UPDATE: Second deck added — the Indie Variant. See Update #8!
STRETCH GOAL UPDATE: $5000 stretch goal met! Card quality upgrade.
With the easy flip of a card you can generate a random result for any die from d100 to d2, including combinations of d6 results. Each of one hundred Deck100 cards has columns and rows for individual polyhedral dice results d20, d12, d10, d8, d6 and d4. Instead of merely replacing the function of dice in your RPG, Deck100 cards provide the same results as dice, but these cards augment this aspect of play in order to provide more options and opportunities for Gamemasters and players alike.
Yes, we know. Gamers love their dice, and we're asking you to use something instead of dice. Well, we love dice too. Dice are special, and generate special results for us when the need is great, right? Well, cards can be just as special (an individual’s Tarot deck is a very personal possession).
Why would we ask you to cards instead of dice? I offer four good reasons by way of example: 1) these cards provide the same numerical results as dice but also create opportunities to impact a game in other, simultaneous ways, 2) sometimes you play RPGs in an environment not conducive to rolling dice and cards don't spill as easily, 3) younger players who might be a bit, uh... exuberant with dice can more easily flip over a card, and 4) gamers love new mechanics and experimentation, so why be limited to dice?
Plus, guess what? All but the very best of dice are flawed.
Do you feel cursed to fail or even fumble the most important dice rolls? You could indeed be cursed, but the problem is likely not you but your dice.
The majority of dice from game manufacturers are misshapen, often oblong in one direction versus another. Any such flaws necessarily mean your dice do not generate numbers with the correct probability — there is bound to be a bias toward certain numerical results.
Enter Deck100. The draw of a card from a complete deck of these 100 cards generates a result along the proper probability curve.
The answer is pretty simple: 100 cards is the most reasonable way to generate random results from 1-100 for a d100, or percentile roll. We could have used 50 cards and had each card represent either the lower half or top half of results from 1-100, but as fewer cards means poorer results, we went BIG with 100 cards.
Each card has the totals for a variety of polyhedral dice. In the case of the black, red and blue columns, each number from 1-100 appears once as a result in the d100 row. All the other dice results are reflected as many times as the die type divides into 100. For instance, 6 goes into 100 sixteen times (with a remainder of 4), so each result from 1-6 in a d6 row appears 16 times in each of the colored columns.
What about those other four? Well, those spaces are filled by the “dragon” icons you see on a sample card. We've turned these “missing” results into a feature of Deck100. In this way and many others, the cards of Deck100 offer the opportunity for creative ways to affect your gameplay.
Rule #1 with Deck100 is that the cards are a tool to be used in any way you see fit. Yes, we have a suggested methodology, an easy way to generate random results with cards instead of dice, but the cards have a number of additional features (such as the “dragon” icons in the place of some dice results). These cards are begging for your house rules.
It's easy to use Deck100— the cards basically work like this:
That’s it. Pretty simple. But these cards offer plenty of other options too.
And wait, 100 is divisible by 20, so why is there a dragon icon since there are no “leftover” spaces? Columns with dice that divide evenly into 100 (i.e. 20, 10 and 4) still have “dragons”. Each of these column has a number of “dragons” equal to the die type, so there are a whopping 20 of them in each d20 column.
Each card also has special text at the bottom to grant a bonus of some kind. This might be a bonus to a roll, or the ability to substitute a result on this card for the result on another card that is flipped over. Again, use and/or abuse of these bonuses is completely at your discretion! They are provided as another means of empowering these cards to perform in ways that dice cannot (at least not without referencing accompanying tables after every roll).
A brief note about the special Gold column too. This is a column of “heroic” results. The numbers in the Gold column are all skewed higher than the bell curve of results for the various die types would allow. Standard use of Deck100 doesn’t grant results from the Gold column very often, but it will happen (though of course you may rule to ignore it and always default to the last non-Gold column that was indicated), but you may also develop all sorts of rules around using the Gold column. For instance, primary antagonists might use it during a final showdown with the characters and save you the disappointment of your favorite villain going down too easily.
