Tarot del Toro

If you've wanted to inject some more Guillermo del Toro into your game of House of Cards (and who wouldn't?), Tom├ís 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

Sketching, Not Painting: Taking a Light Hand with Setting

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

The Three R’s of Hand Management

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

House of Cards at Gen Con Indy 2011

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

“Layers” of character creation

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