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A deck of cards used to randomly generate outdoor encounters. More inspiration than mechanics.
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Outdoor Encounters are poker-sized, 330 gsm game cards that the GM may use to randomly generate an outdoor event in any fantasy roleplaying game. The cards are generic in nature and not designed for any one game system. Experienced GMs will have no problems incorporating the encounters into the game of their choice.

These cards may be either used randomly -- ask the players to draw a card when the party is traveling across the countryside -- or, instead, the GM may select a card when looking to throw a quick encounter at the players.

Outdoor Encounter cards are not intended for novice gamemasters. The encounters described on these cards do not include monster or character statistics, game mechanics, or detailed instructions for using each card. Outdoor Encounter cards are, in a sense, adventure seeds with a slight twist. These cards are only useful once you've applied some effort to the suggested encounters.

Dungeon Challenge Cards

For those who missed out on my previous Kickstarter project for the Dungeon Challenge Cards (details here), I am making those cards available as a part of this project. The Dungeon Challenge Cards final product is a 36-card deck, packed inside a custom tuck box, and that project is completed and at a second test deck print. With luck, the finished deck will be delivered to backers of that project ahead of the scheduled December 2018 release date.

Shipping

U.S. shipping is "free," by which I mean that I have factored the U.S. mailing costs into the reward levels. Nothing is ever really free. These will be packed into a padded envelope and sent through the USPS.

No International Shipping: As a single operator, the nightmare of international shipping is one that is best avoided. Sorry, world, but customs forms and the ridiculous prices that the USPS asks for shipping packages outside of the U.S. do not appeal to me.

Some artwork copyright William McAusland, used with permission. Some artwork copyright Maciej Zagorski/The Forge Studios, used under license.

Risks and challenges

After years of experience with Kickstarter, running and backing projects, combined with decades of experience in publishing, I think _most_ of the largest challenges and risks have been avoided. The 18-card deck is complete, the printer is one I have (limited) experience with, and all that remains is funding. (Unless stretch goals are met, in which case I have a dozen cards left to create, but that won't take more than a solid weekend of work.)

However, things can go wrong. As an individual, I do not have access to a company to assist with packing and shipping rewards (my wife helps!), and I have no control over life. Everything should ship on schedule, but things can (and sometimes do) go wrong. If something goes off the rails, I will post an update to explain the situation.

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    PDF - Not of the cards, but of the info

    A PDF of the Outdoor Encounter content! The cards will be broken down into a table so that you can use the content without drawing from a deck. Delivered through Dropbox

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    PDF - Outdoor + Dungeon

    A PDF of the Outdoor Encounter and Dungeon Challenge content! The cards will be broken down into tables (Outdoor and Dungeon) so that you can use the content without drawing from a deck. Delivered through Dropbox

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    A single deck of 18 Outdoor Encounter cards, shipped free anywhere within the United States. Includes the PDF reward!

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    Two copies of the deck of 18 Outdoor Encounter cards, shipped free anywhere within the United States. Includes the PDF reward!

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    Outdoor Encounters + Dungeon Challenges

    A single deck of 18 Outdoor Encounter cards + a deck of 36 hex-shaped Dungeon Challenge cards, shipped free anywhere within the United States. Includes the PDF (Outdoor and Dungeon) reward!

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    Three Decks

    Three copies of the deck of 18 Outdoor Encounter cards, shipped free anywhere within the United States. Includes the PDF reward!

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    Two copies of the 18 Outdoor Encounter card decks + one deck of 36 hex-shaped Dungeon Challenge cards, shipped free anywhere within the United States. Includes the PDF (Outdoor and Dungeon) reward!

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    Outdoor + Dungeon X 2

    Two each of the 18-card Outdoor Encounter and the 35-card hex-shaped Dungeon Challenge decks, shipped free anywhere inside the United States. Includes the PDF (Outdoor and Dungeon) reward!

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    Outdoor + Dungeon X 3

    Three each of the 18-card Outdoor Encounter and the 35-card hex-shaped Dungeon Challenge decks, shipped free anywhere inside the United States. Includes the PDF (Outdoor and Dungeon) reward!

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