And what about the back of the card?
Deck100 features four dragons: black, blue, gold and red to correspond with the colors of the columns on the cards. The four dragons partially visible at the top of each card in the deck will each also appear unobscured on a bonus cards that you may add to the deck. Think of these cards as jokers, or wild cards — they are not essential to the functioning of the deck, but they open countless opportunities for alternate rules and special effects.
We are very grateful of your support for Deck100. Of course, your primary reward for backing our project is a copy of Deck100 itself. However, we are offering a few additional options.
$1 Pledge = PDF copies of all four dragons plus any others unlocked through stretch goals.
The next two reward levels offer printed Dragon cards:
$2 Pledge = one printed Dragon card of your choice (choose from black, blue, gold, red, or any others unlocked)
$5 Pledge = receive a printed set of all the Dragon cards!
Deck100 itself is available via PNP or printed edition. The print-and-play edition will be delivered via DTRPG about a month after the conclusion of this project. The printed edition will require more time, of course, but we’ll get it to you as quickly as possible.
$8 Pledge = Print-and-Play edition of Deck100.
$15 Pledge = A special early bird version of the $19 pledge. If we run out of these "funding bird" pledges then the project is a go!
$17 Pledge = The early bird version of the $19 pledge. Thanks for your early help!
$19 Pledge = A printed edition of a 100-card Deck100 + a PNP edition is included as a bonus. You may purchase additional decks as add-ons.
We have a final $56 Pledge reward, but that’s a special program that deserves a section all its own. This reward benefits retailers, but it is NOT only for retailers. This reward is for the true hero who wants to support both our project and a FLGS.
I have contributed to over 100 Kickstarter projects and I have looked at countless projects beyond those I've backed. Without fail, the retailer-only reward levels don’t generate more than a handful of backers. I’ll go into the reasons why in a project update, but we’ll set that aside for now because I have a solution: you! Instead of asking game stores to directly back our project, we’re asking you to go to your FLGS and see if they will accept you as their FLGS Ambassador.
How does this work? Well, first you talk to the owner or manager of your FLGS and request that they contact me to name you as their FLGS Ambassador. Just a simple email (subject: Deck100 FLGS Ambassador) to me at email@example.com that includes the name and address of the store. Also appreciated: website links or anything else that can help confirm that the email is really from a retail store. The email should also include your own name and email address.
Once you’re named as an FLGS Ambassador, I’ll contact you and give you permission to back this project at that $56 reward level. Here’s where you’ll see what a great deal this is for both you and the game store. You’ll receive a reward of four copies of Deck100. You’ll keep one for yourself (at $14 it’s a nice discount from the $19 pledge, plus you receive a $5 set of Four Dragons) and then you’ll take the other three copies to your FLGS and swap those value for value for anything else in the store that the owner or manager has agreed to exchange with you (maybe even including product they special order at your request). Since you’re trading goods to the store at a discounted price, your $42 of discounted product should exchange for product of your choice also at a discounted price.
- I win because I have your support for my project.
- You win because you get a discounted Deck100 (plus a free set of Four Dragons!) and plus additional discounted game product from your FLGS.
- Your FLGS wins because they have brand new product probably unavailable anywhere else nearby and they financed that purchase with other product they had on hand (or ordered at a discount on your behalf).
*Please note: I will contact you if you back at the $56 level without being accepted as an FLGS Ambassador. If you do not adjust your pledge, then at the conclusion of the project your $56 pledge will be rewarded with three decks of Deck100 (technically a $57 value).
All pledges above $2 offer access to add-ons. When you pledge, simply add the appropriate amount to your pledge amount. For instance, if you want the $19 Deck100 and the Four Dragons for $5, then select the $19 reward but enter $24 (plus the correct shipping) as your pledge amount. Here is the menu of options:
$1 Pledge = sorry, no add-ons available.
$2 Pledge = sorry, no add-ons available.
$5 Pledge = You may pledge $2 for an additional copy of any dragon card or add an additional $5 per full set of Four Dragons. There is no extra shipping charge for the additional cards.
