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So your party walks into the Tavern and asks, "Who is in the Tavern?" Answer: Cards with custom illustrations, statistics and more!
So your party walks into the Tavern and asks, "Who is in the Tavern?" Answer: Cards with custom illustrations, statistics and more!
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They say that a picture says a thousand words.  Why describe your tavern NPC's by reading text off of a boring trait sheet or generator when you can have a fun FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATION of the NPC, and important tavern stats to go along with them!

This project strives to answer the ever eluding question, "Who is in the Tavern?" with ease and complete clarity. Long have Game Masters and story writers had difficulties answering this question in the middle of the session.  With these cards, gone are the days of the boring tavern encounters and bland bartenders and barmaids.  

The plan is to create a boxed set consisting of 90 (108 thanks to a stretch goal!)  poker cards, most of which will be based on the submissions of our backers! The first 44 consists of those NPC’s Game Masters struggle to flesh out on the spot, everyday people one might encounter anywhere in any given town, named 'Townsfolk'. The second 44 focuses exclusively on Adventurers, those that you might meet or even use as concepts for a new character, named 'Adventurers'!  While the two card types will appear very similar, their characters are not!

Many cards will be designed with the help of our backer's submissions.  If you are a backer at the Bartender or Proprietor level, you will be able to submit a description of your favorite character to be drawn by the projects artist, Toby Allen.  You will also decide on the characters statistics and details on the back of the card. See below for more details on how the content submissions will work!

The boxed set will also have 2 extra cards, the conversion card, and an introduction card. The conversion card will contain a conversion system that can be used to convert these cards into the traditional 6 stat d20 system.  The introduction will include special thanks and some basic instructions on how to use the cards.

 The cards incorporate a number of very important features:

  • Full Color Illustrations drawn by Toby Allen - Ideas submitted by our backers!
  • Tavern Stats - Chosen by our backers using our custom point buy system. (Alcohol Tolerance, Appetite, Preach, Perform, Bar Fighting, Stealth, Gaming and Gossip)
  • Personal Traits - Profession, Personality, Family, Local Ties, Income Level, Possible Connections, all chosen by our backers!
  • Why is this Person in the Tavern? - Six different reasons for why the person is in the tavern, all chosen by our backers!  Just roll a d6!

Here are a few samples of what the cards could look like!  The left side is the front of the card, while the right side is the back of the card.

This first sample shows a very shady character that you might come across...

This second sample shows a stout and honor bound Dwarf...

You can be as crazy and clever as you would like in the design of these cards, just make sure that all content is appropriate.  Everything will be reviewed for content before it is placed on a card.  If it is not appropriate, we will reach out to you for alternate content.

By backing this project at our Bartender or Proprietor Level, you get to submit the content that will flesh out a single card’s details. That card will then appear in every deck of the chosen type that we print!

Content submissions will be taken after this project is successfully backed.  We would really like to see all Bartender and Proprietor Level backings filled up, so that we have as many cards as possible designed by our backers.  This is what will make this product great!  If you've always wanted one of your characters to be drawn, now is your chance!

Here are all of the items that you will need to submit if you are a backer at the contributor level:

  • Brief Character Description - Be as descriptive as possible! The project artist, Toby Allen, will appreciate as much detail as you can write!
  • Tavern Stats - Select your character’s Tavern Stats using the following point buy system (see below).”(Alcohol Tolerance, Appetite, Preach, Perform, Bar Fighting, Stealth, Gaming and Gossip)
  • Personal Traits - Profession, Personality, Family, Local Ties, Income Level, Possible Connections
  • Why is this Person in the Tavern? - Six different reasons for why the person is in the tavern.

You can be as crazy and clever as you would like in the design of these cards, just make sure that all content is appropriate.  Everything will be reviewed for content before it is placed on a card.  If it is not appropriate, we will reach out to you for alternate content.

Our backers will be using a custom point buy system to determine the eight Tavern Stats for their submissions.  The number of points that you can use depend on the deck that you are submitting content for, but the point buy system is the same. 

Each statistic has a minimum of 3, and a maximum of 10.  If you are submitting content for the Townsfolk deck, you have 8 points to spend, while if you are submitting content for the Adventurers deck, you have 20 points to spend.  Here is the cost for each value, spend wisely!

  • 3 = -2 points
  • 4 = -1 point
  • 5 = 0 points
  • 6 = 1 point
  • 7 = 2 points
  • 8 = 3 points
  • 9 = 5 points
  • 10 = 8 points

All of the artwork for this project was and will be drawn by Toby Allen of zestydoesthings.  Here is a little note from Toby to you!

Hello!

I'm Toby Allen, the artist for ‘Who is in the Tavern’ and I’m responsible for all the artwork you see on the cards as well as the artwork based on backer submissions.

The work is created entirely digitally, using self made brushes and textures to mimic traditional ink and watercolour while capturing the vivid colours of digital mediums. Each character draws upon traditional role playing conventions but every one is unique and has a fresh, original feel.

At the Bartender or Proprietor levels, backers can submit their own character ideas and I will produce a one-of-a-kind, full colour, personalized illustration based on your description which will then be immortalized in card form. I will work with you to include as many details as I am given, to create the best representation of your character that I can. I hope to work on lots of backer submitted designs and I’m really looking forward to getting to know your characters and bringing them to life!

Visit my blog (www.zestydoesthings.tumblr.com) to check out more of my work and feel free to get in touch with me through twitter (@zestydoesthings)
and pop in for a chat!

Toby Allen

 

We are offering 6 Add-On's at this time. More may be added later if people are interested!

  • $25 - 1 Extra Copy of the boxed set
  • $25 - 8x11 Canvas Print Copy of Your Character! (Playing Card shown for scale)
  • $30 - Catloaf Games T-Shirt!
  • $30 - Catloaf Games FlexFit Hat!
  • $20 - Upgrade 1 copy of the boxed set to the Collectors Edition
  • $40 - 1 Extra copy of the the Collectors Edition (See FAQ's)

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We're happy to offer a cross promotion with CrazyJoe from CrazyJoesGames! He currently has a cool Boxing themed card game on kickstarter named Round Ten!

If you back both projects at a level that you receive a deck for each, then you will get a special card in each deck!

For Round Ten, you'll get a special Tavern themed Ring Girl card, and for 'Who is in the Tavern' you'll get a special boxer card!

 Also check out this cool video featuring CrazyJoe himself!

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The Red Dragon from The Red Dragon's Lair has made his way into the Tavern!

We're happy to offer a special cross-promotion where if you purchase the 4-player game for The Red Dragon's Lair, and back 'Who is in the Tavern' at any level above Town Drunk, you will get a special cross-promotional card in each!

You'll receive the Red Dragon card for the 'Who is in the Tavern' box, as well as the Magical Room card for The Red Dragon's Lair!

You can check out the wildly successful kickstarter here!

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Risks and challenges

The largest obstacle that we have on this is succeeding! This is the second time this project has been launched, and this time, we are going to market it up a storm! Catloaf Games was founded for THIS PROJECT! Check out our profile for more information on Catloaf Games.

We're also worried about people submitting detail or traits on the cards that are not reasonable or appropriate. This will be handled by a strict review process of all content being submitted.

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