I’ve got this game that is modeled on revenge tragedy from 1600, and it has playtested well and I love it. It’s going to be competing at Fastaval pretty soon and I’m running a session at Dreamation. The big challenge has been finding a compact way to present all the information a player needs at the table, and this is my latest attempt. I think it’s going well! (click to enlarge)

So on two playing cards, nothing smaller than 9 point type, you get:

* Character portrait and color (I am so happy about these, from the Nuremburg Chronicle) – this is the innocent Ingenue in one of the two setups called “The Devil of Prague”.
* Guidance about which cast it represents (important, basically two different situations depending on the number of players, also color-coded)
* Guidance on Fate and Event Guides, playtesting called for a finding aid for this info. On both cards!
* Backstory
* How your dude feels about all the other dudes
* What secrets and troublemaking bits your dude knows

It’s a lot! I’m super happy with this approach in general. We’ll see how it works in February.

Cards and the Devil of Prague
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6 thoughts on “Cards and the Devil of Prague

  • January 22, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Looks good! Printing fate & event guides on the cards is very practical; last LiToS session I played, everyone did a similar thing to their playsheets.

    It’s weird to see game cards with no stats on them. No stats…

  • January 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    So you’re going to Fastaval, Jason? Tempting… Even more tempting than it was before. Matthijs, are you going, as well?

  • January 23, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Afraid not. Easter is family time. And I’m going to Knudepunkt in February & hosting HolmCon in March…

  • January 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

    No! My game is in competition there but I won’t be there, sadly. You should go, though!

  • January 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve been thinking about publishing a card game but have no idea how one would go about manufacturing / distributing … how do you plan to do it?

  • January 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Jamie,

    Not 100% sure but I plan on trying out RapidPOD, who offer an 18-up card printing option. Gamecrafter and Guild of Blades also offer this service.

    it is a little more complicated than getting a perfect-bound book printed, that’s for sure.

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