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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Sci Fi

The GameMaster's Apprentice: Sci Fi

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Due to a government-mandated closure of non-essential businesses, our card printing facility has been forced to suspend printing operations. As a result, the print version of this title will not be available for purchase until April 20. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Stay Home and Game--and Help Save the World! 

Because I (Nathan Rockwood/Larcenous Designs) am a high school teacher by day, I'm very much aware of the need to practice social distancing in order to 'flatten the curve' of demand on hospitals right now. For the remainder of the COVID-19 crisis, I'm setting my PDF prices to 90% off. Please, please, PLEASE take this opportunity to stay home and game solo, or use my cards to prepare awesome stories for remote-play sessions for your friends!

Also, please note: If you are a student, a teacher, or in financial hardship, and cannot afford even these reduced prices, please email me at and we'll work something out! Let's get through this together!

"Plot generators to maximum, chief!"

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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Sci Fi is a system-neutral deck of cards that can be used as either a supplement for traditional tabletop RPGs or as a complete game engine for GM-free solo or group RPGs. This variant deck is aimed at science fiction of every kind, from shiny space operas to the grim, dark streets of a megacorp-dominated Earth.

You can view the cards' complete instructions for free by clicking the preview link beneath the thumbnail above, or view the Quickstart Guide and a set of quick-reference PnP/PoD Instruction Cards here on DriveThru if you prefer (if you wish to purchase the Print on Demand instruction cards to keep with your deck, be sure to combine the order with the deck itself! They are only six cards, and DriveThru will not print orders that small). You can also scroll down to view the card overview image and watch a video of the cards in use! 

On each card is a set of fourteen individual randomizers; with 60 double-sided cards, you can generate literally millions of possible adventures, all without having to hunt through a book or PDF for a single table!

With these cards, you can:

  • Instantly generate NPCs with randomized names, motivations, and backgrounds.

  • Create random events or story seeds.

  • Provide sensory details or random loot for characters searching or stealing.

  • Run games without a human GameMaster!

And more--they even work brilliantly as creative writing prompt generators, and have been playtested by 9th-12th grade students of both English and Game Design.

If you want specifics, including examples of how to use the randomizers on the cards, the complete instructions are available in the downloadable PDF preview linked below the cover image/thumbnail, but you can take a look at the overview below to see the quick and dirty version of what is on each card, and you can view a video preview using the base deck from the original Kickstarter that explains how to use the cards to run a GM-free game or generate a story for a traditional RPG. This video is the second in a series, so if you want to see the first (which details initial generation of the story), check out our website,! 

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These cards were created with the support of over 360 individuals on Kickstarter, and would not exist in their current form otherwise! Thank you!

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Andrew L April 05, 2020 12:33 am UTC
Thanks for making this isolation more fun! In a creepy horror and scifi sort of way :)
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Nathan R April 05, 2020 12:44 am UTC
Most welcome! I hope they make the real world less scary by comparison :-)
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david M March 17, 2020 9:25 am UTC
thank you all at Larcenous Designs you might save all our sanity lol
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Nathan R March 17, 2020 10:59 am UTC
I hope the cards help you find some entertaining stories to tell!
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Christian F March 17, 2020 2:20 am UTC
Thank you for the gift!
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Nathan R March 17, 2020 10:58 am UTC
You’re very welcome—May the cards serve you well!
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Mark S August 10, 2018 7:27 am UTC
If i print the PDF myself as a 'double sided' print job will the fronts and backs line up so i can just laminate a sheet and cut out the cards? Thanks.
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Nathan R August 10, 2018 11:28 am UTC
In an ideal world, but I’ve never been so lucky! I have found that they tend to be slightly offset.

To help, the card images on the PnP files include the full bleed area, which means you may be able to just cut them down a little and lose the visible offset by trimming carefully. However, since your individual printer and luck are involved, I would start with two pages back to back and check the fit before printing the rest.

If that doesn’t work out, my usual method is to print them single-sided on normal paper, and then put two cards back to back inside transparent card sleeves.

Good luck! Please let me know if you have any more questions or issues, either here or by emailing me at
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Pierre S April 06, 2016 6:11 pm UTC
I notice the cards were updated recently. What is the nature of the update? Do I have to pen in any errata on the physical cards themselves?
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Nathan R April 06, 2016 6:33 pm UTC
No errata needed--I was just adding the Adventure Guide to the downloads. It should appear as a new file, titled something like "GMA AG SciFi.pdf"
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Pierre S April 08, 2016 4:48 am UTC
When I checked for any Updates in my Library, it gave 4 files in the list. So you say it is only the addition of an Adventure Guide? Good.
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Nathan R April 08, 2016 9:52 am UTC
That is correct--the other three are all still the same as when they were first uploaded (they weren't all uploaded at the same time, but none of them have changed), and the print-on-demand copy is still the same! I just always meant to add the Adventure Guide, but wanted to get all of them done first, and so delayed until now...apologies for causing concern!
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Mark C December 07, 2015 10:11 pm UTC
These decks are absolutely great! I love them. I have the 3 available now and will definitely be picking up the others when they come out.
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Pierre S September 24, 2015 7:48 pm UTC
Beautiful concept! When I get home and get my credit-card I'm ordering! Much appreciated for SF gaming.
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Nathan R September 24, 2015 9:14 pm UTC
Thanks! I hope they serve you well--I'm using them to run a Numenera game, and the fit is strangely perfect, since that setting basically allows any sub-genre of scifi to be equally valid for inspiration.
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