As an owner and user of nearly all the GameMaster’s Apprentice decks, I wanted to express how incredibly effective these cards are for not only generating story seeds and NPCs, but also for playing solo or with a small group without a GM. Over this past weekend, I used the sci-fi deck in combination with the (currently still beta) rules for ALONe to play Numenera co-op for myself and my girlfriend. The deck acted as the GM and not only kept the suspense and interest continuous and free-flowing, but brought the story to a satisfying conclusion as well (exactly as if we played using a traditional module with a human gamemaster). It does take some creativity when using the cards when trying to interpret the results but the more you use them, the more intuitive they become.
I’ve used the cards before on many occasions and it always amazes me how well the cards handle the story and keep things moving smoothly. My girlfriend, who only occasionally plays RPGs, was pleasantly surprised by how well they worked, and enjoyed it so much that she wants to continue the story where we left off. So this weekend we will continue with our characters and we are both looking forward to the twists and turns the deck has in store for us!
If you haven’t tried them yet, I give them my highest recommendation. Each deck comes with an “adventure guide” for each genre that help support your use of the cards. Also recommended are the ALONe rules (mentioned earlier), that will assist with guiding your story along. A+++