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Tired of the tavern? Make some backstory!

Create rich worlds for you roleplaying games with Backstory Cards. With these cards, players and GMs mesh their characters and the game setting together, coming up with unexpected history and engaging plot hooks. Backstory Cards work for every game system, genre, and setting—published settings and those invented by you!

Backstory Cards blend your characters and setting concept into an intriguing set of relationships and history. It’s tailor-made for games where the player-characters already know each other—from fantasy adventurers to star marines, from supernatural beings who share the same city to global-hopping troubleshooters. 

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Brent C March 02, 2022 5:31 pm UTC
I just saw these are now available on for Foundry VTT, and they look great. Thank you. Any forthcoming versions for Roll20 or Fantasy Grounds?
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Brennan T March 02, 2022 8:39 pm UTC
We don't have anything actively in the works at the moment, but we'll explore those possibilities as time permits!
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KEVIN G March 28, 2020 6:53 am UTC
Can you get these in individual image files?
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Brennan T April 01, 2020 12:11 pm UTC
Right now we only have the print-and-play version.
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Emanuel M August 10, 2021 1:46 pm UTC
For what it's worth: I second the notion of having these cards (and the supplements of course) available as individual image files for VTTs. More and more groups play exclusively (or partially) online and while I have the physical card versions here, it would be much more helpful to be able to use them for our game without using the camera. I would gladly buy the cards again if they were available in a VTT-ready form.
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Kristian S March 23, 2022 2:37 pm UTC
Hi, Emmanuel. If you weren't already aware, The Immaterial Plane has published an officially licensed Foundry VTT module for Backstory Cards and the expansions. They're currently available on, but we will be migrating them to very soon (hopefully within the next day or two) now that DTRPG integrates with Foundry VTT to provide license keys for premium content modules.
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Kristian S March 24, 2022 4:54 pm UTC
You can now purchase the Foundry VTT modules here on DriveThruRPG!
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This title was added to our catalog on August 17, 2015.