If you're like me, you love playing the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game tabletop RPG. Like many tabletop RPGs, it has a spellcasting mechanic which has a veritable smorgasbord of spell options- there are 623 different spells in the Core Rulebook alone! Since Pathfinder employs a Vancian spellcasting system where casters have spells per day of various levels, playing some spellcaster classes can involve a bit of bookkeeping. Personally, I have found that writing things down on a sheet of paper and having to cross out or erase them as used gets a little tedious, and I'm always having to look them up in the rulebooks to determine whether a spell is subject to spell resistance, what range it has, and how it scales with caster level.
I went looking online for a product to help with this- after all, there are condition cards and buff cards for those of us not blessed with photographic memories- but what I found seemed to be basically reproduced directly from the PRD or SRD, and some of the spell descriptions are a bit long, meaning that some spells spilled across cards and there was a lack of organization to the whole endeavor. So, I decided to make my own quick reference and bookkeeping card system!
Working with my computer, I came up with a card template which after several revisions looks like this:
And on the back, I have the classes for which the spell is on their spell lists, with a nice white border.
There's a variety of services printing custom playing cards. I utilized one of these to get some cards made for myself and my Pathfinder gaming group. I have created a card for all 623 spells in the Core Rulebook, and then updated them for the classes added by later Paizo publications such as the Advanced Player's Guide.
For many of the spells, the description in the book was very wordy and too long to fit on a playing card nicely. For these, I have re-written the spell description to be shorter, so that you keep the important points. For the handful of spells which need a large table or lengthy description, I summed up the gist of the spell and have a 'See rulebook' so you'll know that there's more to the spell than can fit on the card. This process of curating, rewriting, and organizing the cards with the updated spell lists is what took the majority of my time.
Now that I've gotten these cards to a finished state, I'd like to share them with other players out there, using Kickstarter to get the ball rolling.
Here's the breakdown of spells in each deck: https://sites.google.com/site/ikolianspellcards/home/decks
Here's some photos of the cards:
You can see that the backs contain the spell lists where a particular spell is found. Bottom left is for Magic Missile, and bottom right is Magic Weapon.
I've got metamagic cards for each of the feats from the Core Rulebook. They're front and back, with different ones on each side, and I've staggered them such that the same pair of metamagic feats appears twice, meaning that the 4 sets (2 in deck 1, 1 each in decks 2 and 3) gives you up to 8 of each metamagic.
For tracking spells prepared multiple times or with metamagic applied, I've also included some 'prepared X times' cards. This particular setup here would indicate that Magic Missile is prepared twice in first level slots, and once in a fourth-level slot. The back side of the prepared multiple cards have prepared three times, and prepared four times written on them.
This is being done as a Pathfinder Compatible product.
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Risks and challenges
The images for these cards are already completed, and I've had some trial decks printed over the last few months. My gaming group has been playing with versions of them since March. Basically, this Kickstarter is to get them printed as a professional product. The design work is finished and all that is left is to have them printed in quantity. The printing company I've chosen has shown they can make a high quality product.
The creative work is effectively finished. I've got the images all produced and have done a test print of the decks as they will appear.
I've partnered with a printing company that will produce the cards from my images. They do good work- I've had something like 25 decks produced for me and my gaming group's use, and in testing different designs and cardstocks.
In the event that there are problems with the printing company, there are at least two other companies I've identified that can perform the same work using my templates.
I've got the shipping boxes and method picked out already (USPS).
The anticipated timeline goes something like:
-Campaign runs until middle of December
-KS and Amazon collect the pledges over a 2-week period
-I place the order with my printing company (~December 31)
-Printing and shipping the huge pile of cards to me takes about a week, but if there is a ton of orders this may get delayed due to production time.
-I box em up by order, and mail em out, USPS flat rate. Expect to get your cards mid to late January.
It's literally just a matter of placing the order for the run of however many decks get ordered, packing them up, and shipping them to you, the happy gamer!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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