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Motivations Card Set (for Ironsworn & Starforged)

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Define your character's drives and be rewarded when fulfilling them

This set is composed of 30 motivation cards, each representing the most archetypical abstract goals in any kind of fiction. By using them, you can detail your character and give them depth and instinctive purpose. Playing with motivations will also serve you as a compass and incentive to roleplay as appropriate to the narrative, and being mechanically rewarded by doing so.

The premise

Your motivations answer to what are my interests.

Each motivation is composed of 3 layers and a buyoff. You take +momentum as per the layer (or buyoff) come to fruition. 

Further guidelines are given on how motivations interact with each other, what are the considerations to be taken, and how to use them in other roleplaying game systems.


Even though these motivation cards are primarily designed to be used with the Ironsworn system with compatibility with Starforged, they can easily be implemented in any other roleplaying game following the guidelines within the material.



This supplement includes the following

  • Motivations Card Set with backs. 3x3 cards per page. Double-sided printing supported. These 30 cards are sized for use with standard 3.5x2.5in (88x63mm) card protectors. PDF format.
  • Motivations Card Set without backs. PDF format.
  • Motivations (no cards). The motivations presented in text only (including icons) if you wish to print them as a standalone document. PDF format.
  • Motivations Card Set for virtual tabletop. You can use these for Roll20 or your preferred virtual tabletop platform. ZIP format with JPG and PNG files compressed for each card.


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Lance R June 12, 2020 1:53 am UTC
Oddly I can't leave a review after buying it. But anyways for anyone interested, here's an ironsworn players perspective....

A few of the cards just rephrase the motivation and don't get very evocative (example: X motivation. Layer 1 - The act of doing X). Most don't but it does pop up a few times and should be mentioned. Also it does feel like (most of) these cards will be a terrible idea for anyone wanting to make the game more challenging. Many are pretty easy to twist or write a scene around for easy rewards.

But that's the point. You are making your character behave like the card suggests. I think these are great resource for people wanting to roleplay and needing a bit of an extra push on deciding how to handle their character, especially if you can restrain yourself from abusing them.

4/5 with the main demerits being that the pdf is structured so the card backs are at the end and you cannot print it double sided, and if you feel $5 is a hair expensive for 30...See more
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Samuel R June 12, 2020 3:43 am UTC
Hi, Lancer.

Thank you for pointing out the PDF structure. The double-sided printing is definitely something we missed. We'll update it as soon as possible to support it.

The cards weren't made using any asset making tool, not that such tools exist to make cards like this. We just tried to emulate Shawn Tomkin's style to adhere to the format and aesthetic of Ironsworn.

Thanks for the review!
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Lance R June 12, 2020 7:53 am UTC
That wasn't meant as a dig so take it as a complement that they look good enough that I couldn't tell. Nice work all around.
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