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Encounter Building Cards: Decisions

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The Encounter Building Decks are meant to replace (or at least help) the Game Master in any role-playing game by providing locations, traps, combatants, and decision making in any adventure you can imagine.  The system-less design of these decks allow them to be used with your RPG of choice and let the cards be idea generators rather than specific rules of play.  The decks came about from my desire to play an RPG solo while still having a sense of discovery and unknown.  I got tired of “exploring” maps that I had set-up ahead of time because I always knew what was in the next room!  While these cards won’t replace all the planning completely, the GM (or players who want to play without a GM) only need come up with the general story of the session, have level-appropriate stat blocks in mind, and bring the player characters.  These cards will do the rest!  This means the GM can play as a PC, the group can play without a GM after agreeing upon the general storyline, or you could solo-play your favorite RPG.

There are currently four specific decks you can use with 60 cards each.  They are: 

    1. Decisions Physical Card Deck– These cards act as the stand-in GM by giving answers to yes/no questions, random die rolls, random events, details about an event, and even a simple quest generator.  This deck is the barebones necessity if you want to try playing without a GM.  (Decision Cards PDF Print-n-Play plus Random Generating Buttons)
    2. Locations Physical Card Deck – These cards describe a location within four different types of environments.  They also give information about the number of exits (doors) within each room location, whether those doors are locked or not, and if there are secret doors to find.  While this doesn’t give you an exact map of each location, it does give you enough description and randomness to truly explore a dungeon or castle never knowing what the next room will bring. (Location Cards PDF Print-n-Play plus Random Generating Buttons)
    3. Traps Physical Card Deck – These cards contain 120 possibilities for traps such pitfalls, crushing walls, magical auras to defeat, and more. (Trap Cards PDF Print-n-Play plus Random Generating Buttons)
    4. Combat Physical Card Deck – Come to a room filled with bad guys?  Who are they?  How do they fight?  These cards detail combat encounters you may have.  They give you the general type of enemy, how they attack, what their intentions are, difficulty level, special equipment or tactics, and more. (Combat Cards PDF Print-n-Play plus Random Generating Buttons)

          You should feel free to use as many or as few of the decks as you would like.  If you’re solo playing an RPG, you might want all four decks.  If you’re a dedicated GM with a group of players, you may find the Locations, Combats, and Traps most useful for generating ideas or to use directly during gameplay.  Less prep and giving more control over to the cards allows you to create a PC to play in your own campaign.

          By purchasing this deck, you will get the 60 card Encounter Building Cards: Decisions physical card deck and a PDF version of the cards for which you may want this 18 page PDF rulebook detailing how to use this deck and the other three decks in the series.

          PLEASE NOTE: This 60 card deck comes without a box as do most card decks purchased on DriveThruRPG.  You may choose to add a box as an add-on during the purchasing process.

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          Customer avatar
          Mike C November 18, 2019 3:50 pm UTC
          I haven't purchased yet (I'm the GM, we don't play GM-less) but I had a couple comments:

          * The "odds of yes" part of the card is inspired and your instructions would be a worthy "How to GM negotiations" guide.
          * The advice your father gave you... Man, that was brilliant!
          * I wish the cards had a d8. You could have 4 cards with "Draw again". (In case you do another edition.)
          * The loot section is also great advice for GMs, perfectly distilled.

          Anyway, a stumbled on this while looking for those plastic boxes to hold cards. Good luck!
          Customer avatar
          Eric B November 20, 2019 12:42 am UTC
          Thanks so much for your comments! I will definitely consider squeezing in the d8 if I do another edition of these. Thanks again!
          Customer avatar
          Kevin P December 20, 2016 3:57 pm UTC
          There is no contact publisher link to the right. Just reviews and product searches. No PDF on RPGNow or DriveThroughRPG. Have the cards, watched the video, works OK, but I am sure the PDF has more to cover some of the little things I am not understanding. Any assistance from DriveThroughRPG or the publisher would be appreciated.
          Customer avatar
          Eric B December 21, 2016 12:15 am UTC
          Sorry about that! I worked with a DriveThru rep before I posted these cards for sale who assured me that I had the PDF in the correct spot. Apparently we were wrong. I'm working with another rep right now to get it up correctly.
          Customer avatar
          Eric B December 22, 2016 12:12 am UTC
          The tech department at DriveThru is stymied as well since I have the rulebook uploaded to the correct spot. While they sort that out on their end, I've listed the rulebook as a separate free download. The link is in the product description above. Hope that helps! If you have any other issues, please let me know!
          Customer avatar
          Kevin P December 28, 2016 2:50 am UTC
          Thank you very much. That worked out just fine. While most of the information on the cards is quite self-explanatory and the video helps alot, there are a few nuances that needed clarification. The PDF answered those questions. Again, Thank you very much for working on get a link to the pdf.
          Customer avatar
          Eric B December 28, 2016 3:57 am UTC
          Happy to help, and thanks for trying out my product!
          Customer avatar
          Dominique M August 25, 2016 7:47 pm UTC
          How to receive the PDF to use the cards?
          Customer avatar
          Dominique M September 01, 2016 11:39 am UTC
          I received cards, great. But how to get the PDF rulebook for using these cards ?
          Customer avatar
          Dominique M September 01, 2016 7:06 pm UTC
          RPGNow thank you, I received very quickly the PDF rulebook. Excellent !
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