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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Base Deck $9.99
Publisher: Larcenous Designs, LLC
by Thor S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/23/2018 22:39:08

I do not often use my time to write a review about a product, which is a praise for this product in itself. I have been GMing games for almost two decades and thus I am always looking for good aids, especially things like this product: something that cuts the prep time for games. I got this product for multiple reasons, but the greatest was the need for random scene/story seed creation. And this simple deck of 60 cards surely delivers.

I love the verb, noun, descriptor combo, the symbols, Catalyst and Location. Those are the things I wanted, and I got them. The sensory snippets are decent, though I find that some of them are harder to use than others. The dice result, difficulty scale and likely odds work well and are a welcome part of the cards especially while travelling, even if I personally like to rattle the dice whenever possible. The names, Virtue&Vice and belongings make it an easy and pleasant to whip up characters on the fly.

The only small thing that irritates me sometimes are the belongings. There are a great variety of things, but for some reason, for me, many of the things feel... only complementary. The reason is that I would like to use the belongings as one key factor when deciding what the created character actually does (class, occupation etc.). As is, I nowadays use them mostly as a way to give a character some surprising items, thus it is only complementary, adding to something I have already created. It should be noted, that despite the word count used, it is only a very minor thing.

All in all, this might just be the easiest to use complete GM-tool, which can be used without anything else, even without dice should it come to that. Great value for money!

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