Card Game

So I love playing board/card games. I adore Munchkin, Gloom, Smallworld, etc. (and I have to admit that other than Munchkin, I was introduced to most of the games I now love by Wil Wheaton and his web-series Table Top on Geek & Sundry) On the weekend the hubs and I were playing the now out of print Three Dragon Ante. I thought it was fun, though kind of time consuming.

Which isn’t to say other games aren’t, but I felt the time/enjoyment balance wasn’t, well… balanced. I much prefer games like Gloom and Munchkin. Which got me thinking…

In addition to story ideas, every now and then I get an idea for a board game. And because I love Gloom just so freaking much (I have all but the house expansion pack, because the reviews weren’t very good for that one…) the idea I got was another story building card game. Except not so “depressing”. (Note: if you don’t end up laughing while playing Gloom you’re doing it wrong)

But whilst making the various cards I realized that they could also be used as a quick-and-dirty way to prompt a new or current story. So, while the game is still being developed, here is a basic run-down of “Story Builder” deck… (which was heavily inspired by www.tvtropes.com)

Character Cards

  • Anti-Hero
  • Reluctant Hero
  • the Child
  • Blue Collar Warlock
  • Bruiser with Soft Centre
  • Dragonslayer
  • Drunken Sailor
  • Villain Protagonist
  • Heroic Wannabe
  • Ideal Hero
  • Loveable Rogue
  • Classic Princess
  • the Hunter
  • the Priestess
  • the Separated Lovers
  • Superhero
  • Seductress
  • Super Genius

Theme Cards

  • Old Western
  • Space Western
  • Modern Mystery
  • Steampunk Mystery
  • Medieval Quest
  • Modern Quest
  • Medieval Voyage
  • Space Voyage
  • Sea Voyage
  • Prophecy Fulfilment
  • Defying Prophecy
  • Bildungsroman
  • Me versus You
  • Criminal Activity
  • True Romance
  • Complicated Romance
  • Tragedy
  • Comedy

Plot Point Cards

  • Treasure Map
  • Inheritance
  • Profit
  • Love-at-first-sight
  • Unrequited Love
  • Courtly Love
  • Bandits
  • Thieves
  • Defend the Town
  • Innate Magic
  • Magical Academy
  • Spell Scrolls & Tomes
  • Chosen One
  • Born to be King
  • Ultimate Sacrifice
  • Unicorn
  • Werewolf
  • Dragon
  • Flesh Wound
  • Loved One’s Death
  • Bitter Revelation
  • Searching & Seeking
  • Scenic Route
  • Tourists
  • Thing-a-ma-bobs
  • Whozits & Whatsits
  • Technobabble
  • Whodunit?
  • Missing Person
  • Stolen Goods
  • Warp Drive
  • Alien Encounter
  • Life Support
  • Mermaid Ahoy!
  • Why’s the Rum Gone?
  • Pirates

Climax Cards

  • Dragon Slayed
  • Love Found
  • Protagonist Death
  • the Throne is Mine
  • New World
  • Library with the Revolver
  • Atlantis
  • Burn the World
  • the Dreaded Ellipses…

While each card does have a little descriptor, I’ll leave most of that up to your imagination (or discovery if the game gets finished and somehow produced) 😉

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