doesn’t have as many Rules or Story cards as other Tableau Playsets, it isn’t necessarily “easy” as it is very unconstrained—it is probably best for a group comfortable with the traditions of improv.

In addition to the Tableau: Improv Playset, this deck includes 16 Tableau Reference cards that each offer 38 useful prompts to inspire both improv and storytelling (in categories for Genre, Mood & Tone, Theme, Setting, Desires, Relationships, Catalyst Scenes, and Plot Twists).

These Tableau: Improv Playset cards and the Reference cards may be mixed & matched with both the Tableau: Twilight Road and Tableau: Gate Watch and with future Tableau Games playsets.

We hope this deck inspires you to consider purchasing/backing our first two Tableau playsets — Tableau: Twilight Road and Tableau: Gate Watch.

This promotional deck includes:

  • Improv Playset cards for a simple one-act storytelling session.
  • 18 Rule cards from Tableau Core
  • 16 Reference cards
Tableau: Improv Playset (Kickstarter Promo Print-N-Play)

Reviewer Quotes 

Tableau is a versatile, flexible framework for collaborative storygames grounded deep in the fundamentals of story and character. Mix and match cards to shift what themes, rules, archetypes, and ideas are on the table, helping your group tell a compelling and satisfying story.” ~ Aaron A. Reed, author of the Archives of the Sky story game.

About Christopher Allen (Writer & Designer)

I am fascinated by the art and craft of collaboration, and have its practice and the study of how and why collaboration works at the center of my professional career as an entrepreneur, a software architect, as well as a creator, producer & publisher in the game industry.

I have been a fan and supporter of games (especially roleplaying games) for decades, with old favorites including Call of Cthulhu and RuneQuest II, while my new favorites are the collaborative games that have emerged in the last couple of decades, both in the form of GMless story games as well as in board games.

Professionally, I've done considerable work in the computer game industry: I was the lead designer for Castle Marrach and Lovecraft Country online games and producer for mobile adaptions of several strategy games by Reiner Knizia and Michael Schacht.

In the tabletop games industry, I produced Chaosium's award-winning Beyond the Mountains of Madness RPG supplement, resurrected Arkham Horror cooperative board game before licensing it to Fantasy Flight for their bestselling 2nd edition, and I support the tabletop gaming community as the owner/publisher of the popular website

Recently, I have been doing more personal projects, directly creating releases for the tabletop industry: I co-authored with Shannon Appelcline Meeples Together: How and Why Cooperative Board Games Work published by Gameplaywright with a successful Kickstarter in 2018, a successful Kickstarter in 2019 for the origina 18-cardl Gate Watch, and a 2023 Kickstarter for the first two Tableau Games, my cooperative storytelling card game system. I will be releasing games & media through Dyvers Hands Productions. I am also an avid supporter of other game designers on Kickstarter and Patreon.

About Dyvers Hands Productions (Publisher)

“Dyvers Hands” is an archaic phrase used to refer to a project that has been contributed to by many people. Divers is a word of Latin origin (diversus) that is still commonly used in modern French language; it literally means “many and varied”. ~ Wikipedia

At Dyvers Hands Productions, we are passionate about creating and developing collaborative storytelling experiences across a wide range of media. Our focus includes tabletop games, online communities, graphic novels, short-story anthologies, and we hope to one day expand into TV and movies.

We believe that the best stories are the ones told together, and our mission is to foster creativity, promote collaboration, and bring people together through immersive and engaging gameplay.

Our latest project, Tableau, successfully funded on Kickstarter, is a storytelling game system that emphasizes shared storytelling and character development.


Improv: A Playset for Tableau was written & designed by Christopher Allen.

©2022-23 by Dyvers Hands Productions, LLC. — All Rights Reserved (no license is granted for redistribution or derivation without permission). Images © original creators & are Permissively Licensed. More info & image credits at Dyvers Hands website.

Tableau Games™, Dyvers Hands™, and Tableau Core™ are trademarks of Dyvers Hands Productions LLC.

Creative Contributors: Shannon Appelcline, Aaron Reed

 Customers Who Bought this Title also Purchased
Reviews (0)
Discussions (0)
Narrow Results
$ to $
 Follow Your Favorites!
NotificationsSign in to get custom notifications of new products!

Product Information
File Size:
2.65 MB
Original electronic Click for more information
Scanned image
These products were created by scanning an original printed edition. Most older books are in scanned image format because original digital layout files never existed or were no longer available from the publisher.

For PDF download editions, each page has been run through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to attempt to decipher the printed text. The result of this OCR process is placed invisibly behind the picture of each scanned page, to allow for text searching. However, any text in a given book set on a graphical background or in handwritten fonts would most likely not be picked up by the OCR software, and is therefore not searchable. Also, a few larger books may be resampled to fit into the system, and may not have this searchable text background.

For printed books, we have performed high-resolution scans of an original hardcopy of the book. We essentially digitally re-master the book. Unfortunately, the resulting quality of these books is not as high. It's the problem of making a copy of a copy. The text is fine for reading, but illustration work starts to run dark, pixellating and/or losing shades of grey. Moiré patterns may develop in photos. We mark clearly which print titles come from scanned image books so that you can make an informed purchase decision about the quality of what you will receive.
Original electronic format
These ebooks were created from the original electronic layout files, and therefore are fully text searchable. Also, their file size tends to be smaller than scanned image books. Most newer books are in the original electronic format. Both download and print editions of such books should be high quality.
File Last Updated:
June 13, 2023
This title was added to our catalog on April 02, 2023.
Dyvers Hands Productions
Publisher Average Rating