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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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January 12th, 2020
I can't imagine doing Session 0 without these cards. In my top 10 of "GM's must have tools". Regardless if it is Fantasy, Sci-fi, etc. they are essential and facillitate quick, collaborative, character connections. A gem to have. Be [...]
August 16th, 2016
Far from a new idea, but perhaps the best executed I have seen so far. With a few exceptions we found the cards to be exactly right in directed vs. choice balance. In other words, the cards give exactly enough guidance to get the creative juices flowin [...]
April 5th, 2016
Works as intended. Great for weaving backstory and creating hooks for future adventures. Builds player investment in the story and the characters. [...]
August 19th, 2015
These are cool inspirational cards (and a page or so of rules) to get your game flowing. I feel they're a little pricey for a 7 page PDF, especially when you don't get a card back image to brighten your printout. They're laid out 9-up on a pag [...]
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December 18, 2014
This title was added to our catalog on August 17, 2015.