$8 Pledge = You may pledge $3 ($4 outside the USA) for an additional copy of any dragon card or add an additional $7 ($8 outside the USA) per full set of Four Dragons. These pledge amounts include shipping for your cards (as the PNP reward itself does not require a shipping charge).
$19 Pledge = You may pledge $2 for an additional copy of any one Dragon card or add an additional $5 per full set of Four Dragons. There is no extra shipping charge for the additional cards. You may also pledge $19 per additional printed Deck100 (or $15 or $17 if you landed one of the early bird special — I'll honor that price for as many decks as you'd like, up to 10). It is important for you to all add the correct shipping. For a two or more Deck100, shipping to Canada is $20 and the rest of the world is $25 (no extra charge in the US).
Here's where it gets a little complicated, but we're smart gamers, so we can handle this! Kickstarter will autofill a shipping amount of $11 to Canada and $16 elsewhere, so to ship two or more Deck100 outside the US, you need to add an additional $9 to your pledge. So, if you want three Deck100 and you live in Canada, then select the $19 reward level (with the auto-calculated $11 shipping), then add $38 for two more Deck100 and $10 for the additional shipping for a total of $78. If you'd like to add a complete set of Four Dragon cards for each of the three Deck100, then add another $15 (no additional shipping charge for these cards), for $93 total.
The bottom-line: if you need help calculating your pledge amount, then just contact me.
$56 Pledge = This one is much easier! Every multiple of $56 means four more Deck100 and a set of Four Dragons. There is no additional shipping charge.
For help adding the new Indie Variant deck to your pledge, please see Update #8.
We’ve set a fairly low bar for funding to cover some basic expenses, but we have a few stretch goals already determined.
DriveThruCards.com has become a fantastic site for card games and card products and Deck100 will eventually be on sale there. The reward levels in this Kickstarter represent a discount on the prices we will charge at that site.
Printed decks and tuck boxes will initially be provided by DTRPG’s print-on-demand partner, ODT. These POD cards are exceptionally nice and rival the cards produced in large runs by commercial printers. The one main drawback is that while this POD process allows us to print small runs of cards, each set is much more expensive than it would be if we could afford a commercial print run.
$5k Stretch Goal — UNLOCKED!
We’ll upgrade the cards in all the decks to DTRPG’s premium card offering. Below this funding we’ll use the “standard card” (12-pt. thickness, Tango 270gsm C2S card stock) that is already a very nice product that stands up to repeated use and shuffles, but the “premium card” is even better. This upgrade is 11.8-pt. thickness, 305gsm black core card stock from French paper manufacturer Arjo-Wiggins.
$10k Stretch Goal — next up!
We’ll still eventually offer Deck100 as a POD product on DTRPG, but for the Kickstarter rewards we can now afford a commercial print run. For you this means a tuck box that is sized exactly to fit the deck and an instruction booklet added to the product.
$15k Stretch Goal
We’ll add a 5th dragon! The card featuring this dragon will be available at the $2 pledge, will be added to the $5 pledge to make that reward Five Dragons, and we’ll add it to the main Deck100 as well as a “wild card” for your deck (added whether or not you also purchase the Four Dragons set).
More Stretch Goals if you will support us!
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Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge in any product-oriented Kickstarter is shipping the rewards! Backers are rightfully upset at the cost of shipping. But project creators cannot do much about this. Shipping is expensive! We have addressed shipping cost as much as possible by capping the cost at one small fixed rate for backers in the USA and and two rates for all other backers. Outside the USA there is a price for one deck and then another price for 2+ decks.
The design of the initial Deck100 is complete (with the exception of the dragon illustrations at the time of launch, but we expect these to be completed and shared during the course of the project) and layout all of components is nearly finished as well.
There is always the possibility of trouble with a printer or the bulk shipment of the printed product, but these are quite ordinary obstacles and always surmountable. I have overseen the printing of hundreds of books and dozens of card products and board games, so a deck of cards should be a breeze!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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