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 Rule Book 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 rule books 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- but what I found seemed to be basically reproduced directly from the PRD or SRD. This leads, in many cases, to overly long spell descriptions that spilled across cards, which I didn't find satisfying or compact enough for my purposes. I decided to make my own quick reference and bookkeeping system, using cards.
I went through several ideas and iterations, eventually landing on something I was happy with in early 2014. Over the next several months, I play tested my designs, tweaking them as I went so that they included relevant information and user friendly features. My finalized card design looks like this:
My efforts ultimately culminated in my first Kickstarter campaign, where I created copies of the Core Rule Book decks for 15 people.
Since then, I've finished my efforts to produce cards for each spell from the other hardcover books central to the game, and now I'd like to share those cards as well. Here's what the full set of cards looks like:
The picture up page has my 'universal' back, which includes all of the classes where the spell is on their spell list, and the level of that spell for that class. I really like this back myself, since if you're going to play more than one class, or you're a DM, you can use the same deck each time. Alternatively, if you're the sort of person that only plays a particular class, I have another design style that looks more like this one:
Each deck thereby becomes specific to a class, and the spell's level appears on the front. This means you won't be flipping the card over to check the level of the spell, but if you play different classes with overlapping spell lists, you need multiple cards of the same spell since spell levels vary.
In play testing, my table and I have used these cards to track prepared spells by creating a 'deck' of prepared spells- like you were playing a board game with resource cards- and discard spells as they are cast. For a spontaneous caster, they work as a quick reference. For handling the common case of a prepared spell caster having a spell prepared more than once, or modified with a metamagic feat, I created a set of Metamagic Modifier cards and Prepared Multiple cards. By placing these on top of a spell card, you can easily remember which ones you prepared multiple times, or prepared the modified version; I included the 'prepared once' to help track the difference between the case where spell is prepared once normally and one or more time as modified by a metamagic feat, and the case where the spell is not prepared normally and only prepared with metamagic (otherwise the situation is ambiguous). Finally, to handle the situation where you leave a spell slot open to be prepared later, I have the 'empty spell slot' cards, which can be combined with the Prepared Multiple cards to indicate how many empty slots you're keeping in reserve.
Here's how the Metamagic Modifier and Prepared Multiple cards help, in this case a Wizard prepared Acidic Spray three times and Maximized Acidic Spray twice:
For the rewards, I've got the various decks for each book. Each deck includes cards for the metamagic feats from that book as well. KS likes to list stuff by pledge amount, so the Core spells (by far the largest set) is near the bottom. If you're only interested in a small subset of spells, I've got some options for you at 25 and 35 dollars. If you pledge at these levels, I'll contact you with instructions about how to select the ones you'd like. This is a great option if you play a caster with a small spell list, or you've really only got 50 spells or so that you use ALL the time.
Kickstarter doesn't allow you to select multiple backer rewards, which is kind of annoying in this situation. Technically, I could have created a KS campaign for each deck, but that would have gotten a little silly, in my opinion. I could also have every possible combination of decks, but that explodes into a lot of stuff to page through rather quickly. If you want more than one, you have a couple options; either create another Kickstarter account for the additional reward, or select a reward and manually increase your contribution by the amount of the other reward(s) you want, and send me a message when you do so letting me know what reward(s) you're wanting in addition. That way there is no confusion later on.
This is being done as a Pathfinder Compatible product.
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Risks and challenges
This is my second kickstarter, and is basically an expansion of the first one I did last year. I'm using the same printing company for my cards, and the biggest change is the increased number of spell cards being offered.
-I'm using the same printing company as last time, and they are capable of producing my product in the time frame I need
-I'm shipping the product directly myself this time, but I have an experienced internet retailer on call to help with any issues that might crop up
- (30 days)