If you've wanted to inject some more Guillermo del Toro into your game of House of Cards (and who wouldn't?), Tomás Hijo has just the thing for you. Visit Insight Editions to get the Tarot del Toro, a combination Tarot deck and guidebook melding the visions of director del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, The Shape of… Continue reading Tarot del Toro
Designer and artist Levi Kornelsen has produced a new poker-sized Tarot deck with some very gameable features. Go check it out!
The Metatopia event schedule is up, and I'm pleased to announce the open session on Saturday night (10pm to midnight) as well as a designer-only session Friday from 8 to 10. Anyone who wants to talk about the game, get a sneak preview, or even try it out, feel free to register now; I'm also… Continue reading House of Cards at Metatopia
I like tossing in little throw-away details to illustrate ideas in House of Cards, but I'm of the mindset that too much information stifles the reader's own imagination. To take just one example from the text, while discussing the strangely alien and capricious nature of the courts of the Comtes, I added the flourish, "In… Continue reading Sketching, Not Painting: Taking a Light Hand with Setting
In House of Cards, there are three important terms that define different ways in which cards cycle: renew, replenish, and refresh. To renew a hand is simply discard your hand and draw back up to your current hand maximum. This occurs in situations which represent a dramatic change that throws everyone off-kilter: when a Shuffle… Continue reading The Three R’s of Hand Management
For anyone who wants to talk about the game, a thread was started this morning at RPG.net. (Note: because of RPG.net's rules regarding advertisement, this thread was NOT started by me. I will be participating in the form of answering questions, though.)
Thanks again to those who participated in demos of House of Cards at Gen Con 2011. Your feedback was as appreciated as your enthusiasm. You'll all get due credit in the book when it's done, I promise! Edits continue, and we may have some exciting news concerning artists as well. Playtesting isn't slowing down, either:… Continue reading Heartfelt thanks.
Today's House of Cards demo will be at 2pm in Victoria Station, Crowne Plaza. Anyone at Gen Con intending to come play, we'll be on the other side of the hallway from the previously scheduled Pennsylvania Station venue with Games on Demand.
As mentioned over at parenthesispress.com, we'll be running sessions at Games On Demand in the Crowne Plaza hotel, Pennsylvania Station C, on Friday and Saturday. Stop by to give the current playtest version of House of Cards a try, and even participate in the playtest process and contribute your feedback. Check out the teasers (on… Continue reading House of Cards at Gen Con Indy 2011
Generating characters for House of Cards is a matter of knowing two things: the ability they have to directly impact the plot, and how powerful they need to be. Different layers of the character generation process apply at different levels: at the lowest level, for minor characters with no powers, one only needs to generate… Continue reading “Layers” of character creation