I own a physical deck of The GameMaster's Apprentice: Base Deck and I'd love to actually use it in game. I have played with it to generate adventure seeds, and it's fun and useful. I'm not sure I could use it to run a full session on the fly, but I may have to try at some point.
Normally 9.99 in PDF, until tomorrow morning The GameMaster's Apprentice: Base Deck is 1.50 in PDF as DTRPG's Deal of the Day. I suggest at that price, you snag the PDF and if it seems it will be useful in your games, consider going back and grabbing the printed deck at 20 bucks.
The GameMaster's Apprentice is a genre-and-system-neutral deck of cards that can be used as either a supplement for traditional tabletop RPGs or as a complete game engine for GM-free solo or group RPGs.
You can view the cards' complete instructions for free by clicking the preview link beneath the thumbnail above, or view the Quickstart Guide and a set of quick-reference PnP/PoD Instruction Cards here on DriveThru if you prefer (if you wish to purchase the Print on Demand instruction cards to keep with your deck, be sure to combine the order with the deck itself! They are only six cards, and DriveThru will not print orders that small). You can also scroll down to view the card overview image and watch a video of the cards in use!
On each card is a set of fourteen individual randomizers; with 60 double-sided cards, you can generate literally millions of possible adventures, all without having to hunt through a book or PDF for a single table!
With these cards, you can:
- Instantly generate NPCs with randomized names, motivations, and backgrounds.
- Create random events or story seeds.
- Provide sensory details or random loot for characters searching or stealing.
- Run games without a human GameMaster!
- And more--they even work brilliantly as creative writing prompt generators, and have been playtested by 9th-12th grade students of both English and Game Design.
If you want specifics, including examples of how to use the randomizers on the cards, the complete instructions are available in the downloadable PDF preview linked below the cover image/thumbnail, but you can take a look at the overview below to see the quick and dirty version of what is on each card, and you can view a video preview from the original Kickstarter that explains how to use the cards to run a GM-free game or generate a story for a traditional RPG. This video is the second in a series, so if you want to see the first (which details initial generation of the story), check out our website, www.LarcenousDesigns.com!
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