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A mythical artifact that might alter reality and circumvent the laws of the universe

The Deck of Many Fortunes is a tarot deck conceptualized to offer blessings and malisons for Ironsworn and Starforged. Designed for any fantasy or science fiction setting, this object of power bends the ruleset by providing 78 cards, each with a blessing and a malison, for a total of 156 different ways to twist the mechanics of your sessions.

The Deck of Many Fortunes could be, diegetically, an artifact, a magic item, or a product of occult science. The plaques that compose it, however, do not create narrative scenarios nor substantially interfere with the fiction. Instead, they set a premise that mechanically affects your character. And, although not campaign-breakers, these effects will impact your gameplay, giving you a boon or a hindrance.

The 8-page companion document presents:

  • The fictional presentation of the deck, with default assumptions that define its nature.
  • Three (3) quest starters to integrate this artifact into the diegesis, each one compatible with fantasy and sci-fi settings.
  • Three (3) suggested origins for this artifact of power that span the spectrum of the fantasy and sci-fi genres.
  • Guidelines for use of the deck, with four (4) alternative uses and their instructions.
  • A table of contents for the cards that also serves as a random table to draw from and as an overview of what each card represents in the tarot.

A versatile supplement for Ironsworn and Starforged

Besides the vanilla use of the deck, which implies the use of two self-contained moves to determine when you are worthy of drawing a card and what its effect is, the companion document offers four (4) alternate uses for the Deck of Many Fortunes. You may also use this supplement as:

  • A compendium of blessings and malisons.
  • A new mechanic for character progression.
  • A supplement that generates mechanical events to spice the game up.
  • As a Pandora Box of uncompromised chaos.



Available in other formats

This supplement is also available in its poker-sized, no-art version as the Small Deck of Many Fortunes.

You can also get the art as standalone decks:

This supplement includes the following

  • Deck of Many Fortunes - Companion. The document that presents the deck and the instructions to use it. PDF format.
  • Deck of Many Fortunes - Print-and-Play (with backs). 3x3 cards per page. Double-sided printing supported. These 80 cards are sized for use with tarot 2.75inx4.75in (70x120mm) card protectors. PDF format.
  • Deck of Many Fortunes - Print-and-Play (without backs). PDF format.
  • Deck of Many Fortunes - Tuckbox. A folded box to pack the deck, horizontally. PDF format.
  • Deck of Many Fortunes - Plain Text (no cards). The deck presented in text only (including icons) if you wish to print them as a standalone document. PDF format.
  • Deck of Many Fortunes 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.

Other materials for the Ironsworn system


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This title was added to our catalog on February 03, 2022.